It’s Australia Day today, dinner on this cool evening is pan-roasted duck fillets over a Federer vs. Nadal Aus Open semi-final; how good is that?!
My wine for the night probably gives away who I think will be the winner.
Marques de Riscal Gran Reserva 2001, Rioja, Spain
$90 from Dan Murphy’s. Clear, intense ruby colour, looks fresh as a daisy despite being 10 years old. Complex perfume of blackcurrant, oak, spice, crushed herbs, clove, smoked pork sausage and roasted meat. A dry, full-bodied wine with rough silky texture. This was aged for 2.5 years in American oak before 3 further years in bottle prior to being sold. Med+ acidity, 14% alc; there is a breakout of rich berry flavours, a hint of clove powder and chocolatey fine-grained tannins. A well-crafted wine that demonstrates fine balance. Drink now – 2017. 91+/100.