The sun set on the Thames , on a glorious pre world cup evening.
Some of Australia’s finest wines were presented by one of their leading Winemakers – Andrew Wigan to entertain a full house of 35.
We were also delighted to have experienced oenologist , Keith Andrews and Joe Roberts of the Hess collection at The Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe .
A gourmet four course dinner was served
Starter-Char-grilled king prawns with mango and coriander salsa.
Main-Wagu Beef, young leaks, purple sprouting broccoli and Sauce Choron
Dessert-Montgomery cheddar with Eccles cakes
Coffee and petit fours
with the following wines
Wigan Riesling 2008
Margaret Semillion 2007
Mentor Cabernet Shiraz Malbec
Botrytis Semillion 2011
Full tasting notes and further details of our favourite wines of the night and where to buy then to follow
Full on , massive , you can almost chew it.
If you enjoy a blockbuster Barossa Shiraz this is for you. Along the lines of an Amarone.
Delicious , lovely more unidimensional than hoped for but great body , length , intensity which
make it a worthy New Year 2014 wine of the month , though lacking in complexity.
Available via Exelwines and Cellarlink
Deep flavoured, concentrated, intense shiraz, full of spice, liquorice and black fruits. Lovely balance, silky tannins and long finish.
Found in Iceland! at the seafood grill Reykjavic, managed to buy half a case. N/A UK. Please contact me, I may part with a tasting sample!
International wine challenge gold, 2010. Brilliant value, 14.5%, deep dark garnet colour. Robust aromas of rasberry, coffee, cherry, mulberry, chocolate and liquorice. Fine to open on Monday pm and enjoy as the week progresses. In fact, it opens up over a few days, gradually revealing sensual ripe sweet tannins. This wine is packed with the lot and is remniscent of the far costlier Jim Barry McRae Wood, which is also excellent. This is a bargain 20% off at Majestic, down to £7.99. (I may have snapped up Majestic’s stock, but it is also available through other merchants – check out www.wine-searcher.com
This is an absolute corker. Should have been on the single malt in Ballater, Royal Deeside, Scottish Highlands, but whisked away by this brilliant full bodied shiraz by Jim Barry, Clare Valley, Australia.
Tried at the Green Inn with Aberdeen Angus steak and panfried foie gras. Just fantastic with bags of fruit, mulberries, blackberries, liquorice, sweet vanillins, soft tannins.
Found it on www.drinksdirect.com on special for £18.98. If you get two, usually £25.00 per bottle. Highly commended!