Archive for the 'Wine' Category

Jim Barry – Three Little Pigs Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec(Clare Valley) 2004

Friday, February 29th, 2008

This interesting blend of Shiraz, Cab Sauv and Malbec is rather tasty but beginning to show its age. Smell – hint of menthol, red fruit and red berries. Taste – Chunky wine with a great weight and phenomenal finish. Black fruits and berries up front, some slightly sour(this was nice, somewhat juicy) fruit and spices […]

Unofficial WLTV rip off segment! (Hugh Hamilton Sangiovese Blend 2005)

Monday, February 4th, 2008

This was an effort to promote and encourage trying of different wines at my work, along with getting people to have a look at WLTV. Email I sent out: Welcome – to the rip off of wine library TV, I am your host malliemcg!Today – just for you we have the WLTV ( ) […]

Seaview – Pinot Noir/Chardonnay Brut – Traditional Method (1999)

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Nose – Hints of multi grain toast with a lemon or lime butter with the ever tiniest whiff of nutmeg and cinnamon. Palate – explosion of little bubbles, nice sour apple with citrusy flavours and the yeasty notes that one would expect from a “methode traditionelle”, slight nuttiness ending with a wonderfully refreshing acidic crispness […]

d’Arenberg – “Galvo Garage” – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot (2003)

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Left to decant for 2.5 hours before trying. Nose – The initial overpowering smell of black currants and other red fruit have blown off – they are there but much more muted. HInts of mint and freshly opened liquorice (black) here. Very subtle hints of a forest fire miles away whilst you’re standing in a […]

Wolf Blass Grey Label (Cabernet Sauvignon – Langhorne Creek) 2004

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Opening the screwcap on this 04 there was a wonderful explosion of fruit. However I’ve left it to sit in the decanter these past 45 minutes. The nose in the glass has all sorts in it – lots of mint, some bbq hot rocks with fat burning on them and a wopping amount of alcohol. […]

Richard Hamilton – Centurion Shiraz (2001)

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

Coming from 109 year old vines in the McLaren ?Vale region of south Australia I’m expecting good things from this wine.?Fairly tight nose. Some deep red fruits showing through the alcohol – plums and the like.Colour is extremely deep red almost purple.A whole heap of oak is here, not much fruit showing through. Somewhat disappointing. […]

Scarpantoni Estate – Estate Reserve (Shiraz/Cabernet) 1999

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

Dark red berries on the nose, black currant (cassis) is there too along with smoky tannins overlaid on a subtle sweet/pepper mint (mentholy) which is just intoxicating along with hints of freshly cracked black pepper. Buried somewhere in this nose is a little liquorice or molasses. Oh what a nose job this wine has – […]

Chatteau Quattre (1996) (Cahors)

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

From the Cahors region in France, this red drop is made up of 79% Auxerrios 13 % Merlot 8% Tannat From what I’ve been able to determine in the Cahors region Auxerrios would be known as Malbec in the rest of the world. No idea when its good to drink (or if its way past […]

O’Leary Walker – Shiraz (Clare Valley/McLaren Vale) 2005

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

decanted 15 minutes before trying Fruity nose – hard to pin down – its definitely sweet hints of liquorice even a little menthol (think fishermans friend). Colour is deep red/purple in hue fading to hints of brown on the rim of the glass. Initial peppery spice on the palate followed up by nice clean red […]

Gavioli – Primativo (2004)

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

Hailing from Italy this primativo has an interesting colour – not particularly intense – somewhere near ruby in colour, with a dash of red delicious – you can see your fingers through it in a tilted glass.\ The nose has hints of dark berries, overlaid on a subtle forest floor with a new road running […]