Oak Barrel - Barossa Wine Tasting 2011

Oak Barrel, Elizabeth Street, Sydney
Tasted Saturday, August 20, 2011 by chatters with 516 views

Introduction

4 Barossa producers showing there wares for the assembled masses.

Flight 1 - Kaesler (5 Notes)

I think these wines (see closing note) would defo have benefited the most from decanting before hand.

  • 2009 Kaesler Shiraz Stonehorse

    Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley

    Not much on the nose. black pepper. Little bit astringent. Nah.

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  • 2009 Kaesler Shiraz Reid's Rasp Bogan Vineyard

    Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley

    No sulphur - or very little. Has the same bouquet as the shiraz that my italian friends (who are very concerned about too much sulphur and therefore use too little) make. It is slightly funky and bitter. Almost cheap Northern Rhone. Tastes like my friends wine as well...which means slight pepper, marginally intrusive oak over black fruit and slight 'offness'.

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  • 2008 Kaesler Avignon

    Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley

    Bitter and tough. Perhaps stalks though I find it hard to believe. Nah.

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  • 2008 Kaesler W.O.M.S.

    Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley

    Slight mint, creamy and rich and almost buttery. Slight astringency that shows almost clove. Again, slightly bitter on the finish but a very nice wine none the less.

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  • 2009 Kaesler Shiraz Old Bastard

    Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley

    Subdued, tight (medium minus) nose of green peppercorns and black fruit over herbs/greenness. Opened more willingly on vigorous agitation. The black fruit carries though to the palate and is married to medium plus acid and medium tannin that is a touch intrusive at this young age. Needs time.

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Flight 2 - Torbreck (4 Notes)

I know I should like Torbreck and I recognise that in it's price bracket the Struie is getting close to head of the class but, other than the Les Amis, I failed to see the attraction on this occasion.

Flight 3 - Rusden (4 Notes)

Absolutely donkeys ago I had a bottle of the 99 (I think, it was a long time) Cab Sav that had one of the best noses and most disappointing mouths I've ever encountered. The Driftsand and Black Guts, in their own way, worked for me.

  • 2008 Rusden Driftsand

    Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley

    Fruity. Slight petrol nose. slight raspberry on black fruit. spice and vanilla. in the mouth it's spicy fruit and grippy tannin. Medium acidity. rather pleasant.

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  • 2009 Rusden Cabernet Malbec Good Shepherd

    Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley

    Very fruity. Plum, mint and eucalypt. Jammy fruit in the mouth medium tannin and acidity. Medium plus alcohol. shortish finish. Nah.

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  • 2009 Rusden Grenache Christine's Vineyard

    Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley

    Less fruit and less perfume than the Les Amis. tobacco, clove. In the mouth it's a bit 'wet'. Very tannic with medium acid over slight red fruit. Nah.

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  • 2008 Rusden Shiraz Black Guts

    Australia, South Australia, Barossa, Barossa Valley

    Punchy, slightly petroleum again. Concentrated (as in reduced) rather than jammy fruit. Black cherry and berry over cream. Tannin. Oodles of it. A truly massive wine that lacks any finesse. Come back in years.

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Flight 4 - Tomfoolery (1 Note)

I know nothing about these guys. They also showed three other wines that were very jammy but also had something slightly 'wrong' about them to my palate. Of course, that's probably just my faulty mouth.

Closing

I have the sneaking suspicion (based on other tastings of the same wines) that the wines were opened and poured rather than double decanted an hour or so before hand. This means that some of the, ahem, 'weightier' reds were like being punched in the face by the evil blackberry jelly man.

My notes are a bit sloppy as there was nowhere to lean and my pen was on it's last legs. Winner for me by a clear furlong was the Torbreck Les Amis.

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