Friday 5 April 2013

Qld Wine Week Tasting wrap up

An unofficial "Qld Wine Week" has been on the go 1-8 April, 2013. Wine lovers have been encouraged to grab a bottle of Qld wine and tweet it up.
As part of the celebration of Qld wine, a tasting was organised and held at Wine Experience, Rosalie in Brisbane last night. A selection from nine Qld wineries were on show for those in attendance to have a look at.

From all the wines presented, here are my top three:

Hidden Creek Tempranillo 2009 (13.5% alc) $22
Granite Belt fruit, winemaker Jim Barnes has spent much time working on his Tempranillo winemaking skills. He is on the mark here. Some smokey meat and black olive aromas. There is a little oak poking through the mouth filling fruit. Dusty tannins finish it off. The label is a bit out there, and once you get past that, you are on the right bus. For $22 this is top stuff. Perfect for tapas, ribs and will also accompany your barbecued meat.

Clovely Estate Reserve Shiraz 2010 (14% alc) $28
Hello flavour country. Clovely Estate hails from the South Burnett Region, and if you love your wine big and juicy, give this a nudge.
Concentrated and loaded with plummy and chocolate goodness, the fruit is generous and juicy. A super soft finish which is moreish. Damn!

Ridgemill Estate Cabernet Malbec 2009 (13.5% alc) $30
Made with estate grown Cabernet (60%) and blended with Malbec (40%) grown fifteen minutes down the road in Ballandean on the Granite Belt, you can't help but to cuddle up to this drop.
The fruit is bang on target. Some mint and black olive aromas roll onto a palate delivering buckets of black fruits. Juicy and grippy tannins demand another sip. There was significant praise for this around the room on the night. Easy to see why.
A perfect match for a hearty casserole.

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