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Wine education, wine tours, wines, Canberra, wine life, wine lovers
Wine education, wine tours, wines, Canberra, wine life, wine lovers

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What’s included in the wine tour:
transport (picks ups can be arranged – extra costs may apply depending on where you live and how many in your group)
tastings at 4 wineries
entree + glass of wine
lunch + glass of wine
dessert + glass of wine
our expertise and company!
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Some wine shows just get it right. High quality tipples, knowledgeable and friendly staff, tasty snacks and no fuss or tedious measuring of the wine being poured. The Murrumbateman Cool Climate Wine Show is a gem. Walking in, I’m faced with row after row of bottles of goodness from all over Australia. Friendly stewards greet us and we’re encouraged to start wandering the aisles pouring whatever takes our fancy – yes, you can pour the wine yourself, like a grown up, remember those days…
The Show begun in 1999 and coincidentally, there were 99 entries that year. This year there were almost 600 entries from 98 separate wineries across cool climate regions around Australia including Tasmania, Mornington Peninsula, Orange, Tumbarumba and of course Canberra. Cool climate wines are thought to be more refined and closer in style to wines found in the Northern Hemisphere. They are often (but not always) lower in alcohol and have more complex flavours as opposed to the big, bold fruit driven reds found in warmer regions such as the Riverina and the Barossa. In the past I have generally leaned towards bigger reds but the wines coming out of Canberra and other cool climate regions are truly impressive and deserve a place in my cellar (a fancy name for my stash of wine in the cupboard!)
Faced with almost 600 wines to choose from, it was tempting to just sample the trophy and medal winners however, I decided to let fate lead me in the hope I would discover a few gems of my own – which I did! A creamy chardonnay from Coppabella in Tumbarumba was a stand out. As was a zesty Riesling from Patrick in the Coonawarra. I’m always a little sceptical when it comes to Pinot as I think it’s a much hyped variety but very few fail to deliver. The 2013 from Home Hill Wines in Tasmania was the exception today with a great nose (a sommelier once told me that great pinots smell like crap – true!) and complex savoury notes balanced well with the fruit.
The Show is a fantastic addition to the local wine scene and seems to have a cult following among cool climate aficionados. I was surprised there wasn’t a larger crowd but it’s almost the show you don’t want to tell your friends about because it’s that good – I’m already looking forward to next year and we are planning something special with our wine tours so stay tuned. The next show on our list will be the Canberra International Riesling Challenge on 18 October – see you there!
The Murrumbateman Cool Climate Wine Show was held on Saturday 27 September at the Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds Hall. Full results can be found here http://www.murrumbateman.org.au/wineshow/Report-2014.htm
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What we’re drinking – an out of towner
Vines Wines 09.2014

Tonight we’ve decided to drink an ‘out of towner’. Hanwood Estate 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from McWilliam’s. My wife Elouise used to live just down the road from McWilliams and my father-in-law still does. Having grown grapes on his farm for 40 or so years, I’d say he’s probably sold grapes to these guys as well. These two (Elle & Pat) have consumed a fair amount of McWilliam’s wine over the years and I think I`m close to having caught up. I used to think about this wine as the type that I’d have a few glasses during the week as a good, honest red wine. I appreciate it much more these days and I sincerely think it’s better than that. When my father-in-law visited us in Canberra a couple of weeks back, he was gob-smacked that it was for sale at Urban Cellars in Curtin for $6.99 a bottle. Pat said he couldn’t get it for that even with a grower’s discount. He popped out that day and snavelled two cases. He gave Elle and I one of them. Thanks big guy!
Now, to the wine itself. On the nose I sense a light vanilla/mint aroma. Subtle, but it`s there. The fruit I could smell was some nice blackcurrant. Elle, despite being blocked up with a cold, said she could sense a creamy flavour which could mean malolactic fermentation which changes the jamy type of acids to a more creamy flavour. She knows her stuff that Elle so I didn’t second guess her. We used to attend a regular tasting when we lived in London which was attended by regulars and Elle used to pull out some amazing picks as to what she thought the wine was. One such ripper was a Sangiovese that she picked early in the night to the impressed conservative nods of a few wine drinking English folk. `Bravo! Here, here!’ went the compliments in lovely Brit accents. Simon, the wine host was equally impressed. I digress (massively). On the pallet-I get lovely soft tannin, that little bit of grit on my teeth and some nice berry fruit. This wine is a bit of a bargain at the moment…just saying!

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Bookings coming in for the Murrumbateman Moving Feast - we're excited, and hungry!

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Murrumbateman Moving Feast 4th October 2014 $150pp

What’s included:

transport (picks ups can be arranged – extra costs may apply depending on where you live and how many in your group)
tastings at 4 wineries
entree + glass of wine
lunch + glass of wine
dessert + glass of wine
our expertise and company!
You’ll learn a little and taste a lot so hope you can join us.
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We opened a bottle of McKellar Ridge 09 Merlot Cabernet Franc.  Merlot seemed to cop a backlash following the movie `Sideways` where the central character used to make jokes about this grape variety.  Great flic which I`ve watched over and over but never did get the joke made about merlot.  Anyhoo, Cab Franc finds its origins in Bordeaux which is interesting given the similar climatic conditions compared with Canberra (continental).  Could explain why this wine is very nice.

Good depth of colour with brick around the edges which is due to the few years of age.  I get subtle liquorice on the nose with some nice ripe plum.  I did get a whiff of vanilla at the outset and der, after looking on the back of the bottle (rooky error) it mentions the time the wine has spent in French Oak.  French Oak is not cheap and for around $25 on the shop shelf, good bang for buck.

On the fruit side I got some nice soft spice in the form of light pepper and there is good balance.  It stays with you for a while which relates to length.  Very nice – time to go tuck in to Elouise`s Beef Stir Fry.

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