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Australian Shiraz based Reds Wine Tasting

Thu Feb 17th, 2011 4pm-6pm
Trapp Family Lodge
Venue: Trapp Family Lodge, Wine Cellar
$15.00 fee per Person.
700 Trapp Hill Rd, Stowe, VT 05672 (Map) (Set as Local)
Australian Shiraz based Reds Wine Tasting Stowe Vermont


We will be tasting new releases of Australian Shiraz based Reds, for inclusion on our list. Anthony Wagner of G. Housen, will be on hand to discuss the wines and answer any questions. Vine cuttings from the Cape of Good Hope were brought to the penal colony of New South Wales by Governor Phillip on the First Fleet (1788). An attempt at wine making from these first vines failed, but with perseverance, other settlers managed to successfully cultivate vines for winemaking, and Australian made wine was available for sale domestically by the 1820s.

In 1822 Gregory Blaxland became the first person to export Australian wine, and was the first winemaker to win an overseas award. So, much of Australia's first century and a half was built on turning Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre (Mataro) into fortified wines and Muscadelle into Muscat. Winemakers used basket presses to maximise fruit structure and body - and they understood barrel maturation. Australia is blessed with plenty of sunshine enabling their grapes to ripen to perfection. Whatever the requirements of a particular red wine varietal, there are parts of Australia that can give it everything it needs.

The Australians first planted syrah in the middle of the 19th century, and long considered it to be sort of a "workhorse" grape -- much as Californians regard zinfandel -- used to produce inexpensive, yet flavorful wines very appropriate for everyday drinking. American, rather than French, oak is widely used for both wines, with the Australians extremely fond of these spicy, vanilla-tinged barrels. The aromas and flavours of Shiraz vary with wine style and region, but are usually blackberry, plums, and pepper in varying degrees dependent on growing conditions. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread.

The wines featured will be:

Old Plains, "Raw Power", Adelaide Plains 2009
Small Gully Wines, "The Formula", South Australia 2005
St. Hallett, "Faith", Barossa 2007
The Misfit Wine Company, "Cycle Buff Beauty" ( by Some Young Punks ), Clare Valley, 80% Malbec & 20% Shiraz 2008
Some Young Punks, "Passion has Red Lips", South Australia, 55% Cabernet & 45% Shiraz 2009

A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a 15.00 fee per Person.


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