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

Happiness as Anarchy #149: Wine (again)

How I love a vinous adventure. Argentinian wine is not yet part of my expertise, thus I am enjoying discovering and exploring what the country has to offer. As is the case all over the world, there are lots of cheap and nasty wines here, however, step the budget up over $6 Australian dollars and things get interesting and pleasurable. A delicious bottle of bubbles ($7) preceded a 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon ($6) this evening. Both wines were very well balanced, with complex palates and long finishes; fairly classic examples of the varieties but with a definite Argentinian edge – I’m not sure how to describe it, but it’s just a bit different from wines form other parts of the world.

Yesterday’s Malbec in the Art Deco surroundings of Café Rivas was also very nice, even if it was slightly disconcerting to be drinking it from a Martini branded glass!

Happiness as Anarchy #133: $4 wine

Buying wine is always a tricky exercise, especially when in a new country. Last night I had a very ordinary bucket of wine with my dinner (I only drank half of it) which did not make me happy. Today’s mission: acquire a decent bottle of wine. This I did, but twas with trepidation that I opened, poured and tasted it, not sure if I had just bought nasty, cheap wine in the equivalent of Aldi. Turns out that my $4 was well spent – not the best wine I’ve ever had, but quite drinkable and extremely good value. Notes of chocolate and quite fruity, but a whisker too much acid for my taste. Imagine what will happen when I double my budget for the next bottle?

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