Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Two weeks ago, I attended a re-introduction seminar for The Australian Premium Wine Collection, featuring winemakers Allister Ashmead (of Elderton), Dean Hewitson (of Hewitson Estate), John Larchet (owner of TAPWC and wineries Wishing Tree and Hill of Content among others) and Patrick Gehrig, winemaker for Rutherglen Estates. During Patrick's portion of the seminar, we tasted through 5 of his wines, including one I have been very fond of for some time: the Rutherglen Muscat NV. Now, this particular "sticky" (as the Aussies call them), is made from the Muscat a Petits Grains grape, fortified, and completely decadent from the word "Go!"

It was a bit sad that this wine was served mid-seminar, because I honestly would of just curled up in a ball on the floor after a smoke and some spooning of the person next to me. Caramel, toffee, maple candy, mocha, gingerbread, cinnamon, roasted almonds and hazelnuts, spice box, coffee... it just went on and on and on. The depth and richness with which it played upon my palate, it was truly one of those HOT DAMN! moments.

Can't wait to take a bottle home for the Mrs. Mmmm mmmm mmmm!

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