September 26th 2014 : Great Aussie (mostly) wine dinner at CWC HK (Posted on 29 September 2014)

IMG-20140929-WA0016Unable to decide which was the finest Australian red wine , Wickens & Co got together with a dozen friends & clients known to enjoy grand Antipodean juice in order to taste many of the best .

In a bunker at CWC designed to hold munitions and just about strong enough to hold the merriment of last Friday evening we progressed through the finest of Penfold’s , Torbreck , Wynns and others .

A loose theme for the evening was the unleashing of a magnum of the seriously rare Penfolds 60a , 2004 and it withstood everything we could open against it .

Starting with Cristal 2005 en magnum , delicious and decadent , we moved gracefully onto Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay 2005 which sparked lively discussion based upon how much we all seem to enjoy Margaret River whites , perhaps more so than their reds .

Generally aiming to serve the older wines early in the evening we were all delighted by the Wynn’s John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon , Coonawarra , 1982 which was in prime condition and had it been tasted blind might well have been labelled a 1982 Bordeaux with heaps of elegance , no sign of tiring .

The Clarendon Hills Cab Sauvignon Sandown 2006 segued us nicely onto the original Block 42 , Penfold’s Block 42 1996 , showing better than several earlier bottles from the same case we benefitted from CWC Frankie’s expert opening skills .

Seppelt St Peter’s Shiraz 1998 showed extremely well and was to be a wine that I would return to later in the evening to greatly enjoy , very smooth , super value .

Sneeking in a lovely Grange 1995 the room was warming up .

The middle section of the evening was dedicated to Penfold’s Special bins or at least their Coonawarra Cab / Kalimna Shiraz blends .

1990 Bin 90A , everything in place , probably needed more decanter time
2005 Penfolds “Cellar Reserve” Cabernet/Shiraz South Australia , if I recall correctly this was voted “wine we would like to drink more of now “, along with the Wynn’s 1982 .
Penfold’s 60a 2004 , definitely “wine with most potential” for the evening , buy any you can find !

Moving on we had by now enjoyed delicious food from CWC , well matched to the wines ( unless you chose the fish main which I did and was roundly abused for )

The big boys arrived on the scene ( not just Mark & Angus ) but also the Torbreck RunRig 01 & 04 , Clarendon Hills Astralis ‘04 , Henschke Hill of Grace ’04 and of course Penfold’s Grange ’08.

All showed intensity and quality , the Hill of Grace showed in a class of its own for me whilst the Grange 2008 offered more than a peek of where this quite remarkable wine is going , reminiscent of Petrus ’09 , this stunning wine is immediately approachable ( a rare thing for young Grange ) whilst showing at least 50 years of powerful enjoyment ahead of it .

Feeling the need to have a drink by this stage the mouth-watering Fonsecca 1977 flowed and the cigars came out , Grange 1990 and DRC Echezeaux ’04 finished up a memorable evening at the club .

My thanks as always to all those who kindly contributed enough bottles , good company and laughter for an entire month . Bravo !