New Wave Antipodian Chardonnay & Pinot Noir in Youth, Shiraz & Syrah in Maturity

16th Feb 2012

Good Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are by and large gratifyingly delicious almost from the moment they are bottled, whereas fine Syrah or Shiraz are for the most part forbiddingly hard work when young. Hence the ‘Youth’ and ‘Maturity’. Australia has produced restrained, elegant styles in its cooler areas for a very long time (think of Mt Mary’s track record), it is just that  their presence has tended to be masked by the preponderance of high alcohol bruisers. But restraint is currently fashionable there, and the two Chardonnays and five Pinot Noirs we will taste are really classy examples of this pure, subtle style, from the Mornington Peninsular, Victoria in the case of Australia; from Marlborough and Central Otago in New Zealand’s case.
For the mature Shiraz / Syrah there is the contrast of a superb, ‘classic’ old vines Barossa Shiraz from Yalumba, next to the cooler climate restraint of Victoria’s Yarra Yering. And a cooler, but very stylish, vintage for Jaboulet’s La Chapelle to finish up with. Splendid mature drinking.

2008 Yabby Lake Vineyard Chardonnay; Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
2008 Kooyong Faultline Chardonnay; Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

2009 Kooyong Estate Pinot Noir; Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
2009 Ten Minutes by Tractor McCutcheon Pinot Noir; Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Aus.

2009 Dog Point Pinot Noir; Marlborough, New Zealand
2009 Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir; Central Otago, New Zealand
2009 Mount Difficulty Packspur Pinot Noir; Central Otago, New Zealand

2000 Yalumba Octavius Shiraz; Barossa Valley, S. Australia
1990 Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz; Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
1991 Hermitage La Chapelle, Syrah; Northern Rhône, France          

 

Course Price of 10 Wines - £79
 

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