I do this blog for fun, the wines here are some of the very few I can be bothered to write up. The cream has risen.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Whistler Hubert Irving (Red Blend) 2010

This wine exudes quaff, and I don't mean that in a negative way. This is a wine that goes with everything a red wine goes with; food, fireplaces, friends and footy on the TV. By the way, I didn't have any trouble coming up with four F words, I had more problem in limiting to 4 clean ones.

Possibly, probably even, the reason this wine goes with everything is it's a blend. In Australia we seem to be fixated on single variety, but how many of us are aware that most of the single variety stuff is a blend of vineyards, sometimes a blend of regions, and occasionally a blend of States. It can even be a blend of vintages, but it's rare to get an admission of that.

I have nothing against single variety, and indeed single vineyard is pretty hard to beat when it's a good 'un, but I reckon there should be a lot more labelled blends out there. And a bit more willingness to experiment beyond GSM, Cab-Merlot and Cab-Shiraz.

This one is somewhat unusual, with 30% Mourvedre, 30% Merlot, 25% Grenache, 8% Shiraz and 7% Cab Sav, and they go so well together. Mostly red fruit on the nose with a touch of rosemary and oregano, reasonably full body and chewy tannins give longevity to red and black fruits on the palate,  and there's just enough quality acid to keep it all in balance. I reckon this would be a cracker if it had been made with their premium fruit.

Very good value at $16-$19, ready to 'quaff' now and good drinking for the next 5 years.



  1. Mighty unusual blend at 118%...

  2. See this is why they need to use larger print on bottle labels for us vision impaired folk. Fixed.