Wine Tasting 9/29

Posted in Uncategorized by HVINE ADMIN on September 24, 2009

Continent of Value : Great Wine Regions of Australia

I know that for many of us, Australian wine is Australian wine. The bottles are usually pretty easy to identify on the supermarket shelves, just look for the brightest colored labels with the funky name. Usually, the inky purple stuff inside is just as outrageous as the label would suggest. The wines are dense, concentrated and above all…fruity. Yet, lost somewhere in the shuffle of what has become known as “critter wine” are the truly classical wines from “down under” that you won’t find on a shelve somewhere next to your favorite brand of cooking Marsala. Australia is actually quite regional, not surprising since it’s also it’s own continent. Western Australia is actually quite cool and better suited to wines of elegance and finesse whereas the Barossa Valley is more prone to massive, inky reds culled from gnarled vines. Rutherglen is home to some extraordinary “stickies” or dessert wines whereas the region simply known as “South Australia

” is bringing value to the table with lovely, perfumed Viognier.    



Tuesday September 29th, 2009 

6:00-9:00 pm 

No charge for tastings 


Yalumba ”Organic” Viognier 2007 South Australia

Greenish yellow. Fresh peach and minerals on the nose. A subtle floral quality adds dimension and carries onto the palate, which features light-bodied citrus and pit fruit flavors. Steven Tanzer 88 points

BTG $5.75                Retail $14.99


Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Margaret River, Australia

Dark ruby-colored, it reveals toasty red currant and black currant aromas. This leads to an elegant, Bordeaux-like wine with excellent balance and 3-4 years of aging potential. It is a great value.

Robert Parker 88 points

BTG $6.50                Retail $17.99


Henschke “Henry’s Seven” S/G/M 2006 Barossa Valley, Australia

A solid red, with distinctly peppery character carrying through from the first whiff to the final sip, offering dark berry and black olive flavors. Wine Spectator 90 points

BTG $10.75              Retail $29.99


Jim Barry “The Lodge Hill” Shiraz 2006 Clare Valley, Australia

Bright and effusive, slipping a spicy note into the mix as the blackberry and red cherry flavors pop. Veers toward peppermint as the finish lingers with supple texture. Wine Spectator 91 points “Smart Buy”

BTG $7.25                Retail $19.99


Yalumba “Museum Reserve” Muscat NV (375mL) Rutherglen, Australia

The Non-Vintage Museum Reserve Antique Tawny is medium amber-colored with aromas of ginger, figs and dates. Intense, ripe, and very sweet. Robert Parker 92 points

BTG $6.00 (2.5oz)   Retail $17.99