Saturday, 27 July 2013

Wines that go with a flood

It has been bucketing down in the Adelaide Hills over the last few days and the wind has been amazing. This has meant that the back part of my house has flooded. The house has been around for a while and just can't cope with a massive down pour. What this has meant is I want to sit by the fire and forget that I will have to clean it up when the weather changes. I feel in need for a wine that warms my bones and soothes my head. The wines below fit that mold.

Panorama Vineyard Chardonnay 2010

A lovely rich style of Chardonnay with beautiful acidity on the tail end. This wine has been crafted by the husband and wife team of Michael and Sharon Vishacki from grapes grown in Cradoc. The flavours of lime crystals, king island cream, grapefruits and spice is chiseled through the wine. The flavours are full bodied and comforting in nature which is just perfect.

Alcohol: 13.5%
Price: $35
Rated: 89
Drink: Now or later

Torbreck Woodcutter Shiraz 2012

Masses of yummy ripe and soft characters come form this wine in a intersting and comforting style. The ripeness comes across in the form of blueberry sauce, chocolate marshmellows, blackforest cake and tar. The wine is lovely and creamy in the mouth with nice acidity to finish it off. The palate is definaely in the rich and round end of the spectrum but that works well during this sort of weather.

Alcohol: 15%
Price: $25
Rated: 86
Drink: Now - 2017

Woodcutter's Shiraz

Elderton Estate Shiraz 2010

In the beginning there was toasty oak but it soon fades and melds into the background. Once the wine starts to come out of its shell, it shows lovely traditional Barossa flavours with a creamy mouthfeel a rocking tannins. While it is soft and cuddly in nature the acidity at brimming dry tannins makes this more top end than many of the wines under this label. One for the cellar and will look stunning with 5 to 7 under its skin.

Alcohol: 14.5%
Price: $26
Rated: 88
Drink: In 5 to 10 years

Majella The Malleea 2009

What a brilliant rendition of an old school Australian blend of Cabernet and Shiraz. I love how one of the best Coonawarra makers has used a blend as their flagship. The Cabernet is leading the show with ripe blackcurrant and spice before the Shiraz kicks in in the form of plum, dried herbs and boiled Christmas cake. The transition of flavours is beautiful but thy are a little to tight at the moment for full enjoyment. This is one for a nice roast lamb with Tom Cruise.

Alcohol: 14%
Price: $80
Rated: 92
Drink: In 5 years

 Head Wines Head Red Shiraz 2012

Vibrant and fresh with Barossa goodness or richness but without heavy flavours. Yum and easy to go back to. The wine is all about acidity, mouthfeel and intese flavours that transition well with a more restrained edge. It isn't funky or wierd but refined and layered with flavours of dark pastilles, dried earth, blackberries , Turkish spices and coco powder. Really I would care what the flavours are becuase the mouthfeel is beatiful and bright with a chalkiness running under the flavours. If you haven't tried one of Alex Head's wines it is time to get on board.

Alcohol: 14%
Price: $21 - $25
Rated: Bargain for the price! 89
Drink: In 6 years

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