Christmas Feast, Good Friends and Wine – Part 1

Its that time of year when 12 close friends have our annual ‘get together’ to enjoy some fabulous food, wine and company. Everyone brings 2 masked bottles (or more if they wish) of their favourite wines to share and test their oenological mettle amongst friends. It certainly brings out the competitiveness!

For our white tasting we had a couple of small crustaceans…… 

Fresh South Australian Lobster, prawns and oysters

Fresh South Australian Lobster, prawns and oysters

…..and some sensational white wines:



Tasting Notes: (All wines tasted blind)

1994 Bannockburn Chardonnay:  From Geelong region in Victoria. Winemaker Gary Farr. Lovely golden colour, with honey, peach, burnt biscuit and nougat on the nose. Lovely developed character on palate. While the fruit had faded, there were good secondary characters of wood, melon, and camphor. Nice finish with light drying tanins. Definitely drink now. 93/100 Current vintage approx $80. Great example of aged aussie chardonnay.

1997 Bannockburn Chardonnay:  Slightly darker gold in colour, with an intense pungent, smokey nose, with grapefruit, melon and citrus.  Fabulous palate with a rich creamy opulent mouthfeel, grapefruit, nougat, marzipan, leesy oak, and soft chalky tanins. A delightful powerful and hedonistic wine! I wish I had more than a small tasting glass!! Drinking perfectly now. 97/100

2011 Bannockburn Chardonnay:  Current vintage. Third of a great vertical of 3 excellent wines from this vineyard. Pale straw colour. Funky, smokey oak and citrus fruit on the nose. Palate of intense richness and strength with grapefruit, leesy and savoury characters. Very young and needs time to show its true characters. Drink 5-8 years. 94+/100.

2007 Giaconda Chardonnay: From Beechworth, Northern Victoria. Winemaker Rick Kinzbrunner. Light straw colour with green tinges. Strong funky oak on the nose with grapefruit, apricot and limes. Rich intense palate with great minerality, richness and texture that demands attention. A beautifully balanced wine with intensity and a long finish that says “drink me”! Drink now-5+ years. 97/100. My favourite white! 97/100. Price approx $120.

2010 Cote de Lechet, Chablis, 1er Cru:  Pale watery colour. Pungent, smokey nose. Lovely mineral palate with lemon, grapefruit, leesy oak and chalky tannins. Long finish. Nice wine. Needs lots of time!! Drink 5-10 years. 92+/100.

2002 Petaluma, Hanlin Hill Riesling, South Australia: From Adelaide Hills, South Australia. Winemaker, Brian Croser.  Pale straw colour. Lovely green apples, lime and toast on the nose with secondary aged characters. Rich oily palate, bread, spice, kiwi fruit, lemon/lime and long finish. Excellent wine drinking at its peak. Drink now, although will keep another 3 years. Excellent example of an aged riesling. 95/100. Current vintage price $22.

Tomorrow I’ll post notes of the 10 reds that we tasted, although towards the end, the notes are looking decidedly hard to decipher…..


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