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Last night I bought a bottle of White Knot wine. It comes from the McLaren Vale area of Southern Australia. Now, Australia is mostly know for their shiraz grapes. I didn't know they could really produce chardonnay grapes. My previous experiences with Australian Shiraz have been sub par - I had thought because I didn't like shiraz. After trying this, I may just dislike Australian wine. In this case, though, I can actually blame a government for shitty wine.

In the 80's Australia was trying to increase its economic status. At the time chardonnay was far more popular than shiraz, irrespective of quality. The Aussie gov't requested/required/demanded that the wine regions try to produce chardonnay, I assume for export and profit. The vineyards sorta did but I don't think they put as much effort into growing the chardonnay grapes as well as they grow the shiraz. So... bleh.

Coming out of the bottle, the wine smells light and crisp. That's really about it. As it sat in the glass, I got further hints of fruit that disguised the alcohol bite. I should note that I neither like nor dislike the smell of alcohol in a wine. It adds dimension to everything else. I suppose if that's all I smell, it's bad, but in and of itself no problem.

First sip. Brief. Brief. Brief hint of fruit and then it's gone, replaced by a watery feel and the tingle on the side of your tongue. A moment later and it is replaced by evaporated buh? "Buh" being the technical term of "what the hell is that sensation?" which is a weird mix of fruit, metal and alcohol hitting your tongue and epithelium at the same time.

There isn't much else to say about tis wine. It was bad. It had nothing to offer besides a pretty logo and inebriation. I don't think I'll buy it again, even at $10.54 with tax.

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genghisishippie From: genghisishippie Date: June 3rd, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thing about wine is you need to be real careful of what temperature you're drinking it at. You may already know that, but the way you describe that chardonnay tasting sounds a lot like how a mis-temped white is described.

I don't remember the exact temps, but I -think- it was White's at 55 or so, red's at 62-3.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 4th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, it was slightly warmer than it should. I had some today at a cooler temp and it was the same.
seventyeleventy From: seventyeleventy Date: June 3rd, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Another reason for me to not venture far beyond the boundaries of France's red wine collection. :)
alibee From: alibee Date: June 3rd, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
What about Italy, or even California? I've had some AMAZING stuff from the Carneros valley.... of course, as a Californian I'm a bit biased ;)
seventyeleventy From: seventyeleventy Date: June 3rd, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I try plenty of wines... and I do like Italian wine... but I don't purchase it unless I know I like it, or if it's french red wine, because none of those have treated me wrongly. :)
alibee From: alibee Date: June 4th, 2006 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
As long as you don't call it Freedom red, we're good.
seventyeleventy From: seventyeleventy Date: June 4th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)
For all I care about US censorship, I say France of ALL countries has the right to be synonymous with "freedom".

I'm a francophile, myself. :)
abmann From: abmann Date: June 4th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, Wisconsin has a few very good wines. :) I should stick to them but I'm trying to learn.
seventyeleventy From: seventyeleventy Date: June 4th, 2006 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Door County, especially!

mmm cherrywine....

That's one of the things I'm looking forward to about going back to Green Bay.
suburbaknght From: suburbaknght Date: June 4th, 2006 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm surprised your experiences with Australian wines have been so negative, particularly as my favorite wines are shirazes from McClaren Vale.

There are about a half dozen wine festivals within 90 minutes of Madison this summer. I've been looking for people to go with. Let me know if you're interested and I'll send you info.
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