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Moroccan Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks w/ Couscous

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

8 frenched lamb shanks 2 tbsp plain flour 1/4 cup olive oil 2 med brown onions chopped coarsely 3 garlic cloves 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp ground coriander 1 cup dry red wine 2 tbsp honey 1 litre chicken stock 2 small sweet potatoes chopped coarsely. Toss lamb in flour. […]

Tatachilla – Shiraz (Reserve) 2008

Friday, September 17th, 2010

This drop hailing from the McLaren Vale this is an interesting wine at the price point. (Currently available at 12.90 when purchasing 6 wines from Dan Murphy’s). Nose: This is nice and brooding, rather dark. Spicy, a little star anise and vanilla. It’s fantastic and seems to evolve in the glass, my favorite aspect of […]

Wine Cellar in a cupboard

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

One of my mates sent me a link to this site that has a step by step build plan for creating a cellar in a cupboard. Instructable for mini wine cellar. This solution intruiges me and is worthy of some consideration. If I could improve my passive cellarability I’d be a very very happy camper […]

Penfolds – 2002 St Henri Shiraz

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Even after 6 hours decanting time this wine is still very tight and closed up. The nose is fragrant savoury smells along with liquorice, some dark berry – I’ve smelt this before but am unsure what is it. A dash of clove along with some Chocolatey characteristics. On the palate – there is fruit starts […]

Penfolds – “What’s customer service?”

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

I’m not too happy with Penfolds today – had a 2002 St Henri Shiraz (one of a 6 pack – this pack had 4 in it, and one of these remaining 4 had a leaky cork). After removing two for gifts I had placed other bottles into the box – 1x 2004 Wirra Wirra RSW […]

Microwaving beats boiling for cooking most veggies

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Microwaving beats boiling for cooking most veggies Dear people of the anti-microwave cult – the mob who say no I don’t want microwaved food it ruins – please allow me to direct you to some research that have quantified how much microwaving reduces the anti-oxidants within foods. Seems like many foods don’t mind this and […]

Hugh Hamilton Cabernet Sauvignon ‘The Villian’ 2005

Friday, February 13th, 2009

2005 Hugh Hamilton Cabernet Sauvignon The Villain Glenelg – Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, McLaren Vale (2/11/2009)A slightly green nose and palate. A good schwag of dark fruit. Oak still very prominent in this wine, held together really well for 48 hours under vacu-vin, there was a large amount of heat on this puppy, I’m not […]

Wirra Wirra – ‘Sparrows Lodge’ Pinot Gris – 2007

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

This review is painful to write – I am sure I will be forgiven any offence caused in it’s posting, for in the wine world there is a chance that this is a one off event a bad bottle, some fluke cause by the handling, or it could be representative… so with apologies I pen […]

Orlando ‘Trilogy’ (Sparkling Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Miunier) NV

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

This sparkling has been fermented in the bottle on the lees for 18 months. The nose has subtle hint of creamy lemon zest with an odd smell of skinned carrots w/ freshly cut capsisum. The tiny bubbles slowly come out of the wine as it hits the tongue, which is disappointing as something like this […]

Barossa Valley Estate – ‘Ebeneezer’ Shiraz (2001)

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

This wine was past it’s peak with some bricking beginning to show in the colour. I’d held on for just a little too long. The nose was all over the shop and after about 3 hours had pretty much blown off, however the palate was surprisingly resilient. The black fruit was there a sort of […]