Well, the chief wine blogger is still in Perth – supposedly working – but more likely enjoying some luscious Margaret River reds so I’ll again fall back on Huon Hooke from yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald. His wine of the week is Mount Langi Ghiran ‘Langi Shiraz’ 2003 which he describes thus:

“The 2002 was not released because of a fault, but this shining star from Victoria’s Grampians rides again, with a rich, full-blooded warmer-year wine showing less spice than usual. The subdued spiciness is joined by plum, earth and chocolate aromas, which turn more sweetly fruited than usual in the mouth. The tannins are there, but very gentle and smooth, drying the finish cleanly without being at all grippy. The palate has intensity and liveliness, is not big but has classic elegance and harmony. Langi deserves to be one of our most exalted shirazes. the only negative was a badly soaked cork – hopefully, an exception. Bottles with good corks will be be best now to 15+ years. 95/100.

Food: roast duck breast with a reduction sauce; rare pepper steak; aged parmesan or cloth-bound cheddar.”

Now, can I just find somone to cook that duck breast…

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