Australian marathon

Not the first time I mention I am a New World wines lover. So when Mig’s sent the invitation to the Australian wine marathon, how could I resist?Together with Mmmh, very much like the other tastings organized by Mig’s, we had the chance to go through over 40 Australian wines. The 10 categories proposed were the Cheap and Cheerful, Verdelho Trio, Racy Rieslings, Cat’s pee on a gooseberry bush!, Viogn’yeah, Black is beautiful, Cab&co (Bordeaux), SyraAAH!, Sexy Stickies and the Langton’s Top 3.

Our wine tasting started in the order proposed, and we tried the cheap and cheerful whites and reds; of these I particularly fancied the Barramundi – South East Australia Merlot/ Petit Verdot 2003 and very much liked the Grant Burge – Barossa Valley Oakland Cab/Shiraz 2004. The category didn’t have wines at more than 8,00euro.

Among the sauvignon blancs (the cat and gooseberry category) we discovered a new wine brand from the Te Mata Estate, this one in particular from Hawkes Bay NZ, Woodthrope Sauvignon Blanc 2004. At stand no. 5 I liked the Zilzie Wines – Victoria Vignier 2004, and from the pinot noirs (the Black is beautiful section), the Stonier – Mornington Peninsula 2003 and the Pipers Brook – Tasmania 2003.

The blends didn’t do it for me this time around. I tried, and then tried them again, and nothing. The Shiraz though, one of my favourite among wines, did offer three new discoveries: the Evans & Tate – Margaret River 2000, the Fox Creek – McLaren Vale ‘Short Row’ 2003 and again, the Te Mata Estate – Hawkes Bay NZ Bullnose 2002.

Ending the tasting we got the opportunity to test three wines classified as exceptional by Langton’s (and sporting prices to match): a Leewin Estate – Margaret River ‘Art Series’ Chardonnay 2001 at 60,00euro – an incredible wine. And the absolute highlight of the evening, a Moss Wood Winery – Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 at 61,00euro. And finally, the Ports.

The casual atmosphere and both passion and knowledge of wine, make Mig’s one of my favourite wine destinations in Brussels. So I will do my best not to miss the tastings coming up during November and December:
19/11 – Grenache/shiraz/mourvedre
26/11 – Viva l’Italia
03/12 – Special tasting of Belgian wines
10/12 – D’Arenberg (Aussie wines with a twist)
17/12 – Sherry Good
18/12 – Stickies and Bubbles for Xmas.

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