View Full Version : WINE!!!!et's vote ?

porn star
19th Mar 2005, 11:44
Forget the critics .. and the books ...

What is your favourite wine ???

YEAR, REGION, and style would be appreciated....

MINE ?????
RED ....

2002 .... PINOT NOIR .... CLOUDY BAY ... ??????? ... NZ




I will also recommend...
CHAPEL HILL... chardonnay
Tyrrells.... Shiraz
SPEIGHTS ... Beer!!!!! .......... NZ!!!!!!!

However, can't go past a NZ saugignon blanc either!!!!!

PS ... I am an Aussie... with taste (obviously) !

cessna l plate
19th Mar 2005, 13:40
There are certain things I look for when purchasing a drop of the vine.

How much is it????
Will it get me (jet) blasted within an hour????

Simple really, there is a lot of snobbery about wine, quite simply the best bottle of wine is the one that you like. If that happens to Asda's cheapest plonk, then that's it!!

19th Mar 2005, 14:07
Quite partial to Oxford Landing's Sauvignon Blanc. Delicious :D

19th Mar 2005, 14:35
Cotes du Rhone at 0400 zulu in 'La Bar de la Gare' Aivgnon (er, I think it was 1973).

Happy memories, so any time I see Cotes du Rhone it takes me back!

Standard Noise
19th Mar 2005, 16:19
Aaalllofit! (hic) :} :yuk: :zzz:

19th Mar 2005, 16:34
For regular quaffing, I stand by KWV Pinotage and Chenin Blanc.

For a treat / special occasion / Mr SP has done something real stupid like getting too drunk on my birthday to take me out (!), Montrachet - of pretty much any description!

El Grifo
19th Mar 2005, 17:30
The 2003 El Grifo was one of the best I have sampled for many a year, but the local Vino de El Campo with its lack of chemicals or preservatives and it translucent, goldy, amber colour wins hands down every time.

Pure and ??% alcohol, no hangover in the morning !!

19th Mar 2005, 17:38
Wolf Blass Yellow label is quite nice :D

But then so is Nottage Hill Cabernet Shiraz :=

Also Oxford Landing, Penfold's, Hardy's and any other colour label Wolf Blass :ooh:

In fact anything at all really.........shhhlurrpp :zzz:

19th Mar 2005, 17:40
With Budgens doing Hardy's Crest as a BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free) and therefore £4 a bottle, that's got to be one of the best value for money wines going.

Rather partial to Wolf Blass Green label (but who said I was cheap) and Brown Brothers Shiraz.

If it's European wine, I'd rather do Spanish or Italian than French. French wine is usually seriously expensive before it's any good but when it's good, it can't be beaten!!

Cheers (hic)


19th Mar 2005, 17:41
Rose/Pink.......Sutter Home zinfandel

Not into Whites but prefer a reisling

19th Mar 2005, 18:40
I take it we are talking about reasonable priced wines you can pop down the local grog shop and not get laughed out of the place when you ask for it.

My favorite has to be a 2000 Rosemount 'GTR' Gewürztraminer Riesling. Personally, I find it goes very well with some Japanese food and great with Thai curries. Some find it a little too sweet for them (give it a try Lasernigel).

19th Mar 2005, 19:33
Well, I've accidentaly stunbled (erm, almost literally) across this thread and by coincidence i'm drinking a New-Z bottle of Sauvigon Blanc from Marlborough by Belmonte wish is very good indeed. Like cloudy bay but cheaper, they say.


Oh, 2004


19th Mar 2005, 20:08
The following were rather good.....and promped me to invest in more of the same and of a few following years to lay down.

Red - Chateau Tour Saint-Fort, St. Estephe, Cru Bourgois, 1996.
White - St. Aubin, Bourgogne, 1re Cru, 1998.

I generally like most Bourgogne Aligote and Sancerre white wines.
Reds are a wee bit more difficult, I tend to like a different wine depending apon what it is to accompany - if anything!!
I have yet to have a bad glass of Cabernet D'Anjou Rose too.

Kinda spoilt with the wine down here:cool:

Regards, SD..

PS, Didnt have anything to do with the decision to move down here......Honest:E

19th Mar 2005, 20:13
Ooh, love a drop of this...


Howard Hughes
19th Mar 2005, 20:21
Balnaves, Cheeky Red.

Unfortunately only available from the cellar door....

Cheers, HH.


PS: Is 7-30 in the morning to early to be downing a red?

19th Mar 2005, 20:28
Why, you run out of white????

J Urby
19th Mar 2005, 20:57
Bannockburn (Geelong) Carbernet Sauvengion Merlot, Circa 2000/1. Deeper than the Mariana trench, more body than a Blue whale and tastier than Kylie!:} Unfortunately it is almost inpossible to get hold of in the UK, me and my mate bought and drank all we could find and that was at £14 a pop 4 years ago. :ugh: I wish we could have got more to put aside for a couple of decades but we had no idea it was so limited. The Bannockburn Shiraz not as good but still to try the Pino Grigo as the only supplier being in london and will only post by the crate.:ugh:

19th Mar 2005, 20:57
Does anyone else have a problem with South American reds? Lovely stuff, some of it, but usually gives me a nasty headache. The same quantities of Australian, or even, God forbid, French reds, have no such effect.

19th Mar 2005, 22:12
Loki - I have always found in fact that it is even relatively modest amounts of South African and Portuguese that give me a headache. Barolo and Montepulcciano D'Abruzzo, although they taste amazing, are also v bad for this. :ouch:

Australian is ok
Chilean is ok
Argentinian is ok
Californian ok - but I'm not that taken with it!

French is good when it's a v expensive one - eg Nuits St Georges.

