Thursday, December 29, 2005

Wine Tasting

One thing I like to do when visiting Adelaide, is to do some wine tasting, and as per our last visit in June, we dragged my Father, however willing out into the country side to try some wine from some of the local wineries in and arround the Adelaide Hills.

Unlike last time, there was really no real plan of attack, Dad picked out a few wineries from the Adelaide Yellow Pages and we were off!

We first visited the Nepenthe Cellar Door, located in the Adelaide Hills wine reigon, just outside of Harndorf in Balhannah, and picked up a bottle of "The Fugue 2000".

Next Stop was to the Harndorf Hill Winery and picked up a nice bottle of their 2005 Sauvignon Blanc. Dad had only been there the week before for a catch up with some of his mates and recommended this as we were passing. Lucky we dropped in, because the hospitality we received from the Owner Mark, a nice chap from Cape Town in South Africa, was impeccable and definitely rewarding with my purchase.

Then after lucking out on a couple of other wineries that were CLOSED, we decided to make our way out to Lenswood and popped into the Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard, a nice little winery tucked away on a tight windy road. We picked up their 2001 Old Pump Shed Pinot Noir, and got some valuable advice from the guy there. We were lucky, because the list was getting quite short with only three wineries so far being Open.

Next stop was off to Deviation Road in the old Sumners Bakery Building in Charleston. The girl behind the counter didn't really have much of a clue, and was quite ready to agree with anything that my father had to say about their wine, but we picked up a few wines here, Eva bought the Fruity White and I picked up their 2002 Shiraz & the Reserve Port.

Our last stop for the day was at a place called Bird in Hand in Woodside, a beautiful little winery, and we picked up a 2004 Two in the Bush Merlot Cabernet, and a clean skin Fortified Canbernet which was most yummy! Eva couldn't resist and bought some of their Kalamata Olives, but resisted the urge to buy some Olive oil too.

On the way back home, I managed to catch Eva trying to cool down. It was about 35°c and definitely hotter in the car, this is definitely the photo of the Trip.

And here is the haul, definitely not as much as last time, but something purchased from every place that we visited. Thanks Dad, maybe next time we'll visit the Clare Valley.

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