Sunday, 6 April 2014

30 Wines in 30 Days - DAY 5

Balthazar is rated as one of the top 10 restaurants in Western Australia, so I was very excited when my husband suggested we should try it out for dinner on Saturday night. I will not go into detail about the food, as I would prefer to focus on the wines, but rest assured it was outstanding.  In fact, we both agreed that the two fish entree dishes we had were the best we have eaten in our 2 years residing in Perth.

We selected the Frankland Estate 2013 'Isolation Ridge' Riesling to go with our fish.  It displayed the almost clear colour often seen in these Western, cool-climate Rieslings.  There was a steely acidity about the wine and the aroma that really stood out was of crunchy granny smith apples.  Despite these pungent aromas, the wine was very refreshing.

With our main course meats, we enjoyed Chapman Grove's 2007 Atticus Shiraz.  The Atticus range is only produced in exceptional years, and this wine was just that - exceptional.  Being a very deep, dark, red colour, it was earthy, meaty and altogether luscious.  I will definitely consider trying the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon that are also in the Atticus range of wines.