Maybe I'm not really a natural wine drinker :{

cabin secure
19th Mar 2005, 22:12
I'll never forget my first trip to America in the early 90's and ordering a bottle of white on board the aircraft in coach.
I wasn't quite sure if I could manage to actually swallow it.
I believe it was from The Naper Valley.
During rubbish collection the F/A's asked if there was something wrong with the wine when they picked up an almost full bottle and glass from my tray table.
My answer was a simple "Yes I'm from Australia".

I believe they have improved substantially since that time.

For every day you can't go past a bottle of

Wirra Wirra Churchblock

and in the whites

I'm quite partial to the Bridgewater Mill Sauvignon Blanc.

The list of great Australian wines .....we could go on forever.

And I'll grant those kiwis do turn out some fine wines too.
Amongst other things!:E

Sid Departure
19th Mar 2005, 22:39
Scrubbed, I totally agree with your judgement of Oxford Landing.

My favourite wines,

RED : Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz

WHITE : Kumeu River Chardonnay

Cheers :cool:

flying bizzie
19th Mar 2005, 23:37
You can't go wrong with Rioja. I can't say I've ever sampled a bad one. My favourites though are Faustino ar Campo Viejo. Saying that, Tesco's own Rioja is a fine drop too.:ok:

20th Mar 2005, 00:56

Ballandean Estate Viognier 2003


Mt Avoca Shiraz 2002
Pyramids Road Shiraz 2003

Tonic Please
20th Mar 2005, 01:10
A red Italian, Valpolicella shoudn't go amis!

20th Mar 2005, 02:29
White- Little straw Pinot Auxerouis
Red- Cedar Creek 1998 Cab/merlot

20th Mar 2005, 02:56
For the money, it's hard to beat the full bodied reds of Southern France, the Cotes du Rhone. Blends of primarily grenache and sirah with roundings of cabernet and merlot. Dirt cheap at 4 euro or so and just fine with a hearty meal. High end Bordeaux are great, but their value is lost on me. Many of the Chateauneuf de Pape are superlative at 15-20 euro. They take a few years but the Rhones are ready the day of release.

20th Mar 2005, 04:14
Recent happy discovery - NZ Marlborough whites , quite fond of St.Claire Estate Sauvignon Blanc, so lively and passion-fruity .
Wolf Blass gray , green & black labes are nice , also Margaret River reds .
But there are so many , so many ...

20th Mar 2005, 05:34
Mt Difficulty Sauvignon Blanc (NZ) is the favourite of the moment.
Corbans White Label Sauvignon Blanc (NZ) on the poor weeks (€3.89 ea).

Pinky the pilot
20th Mar 2005, 05:55
Definitely anything from the Wolf Blass range!:ok: The fact that I grew up in the Barossa and one of my best mates back there is now WB's Winery GM has nothing to do with it. Honest!!
Tend to agree with the observations re Oxford Landing stuff but think you'll find that it's improving slowly. I live not far from there and Mrs Pinky works in a vineyard close by.

You only live twice. Once when
you're born. Once when
you've looked death in the face.

F/O Bloggs
20th Mar 2005, 06:24
Moss Brothers Shiraz - (WA i think)

Penley Estate Shiraz (South Aus)

Vasse Felix 2002 Shiraz (WA)

I like Shiraz


20th Mar 2005, 06:53
Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc....1998!

20th Mar 2005, 15:50
I love a good whine.


Mad Monk
20th Mar 2005, 16:38
Penfold Bin 707 currently any prior to 1999.
Enjoyed 1978. 1982 was superb, 1986 very good indeed. S'pose it all depends upon how you judge.
No I am not exraordinarily wealthy, bought early and took a gamble.
The '82 cost me £23, in '88. When drunk last year in Melbourne the going rate was $A400 ( I have a good mate there}, the few that had it in UK were asking around £80.

My point is prices spiral, buy what you like now. So many are transient. Just grab with the taste buds.

20th Mar 2005, 17:49
AYE! :\

20th Mar 2005, 19:38
Kokkinelli - vintage not important ! :\

Solid Rust Twotter
20th Mar 2005, 19:50
One is partial to a subtle, yet obnoxious red. Goes well with Coke but deadly if imbibed in direct sunlight.

'S called a Catembe after a Mozambican fishing village where it all began.......

20th Mar 2005, 20:03
Just had a

2002 Chardonnay, L´Avenir, (Stellenbosch, ZA.).
Really great, if you like Chardonnays. In fact, one of the best Chardonnays I´ve had for a long time.

El Grifo
20th Mar 2005, 21:22
Thats what I hear also Twotter, however others tell me that it also goes pretty well with a spliff. A touch more mellow they tell me.

:cool: :} :cool:

20th Mar 2005, 21:31
Ah, did I miss the point? I thought it was a simple for or against. :O

21st Mar 2005, 02:05
Half Mile Creek Cabernet Savignon or Cabernet Merlot.

At $6.95/bottle yet drinkable, has to be best value for money around. :}

21st Mar 2005, 04:33
In terms of 'best value for money' give me a chateau cardboard any day. Cant go past five bucks a litre!

21st Mar 2005, 06:08
A mate, now dead, used to love Nullabor Champagne... red wine with bicarb of soda!!! Maybe that's why he's no longer with us.

21st Mar 2005, 13:01
Bottle?? :confused: Bloody snobs.

Even MikeKnight, while on the right general track, has a lot to learn. Get away from those two litre casks, Mike, much better value in the four litre ones, in fact one company in which I have lately taken a great deal of interest is producing five litre casks. $2 a litre; woohooo! How far does ten bucks worth of petrol take you?

(I find it best to drink it out of 10oz glasses; dulls the pain quicker.) :ok: