Birthday wine tasting 20th December 2011


A group of 14 meet at St Paul’s for the tour. Turns out another girl also celebrates a birthday today.

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We visit four vineyards. The first is Yering Station in the Yarra Valley. This was the original vineyard established in the 1880s. Coming over from Sydney in search of a good place for cattle, the owners brought a few vines as well. These did so well they no longer need cattle!
We play a point scoring game of tasting the first wine and exhibit our appalling lack of knowledge and confidence in the art.

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We lunch at Rochford Wines, who are rather production line about the occasion although they bring us a ‘good enough’ lunch and surprise us birthday girls with a lovely desert.

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Little Yering Farm, in contrast, hand picks the grapes and has a lovely homely feel. There production is small and they only provide wine for restaurants and at the cellar door. We bought a bottle of Pinot Noir 2005 which we hope will go well with our Christmas meal of duck.

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The finale is a visit to the Chandon Estate. An offspring from Moët et Chandon. We learn that champagne is made from Pinot Noir with no skins and buy a bottle of sparkling wine vintage 2008.

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For $110 I thought The Australian Wine Tour Company did a very good job. It was a brilliant birthday treat. Each cellar door offers a range of their 12-20 wines and you are free to taste as many as you wish. I believe there is a nominal charge if you turn up without a tour group.
By the time I came home, I certainly did not want any more to drink! But enjoyed a slice of that lovely cake.

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