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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
TASTING: Yalumba Wines, with Jane Ferrari, Sept. 24, 2009
The Time and Date: Thursday, September 24, 2009 to
The Event: a tasting of the latest Yalumba current releases in Ontario, with Jane Ferrari, Winemaker/Communications and reps from agents Mark Anthony.
The Venue: Reds Wine Bar
The Target Audience: wine media
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are at the LCBO or soon will be.
The Quote/Background: Jane is an excellent ambassador for this 160 year old family-owned company. She took us through the wines, step-by-step, how the local terroir works for each, and its treatment in the winery.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2008, +954644, $22.95 also a wild ferment but not noted as such on label
-YalumbaBarossaEdenValleyShiraz Viognier 2006, +524926, $19.95 Vintages Nov 7/09.
*** Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier 2007, LCBO 624494, $14.95
-Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2008, +625129 Vintages
-Yalumba Y Series Pinot Grigio 2008, +138586 $15.95 Vintages January 2010.
The Food: we began with a charcuterie platter of ten different meats (mortadella, ham hock terrine, squab galantine, chicken liver foie gras pate, chorizo sausage, smoked ham, pate campaigne, and others). Then it was an off-the-menu selection. Some of us had the special burger or the special fried chicken; others had the prix fixe which involved roast quail with caramelized onions, local pickerel, and pumpkin pannacotta. In general, all of the food went with the wines. There was a fair amount of cross-checking and comparison since there were no direct wine pairings. My faves were the Wild Ferment Chardonnay and the Mawson's Cabernet Sauvignon they seemed to go well with everything.
The Downside: actually, we could have used more time with Jane since she is so knowledgeable about the Australian wine industry.