Roussanne Beechworth 2012
Lovely floral quince brightness. Bold textural sweet depth. Very concentrated and generous.
Riesling Great Western 2012
Dense concentrated rich round, not your average riesling.
Healesville Syrah 2011
Lovely smoky ochre toasty. Wild spicy meaty character.
Garden Gully Syrah 2011
Insanely dark deep and intense, interesting celery character on the back.
2013 Mansfield Riesling
Nice bright crisp bright.
2013 Great Western Riesling
More subdued and less brightness of aromatics. Full focused broad and textured.
2013 Beechworth Roussanne 1
Buttercup sunflower texture brightness.
2013 Beechworth Roussanne 2
Rich bold bursting with fruit.
2012 Beechworth Roussanne 3
2013 Cabernet Franc Carbonic Maceration whole berry vs. whole bunch
Whole berry prettier. Whole bunch more interesting.
2013 Beechworth Shiraz de-stemmed on skins
Bright intense passion fruit skin sharpness. Lovely food wine.
2013 Beechworth Shiraz 80% whole
Denser and more concentrated. Deeper fuller and power. Retaining elegance but needing to settle down.
Yarra Syrah 2012
Raw wild pepper,
Great Western Syrah 2012
Super ballsy intense.
Something that surprised me on my trip was when I met people who had been to Australia had not been to my hometown of Melbourne. Of course I am biased but I couldn’t understand why, considering it is consistently voted as the most livable city in the world, has a rich and diverse culture and history, is the home of sport, nightlife parks, and most importantly cuisine. When I thought about it I realised that Melbourne doesn’t have astounding attractions like Sydney, beaches like Perth or the Gold Coast, opals like Cairns or Uluru. It is hard to know what to do in Melbourne if you aren’t familiar with it and you are unlikely to find those hidden gems that are the hallmark of Melbourne. It is also quite spread-out and not easy to get around without a car. The best thing to do is to know someone there. The real problem though is that the climate is very different this far south and the weather can be a bit disappointing and certainly not what you expect of Australia.
Beechworth post office
Adams Rib The Red 2010 Nebbiolo Shiraz
Rich yet soft, dark red fruits but some earthy savoury notes, very delicate sweet spice. Mouth filling rich, good middling palate weight, nice extension, round yet focused with good acids. Very slight spice pepper notes.
Un Segreto 2010 Sang Shiraz
Very subtle cured meat earthy savoury notes. Brightness freshness lively raspberry zing and sweetness, exceptional balance.
La Chiava 2010
Super intense nose, almost sharp red fruits and soy. Bright and intense yet complex nose. Fresh fresh yet concentrated and dark, wonderful acid savoury components, length and carry-through yet still eminently approachable.
Julian Castagna opens some bottles to taste