Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cheers, Mate!

I've spent the week drinking as much local Australian wine as my head I could handle. We live in a country with strict alcohol import laws, so we're unfortunately restricted on how much we can bring home [1 liter per person, which means I now have a mile long list for each time J returns!].

Should you be on the market for a new bottle or five, here are my recent favorites and their vineyard's tasting notes. Ranging from $12 - $30 a bottle, there's something for everyone.


Elderton Barossa Shiraz, 2004
A nose of chocolate, vanilla and cedar and with amazing purity of fruit and showing a generosity of plum, chocolate and blackberry flavors.

Alkoomi Shiraz Viognier, 2007
Attractive aromas of violets and anise overlay toasty almond French oak. The palate is full and finely structured with ripe cherry and raspberry fruit flavors. Fine, chalky tannins and seamlessly integrated French oak lead to a full and long finish.

Dalrymple Vineyards Pinot Noir, 2007
The nose displays lifted cool climate freshness, varietal cherry and raspberry fruits, aniseed and spiced delicate oak. The wine presents a bright, varietal palate with all the hallmarks of cool climate Pinot Noir. Cherry and raspberry fruits are demonstrated, which is balanced with fine grain tannins, classic pinot noir savouriness and cream. The wine finishes with lingering spice and cherry stone flavors.

Paringa Estate 'Peninsula' Pinot Noir, 2007
A fruit driven style that has genuine ripe pinot characteristics with considerable depth. The bouquet and palate has dark cherry fruit flavors and aromas, some spice and subtle oak characters.

Babich Sauvignon Blanc, 2007 [not Australian, but tasty enough to be included]
A pungent nose of ripe tropical fruits overlaying zesty lemon and lime greet the taster. The nicely weighted and textured palate explodes with fruit and leads into a lengthy finish of nettles and lime. This is a powerful yet balanced and refreshing wine.

26 comments:

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

what a treat...i'm jotting these down and will be trying out whatever i can find!

Christy said...

Yum - thanks! I haven't had a sip of wine all week as I'm detoxing from an extravagant vacation week, last week...where at least a bottle of prosecco was consumed a day. Before dinner. Ha!

How's the pooch? Show some pix!

Sarah Danielle: Jeune Marie said...

That shiraz sounds like the perfect accompaniment to a bowl full of berries and dark chocolate chips - my fave simple dessert.

Frau said...

I'm no wine connoisseur but in the states we love Australian wine called Yellow Tail. Every now and than we find it here in Germany and we get so excited! Do tell what did you do with your dog while you were gone?

Kèra Holzinger said...

i am a wine fanatic and i love trying new wines. Australian wines to me, seem to be the best. My recent favorite, which is cheap but still delicious, is Little Penguin. I plan on trying a few from your list, thanks for the suggestions!

Jenn said...

I'm so excited about this post! I have been looking for something new to try lately! Your Australian trip sounds absolutely amazing. I think you just gave me the travel itch! :)Thanks for the suggestions!

Crys said...

Ooo, thanks for the recommendations!!

Fifi Flowers said...

You seem to be having an AMAZING time!!! Keep ENJOYING!!!
Fifi

jae said...

We always try the Australian wines. I will make note of these! Maybe you should keep traveling and tasting so you can fill us in on wines around the world!

TheBeautyFile said...

THANK YOU! I am always looking for new, exciting wines especially from all over the globe. Gonna try one (if I can find one on Long Island) this weekend!

PS~Erin said...

I love a good (cheap) wine. Thanks for the recommendations!

afah said...

..no, lady..as a non-muslim guest in our country, there is no restriction on your access to wine and liqour..you can easily get them in KL..try Bukit Bintang area..importing is something else, though..sorry about the mosquitoes..we r in the tropics, after all...

Courtney said...

Afah: Thanks so much and yes we have bought wine/liquor in KL, but I'm referring to actually bringing back wines from Australia. There is a limit on alcohol you can import into the country when traveling. Thanks again though!

Shani said...

I've had the Dalrymple Pinot Noir before and really enjoyed it. I would love to try the Shiraz on your list! Sounds like you are having a great time!

Debra said...

You have an alluring way of describing your wines. We love trying all different wines and sharing them with friends. I have copied your list and will check them out. Would love to knnow if you have a dog-sitter or do you board Burkley? Two dogs has certainly curtailed our traveling together much. We can't find the perfect place for our pups. Cheers!

Kimberlee said...

all yummy! we do good wines, what can I say. You have to come South next time Courtney, and take you to the wineries xx

ShawnJL said...

My GF just got me into wine, and I LOVE it. Any suggestions?!

Renae said...

How fun for you to travel to Aussie land! I do like their wine and will keep an eye out for these!
thanks for sharing and have a fab time...
Blessings

Lindsey said...

I will definitely be trying the Babich asap. Your blog is fantastic! I'm glad I found it.

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hye-in hailey choi said...

how awesome. i've been craving wine all week! definitely taking notes and heading over to get them sometime soon. thanks Courtney!

Haven and Home said...

Oh I love wine, I will have to try these. I hope you are having a wonderful time!

The Lil Bee said...

OOH I am so bookmarking this! I always need wine suggestions. Glad to see you had a good weekend:)

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Katie said...

You're missing out on one of our favorites - Molly Dooker!

Courtney said...

I love having new wines to try, and I am bookmarking this list for the future! Thanks C!