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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Sante Down Under - Australian wine tasting, May 9, 2008

The Time and Date: Friday, May 9, 2008   7PM to 10PM

The Event: Sante Down Under – a tasting of Australian wines.

The Venue: Hart House

The Target Audience: consumers.

The Availability/Catalogue: the normal Sante catalogue was presented, with all the relevant data about the wines and the grapes. It only lacked for levels of availability and prices. Most of the wines being shown were somewhere in the LCBO distribution system.

The Quote: "This is a really fun time. I'm learning a lot about wines" (from Celeste)

The Wines: 18 wineries poured just under 100 wines. I did not try them all. Prices were problematic. See my notes above for DogRidge.


**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Ardent Antiquarian McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

-Ardent Estates McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

-Wyndham Estate George Wyndham Shiraz 2004 $23


***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (8890 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Ardent Antiquarian McLaren Vale Shiraz 2001

-Ardent Estates McLaren Vale Shiraz 2004

-Grant Burge Barossa Vines Shiraz 2005 $18

-Barossa Valley Estates E Minor Shiraz 2005

-Leasingham Bin 61 Shiraz 2004

-Hope Estate Ripper Shiraz 2005 $16.50

-Hope Estate Chardonnay 2006 $19.95

-Katnook Founder's Block Shiraz 2005

-Nugan Estate Manuka Grove Durif 2006 $30

-St. Hallett Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


*** Three Stars (8587 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Gemtree Tadpole Chardonnay 2007

-Gemtree Bloodstone Shiraz 2006

-Grant Burge Miamba Shiraz 2006 $22

-Jacob's Creek Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay NV $14.95

-Jacob's Creek Reserve Riesling 2007 $18

-Katnook Founders Block Merlot 2005

-Nugan Estate McLaren Vale Shiraz 2006

-Salena Estate Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

-Tiers Clarence Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 $18

-Tiers Clarence Hill Chardonnay 2005 $17

-Tidswell Jennifer Cabernet Sauvignon 2002


The Food: BBQ lamb with Chef Anthony Sedlak. Other foods included a spicy noodle dish with octopus, some hot pastry finger foods, veggies and dips, breads, chips and salsa.

The Downside: for me, it was a long week of wine tasting.

The Upside: there was plenty of room to roam, despite the over 500 tickets sold.

The Contact Person:

The Effectiveness (numerical grade): 88.



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