Wine Talk

Snooth User: abergsma

I need advice!

Posted by abergsma, Jun 22, 2010.

I would like to buy some 2000 vintage wine (the year my husband and i were married) that would be best drunk in 2010 to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. My preference would be for something from the Margaret River region of Western Australia, or alternatively anything from Australia or New Zealand. Can anyone make any recommendations?

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Reply by John Andrews, Jun 22, 2010.

Hi there!  A few of questions here to help dial in the recommendation. 

  • Do you have a preference in style of wine?  Varietal?
  • What is your price point?  What is the most you would pay?
  • Would you be pairing this with food or 'just drinking'? ;-) 

I have some ideas but don't want to recommend something totally off base. 

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Reply by StevenBabb, Jun 22, 2010.

john, i have a question for you.... do nz/australian wines age well? i had trouble finding any tasting notes from the 2000 vintage... i know of some good producers down there, but have always considered their wine to be early drinkers...

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Reply by John Andrews, Jun 22, 2010.

@Steven ... For Australia, absolutely!  Most of what gets imported to the US from Australia is the younger ready to drink wines but a perfect example of wine with longevity is Penfolds Grange.  There are many others as well but we don't always get access to them.  Another (which I invested in recently) is Brookenwood Graveyard Shiraz. 

With NZ wines I'd say they are wines better enjoyed in their youth but there are a number of great pinot producers that are producing wines that might age well.  With NZ I am not as sure as I am with Australia. 

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Reply by StevenBabb, Jun 22, 2010.

i'm a fan of penfolds, and if i were to guess, i woulda said they would be the ones to age.... there's just not enough time in my day to explore it all.... yet...

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Reply by abergsma, Jun 23, 2010.

I can't tell you how grateful I am for your help! I don't have a varietal preference - I guess I would lean toward a red but otherwise will enjoy anything. I'm happy to pay up to $150 AUD ($100-$130 US) and haven't thought about food yet...in fact I would probably plan the meal around the wine, or drink it on its own, depending on what's best.

Thank you so much!!

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Reply by abergsma, Jun 23, 2010.

Had a look at Penfolds Grange - $500 AUD is probably a little past my price point but I would be happy to go up to $200 really...do you think there will be anything in that price range?

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 23, 2010.

Where are you located? Judging by your AUD$ quote, should I assume Oz?

If you want to go whites, Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay (there are several options) from Margaret River would be a great choice. Another good one would be Kumeu River from N.Z.  Both of them from 2000 should be drinking very well about now, as long as the bottles have been stored properly.

With reds, there are even more choices, even though 2000 is a vintage that has some detractors. Penfold's Grange is likely beyond your budget. But their Bin 389 and Bin 407 Cabernet blends should also be special, with the 389 being my first choice. If you're looking for something big, softly rounded and fruity (but with a certain degree of class), from Margaret River, you could do worse than Virgin Block Shiraz. A Woodlands cab/merlot blend, also on the plush side, might be good. A Lenton-Brae cab/merlot blend could also be an option.

Personally, I like the Penfolds Bin 389 wine best of this lot, but it seems there may be a story behind your Margaret River interest....

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 23, 2010.

Forgot to mention, but I'd go with *both* a red and a white... ;-)

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Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Jun 23, 2010.

I've enjoyed Penfold's Bin 707 Cabernet with a bit of age on it in the past.  It should squeak in under the OP's budgetary restrictions.

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 23, 2010.

The 707 is a very big, extracted, almost black wine, and can be delicious when you're in the mood. Unfortunately I find it a bit simplistic, and the 389 a little more complex....

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Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Jun 24, 2010.

A few years does wonders for it, though.


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