Just popping in here to say 'hi' to all on this forum.
I'm based in Melbourne, Australia and am from a totally different background (neuroscience research). I enjoy tasting through a broad range of wines, with a reference for Grenache, Shiraz Viognier blends, Riesling and dessert wines. While most visitors to Snooth might be from the US market with a reasonable access to Australian wines, there is must more to be uncovered IMO. I used to travel to the Barossa Valley regularly to cover harvest conditions, do barrel tastings and when new releases were premiered. Alas, work has not permitted me to do so in recent years but I hope to correct that!
Looking forward to enjoyable conversations here!
Hellos from Australia
- Reply by Craig Bilodeau, May 9, 2012.
Welcome Tntpang! Looking forward to your contributions, particularly on the desert wine side. Many of the conversations on this forum revolve around the big reds, so a contributor passionate about desert wines would be a great addition to the forum!
- Reply by amour, May 9, 2012.
You do have something special to offer us!
What would you, (your opinion), consider THE BEST OF THE BEST that Australia produces (for export) in robust reds?
Looking forward to a reply asap!!!
- Reply by Terence Pang, May 9, 2012.
Hi there Craig, I think a desert environment would be made more enjoyable if one could carry around a case of dessert wines through the sands! j/k. I'm meant to be tasting through some auslese and spatleses from back vintages soon, so I'll definitely share the notes on those here. Trouble with sweet wines, too much sugar for my system and teeth!
Hi Amour, you've certainly posed a tricky and controversial question. Even within the winemaking circles in Australia, opinion is divided on what constitutes a good quality robust red. Firstly, simply disregard all yellowtail. I know that the Penfolds business model is undergoing change with the intention of marketing it more strongly in the US as Australia's premium wine label. Personally, the price hikes on their latest releases do not match the quality offered, so they're on my no-buy list now.
Michael Twelftree of 'Two Hands' is producing big Barossan reds and he invests a lot of time interacting with his US customers. His wines are very bold, full-throttle, slap in the face type of wines.
A personal favourite of mine is Damien Tscharke's wines also from around the Barossa Valley district. He produces the Glaymond and Tscharke labels. The Glaymond is of a higher price point, and offers solid shiraz, cabernet sauvignons and grenache. The Tscharke label is brilliant for someone to experience how the Australian climate gives a twist to other variatels such as Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Montepulciano, Savagnin (ex-Albarino, that's another story) and a Touriga Nacional port.
Of course, there are the Margaret River cabernets which have had several vintages of high quality. I should be tasting through a few of these this weekend, so I can make a post of these later.
- Reply by amour, May 10, 2012.
You did well..........And how I love you for moving beyond SHIRAZ SHIRAZ SHIRAZ!!
Your favourite....Tscharke...I will explore!
The effects of various different climate contexts present a range of surprises to the palate; I welcome your point.
Australian climate twists registered on humble Zinfandel, for example...on Tempranillo as well,
could possibly prove interesting.....adding to the CURIOUSITY of the wine experience.
SNOOTHERS who know TSCHARKE, may wish to share their opinions.
CHEERS ALL! amour
- Reply by JonDerry, May 10, 2012.
Sounds great Terence, we could definitely use some Aussie perspective around the board. We haven't heard from our old pal Stephen Harvey, also from Australia in a while.