Dinner at Chairman and Yip

Chairman and Yip, Barton, Canberra

Tasted May 4, 2018 by CBRwineguy with 70 views

Introduction

Dinner was part of the Seafood Feast at the Chairman Group's restaurants in Canberra. The menu was paired with Ravensworth wines, which seemed fitting as it was the day after we attended the Autumn release - no overlapping wines thankfully... good insight into Bryan's full range of wines.

Flight 1 (5 notes)

White
2017 Ravensworth The Grainery Australia, New South Wales, Southern New South Wales, Canberra District
89 points
The appearance is clear and pale gold in colour. Tears are visible.

The nose is clean with pronounced intensity aromas. There are well-defined aromas of stone fruit (apricot, subtle nectarine), oak (toast, cinnamon), citrus fruit (grapefruit), an autolytic note (subtle bread), and a generic floral character. Swirling reveals an additional note of citrus fruit (lime). The wine is youthful.

On the palate, the wine is dry with medium acidity, medium alcohol, and medium body. The flavours have a medium(+) intensity and show notes of stone fruit (nectarine, subtle apricot), citrus fruit (grapefruit), oak (subtle toast, subtle cinnamon), and an autolytic character (creamy texture). The finish has a medium(+) length.

This is a very good quality wine. The flavours are concentrated and have an amazing balance with the alcohol and the acidity. The wine has been aged sur lie, adding an enjoyable textural dimension that complements the flavour profile. In its current state, the wine shows primary and secondary characteristics. The wine is very enjoyable and has a finish with great length.

The wine drinks well now, but has potential for ageing. The fruit intensity is great, and the acid structure will support the wine as tertiary notes develop.
White
2017 Ravensworth Riesling Australia, New South Wales, Southern New South Wales, Canberra District
88 points
The appearance is clear and pale lemon in colour. Tears are visible.

The nose is clean with medium intensity aromas. There are well-defined aromas of citrus fruit (lemon, subtle lime), a floral character (chamomile), and mineral (slate). The wine is youthful.

On the palate, the wine is dry (I’m thinking ~5g/L of RS) with medium(+) acidity, medium alcohol, and medium(-) body. The flavours have a medium intensity and show notes of citrus (lemon, lime), mineral (slate), and a floral character (subtle chamomile). The finish has a medium(+) length.

This is a very good quality wine. The flavours are concentrated and have an amazing balance with the alcohol and the acidity. There is a little residual sugar (not enough to call it ‘off-dry’) that adds a bit of body to the mouthfeel. In its current state, the wine shows primary and secondary characteristics. The wine is very enjoyable and has a finish with great length.

The wine drinks well now, but has potential for ageing. The fruit intensity is great, and the acid structure will support the wine as tertiary notes develop.
Red
2017 Ravensworth Sangiovese Australia, New South Wales, Southern New South Wales, Canberra District
87 points
The appearance is clear and medium ruby in colour. Tears are visible.

The nose is clean with medium intensity aromas. There are well-defined aromas of black fruit (black cherry), red fruit (raspberry), and oak (dark chocolate, cocoa powder). Swirling reveals an additional oak note (charred wood). The wine is youthful.

On the palate, the wine is dry with medium acidity, medium alcohol, and medium(+) body. The medium level tannins are ripe and have a talc-like texture. The flavours have a medium intensity and show notes of black fruit (black cherry), oak (cocoa powder, subtle dark chocolate), and red fruit (subtle raspberry). The finish has a medium(+) length.

This is a very good quality wine. The favours are concentrated and have a great balance with the acidity and a good balance with the alcohol. Warmth from the alcohol picks up slightly over the finish. The talc-like tannins have a great balance with the acidity and complement the flavour profile. The oak treatment is well-integrated, complementing the primary flavours. In its current state, the wine shows primary and secondary characteristics, is enjoyable, and has a finish with great length.

The wine drinks well now, but has potential for ageing. The fruit intensity is great, and the tannin and acid structure will support the wine as tertiary notes develop.
Red
2016 Nick O'Leary Shiraz Australia, New South Wales, Southern New South Wales, Canberra District
91 points
The appearance is clear and deep ruby in colour. Tears are visible.

The nose is clean with medium(+) intensity aroma. There are well-defined aromas of black fruit (blackberry), oak (subtle nutmeg), and pungent spice (black pepper). Swirling reveals additional notes of black fruit (black plum) and an animal and mineral nuance from some bottle-age (subtle leather, subtle earthy character). The wine is developing.

On the palate, the wine is dry with medium(+) acidity, medium alcohol, and a medium(+) body. The medium(+) level tannins are ripe and fine-grained in nature. The flavours have a medium intensity and show notes of black fruit (blackberry, subtle black plum) and oak (subtle nutmeg). The finish has a medium(+) length.

This is a very good quality wine. The flavours are concentrated and have a great balance with the acidity and the alcohol. The fine-grained tannins have a great balance with the acidity. The oak treatment is quite subtle, supporting the primary fruit. In its current state, the wine shows primary and secondary characteristics, with some tertiary notes starting to peek through. The wine is very enjoyable, and has a finish with great length.

The wine drinks well now, but has potential for ageing. The fruit intensity is great, and the tannin and acid structure will support the wine as tertiary notes continue to develop.
Red
2017 Ravensworth Garnacha Tinto y Cinq-Sao Australia, New South Wales, Southern New South Wales, Canberra District
89 points
The appearance is clear and medium ruby in colour. Tears are visible.

The nose is clean with medium intensity aromas. The aromas are well-defined and show notes of black fruit (black cherry), red fruit (raspberry, strawberry), and pungent spice (white pepper). The wine is youthful.

On the palate, the wine is dry with medium acidity, medium alcohol, and medium body. The medium level tannins are ripe and fine-grained in nature. The flavours have a medium intensity and show notes of pungent spice (white pepper), red fruit (raspberry, strawberry), and black fruit (blackberry). The finish has a medium(+) length.

This is a very good quality wine. The flavours are concentrated and have a great balance with the alcohol and the acidity. The fine-grained tannins have a great balance with the acidity. The neutral oak treatment presents a fruit-forward wine that highlights the characteristics of the blended varieties. In its current state, the wine shows primary notes only. The wine is very enjoyable and has a finish with great length.

The wine drinks well now, but has potential for ageing. The fruit intensity is great, and the tannin and acid structure will support the wine as tertiary notes develop.

[2017 blend: garnacha, tempranillo, graciano]
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Closing

The somm added a wine to our pairing for the main, the Nick O'Leary shiraz. This meant there was a competition for the more successful pairing for the eye fillet beef and scallop pepper hotpot... the Ravensworth Tinto, or the Nick O'Leary Shiraz. While both wines worked well - edge to the shiraz, which turned out to be wine of the night.

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