Tasting table

20 April, 2007

New World numbers sniffed, swilled and summed up

2005 Clay Station Viognier

Supplier: Bibendum

An elegant white from California with peach and jasmine on the nose followed by juicy apricot and tropical fruits on the palate. A creamy, lingering finish.


Trencherman Shiraz 2005

(Tulip glass)

Supplier: Al Fresco Wines

Pre-filled and sealed shatter-proof wine glasses seem a natty idea for the summer picnic season, but it was with trepidation that I tasted the Australian Shiraz , which had worked up an unappealing foam during the journey home in my bag. The purple wine has a vinegary nose of dark stewed fruit and is thin on the palate with an unpleasant aftertaste that lingered like a n unwelcome guest. RE

2006 Solora Unwooded Chardonnay

Supplier: Palandri

A rich, dry, high-alcohol Australian white with stone fruit on the nose followed by pineapple and grapefruit on the palate. Needs thorough chilling to enjoy at its best. EE

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