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GINI 18 was taken place on June 15, 2008 (yes, Father’s Day) So there were a few fathers among us choose to spend that evening having wine with us. As mentioned in my previous post, I missed GINI 17, so I think Andrew and Vincent are the only ones who have been to all tastings.

Our theme this time is Australian Cabernets Blends; so all the wine we tried this time have Cabernet Sauvignon blended with other grapes.

Here are the wines we had:

  1. Coriole Mary Kathleen Cabernet Merlot 2000 (90% Cabernet Sauvignon,
    10% Merlot)
  2. Lindemans Pyrus 1999 (61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc)
  3. Lindemans Limestone Ridge 1999 (71% Shiraz , 29% Cabernet
    Sauvignon)
  4. Primo Estate Joseph Moda Amarone Cabernet Merlot 1999 (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot)

Most interesting of all is the Primo Estate Joseph, which is done in “Moda Amarone” style, meaning the grapes are let to dry fo couple weeks before crushing. This method is originating from Valpolicella near lake Garda in northern Italy, and the final result is a very ripe, raisiny, big-bodied wine with very little acid (a little like Port)

Andrew and Vincent W will have their tasting notes of the wine in the blog SeaTourist blog . Following is the voting results for our favorite in this tasting.

The GINI Australian Cab Blend Index
We ranked the bottles 1 to 4, add up the numbers, whichever one has the lowest score is the best. Although a lot of people were present, only a few participate the rating. Here is the list of participants: Aaron, Andrew, Jim, Kwong C, Kwong T, and Vincent W.

Bottle #

Vineyard

Region

Pts

Group Rank

My Rank

1

Coriole Mary Kathleen Cabernet Merlot 2000

McLaren Vale, Australia

14

2

4

2

Lindemans Pyrus 1999

Coonawarra, Australia

12

1

3

3

Lindemans Limestone Ridge 1999

Coonawarra, Australia

15

3

1

4

Primo Estate Joseph Moda Amarone Cabernet Merlot 1999

McLaren Vale and Coonawarra, Australia

24

4

2

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