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Moorilla St. Matthias Vineyard Muse Series Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Recommendation: Not recommended.

Winery/Producer: Moorilla; Berriedale, Tasmaninia.

Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Tasmaninia (Australia).

Vintage: 2013

Price: $35.90 (AUS$) about $27.50 (US$) plus a $20.00 corking fee.

Purchased From: Australian Wine Centre; 1 Alfred Street; Sydney, Australia.

Paired With: Caesar salad with garlic and parmesan cheese. Hazelnut and rosemary-crusted chicken with buttered carrots, turnips and broccoli, with fruited balsamic vinegar.

Tasting:

    He said: Chilled before opening. Clear, pale golden color. Strong gooseberry aroma with hints of spring fruit blossoms. Smooth with lots of gooseberry and citrus in the taste followed by a medium long finish with a somewhat tart acidity. Just an OK (at best) Sauvignon Blanc drinking alone, to an OUTSTANDING Sauvignon Blanc paired with the chicken. The fruited balsamic vinegar had a taste of raspberry and simply transformed the wine and created a delicious pairing. But, because it was so on and off with and without the food I wouldn’t recommend it.

    She said: Clear with lots of speedy legs. Intense gooseberry aroma that was uninviting at first but mellowed and became more agreeable. The flavor was similar, but not so extreme. The wine was medium bodied, dry and tart with a long finish that extends the dominant gooseberry flavor and tartness. When drunk with the chicken the whole picture was turned upside down and the wine became smooth and the perfect accompaniment for the chicken. The sweetness of the berry sauce balanced the tartness of the wine to make a delicious harmony of tastes. It was superb! However, tasted alone the wine was very “different.” It needed a good accompaniment and in this case the chicken provided the perfect partner. The fact that it is not pleasant sipping alone prevents me from recommending it.

    Comments: Purchased from a Sidney, Australia wine shop and consumed in the Britannia Restaurant on board the Cunard Queen Mary 2.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Bar code: 9 338499 003716

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