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Wine and more wine from Clare Valley!

June 11, 2017

Greetings!

 

Yesterday’s trip was full of wine! And sun, it was a glorious day in Clare Valley, much sunnier and nicer than Adelaide. And with Sea and Vines ongoing in McClaren Vale, it is perfect to visit other regions.

Taylors..oh yes. Long weekend sale, so we arrived early and immdiately laid our hot hands on a box of museum release Jaraman Chardonnay. The find was the Riesling thoughEden Valley grown from 2004 for 75 dollars for six bottles. Smooth, elegant Mosel style, wonderful, no tongue curdling Watervale ‘mild corrosive for cleaning reluctant teeth’. Our friends who asked us to buy Gewurztraminer if they had any on sale will be thrilled! If not, that box is MINE!

Then there were TWP Montepulciano, and a nice Merlot, and then we got three kinds of Cab sav, 2010 Jaraman, 2009 and 2010 Taylor’s own brand Cab sav. The Jaraman is made from Coonawarra grapes, and is absolutely fabulous! Oh and there were quite a few people there ūüėč and no, we did not buy any Shiraz. We did buy a bit for friends and colleagues, I am sure that they will be thrilled too.

After that…phew….we went to Eldredge and sampled their beautiful Malbec and checked in to see how their Blue Chip Shiraz was going. We were joking about the fact that we have their 2015 vintage of Blue Chip at home, the bottles are hoarded, and then we go to their cellar door during the year to sample and find out how the wine develops. We did have a long nice conversation about the next edition of their Gilt Edge Shiraz, one of the best Shirazes out there. A year away, le sigh. We do have some 2007 left.

Then Skillogalee for a late lunch, and wow, they have released a 2015 Gewurztraminer, which achieved a whopping 95 points from James Halliday, and whilst I may not always agree with the rating but this time, this is hands down one of the best and most powerful fragrant aromatic Gewurztraminer here in Oz. Get¬†it¬†before it is too late. Who cares if it is Winter! It took on pasta, anchovies, capers, tomato…..without batting an eyelid ( we had the roasted garlic and anchovy dip with Cabernet soaked toast as a starter, then a wonderful Vitelli tonnato with capers-fried,¬†recipe¬†and then a small pasta dish …..with the Gewurztramner, what else?).

Whilst in Clare, we did what we almost aleays try to do…visit a new winery, so this time we went to Jeanneret. I did a double take because their tasting list was very similar to Eldredge, but ( didn’t sample the Rieslings)…..too much sugar, everywhere. The poor Malbec! The Grenache blend..vojne. But Jeanneret is also the home of the Clare Valley brewing company, ‚ô•ÔłŹ so not all lost.

A long wine inspired day. And smashing food at Skillogalee. It is June so middle of Winter in the Southern Hemisphere, which means it gets dark at six. And it is cold.

Mad month of March

March 12, 2017

Greetings!

 

Has been a hasty quick stressful start to the new year, which is why it is mid March on the blog. Some milestones, we are very close to our citizenship ceremony, which is fantastic! I shall see about photos.

On wines and good food, lots and plenty has happened. Went to a nice winery close to Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills by the name of Golding, and came home with their wonderful white wine blend by the name of Mixed Bunch. You know, quintessential white whine golden goodness, perfect allrounder, a good drop that everyone likes. Yup, that was from 2012, and is /was definitely worth it.

 

Then Chardonnay. I must admit, I have been on a Chardonnay kick lately. And let’s get real here, what is referred to here as the modern version of Chardonnay which is all oak (lets go through a package of tongue¬†spatulas to scrape off the oak), and acid (oak leaves are high in tannins and acids), and thin because oak and acid are bold tastes, isn’t where I am going with this. So, having said all that, let me contradict myself with Bremerton’s Battonage Chardonnay 2014, Rebecca Willson knows what she is doing, oak AND creamy. Wow.

Then Taylor, yep Taylor in Auburn Clare valley. They have something wonderful called Taylor Made 2016 which has oak and sweet tropical¬†fruit and creamy finish, then in their TWP range ( The Winemaker’s Project)another sweeter(think fruit and strawberries) but still creamy full bodied Chardonnay, and finally the flagship¬†St Andrews Chardonnay which is the silky elegant Chardonnay with a sumptious fantastic finsh. 2015.

Pick one? Nope. But let’s leave the oak and the tannins in the bog, it is wonderful in whiskey.

Onto another dear wine variety, and our latest love is Pinot noir from Rileys of Eden valley, 2015. Their 2016 has just been issued, and I think our bottles must be suffering from shock still, it has a bit left to go before coming close to their 2015. But hoping…in the meanwhile, hang onto those 201(!

What else? Um…mostly going with old favourited. Eldredge Blue Chip Shiraz, that wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Pikes also in Clare Valley. Been trying to make a dent in some Tscharke as well as there seems to be a lot of them about.

 

Food; well, have just made the first ever tonnato sauce, and I don’t understand why this wonderful recipe has escaped us all those years.

 

link recipe

 

Doubled the lemon juice, and served with lemon basil on the side, heaps of it. Excellent with ovengrilled salmoncovered in chili sauce. Kipfler potatoes, and you are set.

Wonderful on a rainy day in Adelaide.