Wine Century Challenge Meeting #2.

Second meeting of the Wine Century Club – Perth Chapter occurred on the 27th March 2013 at the newly opened Bad Apples Bar in Applecross. Big thanks to wine man Tom for tracking some of these wines for us to try.

Not been to Bad Apples bar yet? You should head there to check out this vibrant neighbourhood bar that has a good wine programme. Food was pretty tasty as well. Pizzas and small tapas styled food are offered.


2011 Mandoletto Catarratto. Sicily, Italy. 12.5%

Catarratto Grape

Honeyed. Lemon sherbert. Bitter almonds. Very Sicilian. Slightly oily palate. Touch short on the palate. Love this and I think this can be bought for under $15. Bargain!

Benanti Biancodicaselle Bianco

2010 Benanti Biancodicaselle Bianco. Etna, Sicily, Italy. 12.5%.

Carricante Grape

Good energy. Broader and longer on the palate than the Mandoletto. Minerals, salt. Pomelo and lemongrass and a cheesy camembert aroma. Good mouth feel.

Vinteloper Pinot Gris

2012 Vinteloper Pinot Gris. McLaren Vale. 14%

Pinot Gris Grape

Spent 4 months on lees. Grippy palate. Creamy and soy sauce overtones Crunchy pear with a hint of cloves. Good wine that finishes a bit hot on the palate.


2004 Rockford Semillon. Barossa Valley. 11.5%

Semillon Grape

Deep yellow. Mellowed. Aromatic. Dried mango and apricots. Bit sweaty…. but in a good way. Aged very well.


2007 Montana “Patutahi” Gewurztraminer. Gisborne, NZ. 14%

Gewurztraminer Grape

Finally, after all these years, a Gewurz that I really like. Lovely nose of sweet candied ginger, roses and fresh lychee. Big long savoury finish. Stunning

Judge Rock. St Laurent.

2009 Judge Rock. St Laurent. Central Otago, NZ. 13%

St Laurent Grape.

Some around the table liked this. I just could not get past the nose of brussel sprouts, locker room sweat and bad bacon. Not for me. Representative of the grape???

Manso Ribera Del Douro

2008 Manso Ribera Del Douro. Spain. 14%

Tempranillo Grape

Liked this wine alot. Nice bright sour cherries. Powdery tannins. Smoked sweet bacon, oregano and rosemary. Good food wine with well judged oak.

Fall from Grace “Margarita” Montepulciano

2012 Fall from Grace “Margarita” Montepulciano. McLaren Vale. 13%

Montepulciano Grape

Hint of nail varnish and slightly funky. Vibrant purple in colour. Finish seemed sour. Not sure about this.

Bodega Mustiguillo. Finca Terrerazo

2010 Bodega Mustiguillo. Finca Terrerazo. Vino de pago.  El Terrerazo, Spain. 14%

Bobal Grape

Oaky, sweet vanilla and very dense. Found this nice to drink but hard to describe. Someone mentioned smashed terracotta and minerals. Yep, got those after it was said. Interesting. Be good to grab another bottle and try this on its own.

First Drop Wines “Nacional”

2011 First Drop Wines “Nacional” Touriga Nacional. McLaren Vale. 13%

Touriga Nacional Grape

Big beefy mouthful of mouth coating sour cherries. Lifted violets on the nose. It’s a big and balanced wine. Made me think beef ribs. Drool. Excellent wine.

Bodegas Atalaya Almansa Alaya

2010 Bodegas Atalaya Almansa Alaya. Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. 15.5%

Garnacha Tintorera (a.k.a. Alicante Bouschet)

Big & chewy wine. Smokey wood in a tar and cedar way. Huge mouthfeel. Lots of fresh woody herbs with a core of beautiful sweet dark fruits. Nice tannin profile that makes me think it should age okay for a few years. Another excellent wine. Went out the next day to buy 3 more bottles for the cellar.

IBodegas Atalaya Almansa Alaya

Dandelion Vineyards. Legacy of the Barossa. 30 year old Pedro Ximenez. 19%

Pedro Ximenez Grape

Aroma of cold tea. Not too overpowering or sweet. Dried pineapples, saffron and tarte tartin. Excellent and a great way to finish the official part of the evening.

Enjoying the journey so far.

About Perth Wine Enthusiast

Casual observations of a Perth wine enthusiast. I am a recently turned 40 husband to a wonderful wife and father to 3 fantastic children. When work and family are not occupying me, my thoughts frequently turn towards two of my other passions in life, wine and food.


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