Hi All, please bear with me whilst I get my head around how to present my wine tastings as a part of the Australian Table. These nights can be fairly “big” and I am still working out how to take notes that can be presented here. If you have any suggestions let me know.
The Australian Table has been in existence in Singapore a number of years, believe it is around 30 years, and is a collection of guys who are interested in wine. Each month we meet at a restaurant to share our wines in accordance with the theme, as you can guess these themes usually have an Australian aspect.
August 2014’s theme was Bordeaux blends (Cabernet dominant) – Australia & the World (Bordeaux itself, USA, NZ, Italy, Spain, etc). The line up on the night was pretty good, if not stunning! We were lucky enough to taste wines from all the world, Bordeaux, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Lebanon and China (yes China).
Chateau Larmande 2001
Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia 2008
Meerlust Rubicon 2008
Lakes Folly 2002
Mount Mary Quintet 2004
Chateau Pontet Canet 1978
Philip Shaw 17 2005
Man O’ War Ironclad 2009
Vasse Felix CS 1996
Moss Wood Glenmore Vineyard CS 1997
Cullen Diana Madaline 2008
Lindemans Pyrus 1998
Chateau Musar 2005
Grace Vineyard ‘Tasya’s Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (China)
Vega Sicilia Unico Reserva Especial 2004 (blend of 1985, 1990 and 1991)
Five Oaks 1998
Château Léoville Las Cases 2004
Mount Mary Quintet 1993
2004 Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chateau Clerc-Milon
Apologies for the photos, a new camera and alcohol does not mix very well 🙂
The format of the evening is determined by the person appointed the chair for the night, they will decide which wines are tasted in each flight and then facilitate the tasting. Each wine is reviewed by 2 people and then the discussion is opened up to the rest of the table. The flights are usually timed to occur in conjunction with a course of the meal, but on night like this one, we had two or three flights per course, a flight can be 2 wines, matched for a specific reason, ie different vintages of the same wine or different wines of the same varietal from the same year.
I am a novice compared to the other members of the table, but in order to change that, I need to learn and this is a great forum to do that in.
At the end of the night we vote for First, Second and Third wines of the night, unfortunately the votes for this nice have gone missing, I wonder why 🙂
For future tables I will be doing my best to provide more information on the wines and the final tally!