jamie goode's wine blog: Good morning from the Barossa

Monday, June 01, 2009

Good morning from the Barossa

Here's the view from my room this morning here in the Barossa, as I prepare for an exciting day's tasting and learning. We are so, so lucky to be experiencing this! I hope you'll forgive my unbridled enthusiasm...

Last night we closed day one of the Landmark Tutorial with a dinner at Appellation, the restaurant here at the Louise. As part of the Tutorial, we're really fortunate to be eating here each night, with menus chosen by chef Mark McNamara to complement the rather special wines that will be served with dinner.

Each evening, we'll be joined by some rather special guests. Last night we had James Halliday, Andrew Pirie and Stephen Henschke, as well as our tutor for the day Michael Hill Smith. Tony Jordan and Andrew Caillard will be with us all week. Access to people of this stature is another reason why this week is such a treat.

Last night's wines included verticals of Jacob's Creek Steingarten Riesling, McWilliam's Mount Pleasan Lovedale Semillion, and Yarra Yerring Dry Red No 1 and No 2. Of the four Yarra Yerring reds, three were astonishingly good; one was disappointing. We also had a remarkable Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 (this is fantastic) and the 2001 and 2004 Dahlwhinnie Eagle Series Shiraz.

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At 11:00 PM, Blogger Michael Pollard said...


I know that you are being run off your feet through the 5 days of the Landmark but I'm sure your readers would welcome knowing which wines you taste are available outside Australia. I'm betting more than a few don't make it out.

Enjoy yourself.

At 11:18 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Yes, I'll try to provide that information - and certainly when I do the full write-up

At 1:03 AM, Anonymous Andrew Graham said...

Those Domaine A Cabernets are glorious wines.

At 2:57 AM, Blogger Camoranesi said...

I'm delighted that you got to some of the Domaine A - I think they're one of the most exciting producers in the country right now. It's not often you get Australians who aren't afraid of a little bit of (complementary) brett...

At 6:34 AM, Anonymous Lucy Anderson said...

Jamie, thanks for the great coverage of the Landmark Australia tutorial which is in full swing at the moment in the Barossa Valley. If anyone would like to follow the latest buzz, see the wines, menus and presentations from the tutorials and / or be followed by the rest of community, you can search for and blog / tweet with #LAT09.

At 8:10 AM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Yarra Yering Dry Red No 1 is a wonderful wine.
Why do you not come to the historic vertical at the Ledbury on the 12th June being organised by David Wainwright?

At 7:30 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Keith, wouldn't he have to pay for that? ;-)

At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the comment about Brett and Domaine A... I'm not sure that Peter Althaus would agree its Brett but either way they are pretty special.



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