2015 Review

Another great and fruitful year 2015 just gone !

Alfred's Blog 2015 Wine Review

We tried to live slowly, many things are happening though. Perhaps this postcard told us again how life is working…

We posted this card from Beaune France in Nov 2012… but only received it on Apr 2015 !! Seems like we should slow down more !! 🙂

Hospics de Beaune

Apart from some great wines, 2015 really an unforgettable and record year for many things !Trellis Amelia Park 2012 Margaret River Cabernet Merlot

We made lot of new bakings, not just home made bread… The rose pastry is the most beautiful I believe !

Rose Pastry (1)

Rose Pastry (2)

Coconut tart in Hong Kong style…

Coconut Tart

Palmier… easy to do but looks great !

Palmier - Palm Leaves Elephant Ears French Hearts

Oh… I picked up squash again with a mate originally from Spain. Keen to look at some Spain and European pastry… this is one of the most attractive one. Ensaimada !

Ensaimada Spain mallorca Pastry

Outdoor-wise, we kept it up for heaps of bushwalkings. This is the first year that we visited the Kings Park most… also seen lot of wide orchid in our lives !

Everlasting Daisy in Kings ParkEverlasting Daisy

Donkey Orchid in South WestDonkey Orchid

My favorite Spider Orchid !!

Spider Orchid

Been back after more than 30 years, we got a chance to witness the hot air balloons in Northam… eye opening events for us ! Still remember the most chilly morning we just went back to the site again from Bunbury – second drive to Northam !!

Northam National Ballooning Championship 2015

First bushwalking outside WA… fortunately we were taking part in volunteering the Adelaide Master Games, and spent time good time in exploring Barossa and Adelaide again !! The Heysen Trail is amazing ! And we love the trails in Barossa as well, crossing the vineyards and lot of rolling hills !

Jacob's Creek Steingarten Vineyard

Barossa Walk

Bird watching has not been even better ! We met many new family of waterbirds !! Just in the Big Swamp Park Bunbury they are just growing !!

Black Swan Baby

Hot Xmas Lights in December at Down Under… we have been by passing some beautiful houses with lightings in the past few years (not much going out at night anyway) but we are hunting the lighting decoration this year the first time… and not disappointed of course.Christmas Lights Bunbury

Missed it for more than 30+ years… camping in Rotto… another great achievement this year !!

Rottnest Island Campsite

Back to the wines… I am exploring more in different regions of Australia again. Also, I am happy to find some Amarone style wine making winery in Australia (mostly by Italian family !!) And they are already listed in my favorite list in Sparkling and Red !

As usual I recorded my wines in-and-out with an excel file, easier for me to keep track the inventory and drinking record. Here you are again. The outstanding wines are bolded in the list. And the best in class is highlighted right below:

Champagne/Sparkling: I picked three bottles this year ! In fact, they are all remarkable in my list representing their own category (Champagne, Sparkling Blanc de Blancs and Sparkling Red)

2002 Dom Ruinart France, Champagne Champagne Chardonnay

NV Lion Mill WA Mt Helena Sparkling Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs

NV Primo Estate SA McLaren Vale Sparkling Red Shiraz Joseph Disgorged July 2013

White: 2015 Campbells VIC Rutherglen Gewurztraminer – A textbook Gewurztraminer with Lychee aroma ! French style but local price and quality.

Red: 2013 Mitolo SA McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon Jester Monarcho – Amarone wine making despite not 100% air dried grapes, but the style and favour are there !

Rose / Dessert: NV Buller VIC Muscat Fine Old Range – If you don’t know what to pick for a dessert wine for under A$20 (750ml), go for it !

Buller Fine Old Muscat

Happy drinking 2016 !

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My 2015 Full Wine List:

Champagne/Sparkling:

NV Louis Auger France Epernay Champagne Brut
2002 Freycinet Vineyard TAS Sparkling Chardonnay 65% Pinot Noir 35% Radenti 10 years on lees
NV Louis Auger France, Epernay Champagne Pinot Noir Chardonnay Pinot Meunier (My best Champagne in 2014 !)
NV Aubert et Fils France, Epernay Champagne Pinot Noir Chardonnay Pinot Meunier
2008 Lark Hill Canberra District (NSW Bungendore) Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay Methode Champenoise
NV Lion Mill WA Mt Helena Sparkling Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs
NV Primo Estate SA McLaren Vale Sparkling Red Shiraz Joseph Disgorged July 2013
NV Duperrey France, Champagne Champagne Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut Premier Cru
NV Joseph Perrier France, Champagne Chalons-en-Champagne Champagne Pinot Noir Chardonnay Pinot Meunier Brut Cuvee Royale
2002 Dom Ruinart France, Champagne Champagne Chardonnay
NV Chandon VIC Coldstream Sparkling Brut Methode Traditionnelle

White Wines:

NV Forbidden Fruit South Australia Moscatto By Vinpac Int’l
2013 Stonyfell South Australia Pinot Gris By Vinpac Int’l Selection
2013 Iron Hill South Australia Chardonnay By Vinpac Int’l
2009 Giaconda VIC Beechworth Chardonnay and Roussanne (7%) Nantua Les Deux 700 cases
2013 Angove South Australia Riesling Nine Vines
2014 Warburn Estate NSW Moscato Rumours
2013 Cottonwood Grove South Australia Semillon Sauvignon Blanc By Vinpac Int’l
2014 Brand’s Laira SA Coonawarra Riesling Old Station’s
2012 Moss Wood Margaret River Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Ribbon Vale Vintage 10/10
NV Lindeman’s VIC Porphyry Blanc Sweet & Refreshing
2011 Geoff Merrill Wines SA Woodcroft Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Mount Hurtle
2014 Brand’s Laira SA Coonawarra Riesling Old Station’s
2013 Giaconda VIC Chardonnay Estate (1000 Dozens) EN P (Screwcap) Celle Boutelle potle le No. 10508
2012 Wantirna Estate VIC Wantirna South Chardonnay Isabella
2013 Wantirna Estate VIC Wantirna South Chardonnay Isabella
2011 Silkwood Pemberton Riesling
2009 Pierro Margaret River Chardonnay
2009 Moss Wood Margaret River Chardonnay Vintage 9/10
2015 Larry Cherubino Wines Margaret River Semillon 80% Sauvignon Blanc 20% Pedestal
2013 Patrick Wines SA Coonawarra Riesling Vitamin C added
2015 Campbells VIC Rutherglen Gewurztraminer

Red Wines:

2013 Pelican Point South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Bottled by Vinpac Int’l
2013 Moss Wood Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot Amy’s
2011 Clairault Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot (78% Cabernet Sauvignon; 18% Merlot; 4% Petit Verdot)
2008 Torbreck Barossa Shiraz The Celts 100 cases produced
2011 Peter Lehmann South Australia Cabernet Merlot Weighbridge
2012 Zilzic Wines VIC Karadoc Shiraz Regional Collection Barossa
2011 By Farr VIC Geelong Pinot Noir Farrside JH97 & my 20 Great Reds
2010 Rockford South Australia Shiraz Basket Press
2009 Chateau Batailley France, Pauillac Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Cru Sporen HF # 07460 RP94
2012 Chris Ringland Barossa Shiraz CR
2013 Coldstream Hills VIC Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
2011 Tightrope Walker (McWilliam’s) VIC Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
2010 Geoff Merrill Wines SA Woodcroft Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre Mount Hurtle
2013 Pioneers Rest South Australia Cabernet Saugivnon Bottled by Vinpac Int’l
2013 Amberton South Australia Merlot
2009 Curly Flat VIC Lancefield Pinot Noir (Decanting when young)
2013 Dorrien Estate South Australia Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 7
2011 Zonin Italy, Gambellara Ripasso Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore DOC
2013 Lake’s Folly NSW Hunter Valley Cabernets (CS 60% Shiraz 22% Petit Verdot 12% Merlot 6%) Half Bottle Bottle number 2516
2010 Coster del Prior Spain Garnatxa Negra 60% Samso 30% Carbernet Sauvignon 10% Priorat
2011 Mount Langi Ghiran VIC Grampians Shiraz Billi Billi
2013 Byrne Vineyards Clare Valley Shiraz Larra Pinta (Creek with Running Water)
2009 Domaine de L’A France, Cotes de Castillon Merlot 70% Cabernet Franc 25% Cabernet Sauvignon 5%
2013 Peter Lehmann Barossa Shiraz The Pastor’s Son UK Version
2008 Borges Portugal Tinta Roriz (Aragonez) – Touriga Dao Reserva
2012 Woodlands Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 74% Merlot 14% Malbec 12% Margaret
2012 Amelia Park Margaret River Cabernet Merlot Trellis
2013 Mount Langi Ghiran VIC Grampians Shiraz Cliff Edge
2000 Alter Ego France, Margaux Cabernet Merlot 3rd Growths Chateau Palmer
2012 Chris Ringland Barossa Shiraz CR
2007 Penfolds Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz Bin 389
2009 Domaine Jean-Luc Colombo France, Rhone, Cornas Shiraz La Louvee
2009 Domain Day Barossa, Williamstown Pinot Noir Mt Crawford One serious Pinot Noir Robin Day – Winemaker
2013 Domain Day Barossa, Williamstown Pinot Noir
2014 Larry Cherubino Wines Frankland River Shiraz Ad Hoc Middle of Everywhere
2013 Mitolo SA McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon Jester Monarcho
2010 Shag on a Rock WA Yallingup (Manjimup) Cabernet (16%) Merlot Western Australian Gladstones Vineyard Manjimup 4 years in French Oak
2009 Poujeaux France, Moulis Cabernet Sauvignon 50% Merlot 40% Cabernet Franc 5% Petit Verdot 5% RP92

Rose:

Nil. (how come !?)

Dessert Wines:

NV Tyrrell’s Wines NSW Hunter Valley Tawny Special Aged Tawny
NV Buller VIC Muscat Fine Old Range
NV Buller VIC Tokay Fine Old Range RP95
2008 De Bortoli NSW Bilbul Botrylis Semillon Noble One

Come back in a year ! 🙂

 

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