Last week I went to my first wine tasting at Regional Wine and Spirits- the Syrah ‘Tri-Nations Challenge’ with Andrew Parkinson. It was a fantastic evening consisting of four flights of blind tasting various Syrahs’ from NZ, Australia and France.
After each tasting we commented on the wines and tried to place what country they were from. I have to say by the end of the evening I was definitely improving and could start to pick up on the typical characteristics of the wines from the various countries!
I have discovered a real love for Syrah in this country. My first introduction to it was during my first visit to Hawke’s Bay stumbling across the Alpha Domus cellar door. This particular wine featured on the second flight during the wine tasting evening and was really enjoyed by all! It’s also exceptional value for money considering how popular it was.
Other stand out wines for me during the evening were the French Guigal St Joseph 2011 Syrah and the Australian Henschke Mt Edelston 2008 Shiraz which had the most fantastic aroma! Henschke are also bringing in some very interesting glass stopper bottles which could start to prove very popular. When you think that cork has a failure rate of between 10 and 50%, it makes sense that wineries are looking for ways to improve this statistic, whilst still keeping to tradition. You can read more about Henschke and the glass stoppers here: http://www.vinolok.cz/references/henschke-winery
Retail Prices as of May 2014:
Guigal Saint-Joseph Red 2011 $57.95
Alpha Domus Syrah Barn Stormer 2012 $29.40
Henschke Mt Edelston Shiraz 2008 $163.35
Check out Regional Wine and Spirits website for more information on further in store tastings and wine recommendations