Evening Masterclass for German Sommelier Students today. I went through various wine regions with them – Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, McLaren Vale, Barossa and Coonawarra.
Some impressions from our wine portfolio:
Jim Barry, Florita Riesling 2018, Clare Valley: Crisp acidity, pure lime and lemon curd, quince, a whiff of appealing kerosene, savoury, salty mineral finish. Gorgeous start of the evening.
Tyrrell´s Semillon, HVD Vineyard 2013 – Vibrant acidity, lemon, orange marmalade and toasty notes with a lingering smokey finish. Very long and intense in the finish. This wine is why I love Semillon so much.
Yering Station Chardonnay 2017, Yarra Valley – The wine got a bit warm in the glass (guess I talked too much ), but still a solid choice. Fresh and precise acidity, bright white peach fruit with nuts and spices in the finish. An excellent finish of our white triple.
Kay Brothers, Griffon´s Key Grenache 2017, McLaren Vale – just a lovely wine with its intense perfume of violets and cherries. Pure bright flavours of red and black cherry with a sappy sweet core, velvety tannins and a rounded but still present acidity. Marvellous to drink now but could also mature further.
Wirra Wirra Church Block 2016, McLaren Vale – Luscious but fresh. Lovely plum, cassis, blackberries and boysenberries with liquorice and spice. Good length and intensity.
Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2016, Barossa – Well-crafted regional blend with freshness and intensity in an appealing combination. Ripe, plush dark fruit with a fresh spine of acidity. Very well balanced.
Penley Estate Project Wine Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra 2019 – very intense and focussed on the nose and palate. Ripe but still fresh dark fruit, cassis, blackberry, cherry with a touch of eucalyptus and juniper. Very long and lingering. Opened it much too early—what a beauty!!!