Western Australia Red Blending@孔雀 2010/2/6

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Western Australia is the largest state of Australia, about 1/3. But only about 10% of the whole Australia population live there, most of them (85%) live in the small southwest corner of this large area. The most important wine regions in Western Australia are also in this small corner.

The most famous region is Margaret River. The Growers, Thompson, Woodside, Ashbrook, Moss Wood, Fermoy, Cullen, and Clairault are wineries in this region. Salitage and Picardy are famous wineries in Pembeton region, and Capel Vale is in Geographe. Alkoomi and Forest Hill are in Great Southern.

Many wine lovers treat this southwest corner between 30 and 35 degree in the south latitude is the Bordeaux in Australia. However, there are some difference. Bordeaux region is around 45 degree north latitude, and the continental climate brings warm and raining summer, cold and dry winter and large yearly temperature variance. This climate makes wine from Bordeaux is drier than in the southwest corner of Australia. The Mediterranean climate brings dry and hot summer, warm and raining winter, and small variance in temperature. So that the wines are more fruity.

Fermoy Estate Naturaliste Yallingup White 2008

Interesting combination of 45% Chardonnay, 35% Veldelho and 20% Semillon.
Light yellow color with green hue. Pear and apple. Melon and guava. (guava flavor decays with time)

The Growers Pepermint Grove Cabernet Merlot 2004

Orange hue, deep ruby. Black berry, sweet taste turns into light acid at the end. Flavors are not so concentrated, and decay in 30 mins.

Salitage Treehouse Cabernet Merlot 2004

45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot.
Black currant, flowers. Color is lighter than previous one.

Fermoy Estate Naturaliste Yallingup Red 2007

Interesting blending, 50% Malbec, 30% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Mocca, blue berry, black cherry, and light green pepper. Needs some time to fully wake up the mocca flavor.
Starts with sweet taste, turns to acid, and ends with sweet again.

Picardy Pannell Family Merlot Cabernet 2006

licorice, wet soil with grasses (a little bit like humus soil), smoke, vanilla. Smooth, but I think it can be kept for more years.

Picardy Pannel Family Shiraz Cabernet 2006

White pepper in nose, black pepper in mouth. Raspberry, fur, plum, black currant.
Great wine, but I think it's not Syrah enough, too light! :p

Forest Hill Estate Cabernet Merlot 2006

Black currant, mint, cigarette tobacco, and green pepper hint. Good.

Forest Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Black berry, soil, fur, spices. (normative and impartial Cabernet Sauvignon)