Wine Australia – Nordic Tasting Stockholm, September 9, 2013
We were presented with a great selection (some 240+ wines) of what Australia has to offer today. There was a wide spectrum of offerings, from easy drinking today to those that needs 10-15 years in the cellar before ready to drink. I’m pleased to note that none of the wines I tasted were “bad” but perhaps less “interesting” than some of the others and that says a lot of the quality that Australia can offer today. The grapes are still dominated by Chardonnay and Shiraz and there is where I found the best producers but it is really great to see all the other varieties available like Durif, Malbec and Dolcetto. There my favorite is Route Du Van Dolcetto/Shiraz 2012, nicely blended for a great drinking experience today. I must admit my palate doesn’t really agree with all the “big” wines with high alcohol and a fiery taste but perhaps the tide will turn. Here are some of my favorites from yesterday:
- Plan B – A winery new to me. Really nice Riesling, Chenin Blanc and Shiraz.
- Curly Flat – Nice Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. (Sorry for the misspelling in the tweet but at least it sparked some responses)
- Sirromet Viognier 2009 – The best of the Other Australian Whites also very good Chardonnay
- Mark Walpole (Greenstone Shiraz 2010) and Viviana Ferrari (Ulupna Royal Phoenix 2010) shows that Shiraz is more enjoyable when well-balanced and smooth so you can taste all the subtleties
- All Saints Estate – Muscat Rutherglen Muscat NV. Packed with tasty raisins made it the best of the sweets.
- Best white wine – Moss Wood Chardonnay 2011. Great today but will be even better. Perfect balance between fruit, oak and spine
- Best red wine – Gemtree Obsidian Shiraz 2010. A real “beast” that needs 10-15 years to settle down but will be a stunning drink at that time
Many thanks to Wine Australia for setting this up.