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Hellyers Road Pinot Noir Finish | 46.2% | Australia
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Meet #56   |   18/10/14   |   Hosted by Martin
Australia! The first taste from down under for the club, how would they stack up? Would we avoid stereotypes? Would we ever, maaate!
Other bottles sampled:
#109 Sullivans Cove DC | SSWC review 56a

English Language Review

This is airy and young, like Elderflower wine. Think pine and the toasted nuts thereof, general woodlands and the colour green.

From the woods to the warehouse, full of barrels in a woody, damp cellar. Itís fousty down here! Cut the grass on a meadow then flip the mother. But itís like a good compost (compote), silage smell. Like youíd breath in and go "Aaaaaaah" instead of "AAAARRRGGHHH!!!".

Itís like really dense rye bread spread with marmite. Itís fruity too, with dried fruits, stewed prunes and the richness of a mince pie. The sweetness of rhubarb & custard sweets plays with the fruit and moves us on, ever on!

The end is weird, as the texture is of play-dough and plasticine, but still holding the marzipan sweetness for a time. Then itís industrial, plastic glue and paint, poly-cement and dusty concrete. Iím thinking a child playing dangerously near a cement factory?

Australian Translation

This here is the wattle! Itís the emblem of our land! You can stick it in a bottle, or you can hold it in your hand! Amen!


English Language Review

Do you remember Flumpses? No, not Flumps you *IDIOT*, Flumpses. One Flumps, many Flumpses. Yeah? Well, them. No NOT THE TV SHOW, and certainly not Papa Gnocci, I really donít remember that guy from the show you knowÖ

Someone said coffee, "Wow (it is coffee!)" is agreed. The general sentiment seems to be that "Wow it is "wow it is "coffee"""? Coffee brackets ice cream even, or a coffee liqueur perhaps. Tonnes of coffee anyway.

Itís deep and oaky, cinder toffee and dark-bitter chocolate which has been burnt. Cherry marmalade on burnt toast confirms the fire within and cordite is even mentioned.

Thereís something rich and bready, grainy perhaps, or those malted milk biscuits with a picture of a cow on the packet. But the richness has a sour edge to it, a souerrrrrr edge if you will? Itís fousty (but in a good way), airy (like the space between the substance of a prawn cracker), with a musky grape skin aftertaste. Bladderwrack!

Australian Translation

Gíday mate! Aaaaaaw mayt! Díye miiind thows owld sweets ya bloody wallaby?!? Flumps?!? Belt up ya big galah, itís bluddy Flumpses, Chryyyyst!!!

Boil the billy furra cuppa mayt! AWWWW MAYT! "Bonza (itsa billy-o-cawfee mayt!)". Eeevry buggerís beltiní "Bonza "itsa "bonza "itsa billy-o-cawfee mayt!"""? Cawfee up the wazoo mayt!

Stone the crows this izza bluddy rich bugga! Itís hotta thanna monkeyís bum! Thisíll ave the firies out and noooo mistayk!

Taystes oí damper mayt. Aaaaaaw, mayt! Deadset! Like thowse bikkies with a bluddy Mallee Bull on Ďem! But jeeeeesus! Thatís a tongue-zinger mayt! Itís a stuffy mutha mayt, (aw mayt), but thatís good oil cobber! Lyk sum bluddy wine seed or some bottler! Piss-sack-ruin!

  We felt rich, but sadly we were mistaken..
Finish & Comments

English Language Review

Weíre all in agreement that this is long. As long as a kangaroo's tail in fact. The coffee is back, even MoRe CoFfEe LiQuEuR and cofffeeeeeee! An element of fudge in the coffeeeeeee perhaps? But we havenít lost the sourness and the bitter palate experience either, with bitter fruits like orange and tamarind. Itís spicy too just before it slips away.

Australian Translation

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We've golden soil and wealth for toil;
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history's page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.
We all agree that this is long,
A Kangarooniís tail;
The coffeeís back with liqueur too;
An element of fudge perhaps
But sour and bitter there;
With bitter orange, tamarind
Advance Australia Fair.
Itís spicy too then slips away,
Advance Australia Fair.
Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We'll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who've come across the seas
We've boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.
~£68 (70cl)
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We've always scored out of 10 in our group (see number in red box, below), with scores regularly given across that spectrum. The value out of 100 below is adjusted to the scale most commonly used for whisky reviews, to allow for better comparison.

80 / 100

Average score

Detailed scores (out of 10)
Ali: 9.2
Ali G: 8.2
Claire: 7
Giles: Null
Iain: Null
Lucy: 6
Martin: 6.8
Phil: 6.3
Rurigdh: 5.5
Russell: 7
Shelley: 5
Tasting Game Points (out of 0)
No scores available.


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