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A small plate of Tori karaage washed down with a few too many glasses of wine. First something raised in a ceramic egg. . . the Pat Sullivan 2017 Baw Baw Shire ChardonnayGippsland – green tinges, sap and green bean, musk. Lovely texture – quite toothy. Older, but not obviously was the Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2008 – Flint and sulphur, worked, bristling with energy. Super wine.  On to the reds and to begin the Domaine Chignard Fleurie ‘Les  Moriers’ 2015My second brief encounter – it’s lovely – floral and pretty as you might expect, with correct weight and poise and welcome cleanliness. To conclude the 2012 Bream Creek Pinot At the cola end of the spectrum, big and enjoyable, a rare blind tasting correct call.

Image. A fine plate from the quaint and worthy hole in the wall diner Washokudo. Hidden and petite the room sits …

Cullen Diana Madeline 2001


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14%. Cork – mostly stained. 75% Cabernet 25%: Merlot.

The third encounter. . . 18 years old, mature and in slow and gentle decline. Deeply coloured, a leafy nose – blackcurrant and leather, lead pencil, it smells medium blue. . . Soft and lush in mouth; big and bold with fine milk chocolate tannins and a balsamic edge.

Before.

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2009


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Image: middle aged wino climbing a rock near Yallingup circa July 2018. Camera bag in tow, note book and pencil at the ready. . .

A pair of reds, both worthy and terrific.

Amisfied RKV Reserve Pinot noir 2007. Central Otago. 14%. A deeply punted, very heavy bottle. The wine has a beautiful nose; plush, rich, ripe and quite delicious. Cola like, it smells and feels like a Central Otago wine, but with more finesse. Tadpole like, but convincing and enticing.

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2009. Canbera, 14%. If the last bottle was dark red in scent, this is certainly more pink and pale purple. . . Very fresh and bright, Turkish delight and confection, the nose at least is much younger than expected. . . in contrast it feels inkier and older in the mouth.

Le Grappin ‘Les Grèves’ 2012


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Beaune, 13%, Diam, Cellar.

This seems to have moved very little since my last encounter, though I concede it’s more complex and I’m more impressed this time around. . . It seems very fresh and bright, befitting of the seal and the over the top cellaring (4 degrees C for the last 5 years). . . stones and peach, citrus oil/curry leaf, marzipan and butterscotch. Flesh and zip, fatty and lush in the mouth, frontal but with lovely length and poise. A treat. 17.5 – 18/20

Wantirna Estate Lily Pinot noir 2016


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13.5%. Yarra Valley, Victoria.

Context – paired with a fair to middling nasi lemak, a chicken curry and a beef rendang. . . no wonder my tasting partner thought this might be a Tempranillo. . . Even away from the food and the noise – it seems atypical and hard to place; it’s bigger and the tannins seem muddier than expected.

Fragrant, but elusive. . . cola like, plum and haw flakes, tobacco. . . it’s only the following day that some maraschino cherry pokes out. Bold and firm with mud and chocolate (unusual), then a sensation of sweetness, honey and size; later still rust to flavour the tannins.

Olek Bondonio Roncagliette Barbaresco 2015


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14%. Nebbiolo. Cork.

A trio of home cooked pizzas (potato, margherita and Tuscan kale with pancetta. The last being the crowd favourite.) called for a drought breaker from the cellar. I’ve forgot where I bought this, which seems reflective of the reduced priority wine has had for the last six months. A delicious if predictable example of Barbaresco. Large but well shaped, the tannins making it slim. . . almost. Medium in colour, v/a, wilted leaves, leather, something familiar and earthy. Throat grasping tannins, meaty, firm, and savoury – not unlike a sweet ham.

Image: liquid amber seed pod.

Pomegranate


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Pomegranate and aubergine, variations on a theme, this time with nasturtium and chopped dandelion (with parsley). If only I had a small toy frog for the picture. . .

Very slim pickings from my tree this year, the harvest consisted of a single smallish pomegranate, which I’ve been watching carefully lest it meet with misadventure.