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What Wine Goes with the Australian Open?

January 25th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Rosemount Estate, Mudgee Hill of Gold Shiraz 2004 $9

My wife is possibly one of the most competitive people I have ever met.  I used to be the only runner in the family…now she does marathons.  I used to kick her butt in tennis…soundly…I mean “ha ha” butt kicking…after 5 years of lessons and playing a couple times a week…forgetaboutit.  She owns me.  So, I still run (not marathons) but really have lost interest in most things tennis, yet, today, the Australian Open is all over the family dvr.  Hmmm, wonder who did that?

Well, I might as well enjoy watching a little tennis with the wife, so, yesterday evening while we watch a taped match of Dagnabitz vs Blagojevich or somebody, I smiled, nodded politely at her comments on the game and blissfully sipped on a nice Autralian red, Mudgee Hill of Gold Shiraz 2004.

I carefully chose this red from my cellar today because of the special conditions that…, OK, you got me, you all know me, it’s not a cellar it’s a wine rack and… I chose this wine because it was the only Aussie vino I had stacked up there.  Just the same, here we go. 

Mudgee Hill of Gold Vines

WHAT OTHERS SAY: From Rosemount Estate website

This shiraz has a deep, rich colour immediately indicating an impressive concentration of flavours. On the nose there are lifted perfume and spice aromas with a deep core of plummy, peppery fruit. The palate reveals velvety, ripe, fine-grained tannins, in harmony with the oak and seductively spicy fruit. The finish is rich and long, with cinnamon, cloves and wild fruit notes promising much for a further five to eight years careful cellaring.

WHAT I THOUGHT:  good enough a wine for my numb tongue

 RANKING: Good enough for my numb tongue!

Nice little sipping wine.  Fruity and not too full bodied as you would expect from a shiraz.  I did think the wine was a little bitter with a bit acidic feel on the tongue.  Still nice “swish and swirl” impact.  Deserves a nice glass just to watch the legs run around.  Not too oaky from aging like some shiraz I’ve had.  But again, I don’t know what I’m talking about so try it yourself.  At $9 you got little to lose.  Now I wonder if I can find a sport on tv with Pam Oliver on the sidelines? 

G’day from the wineoaf!

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ken // Jun 1, 2009 at 4:53 am

    Hi , Came across your website whilst
    trying to locate a source of Hill of Gold
    wines , they have been discontinued
    in Australia for reasons unknown.
    I am down to my last few dozen, the last vintage seems to be 2004. Opened
    a 2004 Cabernet on Sunday it was the
    best wine I have had this year , as good as the Hill of Gold 1998 Shiraz.

    They are great wines ,I would love to take
    some of your stock but the freight would be too expensive.

    Will tell my freinds in North America
    you still have some stock.

  • 2 wineguide // Jun 1, 2009 at 5:43 pm


    Thanks for the update from down under. Stinks when a favorite is discontinued. Let me know some of your own top Aussie wines and I’ll check them out for rhe readers!
    Thanks and cheers, Steve

  • 3 Kitchen Doors // Aug 1, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Great , Many thanks for the wordpress blog post, exactly how do you pick out countless stories and it not be unexciting. . .

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