Kangaroos and Kiwis

Sunday night I attended a tasting of some wines from the portfolio of World Wine Headquarters. The event was held in the “wine room” at Public restaurant which is located at 210 Elizabeth Street. It was a small tasting with about a dozen wines, all Australian with one New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc thrown in.

I started the tasting with a couple of Aussie whites. The 2011 The Wishing Tree Unoaked Chardonnay and the 2010 Elderton Unoaked Chardonnay. The Elderton was a nice sippping wine, not heavy with peach flavors on the finish. On the reds I started with the 2008 Tir Na N’Og Old Vines Grenache McLaren Valley.  Very dark and jammy fruit with black licorice and damp earth on the finish. From Clonakilla I had the 2008 “Hilltops” Shiraz, very concentrated with a good grip. The 2008 Shiraz/Viognier had a nose of roasted nuts with tight, silky fruit and a balanced finish. From Craiglee I tried the 2001 Shiraz which had a big nose of red roses and pencil shavings with velvety fruit that dropped out at the finish. Elderton Barossa Valley poured two of their single vineyard “Command” Shiraz, the 2003 and 2007 which I was told have vines that were planted in 1892. The 2003 was poured from a magnum and had a big nose of slate and wet stone with a long finish.







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