Preamble Tasting August 2002 
International Wines & Cheeses
Rodney Shaw

1. Zenato Lugano, 2001
A clone of Trebbiano.  Very dry nose, nice hint of honey at the edge, good fruit.  13%
Searson 11.95

2. St. Hallett Poacher's Blend, Barossa, S. Australia
Richer yellow.  Lovely rich feel; quite a lot of Riesling.  Very nice.  Made of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Riesling and Semillon.  12%  Matched well with the Carrickbyrne St. Killian cheese.
O'Briens 8.00

3. Chateau de la Chartreuse, Sauternes, France, 1996
Rich yellow gold; not too dark.  Very slight hint of salt/bitter on the nose.  Deliciously rounded with a good, sharp edge.    The Roquefort (33 per kilo) is initially submerged by the power of the wine but fights back, and leaves you with a  "wow! what a combination" feeling.13.5%
Mitchells 16.50

4. Wairau River, Sauvignon B lanc, Marlborough, NZ 2001
Light, silvery white.  Gooseberry and nettles, pineapple, lychees.  Quite a bit of astringency.  Very fresh, good with food.  Bit pricey.  13%  Served with Gortnamona goat's cheese.
Superquinn 15.22

5. Gewurtztraminer Hugel, Alsace, France, 1999
Floral, fruity, light with a big finish.  Superb with the smoked Gubbeen.  A complex, well-made wine with a smoky flavour to match the cheese.  12.5% 

Magic Carpet 14.35

6. Jaboulet Parallelle 45, Cotes du Rhone, France, 1999
Served blind, and didn't taste like any of us remembered at all.  In fact it was fairly awful.  I generally like this.  Was it the year, the winemaker (Gerard Jaboulet died in 1997), was it just off?

7. Rust en Vrede, Caernet Sauvigno, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 1998 
 Nice, mid-red colour.  Not a huge nose, quite astringent.  On the palate huge fruit, then a finish that is quite stern.  Goes well with the cheese, a red Leicester.  Serious wine at a semi-serious price.
O'Brien's 18.58

8. Candido, Duca d'Aragona, Rosso del Salento, vdt, Italy, 1995
Mid red, clean and clear.  Quite a stern nose.  Big burn, fruit, prunes.  Negro Amaro and Montepulciano (+Aglioppo?) 14%  Delicious with Milleens.
McCabe's 18.00

9. Penfolds, Bin 128 Shiraz, Coonawarra, Australia, 1998
Deep, port-style red.  Cleaner nose than the usual Shiraz.  Quite a soft, rounded feel.  Not too much acid - maybe not enough.  Ends with loads of fruit. Very well made wine but disappointingly one-dimensional this time (and I usually like it, giving it two stars last time.  Was it a baddish bottle?)  13.5%  Served with a delicious vintage Dubliner cheese.

10. St. Hallett Blackwell Shiraz, Barossa, SA, 1997
Dark red, big nose with fruit and oak and something else I couldn't define.  This one is definitely not soft and jammy; quite a burn, crunchy tannin, loads of fruit (blackberry), plug tobacco.  The Red Hot Dutch Edam is brilliant with it - definitely worth a try.  14%

O'Brien's 17.89 (but 13.59 on the sale)

11. Cockburns 10 year old Tawny Port
Very pale.  Slightly burnt nose.  Bitter sweet, lots of burn.  Very nice, light but strong.  Goes beautifully with the Stilton - the salt is great, with the oily end to the port setting it off beautifully.  20%

Superquinn 17.38

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