The scrum around the Iconic Australia tasting table was not the most conducive to serious sampling and note writing; being interrupted by some ol’ fart comparing this bottle with last years vintage, that bottle with what so-and-so made four years ago and such-like didn’t help either. God, I hate that sort of conversation. I don’t bloody remember if I even sampled half the wines last year let alone have the memory capacity of a Cray in comparing them. I leave such malarkey to the Bordeaux and Burgundy specialists; for the finest of wines not for sub-tenner bottles.
Not that there was much laid out in this corner for under fifteen pounds mind, for these are the upper echelons of Australia – their icon wines.
The Lane ‘Gathering’ Sauvignon Blanc, 2005, Adelaide Hills, South Australia.
Superb lifted pear and guava aroma. Stylish palate. Apricots, guava, fresh, clean citrus acidity Wonderful balance.
Yalumba Virgilius Viognier, 2004, Eden Valley, South Australia.
Gorgeously smooth and soft, pineapple, grapefruit, pear and exotic spice flavors. Honeysuckle finish. Super.
Fermoy Estate Reserve Semillon, 2002, Margaret River, Western Australia.
Pea-shoot aroma, attractive herbaceous. Lovely fresh and complex grapefruit and subtle vegetal notes.
Tamar Ridge Batman Selection Pinot Noir, 2002, Tasmania.
Full and rich, lightly spicy, ripe fruit, excellent length.
Scotchmans Hill Norfolk Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2002, Geelon, Victoria.
Full with great structure. Deep plum flavours with an earthy-spice touch.
Penley Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002, Coonawarra, South Australia.
Stunning aroma. Depth, complexity, with rich, sweet berry flavours on the palate. Medium to full bodied.
Godolphin Shiraz, 2004, Barossa Valley, South Australia.
Gorgeous label – the Ancient Egyptian Ankh symbol symbolising sunrise, regeneration, regrowth and renewal. Wonderful bramble fruit with a deep and full feel. Rich fruit enlivened with a touch of spice and chocolate.
Leconfield Centurion Shiraz, 2002, McLaren Vale, South Australia.
Big and bold but richly textured and damn tasty. Flavours of spice, coffee and chocolate add complexity to the ripe fruit.
Also sampled were two other Semillons that I didn’t take too at all – Brokenwood ILR, 1999, New South Wales (£13.99) and Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon, 1999, New South Wales (£19.99).