Boutique Wine Tasting Dinner, July 3 2013, Babushka Restaurant

It was another successful night at Babushka with 27 people attending our Boutique Wine Tasting Dinner; everyone had a great time. Due to many requests I have added an international wine into the mix and will continue to do so at each tasting. I will be showcasing South African wines for the time being as I have found them very impressive lately.

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Here are the results of the wine tasting:

1. 2008 Good Drop Shiraz

The 2008 Good Drop Shiraz is from Bendigo in VIC and was the wine of the night. It was recently awarded 4 stars at the Winestate 2012 World’s Greatest Shiraz Challenge.

“Rich black fruit core, intense and concentrated”

“fruit nose, sweet, rich, good mouthfeel and balanced”

“now that’s a good drop!!!”

Average score: 8.7

2. 2009 Good Catholic Girl “James Brazill” Shiraz is from the Clare Valley in SA.

“Big, brassy, love it”

“very nice, strong, silky, nice after taste, peppery”

“good fruit, good balance, fine tannins”

“smooth, velvety & silky – very elegant”

Average score: 8.4

3. 2005 Peerick Viognier is from the Pyrenees in VIC. This aged Viognier was very impressive.

“nice nose, rich mouthfeel, spicy, lingering finish”

“good fruit and finish”

“very drinkable, smooth & refreshing”

“very pleasant wine”

“good acid, bright fruit, lovely intensity & length”

Average score: 8.2

4. 2002 D’Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier is from McLaren Vale in SA.



‘Very pleasant, big aroma with lots of fruit”

“lifted nose, intense fruit acid, nice vanilla finish, fine tannins, nice balance”

Average Score: 8.1

5. 2009 Barrister’s Block Cabernet Sauvignon is from Wrattonbully in SA.

I was very impressed with this wine and I personally think that this is an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon.

“blackcurrant, cassis, earthy, licorice”

“elegant, sweet fruit, dry finish”

“will be excellent with age”

“great taste, awesome with steak”

Average Score: 8

6. 2011 Diemersfontein Pinotage is from South Africa.

“chocolate, coffee bean flavour, cool, minty”

“sweet woody nose, smoky cigar, sweet acid, chocolate, vanilla”

“coffee, so different, incredible aromas”

Average Score: 7.9

7. 2002 Trevor Jones Reserve Riesling is from the Barossa Valley in SA.

“rich fruit, good acid, clean finish”

“lemon, lime, tang”

“complex and lovely”

“lime, spice, cumquat”

Average Score: 7.5

8. 2010 Condie Gwen Shiraz is from Heathcote in VIC.

“tastes beautiful, love the barrel taste”

“tastes like gold”

“tastes like it just came out of a wood barrel. Classy”

Average Score: 7.5