Three Wizards of Oz
A big beautiful grab-bag of wines today!! Feeling very fortunate.
A and OB1 gave us a lovely bottle of Aussie Shiraz as a wedding present. After Saturday’s ride, I asked OB1 whether I should ‘drink or hold’? He must have asked A, cos she then came back to me to say that L and I must come over to try a glass and decide for ourselves! And so we did….
Joseph Angel Gully Shiraz Clarendon McLaren Vale 2011
Enjoyed on their deck bathed in the sun. The best way to drink a wine from the Lucky Country!
Deep dark carmine. Primo vino. 14.5%. Floral, big, aromatic, licorice, cedar, choc mocha. Superb. Made in an Amarone style – intense berries, soft ripe fruit.
Amazeballs. Outstanding 5
Then we were able to try this beauty…
Joseph Moda Cab Sav Merlot McLaren Vale 2011
Deep dark carmine. 15% alc. Somewhat closed nose, eucalyptus, pencil shavings and graphite.
Mushrooms, underbrush, wild thyme. Wants another year or two to open out. Amazing fruit. A gorgeous food wine.
Sibling of Amazeballs. BTVG 4+
Then we headed off to J and B’s house for dinner. I brought along a bottle of Pra Otto Soave 2013 which served as a light and pretty aperitif, but this was the star of the meal:
Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz 2012
Finished in aged whiskey barrels. First vintage.
Heady bouquet liquorice, spice, and dark plums.
Generous and rich on palate with red fruits and dark choc, vanilla, nutty notes and soft dense fine tannins.