It’s getting hard, even for a wine enthusiast like me, to find original and interesting wines to experiment with. Every time I visit my local cellar I wander down the aisles, hoping to find something special. Not just a wine that I know I would enjoy (and since I know my tastes and preferences intimately, this is never a problem), but something that will really make me think. It’s the difference between a throwaway magazine and a well-written novel, and unfortunately it seems that the former always outnumbers the latter.
Failing to find something interesting this time, I reached deep into my modest cellar and found this wine, yet another long-forgotten gift from another time.
- Clarity: Clear
- Intensity: Medium
- Colour: Gold
- Condition: Clean
- Intensity: Medium+
- Development: Developing
- Sweetness: Dry
- Acidity: Medium
- Tannin: N/A
- Alcohol: Medium-
- Body: Medium
- Flavor Intensity: Medium
- Finish: Medium
- Quality: Good
- Readiness/Cellaring: Can drink now, potential to cellar
- Identity: Australia / Orange / Chardonnay
- Price: High-priced (~$26)
- Long, thick tears
- Aromas of oxidised peach, marmalade, apricot jam, vanilla
- Flavours of lemon, green apple, toast, peach, vanilla
- Seems very flavourful upfront, but palate seems to disappear at the end
- Nose and palate profile are markedly different
- Interesting as an aperitif, due to savouriness
Here’s an interesting experiment: compare the notes for this wine to this review here. Note the similarities and differences – same region, similar age, different varietal, some aromas and flavours seem to overlap, but others are wildly different. I encourage you to make your own conclusions.
When you cannot taste two different wines at the same time, your notes and your memory are all you can rely on. We don’t always have the luxury of organising a simultaneous tasting of various wines, so it’s important to be aware of every aroma, every flavour, and appreciate it to the fullest.
Read more: Essential #4 – The Wine Glasses