A few months ago, friend of mine who resides in Melbourne, Victoria, but clearly misses his roots here so much that he has to find any reason to constantly return to the "tanahair", decided to bring in some wines from that famous wine country of his. So as a preview, we were treated to 3 different brands, 6 FT 6, from Austins & Co, King Valley, AUSTINS, (obviously the same company), and BUNN from Albany, Western Australia.
He set up the wine tasting like you'd get in the Australian wineries, complete with spit bucket etc, but he forgets how much we pay for alcohol here, so hardly anyone spits out their wine, and if there's a tasting, well, it's best to Uber to the venue.
In the 6 FT 6 (I enquired about the name, which luckily wasn't 6 FT UNDER - apparently it's the height of the tank) range, we had:
6FT6 Sauvignon Blanc 2015, citrusy, sweet musk, easy to drink, crisp, but honestly, I personally prefer the New Zealand ones by far.
6FT6 Pinot Gris 2015, fragrant ripe pear, citrus blossom, finishes clean, crisp and moreish. Would have been good with some spicy food. Very drinkable, but needs to be served very cold in our climate.
In the Austin Range, we had:
Austins Riesling 2015, aptly described as a Zippy Dry White. from the region of Moorabool Valley, Austrlia. Incidentally, the Austin range is the more premium range, if compared with 6 FT 6, which are from the same company.
Austins Chardonnay 2014, hand harvested and matured in French Oak, with aromas of sweet peach and nectarine. Not a chardonnay fan, so I'll pass.
Moving on to the Reds
6FT6 Shiraz 2014, Exotic spice and white pepper mix with bramble berries, dark plum and hint of liquorice. Easy to drink table wine.
6FT6 Pinot Noir 2014, which struck me as rather heavy for a Pinot Noir... earthy, exotic perfumed with dark cherry, with a dry tannin grip. Best served chilled, and would probably go well with cold cuts...of the porcine variety.
Austins Pinot Noir 2013, from the Geelong region, earthy exotic sexy, dark cherry, raspberry, fine dry tannins. Matured in French Oak.
Austins Shiraz 2013, a very drinkable red, from Moorabool Valley, earthy aromas of clove and whitei pepper spice, dark plum, raspberry and cranberry.
Bunn 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, from Albany, WA, deep red crimson, with bouquet of fresh ripe red berries. Preservative free with no additives.
Bunn 2012 Shiraz, deep red blood cherry, with bouquet of ripe bramble fruits, hints of raspberry, matured in French and Maerican oak for 14 months before bottling.
Bunn 2008 Shiraz, which I think was meant to be the crowning glory for the evening. Gorgeous dark crimson, with exotic bouquet of red currant, pomegranate, black pepper, star anise, nutmeg, and full bodied silky texture. Probably the most luxurious of the range.
Watch this space for when they finally make an appearance, with a proper wine pairing dinner.