Happiness as Anarchy #289: Aged bubbles

I do love an aged wine and bubbles are no exception. My very good friend Michelle had a birthday today and to toast her good health and longevity we opened a bottle of 2004 Clover Hill sparkling. It was a rich, golden colour, with delicious honey aromas. So good, in fact, that the we emptied the bottle.
Clover Hill is in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley, all rolling hills and verdant green.

Happiness as Anarchy #173: Aged Cab Sav

It seems it’s a winey week. This evening, in the most unlikely of motels in regional South Australia, I had the pleasure of sharing a bottle of 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon with colleagues. The wine was not on the list, but on the shelf, and staff had to call the manager to find out how much it was – as it turned out, the same price as the other, much younger, wines on the list. I didn’t know the winery, but we thought we’d take a gamble, and it certainly paid off. A touch fortified on the nose, with lots of aged oak and remnants of fruit on the palate, and incredible length – the kind of wine that hangs around longer than your great aunt Beryl at a family funeral, but in a good way. Delicious, complex, and beautifully aged.

Simon Hackett Foggo Road Cabernet Sauvignon, Maclaren Vale 1998