On Thursday, we will be joined by Amber, a specialist in wines from “Down Under”, who will be presenting a quartet of amazing wines from esteemed producers throughout Australia. The wines we will be featuring for this exceptional tasting are representative of the “new” Australian wine-making ethos. Skewing away from mass-production, these wines are made from grapes grown responsibly, made with respect for the palate of an ever more discerning public and most importantly, perhaps, just plain delicious.
Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz ($21.99): This wine has a deep black color with a magenta hue. Aromatically it offers vibrant notes of blueberry and dark cherry. A juicy, fleshy palate is supported by ripe fruit with flavors spanning blood plum, red cherry and mulberry. Delicately built with fine, lingering tannins – wrapped up in integrated, well seasoned oak.
Yalumba ‘Bushvine’ Grenache ($19.99): Pale garnet tinged with purple, the Old Bush Vine offers enticing red cherry and raspberry preserves notes accented with suggestions of cinnamon stick, orange peel, red roses and white pepper. Medium-bodied and beautifully delicate in the mouth, filling the palate with red berries and baking spice cushioned with soft tannins and finishing with great length.
Earthworks Cabernet Sauvignon ($15.99): A deep blood red color with generous Barossa Valley aromas from a fine vintage: vanilla, blueberry, cherry ripe, violet, smoky oak and toasted almond. Featuring a lush, soft palate, the flavors lead with plum jam, vanilla and boysenberry. Hints of toast and dark chocolate complement the finish, which is full and generous.
Yalumba ‘Y-Series’ Viognier ($13.99): Light, bright straw. Vibrant peach and melon aromas are complemented by a deeper-pitched suggestion of honey. Silky and fruity on the palate, offering juicy pit and orchard fruit flavors that tighten up with air. An elegant, restrained rendition of this often flamboyant variety, finishing with firm grip and good zesty persistence.