Posted by hitnerwine on April 16, 2008 at 11:23 AM
My compliments to the following wineries:
(1) Torbreck (Barossa Valley, South Australia)
(2) d'Arenberg (McLaren Vale, South Australia)
(3) Jim Barry (Clare Valley, South Australia)
(4) Vasse Felix (Margaret River, Western Australia)
(5) Leeuwin Esate (Margaret River, Western Australia)
(6) Kay Brothers Amery Wines (McLaren Vale, South Australia)
(7) Two Hands (Barossa Valley, South Australia)
were to select the winery that was the most generous and welcoming
during my time in Australia, it would have to be Torbreck. From the
lovely person behind the counter, I got to try the 2004 and 2005
'RunRig' Shiraz. On the market, each of these bottles sells for more
than $200.00, and both were indisputably brilliant wines, made from
vines a great deal older than one hundred years of age.
For my part, I thought the '05 to be somewhat more elegant than the
'04. Both were extremely young, generous wines. The '04 had thick
fruit, spice, mint, tar, and light jam (in a good way) on the nose,
along with a toasty-granola scent. On the palate, the '04 was just
starting to develop, with great laying of fruit, tannin, and all sorts
of complexities, all ending in an extra-long finish.
The '05, on the other hand, was a tad closed, but still revealed a
little mint, mocha, and a fair bit of refined fruit scents. Though it
boasted a huge mouthfeel, I could not easily dismiss the wine's
not-unfounded elegance. As for the finish, I thought it to be merely an
extension of all that I felt on the palate. Thank you, Torbreck, for
pouring me such fine items. The '05 'Factor' was also rather splendid,
to say the least ...
Concerning the other six wineries I mention above, there were more
wines that stood out than I could possibly mention in a single blog
At d'Arenberg, 'The Ironstone Pressings' (vintage 2005) was truly
excellent, boasting a little game and fragrant perfume scents,
continuing on the palate with light berries, along with other
concentrated fruit flavours; delicious!
At Jim Barry, 'The Armagh' (vintage 2004) was glorious. Powerful and
sensual, it offered notes of chocolate, spice, game, and a whole load
of toast and currants. Inviting, though tight, the palate was profound
and layered. At $195.00 (AU), this wine is at the top of the Aussie
market, and it's quality, in my view, most certainly reflects this.
As for the rest of the wineries I mention above, quality across the
board was tremendous. Each of these wineries, without exception, have a
great deal to be proud of. My thanks to Vasse Felix for granting me a
tour, even though I had not arranged it prior to my trip.