Stelvins Tasting Evening Results – Aussie Red Blends – 18 May 2012

Results from Fridays blind tasting, exploring Australian’s great blends, typed LIVE into Dr Vandermast ‘s iPAD2. Live blogging from Stelvins at @mike ’s. Theme is ‘Aussie Red Blends’. A report wine by wine as follows:

See it as it happend HERE

In attendance:


Wine No.1: Big Hot. Shiraz Grenache (guess) Barossa, shitty Grenache BBQ meat North of 14.5%

D’arenberg Shiraz Grenache it is. 14.5. The boys are fast out of the gate!

Wine No.2: dense, dark, minty and cedar wood.Sawmill nose. paperbagbrandivino reckons its Margaret River, jld reckons its Coonawarra. Probably Cab Merlot. around 2004. jld thinks older. Very elegant. paperbagbrandivino’s taking a punt on a Diana Madaleine.

Wine of the night. Lindeman’s ‘Pyrus’1998 cabernet sauvignon merlot malbec

Wine No.3:  A very nice wine, started very similar to No.2, but perhaps less savoury, more fruit released. Wine #2 was more restrained and sophisticated, but the similarities are doubtless. Good structure, suspect cab shiraz, and indications of age. 8-10 years on it. Perhaps a warmer area than 2.

Rosemount traditional 99 cab merlot petit verdot

Wine No.4: paperbagbrandivino just had an olive. Black pepper, olive bread, savoury, dense colour and flavours, shiraz blend, which suggests the blend is viognier, but its tight, young ahem etc. Warm area, barossa? Hunter? unlikely… The difference, going back to 3, is stark. 4 is not B, H and S’s bag. Sour, unbalanced – its hard work. It got tipped into the bucket. That is a rare occurrence.

d’Arenberg – 2006 – Sticks & Stones – Tempranilllo, Grenache, Tintacow, Souzo – Weird !!!

Wine No.5: Attractive nose. Bordeaux style blend. Cabernet-driven blend elegant. A bit soapy.   Pommegranate green fig, mint, god, smoky, great tannins – like those mint leaf lollies. About 6-8 years. Great structure. Chewy, very sophisticated. moreish. a cracker more margarets than cooners! Dr Vandermast

Voyager – Cab Merlot 2005. Bang on.

Wine No.6: That bastard -it’s almost black – the black hole of red wine. pencil shavings. Coonawarra. Locus classicus of aussie red blends. A beautiful but not as complex. 4-6 years. lovely but not spectacular.

1998 Penfolds Bin 389. Cab Shiraz. The locus classicus indeed…

Wine No.7: Black as night. Shiraz Voignier. A V8 commodore. A younger man’s wine. Changing in the glass, quite quickly. Fruits have come up.

Cullen Mangan 2004. Malbech Petit Verdot.

Wine No.8:  Red capsicum, herbaceous, cabernet shiraz blend, High quality Margaret. jld doesn’t like the finish. Lots of Oak. He’s on his own. @stewart likes the tannins. jld and @stewart are taking it out the back. jld thinks it’s over oaked. jld thinks it’s a cab merlot. paperbagbrandivino thinks it’s Margaret River. This is the most controversial wine of the night. I think it’s OK. BTW the other posts are by some of my drunk fellow Stelvins hence the spelling.

ok, so now we worked out that this wine is corked

Cab Shiraz from Coonawarra. 2002.

Wine No.9: A dirty old bastard. Old cork. Age. It smells. Soft Silky, It’s the smell of memory without the fact of memory. A bit of rubber band and leather, Caramel. Hasn’t got long. Palette’s got 3 minutes left. Just on its last legs. Sticking your nose in an ugg boot of a vestal virgin. If one closed one closed one’s eyes, it could be an old chardonnay. Sensational and a privilege to farewell such an elegant old gent. We think it’s 15-20 years old.

Jamison’s Run. 1988. A very old bastard.

Wine No.10: Another black bastard. A bit sweet and overcooked. a bit of age. Hot young. too early to tell. Raspberry jam Coonawarra stink. Attractive. Young 389 (jld). North of 14.5%. Needs to be drunk later. Shiraz cabernet.

Bin 389. 2004. Cab Shiraz.

Well that wraps it up for this installment, thanks again to @mike for such a great venue. Next stop on the @thestelvins train is paperbagbrandivino ‘s place in a few months, theme to be decided.

Stelvins Lord

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