Testing the waters with outstanding cheese from Harper & Blohm.
30 January 2016
I picked fifteen of these up from auction.
Its always a roll of the dice with the secondary market.
If these had been cellared well they should be decent. 2000 was a great vintage in the Hunter Valley and the wines were made on contract by Rhys Eather.
Today I probably would not bother. Eather and his brand Mereea Park have chased massive fruit to the point their wines are over the top and ridiculously dense.
A decade ago was a different story. In the late 90's and early 00's Eather had the mydas touch.
Details of Glenguin can be found here
The meal we had with the Glenguin ended up being outstanding.
We stumbled upon the amazing cheese providore, Harper & Blohm
Rogue vine wrapped blue, Delice chablis and a french ewe and goats milk hard cheese I cannot recall. all lovely.
We followed that with a bowl of pan fried quail and finished off with loin of venison in port sauce with roasted potatoes.... so good.
2000 Glenguin Pokolbin Vineyard Shiraz
Decanted due to a large amount of sediment.
Purple fading to bright red.
Quite youthful for 16 years old.
Dark fruits, dried herbs and white pepper. There is a chemical smell present. Band aids. I assume its a bacterial or microbe issue.
The palate if dense red fruit with great mouth feel and a lingering feel. The chemical taint continues however.
This is a really good wine with a clear fault.
I finished the bottle regardless, as it was not overpowering.
I can only hope the other bottles are not the same as this is a very good wine with plenty of years ahead.