Monday, July 27, 2009

Yalumba Dinner report - better late than never

The night before I went on holidays, we were lucky enough to have Jane Ferrari, Yalumba's worldwide wine ambassador, in Dalkey to do a Winemaker Dinner for us. Jane is brilliant craic, keeping the room's attention with a mixture of wit, charm and deep knowledge of the wines in front of her.

We had about 50 people in Jaipur for a Monday night and we tasted the following:

Wild Ferment Eden Valley Chardonnay 2007
Virgilius 2007
Barossa Patchwork Shiraz 2006
Barossa Shiraz Viognier 2006
Bush Vine Grenache 2007
The Signature Cabernet Shiraz 2004
The Menzies Coonawarra Cabernet 2003

The wines were all really very good, but the winner for me was The Signature 2004, a glorious blend of Cabernet and Shiraz that had concentration, fruit, elegance, balance and long, long length. Even at €40 ish a bottle, I really recommend this wine, the nicest drop from Oz that I have had in a long time and it would give similarly-priced bottles from Bordeaux something to think about.

Jaipur was excellent as it always is. I had to scoot off early as we had a taxi coming at 4am the next morning; the party was in full swing as I left....

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