Chocolate Red Wine Review

by Darren on July 16, 2014

Chocolate CellarOk, now there is a fair chance that you already know I love decent wine, and am a huge fan of red wine.  Its been a very long time since I’ve had a bottle of wine that I didn’t like, let alone a bottle of wine that I couldn’t finish, well I found one.

Chocolate Cellar, chocolate red wine, was purchased on whim.. I was looking for something a little bit decedent, when I saw chocolate wine, it was a no brainier, I had to try it.

It was a weird blend of coco and red wine, given it a weird melted chocolate liquid taste.  If I had to describe it one word, I would use CRAP.  With out a doubt it was the worst bottle of wine I have ever had.  Please don’t try this ever..

From the Bottle

Chocolate Celler is a special blend of premium red wine infused with decadent dark chocolate.  Crafted predominantly from the finest South Australian Shiraz, this delightfully balanced wine features aromas and flavours of black cherry and rich chocolate which unfold in layers across the palate and give way to a long and lingering finish.  Chocolate Cellar is a delectable treat for all the senses that will leave you wanting more.

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Secret Stone sauvignon BlancYes, yes, I know not  another bottle of Sauvignon Blanc..  Well tough its about the last bottle in the Sav Blanc range at the local Dan Murphy’s that I haven’t tried.  So the great thing about this bottle’o is that its on the way home.  So on I stop on a Thursday night, looking to enjoy some Baked Salmon and garden salad.

I have said this before, you just can’t beat a Kiwi white, this one is no different.  It was a nice crisp bottle that screamed at me. Take me Take me NOW, so I did,  Side note the Salmon wasn’t that bad either.

From the Bottle

Hidden deep within the South Island, precious green stone lies untouched.  Waiting to be discovered, shaped into beautiful carvings.  They carry with the, the spirit and presence of those who have worn them before, this wine displays elegant tropical fruits f kiwi and passion fruit as well as fresh herbal falvours.  A true expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

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Casillero del Diablo Malbec 2012 Review

by Darren on July 10, 2014

Casillero Del Diablo MalbecThe great thing about winter is red wine. I get to drink lots and lots of red wine. I have a First Choice Liquor just down the road from me, where they have a great selection of read wines from different countries.  The Casillero del Diablo 2012 Malbec is from chile.

I love Malbec as a grape choice, it makes a great wine.  Honestly it would have to be one of my favourite drops, and would go up against any Cabernet Merlot I’ve had.  This bottle of Malbec comes from the Rapel Valley

From the Bottle

A robust Malbec, with intense, dark fruits, black pepper and vanilla.  Full Bodied, fresh and fruity it has a long, mouth watering finish.  Great with grilled meats and roasted vegetables.

 

 

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Te Henga Pinot Gris review

by Darren on July 7, 2014

Te Henga Pinot GrisSo there is something different that comes out of the New Zealand Marlborough region then Sauvigon Blanc, and it is a very nice Pinot Gris.  Its a very different bottle, to have.  Its a point of pride that I like trying  a new bottle of wine every single chance I get.

The bottle of Te Henga Pinot Gris is a nice little find. It would go well with any white meat, but honestly try it with red meat as well if you like. Would I have it again, sure I would.

From the Bottle

Medium dry in style.  This Pinot Gris has aromas of stone fruit, honey and spices.  It has mouth filling flavours of apply and pear backed by a sturdy palate and bright acidity.  This carries through to a crisp, dry finish making it a great food wine ideal with poultry and pork.

 

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Pitchfork 2011 Cabernet Merlot Review

by Darren on June 29, 2014

Pitchfork Cabernet MerlotA Friday night, after a nasty Thursday.. it was time for a drink or two.  Feeling a bit like the devil, I found the Pitchfork 2011 Cabernet Merlot from the Margaret river region.  What a nice find, one thing that Australia does really well is Red wine.

This little beauty went down well with some steamed vegetables and fish, was a little rusty and nice ripe berry fruits, was a nice find indeed. Would I have it again… mmmm Most likely.

From the Bottle

The 2011 Pitchfork Cabernet Merlot displays the quality of Margaret River for those two well matched varieties.  Ripe berry fruits with chocolate mint aromas with a rich fruity soft and too easy to drink palate, sometimes we just get it right.

 

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Jacob's Creek Cool HarvestWell, after a pretty disastrous week, it was time for some wine. And what a wine journey I’ve had.  I have to be honest here, I’ve never really been a fan of Jacob’s Creek wines, white or red, but I’ve kind of gone through the local BWS, New Zealand Range to it was time to try something a bit different.

