Originally posted on 23rd July 2011
A fantastic dinner at Rockpool yet again. This remains my favourite restaurant in Melbourne. The menu is always straight forward, portions are generous, consistent quality and good service. This occasion was to celebrate Carlton’s convincing win over Essendon. A nice non-vintage Roederer Brut was useful to relax the palate and keep it fresh from the heavy flavours of a starter of Blue Fin Tuna Tartare with Moroccan Eggplant and Cumin Mayonnaise ($36). Slow-cooked wagyu 220g short-ribs ($39) from the rotisserie was the order of the day and this was washed down nicely with a ready Braine-Ducru 2003. A chocolate jaffa mousse cake ($25) and salted butter caramels ($8) challenged the limits of my stomach.
Domaine Tempier Cuvee Classique 2006, Bandol
$135 at Rockpool. A mourvèdre blend hence the unsurprising meatiness to it’s structure. Aromas of blackberry, leather, very rustic in nature. This screams for a proper 1-2hr decant, this time a serious swirl-job was sufficient in coaxing it to open up. Full-bodied which is a touch fat in the mouth, herby to go with the dark berry core. Well-balanced with moderate tannins. A bit short on the finish, but this is a lovely wine paired with food, especially roasted bird. Drink now – 2016. 90/100.
Branie-Ducru 2003, St-Julien, Bordeaux
$310 at Rockpool. I wanted the 2004 listed at $170 but was informed it was sold out. A lovely complex nose, aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, white chocolate and a hint of truffle in the back. A fine wine, the moderate level of fresh acidity and resolving tannins are maintained in balance. Rich dark berry and plum flavours. Lovely matched with my slow-roasted wagyu short ribs. Drink now – 2025. 92+/100.