To test us out, we tasted all the wines blind and had a guess at varieties. It was actually quite a tricky bunch of wines to do this with.
2013 Livewire FBW6, Geelong
Pale gold in the glass with exquisite aromatics- freshly cut grass, passionfruit, pineapple and kiwi. On the palate it had lovely texture, crisp acidity, more tropical fruits and a slightly briny, savoury, bitter almond finish.
This had me guessing Italian wine varieties but I was way off. It is a blend of the usual suspects with a couple of tricksy ones- Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Semillon, Muscadelle, Viognier and Chardonnay.
Available from Blackhearts and Sparrows in Melbourne- I had a bit of trouble finding any other stockists or even a website for the winery.
2008 Tahbilk Marsanne
winery in 2011 so have done pretty well with the aging. A well aged Marsanne is a rapturous thing but now that wineries use screwcap, the aging process isn't quite the same.* It wasn't the viscous honey nectar I was hoping for (plus it really needs more than 6 years under cork- I'm too impatient). There were some unusual characters on the nose- canned asparagus (not unpleasant though), talc and greek yoghurt; with honey, citrus pith and a bit of phenolic grip on the palate and a long finish.
2009 Delatite Malbec
This one from Delatite in Victoria has aromas of chocolate, black cherries, oak and some savoury herbal notes. On the palate there is rich berry fruits, and some spiciness with fantastic concentration and powdery tannins. It is still available from the winery and is great value at $30.
2011 Bindi Pyrette Heathcote Shiraz
winery), but this was unlike any Shiraz I have tasted before. Available at Dan Murphy's for $36.
And now for some gratuitous food pictures.
Cheese is important.
This is MSG. Yep, the evil stuff. It is a reasonably good example of Umami which is an important flavour in wine and food and as I had never tasted it by itself before, I did. It is delicious.... but it does make me thirsty.
Baked sausages and vegetables created by Nigella and brought to you by The Wine Captain
Roast potato salad
Nutty, seedy rice salad
Wine is also conducive to animated discussion
Time for sweets
Almond cake with buttercream and popping candy on top. OMG!
Lemon curd cheesecake
Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
This cake made me so happy. I have never, but always wanted to, try a rainbow cake but even better is a chequered rainbow cake!
We may have got a little competitive
Or quietly confident.
I always adorn my head with shiny things- I think I must have been a princess in a former life.
But the wine won in the end.
*Corks allow minute amounts of oxygen in which helps to mature the wine. Screw caps are (ideally) completely airtight which makes ageing a whole new ballpark.