Victoria (abbreviated as Vic.) is a state in the south-east of Australia. Victoria is Australia's most densely populated state and its second-most populous state overall. Most of its population is concentrated in the area surrounding Port Phillip Bay, which includes the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Melbourne, which is Australia's second-largest city. Geographically the smallest state on the Australian mainland, Victoria is bordered by Bass Strait and Tasmania to the south, New South Wales to the north, the Tasman Sea to the east, and South Australia to the west.
Posts about Victoria
    • Six iconic wines this week – some true bargains, too

      All six wines this week are iconic world wine styles. 2013 Mâcon-Villages, Chapelle aux Loups, Louis Jadot, Burgundy France (£11.99, Waitrose). Waitrose gets a little shirty when I point out forthcoming discounts before they’re live, but I advise you to head to Waitrose on Wednesday – it will be worth your while! This is a stunning, top class Chardonnay from a legendary prod ...

      Matthew Jukes- 3 readers -
    • Tom Rogers Marsanne 2013

      Hard boiled perhaps, but at least complete. . . my daughter had some ideas for the face, it reminds me of a sleepy young Lenin. 14%, Yarra Valley. It's difficult to love, a little too fat and textured, too bitter and unctuous, too rich and burn ...

      Wino sapienin Syrah- 5 readers -
  • Top 15 under-$25 wines of 2014

    … and Santorini in Greece, Montilla Moriles from Spain and Alsace, France. These 15 wines are (almost all) culled from VINTAGES releases. I tasted countless other terrific under-$25 examples in 2014; local, parochial, from beyond Ontario’s borders and abroad. For the purposes of what the Ontario consumer needs to know and for what serves them best…

    Michael Godel/ Godelloin Riesling Chardonnay- 4 readers -
  • Tout près by Farr 2012

    … A striking wine with plenty of amplitude and movement. Pinot noir. Geelong. 13%. Sealed with Cork. The whole bunches are very obvious and in scent it is not unlike the Applejack from Giant Steps, though perhaps with less smoulder and more softness. I'm still not convinced that a stem can transmit place. . . Spice and sap, rhubarb and roots. It's…

    Wino sapienin Pinot Noir- 7 readers -
  • Mount Mary Pinot noir 2012

    … Pretty and tight, but safe and a little too squeaky. There's no exaggeration or fault and a pleasing lack of splinters; all the facets are in balance, with more fruit than wood, a suggestion of spice but to my nose it is not apparent if there are whole bunches. You can smell the restraint. It's pale and bright, not perfectly clear. Mostly fruit…

    Wino sapienin Pinot Noir- 5 readers -
  • Tom Rogers Syrah 2013

    … A new label, which is very cute and clever and appropriate for the month of Movember; I wonder - is this what comes after the critters? From what I can find, Tom Rogers is the composite of Tom Hill and Jason Rogers. 14% alcohol, approx $A30. Yarra Valley, 35% whole bunches. I'm not completely convinced, finding this is a little too big and top…

    Wino sapien- 2 readers -
  • Australia, Shiraz and Viognier Blend, Terlato & Chapoutier, Victoria, 2013

    … Australia, Shiraz and Viognier Blend, Terlato & Chapoutier, Victoria, 2013 Blend: 95% shiraz and 5% viognier N/ Countryside sage and soil, a virtual walk amongst wild sagebrush and lavender. Black cherry, taffy, fresh rain, and wet cement. Wonderful. Her only distraction is a hint of rubber. T/ Medium full mouth feel. Dusty, black… 5 readers -
  • Giant Steps Sexton Chardonnay 2012

    I think this is stylistically closer to the Arthurs Creek than the Tarraford. There's more stone than creamy augmentation and something green springs from the glass. . . The mouth is greater than the nose. . . The sensory impact on the tongue more telling and demanding than the scent which seems to belong something else. It's bitter and pith like, with grapefruit, grip and length.

    Wino sapien- 1 readers -
  • 29.9.14

    … I've sniffed and cooked with fresh and dried Bay leaves before, but never sequentially or with intent. The larger green leaves have a softness and roundness to the their scent, they seem more complete, though milder and warmer. More nutmeg and cinnamon and less point. The dried leaves are sharper and more focused - with menthol, eucalyptus, cloves…

    Wino sapienin Pinot Noir- 2 readers -
  • Last week

    … 1. A green rub for roast lamb. A small handful of parsley, a few sprigs of rosemary, three or four cloves of garlic and the zest from half a small lemon, salt and pepper. Process (with mortar or machine) into a paste and add a glug of olive oil to loosen. Rub onto a leg lamb which is lying on a bed of chopped onions (3) and white wine vinegar (2…

    Wino sapienin Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Riesling- 5 readers -
  • Six wines to complement Masterchef Sophie’s recipes

    …, joyous and delicious chilled, too. Serve it with the awesome Sticky spare ribs recipe and see just how versatile it is. 2013 La Boheme Act Three Pinot Gris, De Bortoli, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia (approx. £15.00, Oddbins, Planet of the Grapes tel. 020 7929 7224, Portland Wine Cellars tel. 01704 534299, South Downs Cellars tel. 01273 833830…

    Matthew Jukesin Malbec- 8 readers -
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