Wine Tasting Dinner at Babushka Restaurant on Tuesday June 5 2013

It was another successful wine tasting dinner at Babushka Restaurant in Hawthorn, with the evening seeing a turnout of 27 people. I had 18 different wines for review and they alll did very well.

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2008 Hickinbotham Chardonnay with Aligote is from the Mornington Peninsula in VIC. An interesting blend with Aligote being the second biggest grape variety in France. It was a very fresh wine with a nice and creamy & buttery.

Score: 7.1 / 10

2009 Soul Growers Resergence Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz is from the Barossa in SA. It had big ripe berries with lots of spice and pepper and a long finish. A very good wine.

Score: 7.7 / 10

2009 Red Edge Tempranillo Monastrell is from Heathcote in VIC. It is a complex wine with rich fruit and good spice. A great food wine.

Score: 7.6 / 10

2009 Maygars Hill Shiraz is from the Strathbogie Ranges in VIC. It is an easy drinking wine. It is earthy with a good amount of spice.

Score: 7.5 / 10

2009 St Michael’s Limited Release Shiraz is from Heathcote in VIC. It is a deep, complex and rich wine. “Awesome”.

Score: 8.7 / 10

2008 Red Art Grenache Shiraz is from the Barossa Valley in SA. It is an excellent wine with good texture and a long spicy finish.

Score: 7.9 / 10

2009 Tyrrell’s Lunatiq Shiraz is from Heathcote in VIC and was a very popular wine. It is an outstanding wine with chocolate, berries, black spice, plum, cinnamon & spice. A very stylish wine.

Score: 8.3 / 10

2008 Dead Horse Hill Shiraz is from Heathcote in VIC. It is an earthy and savoury wine with bacon and the fruit is not dominating. It is a super food wine.

Score: 7.9 / 10

2008 Tatiarra Culled Barrel Shiraz is from Heathcote in VIC. It has a nice sweetness & spice to it. It is a great wine and well worth looking at.

Score: 8.4 / 10

2009 Mt Pleasant Creek Estate Shiraz Viognier is from Heathcote, VIC. It’s a simple and easy drinking wine.

Score: 7 / 10

2010 Heathcote Winery “Slaughterhouse Paddock” Shiraz is from Heathcote in VIC. It is an outstanding, stylish and gorgeous wine with great complexity.

Score: 8 / 10

2004 Downing Estate Shiraz is from Heathcote. This wine was sensational with leather, red cherry, cloves and aniseed. It is a good aged example of wine.

Score: 8.7 / 10

2009 Meehan Shiraz is from Heathcote in VIC. It is a medium bodies and soft wine with full of flavour and a nice smoky and meaty palate.

Score: 7.8 / 10

2006 Wanted Man “WM” Shiraz is from Heathcote in VIC. It has black fruit, cherry, spice, good acid, blackberry, pepper, cola & anise. An excellent wine.

Score: 8.8 / 10

2006 Kooky Village “Nutter” Shiraz is from the Barossa Valley in SA. This was the wine of the night. It was deep, complex, smooth, well rounded and everything else. It is the best wine I have had all year. Three people including myself gave it a perfect 10.

Score: 9.3 / 10