So Jacob’s Creek winery is in the Barossa Valley South Australia.  It was a little different, I was less worried about how good the wine was, and more worried about the buzz I wanted. So I initially found it very sweet to taste, but as I progress through the bottle, it became a bit more mellow.

I followed it up with a nice bottle of Arrogant Frog,  so was a nice night all round.

From the Bottle

Harvesting the grapes in the cool of the night captures their naturally crisp and fresh fruit characters.  Jacob’s Creek Cool Harvest Sauvignon Blanc is a refreshing and zesty wine with passion fruit, lemongrass and citrus flavours.

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Ole Tempranillo 2011 Vino Tinto

by Darren on May 24, 2014

Ole Tempranillo 2011I friggin love red wine,  its finally got cold enough to jump back into red.  YAAHHH for me, now Australia has some of the best red wines in the world, but every chance I get I like to try something from another country.  So its of to Spain I go.

The 2011 Ole Tempranillo Vino Tinto Espana  is a really nice Spanish wine. I would say its smooth and a little sassy, in short it was a hoot, went down well with a plate of lasagna.  Now every single red I drink I use an aerator,  If you have got your self one yet please do so, it really adds an extra 10% to a Red.

From the Bottle

 Sourced from vineyards in northern Spain that have been producing fine Tempranillo for generations, this wine is filled with delicious cherry and plum flavours  – Perfect to enjoy with red meats, tapas and hard cheeses – Ole

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The Squid’s Fist – 2012 Blend

by Darren on May 23, 2014

The Squids FistFirst I need to say, I am not a huge fan of red wine blends, for some reason I think they are dumb, seriously pick a grape and stick with it.  However, red wine blends are a huge part of the wine market.  So on any given Saturday its always time for a red.

So after my standard 30 minutes perusing the wine aisle at my local First choice Liquor, I saw the The Squid’s Fist by Some Young Punks.  A nice blend of Sangiovese 51% and Shiraz 49%, the very first thing I noticed about this bottle was the really unusual name and label, once I picked it up and saw that it was  a wine by Some Young Punks, I bought it.

Yes I know shallow really, but what a cool name, I kind of imagined that it would be a wine I would make myself.   I found it to be a nice drop, a little light, I left half a bottle for the next night, it was still a tasty drop.  Not really memorable, but nice, I would buy another bottle of The Squid’s Fist  or something else from the winery of Some Young Punks.

From The Bottle

We blame the booze. The whiff and the swill did us in and all that was left to do was to make more. In many ways the wines that weren’t worth the pull on the cork caused this as much as the wines that we will never have the pleasure of decorking again. This is Passion, a monster bigger than the three of us that leads us to soapbox, grandstand and sometimes pass out on the couch.

 

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Brancott Estate 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

by Darren on May 22, 2014

Brancott Estate Sauvignon BlancThe whole point of this site is that I share what ever I’m doing with wine, tasting, experimenting, events I go to, anything really.  If you’ve already read a few posts I’ve put up about Sauvignon Blanc’s, you’d know that I love New Zealand Marlborough region wines.

I bought the Brancott estate 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, on a lazy Sunday afternoon, it has a nicely blended taste of fruits and crispness.  Any white wine needs to be served chilled, this Sauv Blanc is no different.  I bought this bottle from my local Dan Murphys.  And away I went on my Sunday adventure with this wine.

From The Bottle

Sourced from a range of Marlborough vineyards, this Sauvignon Blanc presents an exhilarating blend of fresh gooseberry and capsicum flavours, ripe tropical notes and crisp acidity indulge your curiosity.  Best served chilled.

 

 

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Lobster Reef Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Lobster Reef Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

The thing I love about wine the most, is its a lots of FIRSTS.  It find a new bottle, opening it and taking that first sip. Wine is all about exploring, pushing you limits to try new things.  Some times it works, sometimes you’d be better of tasting dishwater.

Thankfully, this wasn’t one of those times, up to my local first choice bottle shop, and a bottle of Lobster Reef Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012 for a first try.  It was delightful, I think it did a little happy dance in my mouth, its very typical of a quality Marlborough New Zealand region Sav Blanc, I enjoyed it while listening to Coltrane and a little Duke Ellington.

From the Bottle

This wine is fresh and crisp and rich in tropical fruit flavours, enjoy now well chilled with some lobsters.

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