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The Christmas Wine List

For the annual family Christmas indulgence I am chief wine steward. Lunch was at our place this year, and we had a few extras, so I raided the cellar big time for this year's feast (although, with the warm weather, we barely touched the reds). Now our 'kids' are all of legal drinking age the consumption has grown!


From left to right:


2001 Wirra Wirra Church Block Cabernet / Shiraz / Merlot

Very nice, very smooth, and went down a treat.


2000 Tyrrell's Single Vineyard Semillon

One of my particular favourites, matched the turkey brilliantly. I could drink a lake of this given half a chance.


2000 Rosemont Orange Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the (two) bottles was corked, and ended down the sink.. :-(

The other drank well however.


2006 De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon

Strangely, we were too full to finish this, even with 12 'adults' for lunch. Not to worry, we finished it the next night! Young, but lovely, and at only 10% alcohol you can drink this all night (if the sweetness does not get to you).


2003 Chandon Z.D. Brut

A dry as dust aperitif style Australian domestic bubbly by the Moet & Hennesy group. The 'ZD' stands for Zero Dosage, that is, no extra sugar liqueur is added in the final degorging process. 100% Chardonnay. We went through a lot of bubbly. If you are ever in Victoria, check out their cellar door and wine tour. Well worth it.


2000 Bleasdale Petrel Reserve Shiraz

Did not open this. Perhaps for tonight?


2001 Chain of Ponds Purple Patch Riesling

Did not open this either, but I am looking forward to it. It is a great drop.


2006 Bird in Hand Chardonnay

A lovely crisp wine, very easy drinking and was very popular on the day.


2008 Wine 001

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Taken on December 24, 2008