Wine-Ark Tasting, Australian Museum

Recently attended a members Wine Ark tasting, at the top of the Australian Museum (fantastic view! Overlooking St Mary’s Cathedral and Hyde Park). Wine Ark is Australia’s forefront for wine collectors and perfect cellaring of wines, for example with private access wine vaults any time until midnight. For wine collectors, their extensive range of vintage wine functions like an exchange market, allowing buyers to purchase directly from thousands of clients who store wine in Wine Ark’s climate controlled cellars, and giving members access to some of the world’s most sought after/difficult to obtain wines. Also by buying direct, retail mark ups are avoided. Wine cabinets (Vintec and Transtherm) and other premium wines are also available.

Anyway, Tasting was splendid! First, was the Clare Valley, with Jane and Andrew Mitchell presenting wines covering the best part of a decade. Then was Keith and Clare Mugford presenting Moss Wood current releases, including the iconic Cabernet Sauvignon. Then we had our first chance to meet Paul Bridgeman, who stepped into the shoes of Bailey Carrodus at Yarra Yering in 2008. Wine line up:

Mitchell (Clare Valley) – Presented by Andrew and Jane Mitchell
2009 Watervale Riesling
2006 McNicol Riesling
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Peppertree Vineyard Shiraz
2002 McNicol Shiraz

Moss Wood (Margaret River) – Presented by Keith and Clare Mugford
2009 Semillon
2008 Chardonnay
2008 Amy’s Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Ribbon Vale Merlot
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Yarra Yering (Yarra Valley) – Presented by winemaker Paul Bridgeman
2008 Pinot Noir
2008 Dry Red No 1 (Classic claret-style, Principally cabernet sauvignon with merlot, malbec and a little petit verdot added. Jancis Robinson included this blend in her 1989 book of the world’s top 40 wines)
2008 Dry Red No 2 (A shiraz based blend, Rhone Valley French style – shiraz co-fermented with tiny volumes of viognier and marsann, some vintages see the inclusion of mourvèdre)
2008 Dry Red No 3 (From classic Portuguese varieties, creating a spicy/savoury, fine, long and intense palate, medium-bodied, sour cherry/spice)
Plus a rare back vintage – 2001 Underhill Shiraz

The whites were mostly elegant, refined character. The reds mostly deep powerful flavour. All reflected their terroir very well. Everyone there from the wine enthusiasts to wine makers were very friendly and enjoyed the wines. All wines tasted were great quality, showing good ageing potential. Also the well provided cheeses and snacks were really tasty.

If you’re passionate about wine, Wine-Ark is a great place to be involved in for priority access to rare/collectable wines, cellaring/insuring wine, invitations to world class tastings and dinners, wine news/reviews/suggestions/material/annual analysis, and a broad range of discounts and savings with no minimum monthly commitment or pressure to buy. Also a lot of fun!


4 thoughts on “Wine-Ark Tasting, Australian Museum

  1. Hey David, thanks for your comment, it was really good, very elegant style, w Cab Franc and Petit Verdot I think, like French style, but I wouldn't drink the 07 now. Earliest I'd drink the one I tried would be 2012, but it needs a good 8 years about I reckon. Talk soon 🙂

  2. Good note: it looks like it was a very interesting tasting and I'm a big fan of both Moss Wood and Yarra Yering, and am particularly hoping the latter continues to be a favourite even with their new ownership. I haven't tried the 07 Moss Wood yet, but I really liked the 06, and that was supposedly not that great a vintage cf. the excellent Margaret River 07s.CheersSean

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