I had my first opportunity to participate in my very first TasteLive event where wine bloggers are invited to to participate in a live tasting that is broadcasted on Twitter via the TasteLive platform. The first tasting I participated in, was a Vouvray tasting a couple weeks ago. I had also signed up to participate in a tasting held last Wednesday, October 24, featuring wines from Australia’s Château Tanunda. Due to a last minute conflict at work, I was unable to make it home in time to participate in the live tasting. I was able to taste the wines over the weekend and since I was not able to join the live tasting with everyone else, I wanted to share my experience with the wines here on my blog.
Château Tanunda is known as an icon of South Australia’s Barossa Valley and is also Australia’s largest Chateau. Many of Australia’s finest wines come from the Barossa Valley. Château Tanunda is owned by the Gerber family and boasts a proud heritage. The winery produces classic Australian varieties like Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as red blends. They have a large selection of white varieties such as Riesling, Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio, among others, as well as Rosé and sparkling wines. For the TasteLive tasting, we were sent their 2010 Grand Barossa Riesling, 2010 Grand Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2010 Grand Barossa Shiraz.
Château Tanunda 2010 Grand Barossa Riesling: This wine poured a lovely golden yellow color in the glass with citrus and pineapple aromatics. There is a lot of citrus, namely lemon and lime on the palate, along with some green apple, pineapple, and grapefruit. This wine finishes long and has vibrant, refreshing acidity. It was a hit with a couple of my friends. This is a clean, crisp wine that is perfect to sip on a warm day. Luckily, the days are still warm here in Orange County, so this was a perfect wine to sip out by the pool on a warm afternoon. I was unable to find this wine on the winery’s online store, however an Internet search showed it sells for $13 on average per bottle across various online retailers.
Château Tanunda 2010 Grand Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon: I was advised to let this wine decant for a couple hours, which is what I did. In the glass, the wine pours a deep garnet color with aromatics of blackberry, dark cherry, currant, plum, cocoa powder, and spice. Swirling the wine in the glass reveals the wine’s long legs. On the palate you get the layers of the dark fruits, blackberry and boysenberry, then the currant, dark chocolate and a touch of coffee on the finish. This wine has a very firm tannic structure and a long finish. I paired this wine with sliders with cheddar cheese. You can purchase this wine directly from the winery for $25/bottle.
Château Tanunda 2010 Grand Barossa Shiraz: This wine pours a dark purple color in the glass. On the nose, you get lush dark fruits like blueberry, blackberry, and boysenberry. There is also vanilla, spice, and dark chocolate. There is a lot of complexity with this wine. You get layer after layer on the palate starting with blackberry, boysenberry, and blueberry followed by vanilla and baker’s chocolate. This wine is very full bodied and smooth. It finishes very long with spices and a touch of pepper. This wine was a lot of fun to drink and was also a hit with my friends. A fun wine deserves a fun pairing, so my friends and I paired with assorted chocolates and brownie bites. This wine can be purchased directly from the winery for $25/bottle.
My friends and I enjoyed tasting these delicious wines this weekend. It was unfortunate that I was not able to be a part of the TasteLive event of last week, however I am very much looking forward to the next part of the wines of the Loire Valley tasting next month. Until the next time friends.
* These wines were provided as media samples for review purposes.