Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Wine Taste Testing - Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir & Vermentino McLaren Vale 2011

I need Wine 101 here.
Fore: Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 'Alastair', back: Vermentino McLaren Vale 2011 'Everything You See I Owe to Spaghetti'

Really, I panicked a bit when the wine came to my doorstep. I have never enjoyed wine very much, all it takes is just a tiny sip and I will be done.

But when two good-looking bottles of wine appeared in front of my eyes, I still couldn't say no. A chance to properly taste wine, I reckon. And so I consulted to Mr. Google and found some articles about how to drink wine properly. I wasn't that confident yet so I asked some cousins and friends to come by.

These bottles of wine are part of Chef Series from Wine Selectors Australia. Among the series are big culinary names such as Guy Grossi, Alastair McLeod, and Ben O'Donoghue. Apparently these wines are exclusive to Wine Selectors and the chefs' restaurants, as they are the ones to arrange the concoction of the wines, as well as creating the most compatible menus to create 'the unique concept of marriage'.

How exciting. And I get to taste two of them.

The first one is the fiercer pinot noir. Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir by Alastair McLeod screams elegance by its dark appearance.

Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 'Alastair' by Alastair McLeod - $31.45 per bottle

There's a manual of what we should expect from the wine; the colour-flavour-fragrance, but I tried it first before reading any so I won't be biased, you know.


Isn't it pretty?

On my initial observation, it's ruby-coloured, clear and somehow watery. The first sniff is tart, with a subtle hint of berry and something else sharp. The first sip attacks with the alcohol part first: bitter and tangy. It has good level of acidity, and I reckon it is quite a heavy of powerful one (or maybe it's just my amateur tongue). It does have some berry flavour with some kind of earthiness, and finishes with sweet notes on the tip of my tongue.

I thought hardly about ways of making good pictures of the wines but finally I settled with the simplest one.

Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 'Alastair' by Alastair McLeod

While most of my friends favourited the pinot noir, I found the white Vermentino McLaren Vale 2011 by Guy Grossi is easier on my palate.

The words of the label made me giggle, how quirky is that?

Vermentino McLaren Vale 2011 'Everything You See I Owe to Spaghetti' by Guy Grossi - $23.8 per bottle

This one is best enjoyed with seafood dishes, according to Mr Grossi.


In a glance, it looks transparent like water, but upon further examination, it's actually a very pale straw-like colour. It's very clear and light, and I really enjoyed the interesting citrus-y sniff. The alcohol punch isn't as strong as the pinot noir, and although I can't really taste the floral and honey notes as the label suggests, I can taste the citrus. This one's lighter and shorter-lived than the previous one.

In other words, it's tame enough for me. And it has amused me for sure.

Vermentino McLaren Vale 2011 'Everything You See I Owe to Spaghetti' by Guy Grossi

There were also some crackers and cheese eaten with these great-quality wines and we really enjoyed it. On the website, there are recommended menu from the chefs so feel free to have a look. I personally don't think that I can replicate such delicate and complicated dishes.

But then again, I think I will befriend wine and gain more experience in tasting them from now on.

Oh BTW, I just learned that wine is such a nice winter warmer! You know how it makes a warm, delicious path along your throat and finally nestles on your stomach? Yep, that's what I am talking about.

P.S. Drink responsibly.


Website: Wine Selector Chef Series

(Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. The wine samples are courtesy of Wine Selectors Australia. However, the review is purely based on my (and some friends') personal opinions. Thank you to Wine Selectors Australia for the samples.)

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  1. Oh my god, what can I say...Totally love the photo of the wine pouring out from the wine bottle. You may think it's simple, but it's not easy to capture a perfect shot like yours.
    Plus, what a lucky gal to have wine delivered to your doorstep! ;)

    1. Thanks heaps, El! That means a lot, I was afraid the pictures are too simple.
      I'm sure you'll get your share soon! And you will definitely examine the wines way better than I do hehe :)


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