Actually, it’s the whole essence of wine….



My wife doesn’t really get it – why I like Pinot. Don’t get me wrong – she too sometimes appreciates it – but the acidity driven red wines are simply not her thing. White and Riesling on the other hand….

At our house I’m the wine freak. She likes a good glass but our preferences differ a bit. Perhaps that’s changing now – thanks to my wandering palate?

Let me explain. When my wife wants a Cabernet Sauvignon for example, I know she doesn’t refer to a Medoc. In almost every case she prefers a Californian ditto. When we had Shafer’s 2005 One Point Five Cabernet she loved the wine from the very first sip – and I didn’t show her the bottle ahead.  Should I however pour a Medoc I can see it directly she’s not as fond of what’s in the glass.

My wife likes wine with power. Not overly extracted one’s but a full bodied style with elegance to them. Since she doesn’t bother that much on producers, vintages, grapes, ratings and so on, she is very true to her taste. I envy that. She knows what she likes and doesn’t spend hysterically much time in testing her palate.

So, when my buying patterns now includes more and more wines from outside of Europe I notice her liking. More often when we have wine she’s satisfied with my choices. Some week ends ago I poured her a glass of the 1997 The Bishop Shiraz from Glaetzer in Barossa. She was ecstatic! I was too! Pure drinking pleasure!

Too many Aussie wines are judged by their often overwhelming character when young, but how many try to cellar them? The Glatezer bottle was perfect now with mature notes of spices, blackberries, dark chocolate, ecualyptus, smoke and lovely integrated toasty oak. I confess; the bouquet went directly to my heart with its easy-to-like character.

On the palate it’s simply one of those hard-to-resist tastes. Fullbodied, mature and yet quite elegant. Red berries, meaty, spicy and with fine oak adding chocolate and licorice tobacco. Mature tannins, fine acidity and a long finish. Gorgeous stuff.

Sharing a bottle both are enthusiastic about is so much more fun. Actually, it’s the whole essence of wine!

(1997 The Bishop Shiraz, Glaetzer, Barossa, 91-92 points)

N.B. Wan’t to know where to get your hands on this beauty?

N.B. 2. Aussie’s do handle age impressively. A tasting last week clearly demonstrated that Yalumba’s The Signature all the way to the 1991 was in great condition. Also a still going strong 1974, showed it’s not only Europeans that can take a decade or two – or three! Post coming soon.

N.B. 3. Belgium Wine Watchers!

  • Hammerhead

    >Try the Penfolds RWT 1998. As you describe your palates, I'm quite sure both of you will love it. It's a little bit more french style, a little bit more complex, a little bit lighter than "normal" Aussie style.

  • Niklas Jörgensen

    >Big fan of RWT and actually most premium wines emanating from Penfold's. But with age I've (except Grange) been most impressed by the St Henri style so far!



  • ola

    >Thanks for the tip Niklas! Got a pointer from Johan P, whose recommendations we always try to follow (availability and accounts permitting). Love the powerful dark fruity Australian Shiraz's, so this seems like it will fall nicely on the palate. Conveniently we are now relocated to Brussels, so went ahead and placed an order online. We usually get our Aussie wines at Crush wine here in Brussels, but this is a welcomed new discovery. So thanks. Will let you know what we think.

  • Niklas Jörgensen

    >Hi Ola!

    I'm also connected to Brussels, or Diegem to be exact -but am not an expat. Head office in Diegem, affiliate in Stockholm. I do however visit some times every year and have during my spare time checked out wine stores :-)

    Belgiumwinewatchers are perhaps most into European wines but their assortment are impressive.

    I recommend you to pick up as many Bishop and Shiraz mag's as you can because the price is simply put great.

    Coolest part? The bottles come from an Italian importer. Now, how did that go? Italians drinking Aussie Shiraz?

    All the best,



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