Wine Selectors : Wine Review 2

 

 

Recently, those very nice people at WineSelectors.com.au offered us the chance to sample six of their offerings.  Who are we to refuse?

In the interests of keeping it real, this is not a sponsored post.  Wine Selectors offered us the opportunity to select six of their wines valued at up to $120 for review purposes.  Kimba Likes’ opinion cannot be bought.  

 

Wine Selectors started business in 1975 as a small retail space servicing the Hunter region.  35 years later, they have evolved to an online distributor with more than 200,000 customers.  You may have noticed the Wine Selectors kiosks located at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Airports.  They are also at the Wine Interpretive Centre at Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley.  Wine Selectors have their very own specialist Tasting Panel and even print Selector Magazine, which offers excellent subscription member benefits, just quietly.

As I’m a much better wine drinker than a wine reviewer, I flick passed this job to the Welshman.  He did a great job with his first review and has kindly offered to do beer reviews for me at the earliest opportunity.

 

Well, we’ve finally finished working our way through the remaining wines from those nice people at WineSelectors.com.au.  Not that it was a difficult task …

 

 

The real standout from the wines was a Tower Estate Chardonnay 2011, and came from a little winery in the Hunter Vallery, called Tower Estate.

Now, I’ve always wanted to go there to stay in their luxury accommodation but have not yet managed to do so.  However, one advantage of staying there is access to some of their fabulous wines.  They are generally produced in small quantities and can be hard to find, but they are invariably delicious.  This Chardonnay is no exception.  It’s not cheap at about $27 a bottle, but when compared with similarly priced wines from other regions of Australia, it stands up really well.  Not too oaky and with a bit of flinty lemon (if that makes any sense!), it’s really well balanced and extremely moreish.  We loved it.  Now to find the time to go and stay there and sample the rest of their produce.

Click here to get your hands on this lovely wine.

 

 

 

 

One thing I often look for in wine is one that has a bit of age on it.  This Weymouth Graveyard Bordeaux Blend 2008 wine from the Hunter has had a few years in the cellar, and is all the better for it.  It’s mellowed into a very tasty and fruity Cabernet Merlot which is great to drink right now.  It has none of that slightly metallic feel that can come with some cabernet sauvignons and that’s due to the merlot blended in with it.  We drank it with lamb and it didn’t last long at all.  If you like your wine a bit older and nicely rounded out, this might be for you.

Fancy this one?  Click here for more details

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last wine was a Barwick Estates Pinot Noir 2011 and was one chosen for us by WineSelectors because the one we wanted had sold out.  This is a Pinot Noir from Pemberton – an up and coming region of WA.  This one is a light, soft Pinot, which in my view would benefit from a year or two in the cellar.  It’s still good to drink now and full of cherries.  It’s decent value at just $16 a bottle, which is low for a nicely drinkable Pinot.  I personally like my Pinot Noir a bit more complex than this one, but then you’d need to spend another $5-10 per bottle.

Got a wine cellar that could benefit from having this in it?  Click here to add to cart.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you very much to the Welshman for his excellent review notes, and thank you very much to WineSelectors.com.au for the delicious wines.

What’s your favourite wine?  Me?  I don’t drink red.  Ever.  Just doesn’t agree with me.  But I do love a quality chardonnay.  Yes, really.  Not just for Kath and Kim!

 

 

  • EssentiallyJess - 20 November 2012 - 9.37 pm

    We went to Pemberton on our honeymoon, and visited a couple of wineries whist there. 🙂 Didn’t try any pinot noir. I’m a shiraz fan myself.ReplyCancel

  • Sophie Allen - 20 November 2012 - 9.17 pm

    I think I would probably only like the Chardy, a hint of lemon? I’m intrigued now. Will seriously put this one on my list (A nice Christmas Day treat!)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Thompson - 20 November 2012 - 2.30 pm

    I love, love, love wine….what a great gig! Let me know if you need further assistance next time as I am more than happy to down a few glasses with you 🙂ReplyCancel

  • ColoursofSunset - 20 November 2012 - 1.24 pm

    When I first started drinking wine all I would drink was Chardonnay. I was too scared to try anything else! I’m now having a hard time getting away from the Sav Blanc. But in NZ we went to Amisfield Winery and did a taste testing there so I was forced to try other things. Maybe what I need to do is just order a case of “mixed” and try it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 20 November 2012 - 6.38 pm

      I’m terrible – because the Welshman does all our buying, I’m not actually sure what I like, which is tricky when it comes to ordering. I do have very expensive tastes though. When I went away on my girls weekend recently, the Welshman SMSd me a list of wines that he knows I like, so I wouldn’t just order bottles of Champagne! I drank cocktails all weekend instead! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Yvette - 20 November 2012 - 11.07 am

    I use to drink Red Wine in the UK but gave terrible hangovers…

    I love sweet whites…

    but I don’t particularly drink anymore.. because the hangover with 2 kids under 3 is TERRIBLE and about 1000000000 times worse than a normal hangover when I was younger and without kids..

    🙂

    #teamIBOTReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 20 November 2012 - 6.39 pm

      Oh, I hear you! I have a chronic illness (currently in remission) and alcohol made it terribly worse, so I didn’t drink. At all. For years. It was terrible! I remember my first hangover with a small child – dear gods!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Frost falling face first - 20 November 2012 - 10.28 am

    Ooh I love a good chardonnay, but I’m old school (or maybe just old). I like a good balance of oak. Thanks for a great review! I’ve driven past Tower Estate on every Hunter visit and always wondered why it was quiet, wanting to stop for a visit. Next time I will for sure. We’ve had a number of cases from Wine Selectors before too – Barwick Estates also do a lovely Chardonnay. Red doesn’t agree with me either (shocking headaches from the tannins) but I’ve found I can handle Pinot noir very happily.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 20 November 2012 - 6.40 pm

      Isn’t it funny how many of us can’t drink red? The Welshman loves what we call Big Boy Reds and loves to have one when we’re out for dinner. I just sniff it and feel ill and drink Champagne instead! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jodi @Mummyhood101 - 20 November 2012 - 8.19 am

    I do not like red either, except when I was pregnant with Master M I CRAVED red wine!!!!
    I am quite partial to a good Sauv Blanc, Margaret River region….or a good NZ Sauv Blanc is Villa Maria….!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 20 November 2012 - 6.40 pm

      I craved chocolate thickshakes made with handmade gelato and chocolate Paddle Pops. Both not terribly good for you! xReplyCancel

  • Rachel Wernicke - 20 November 2012 - 7.56 am

    I haven’t had a Chardonnay in years. I must have had a few bad experiences but this looks delicious. Rachel xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 20 November 2012 - 8.16 am

      Yeah, we’ve started drinking a few lately. Done well, they’re superb. Unfortunately, there is loads of really terrible over-oaked crap out there.ReplyCancel

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