ANZA Singapore BBQ March 2016

Wine Exchange Asia (WEA) regularly host for ANZA Singapore a barbeque and I was again lucky enough to be asked to help with the March 2016 edition. ANZA is a voluntary organization with an Australian / New Zealand focus that provides a variety of activities that enhance members time in Singapore.

These are small gatherings, up to 12 people, and are hosted by Bob from WEA at his Condo.

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The wines presented on this night were what I would call quaffers, good for a BBQ or to enjoy when something special might be considered a bit over the top.

Below are my notes on the wines that were presented on the night.

From this batch my favourites are the:

  • 2013 Kilikanoon Killerman’s Run – Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2010 Charles Cimicky Saint C – Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

The Wine

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1 Name: Majella Sparkling Shiraz
Vintage: 2009
Region: Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 14.5%
Colour: Deep, dark ruby
Aroma: Plum, raspberry, spice, vanilla and oak
Palate: Full-bodied with an abundance of fruit and a trailing sweetness
Tannins: Fine
Finish: Medium - long

Comment: Nice wine, not as good as a couple of the earlier vintages, but still enjoyable. Needs to be served cold!
2 Name: Innocent Bystander
Vintage: 2015
Region: Yarra and King Valleys, Victoria, Australia
Varietal: Pinot Gris
Alcohol: 13%
Colour: Bright pale straw
Aroma: Pear and green apple aromas
Palate: Crisp and refreshing
Finish: Medium

Comment: A good wine for a warm afternoon. Not as austere as most Pinot Gris, almost could be considered a Pinot Grigio
3 Name: Innocent Bystander
Vintage: 2014
Region: Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
Varietal: Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13%
Colour: Pale straw
Aroma: White peach, grapefruit, citrus and melon aromas
Palate: Crisp, opens up as it warms up.
Finish: Medium-long

Comment: Not a bad Yarra Valley Chardonnay. Needs to be served cool, not cold as that will constrain the palate and aromas. Good value for this quality.
4 Name: Charles Cimicky Saint C
Vintage: 2010
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Shiraz
Alcohol: 14%
Colour: Deep purple
Aroma: Pleasant, smoky mix of blackberry, blackcurrant and spice aromas
Palate: Full-bodied jammy palate, good structure and balance
Tannin: Fine
Finish: Medium - long

Comment: A high quality wine considering the price. Has aged well, worth a look.
5 Name: Kilikanoon Killerman's Run
Vintage: 2013
Region: Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14%
Colour: Deep Garnet
Aroma: An enjoyable earthy mixture of blackcurrant, spice, oak and chocolate aromas
Palate: Medium / full - bodied with good texture and balance
Tannin: Savoury
Finish: Long

Comment: Enjoyable, great nose and palate. I liked the savoury tannins and palate. A good wine for a BBQ or as a quaffer.
6 Name: Chris Ringland 3 Rings
Vintage: 2012
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 13.5%
Colour: Deep garnet
Aroma: Interesting, smoky mix of plum, blackberry, spice, black pepper, mocha and vanilla aromas
Palate: Full-bodied, but not overbearing
Tannin: Savoury
Finish: Medium-long

Comment: Good value for the quality, would apeal more to an American palate than an Australian one as it is not a huge Barossa Shiraz, another good quaffing wine. Suggest decanting it and leaving for a while as it improved greatly in the glass.
7 Name: Kalleske Pirathon
Vintage: 2012
Region: Basossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 14.5%
Colour: Deep crimson
Aroma: Pleasing mix of blackberry, liquorice, dark chocolate, spice and vanilla aromas
Palate: Full-bodied, rich palate, with a lush mouth-feel
Tannin: Smooth
Finish: Long

Comment: Great wine, needs some more age, but drinking well now. Looking forward to trying this again in a few years.


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