Wine Tasting: Assorted Australians (26th Feb 1999)

An assortment of Australian table wines - blind tasting with wines revealed after each sample/pair of samples. I made a real mess of identifying these wines - I don't have much experience of mature Australians and it really shows!

1. 1995 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay

26th Feb 1999 Australia Table White

[Tasted Blind]
Bright, pale yellow/gold fading to clear at rim.
Developed, toasty, alcoholic nose with notes of citrus, nuts and melons [Certainly warm climate.]
Warm with sweet citrus fruit, a touch of oak and good balance. Quite light but nicely integrated and long.
Slightly hollow on the mid-palate but delicious. Possibly in shock.
[Guess: hot climate Chardonnay, about UKP 10]

2. 1996 Penfolds Bin 28 Shiraz

26th Feb 1999 Australia Table Red

[Tasted blind]
Opaque purple, paling gradually at rim. Very viscous.
Warm and alcoholic nose of plums, spice and ribena! Needs time.
Rich and round with good mouthfeel, black fruits, some peppery oak, furry tannins, decent length.
Dry finish with some bitterness coming through.
Needs 2-3 years, should last 10.
[Guess: Oz Cab/Merlot UKP 20]

3. 1996 Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz

26th Feb 1999 Australia Table Red

[Tasted Blind]
Very deep, purple/red, gradually paling - some maturity. Viscous.
Dense, peppery, black fruit and plum nose - more development than the Bin 28 but needs time.
Full bodied with soft, spicy fruits, lots of ripe tannin, some acidity and a layer of palate-masking alcohol.
[Guess: US Syrah - slightly dull due to high alcohol level - will this open out? UKP 10-15]

4. 1996 Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon

26th Feb 1999 Australia Table Red

[Tasted Blind]
Opaque red/purple with some fading at rim. Very viscous.
Great depth on the nose, brooding and young with stewed red berry fruit, herbs and lots of alcohol - hot climate!
Fat with sweet cassis and pepper flavours, ripe tannins, fresh acidity, good length and a dry finish.
Very young, but high quality.
[Guess: Rhone Syrah, ouch]

5. 1996 Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon

26th Feb 1999 Australia Table Red

[Tasted Blind]
Opaque, black/purple and very viscous with a slight paling at rim.
Deep and thick nose of leafy, minty cassis fruit, and some vanilla - clean and young.
Full bodied with firm, dry tannins, Quite clean fruit but rounded, with some oak and decent length.
Very young.
[Guess: Texture said Syrah, possibly European. Time to give up!]

6. 1991 Penfolds Bin 28 Shiraz

26th Feb 1999 Australia Table Red

[Tasted Blind]
Even, opaque, red/brown paling to brown rim.
Intense, inky nose of stewed figs, coffee and cream. Enticing, complex aromas of lightly toasted oak and nuts.
Medium bodied with rich, spicy flavours of cocoa, herbs and fat, ripe, black cherries.
Good acidity and a dash of old oak carry through onto a good, quite dry, finish.
[Guess: Burgundy ? UKP 25 - 20]

7. 1991 Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz

26th Feb 1999 Australia Table Red

[Tasted Blind]
Even, deep, brown/red paling to a brown/pink rim.
Rich, soft nose of meat, spices, forest fruits and a savoury, salty, alcoholic tang.
Medium bodied and silky with rich, sour, juicy black cherry flavours and a moderate dash of oak.
On the finish, flavours of herbs, tobacco, coffee grinds.
[Guess: Burgundy again, about UKP 20]

8. 1991 Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon

26th Feb 1999 Australia Table Red

[Tasted Blind]
Opaque, brown/red, browning to rim - mature/hot climate.
Restrained, but developed and complex nose of cassis, gooseberries and spice and some creamy oak.
Medium bodied and luscious with creamy, toasty oak; sweet cassis fruit and a layered, thick, complex, dry finish.
Drink now, or in 2 to 3 years.
[Guess: Oz Cabernet with 7 - 8 years in bottle]

9. 1991 Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon

26th Feb 1999 Australia Table Red

[Tasted Blind]
Opaque, black/purple, browning at rim - mature/hot climate.
Integrated nose of mint, cream, forest fruits, mulberries - lush, layered and developed.
Medium to full bodied with rich acidity, ripe, soft cassis fruit, well integrated oak and a dry finish with some tannins.
Drink now, or in two to three years.
[Guess: Oz Cab with 7 - 8 years bottle age.]

 
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