4.40pm, Wednesday 19th January 2011, Yalumba Clocktower, Angaston, Eden Valley
Believe me folks – it’s another beautiful day in the Barossa, and we’ve used it well. Last year in August, we had a whistlestop tour through New Zealand introducing the new Rare & Fine reds – Signature, Reserve, Octavius and Menzies – to the locals. Our trade event in Auckland was at Cibo in Parnell, and today we had a couple of the owners – Jeremy and Christina – come to visit. They were part of the massive crowd down the Angaston main street yesterday for the Tour Down Under finish, and today we gave them a much less hectic pace to deal with.
We slid into Barossa time, and started up in the hills looking at Eden Valley Riesling from the Pewsey Vale and Heggies vineyards. This shot is the comparative tasting set up on the back of my ute, and there over Jeremy and Christina’s shoulders is Pewsey Vale peak. Down to the left is the top of The Contours Block, and we added the new release 2005 vintage Contours to the tasting. It’s holding its lemon lime citrus well, has gone a touch buttered toast and is still pretty smart acid right through to the end of the palate. Thinking about food and Contours, the talk did turn to oysters – I’d even go with that summer salad of cold steamed asparagus, corn still on the cob sections, and snake beans tossed with cherry tomatoes and a Vietnamese dressing.
Just looking at that photo again – it’s not hard to see why I volunteer for these tastings.