Amongst wine bloggers Ed is probably the closest to my views and ideas about wine. Perhaps as science guys we both take an objective, calculating approach to our passions, but it is our quest to just plain taste more and challenge our palates that makes us of similar minds. Ed would be a perfect tasting buddy but for the 18,000 kilometres separating us...
With parallel minds we decided once again to taste the same wine and share notes. But despite sharing with Ed the sacred spreadsheet that details my cellar contents, we were unable to locate an identical wine in both of our caves, so we had to go shopping for tonight's "synchronized tasting":
The 2005 Tyrrell's Brokenback Shiraz hails from Australia's Hunter Valley. Meaty cherries, damp moss, leather and violets - and some late appearing spearmint, hay and truffles on the nose - missing those big peppery notes of a Barossa Shiraz. Crisp, fresh and noticeably lighter-bodied than a Barossa shiraz, some roughness around the edges disappearing over the evening. A nice, minerally texture but a modest finish, this food-friendly Shiraz is ready now. If this wine is representative of the region I will have to drink more Hunter Valley Shiraz.
Screwcap. 13.5% alcohol
Price: $24.20 (SAQ)
Ed's Notes Here, note the very different labels
PS - (1) I would never, ever, spit a wine (ok, almost never). (2) I shook it all right, to the rhythmic sounds of the Soul Cellar...