Charlemagne Wine Club - 2011 Tastings
Monday 21st November 2011
Australian Terroir and Aging presented by Paul Mapplebeck
Many wine drinkers still believe that Australia cannot be a great wine provider since the hot climate hinders production of flavoursome whites and complex long lasting reds. However, Australia is a big place with many microclimates.
Paul Mapplebeck will use wines from at least 6 different areas to show old concepts are outdated. Although we will start by comparing recent fine Oz wines with wines way back to 1994 and 1995, we will finish with a £150 wine - 2000 Penfolds Grange - to experience one of the world's greatest and longest lasting reds.
Wines tasted were:
2010 Hunter Valley Chardonnay
2009 Tasmanian Sauvignon Blanc
2007 Ring-Bolt Cabernet Sauvignon (Margaret River, W.A.)
1994 Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon (Coonawarra, S.A.)
2005 Maranaga Dam Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre (Barossa Valley, S.A.)
2001 Charles Melton Nine Popes (Barossa Valley, S.A.)
2008 Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz (Clare Valley, S.A.)
1995 St. Hallett Old Block Shiraz (Barossa Valley, S.A.)
2000 Penfolds Grange (various S.A. vineyards)