Roxburgh Chardonnay 1991 Rosemount Estate (Australia)
5/95. Bought three months ago in Israel for the exorbitant price of $42.
Tonight Friday night dinner for two at home.
Thinly sliced salmon carpaccio in balsamic oil and fresh shrimps in lemon
sauce, garnished with parsley and halved cherry-tomatoes.
Sauteed fillet of bacala with oven-baked potatoes, sour-cream and dill.
Fresh melon in madeira wine.
COLOR: Beautiful deep golden color.
NOSE: Quite complex. Unmistakable but subdued fruit, oily (petrol?) character,
pronounced but not overwhelming wood (not the smoky kind), some musky
overtones (Dorit says "rotten!").
TASTE: Also complex. Changed during dinner. Unpleasant bitter notes with the
salmon in balsamic, getting much better with the main course. Three
discernible different phases on the palate. Pleasant attack, OK mid-taste
(Dorit says "Yicks!"), excellent finish. Though hard to tell components, the
taste seem to follow the nose. Some peculiar effects on the palate. I liked
them, Dorit much less. For better or worse - not your (or mine) everyday
LENGTH: Very long developing aftertaste. Almost as if a very good white (B).
TEXTURE & BALANCE: A very 'fat' and chewy wine. Quite a head-setter at 14% alcohol,
high acidity, and some tannins that will give this 4-years old blockbuster
some more years.
OVERALL: A very special white wine. Rich and complex in all respects. Much
better (though less easy) than the Cal Chards I tasted, certainly better than
the insipid Israeli chards, though not as good as (B). Dorit found it less
appealing than me, both on the nose and in taste. At the price it is
no-brainer as you say. If I can get 1992 Drouhin's 'Clos de Mouches' white for
$35 net or Jadot's 'Puligny - Folatieres' for $32, I don't think I'll buy
more. But I understand it costs about $26 in the U.S. For that price I would
buy a few.
MARK: 16/20. (Dorit 14/20).aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? No.
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Jacob "Yak" Shaya.