Thursday, April 4, 2013

Adina Pinot Grigio 2012

Oh! I forgot I had a wine blog!
How horrible of me. And since my last post I have been enjoying a lot of new wines, but always drinking in moderation. In fact, I think I’ve been drinking less. Towards the end of last year I’ve wanted to get healthier and fitter. As a result I’ve started drinking less. But drinking well at the same time.

I’m currently sipping on:
Adina Vineyard
Pinot Grigio 2012
Lovedale (Hunter Valley Region), New South Wales
Wine maker: Daniel Binet
Alc/Vol 12.5%
Approximately $22 a bottle

Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris wines are generally sweeter on the palate. This particular Pinot Grigio tastes like a mix of pineapple, strawberry with an end note of kiwi fruit to give it an acidic finish. It’s a pale straw yellow and as it slowly adjusts from fridge to room temperature it begins to have an ‘oily’ appearance.
It’s really quite a nice wine as an aperitif. I had dinner a few hours ago already but the touch of acidity is making my mouth water!
The nose is floral and sweet. I think it’s a good bottle to introduce to friends who are trying to escape the wave of cider blends and instead are looking for something more delicate.
I had it over several days and it went well with seafood, Asian dishes as well as yum cha.
I've finished the bottle. So obviously it was a good one!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Moorebank "Sheila" Black Sheep Shiraz 2009

Moorebank Private Vineyard
“Sheila” Black Sheep Shiraz 2009
Pokolbin (Hunter Valley), New South Wales
Wine maker: Gary Reed
Price: $30 a bottle

I like winemakers of the relaxed type. Gary Reed, you have done well. Sheila is a deep purple-red shiraz originating from Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley Wine Region of  New South Wales.
I drank this bottle over a few days and I have found it to be a versatile dinner-party-friendly wine. There’s been green chicken curry, roasted five spice chicken, stir-fry, chocolate, bruschetta, and steak (with a jus made from the Sheila Shiraz) The nose reminds me of warm cherry pie I once bought on a long drive from Sydney to Brisbane. It’s relatively sweet and the aromas continue into the mouth and develops depth that is added by the oak it is preserved in (only a slight sweek soft oak.. not like you’re drinking wood at all). The velvety tannins are a genius finish as the wine pulls away so as you swallow you’re left salivating and wanting another taste so that you can experience the journey all over again.
At $30 a bottle I would recommend you to keep 1 or 2 in your cellar to drink in the next year if you want to impress. It’s one of those bottles that will make you look like an avid wine critic as it seems quite hard to find now. Nevertheless, poke around the website and see what you can find :)

Chalk Hill 2011 Moscato

Moscatos are lovely for a pre-dinner drink with friends or a saturday afternoon with family (6% alcohol content!).
Chalk Hill is a family owned winery found in McLaren Vale, South Australia. 

Chalk Hill’s 2011 Moscato is a light yellow with a green tinge around the edges. As the bottle opens i get a lovely surprise with the bubbles that rise to the surface. The glass I used also created large bubbles that would rise to the surface.

On the nose it has a very subtle bouquet that becomes more pronounced in the mouth as you let the bubbles fizz to the side of your tongue. It smells fresh like spring sweetened with honey and balanced with citrus notes.
As you swallow the wine, it is refreshing and sweet with flavours of dried fruit (think a mix of apple, sultanas and apricots). Just before you swallow the citrus lemon and lime cleanses most of the palate. After swallowing, pause and you can taste the remaining honey that has coated the insides of your mouth.

You can find the 2011 Moscato for $18 a bottle, or the 2012 vintage here