Sunday, 25 May 2014

Enomatic Excitement

Last Friday afternoon, I had been working at Applecrosse, so my husband and I took the opportunity to see what was on offer at Bad Apples Bar.  I had heard good things about this place, especially the fact that they are the only place in Western Australia with an Enomatic Wine Dispenser.  

Enomatic were the first company in the world to come up with a system whereby open wine bottles can be preserved for up to four weeks.  This is based upon the use of inert gas, which slows down the rate at which the wine oxidises.  There are two major benefits of the system: firstly it allows premium wines to be served by the glass without the concern of wastage and secondly, the in-built portion control technology allows tasting, half-glass and full-glass serves to be regulated exactly.

To make the most of the opportunity, I decided to compare some premium wines (rarely possible to buy per glass, let alone as a tasting portion) to some more affordable and approachable wines of a similar style.

1. Riesling

Tim Adams 2008 Reserve Riesling
Very pale yellow in colour, the only hint that this was an older wine was a whiff of aged cheddar intermingled with the petrol and mineralogy.  Still extremely acidic (which I like) so looks like it has quite a few years left.

Ferngrove 'Cossack' Riesling 2013
Slightly green-tinged, this wine suggested freshly crushed kaffir lime leaves and a slight whiff of kerosene.  Medium bodied with tingling grapefruit acidity.

Outcome:  I preferred the Ferngrove Riesling, despite its youth.  It seemed to have more personality and individuality.

A trio of chorizos - venison, pork and lamb.
2. Shiraz

2013 Tomfoolery 'Young Blood' Shiraz, Barossa Valley
Milk chocolate and black pepper on the nose, this wine was medium bodied, more along the lines of a Rhone style Syrah.  It was very succulent, with rhubarb and beetroot shining.
($2.30/taste, $54/bottle)

2009 Torbreck 'Run Rig' Shiraz
Aromas of rose petals, banana and young tawny port on the nose.  It felt velvety and grainy in the mouth with rich dark chocolate coated coffee granule hints, star anise and black pepper.
($12/taste, $320/bottle)

Outcome:  Although I'm usually a fan of the more opulent style displayed by the 'Run Rig', I honestly would have been just as happy with a bottle of the 'Young Blood', which interesting based upon the vast difference in price.  I think it was the banana smell that slightly put me off the Torbreck Shiraz.

The opportunity to taste a teeny-tiny bit of the 'Run Rig' was an exciting opportunity.
3. Alternative Blends

O. Fournier Alfa Crux 2004 Malbec Blend, Mendoza, Argentina
Very interesting on the nose - fertiliser/seaweed and bandaid.  The wine was a viscous, squid ink colour and tasted dark and brooding, with notes of black licorice.  It was not too heavy and had good length.

Vinteloper 'Adelo' Touriga/Shiraz/Pinot
Very aromatic with smells of a gas lighter, wild stemmy fruits, and lavender.  A medium-full bodied wine with both comfort and intensity, lots of purple, ripe mulberry goodness.

Outcome:  I absolutely love trying alternative blends.  For me, the Touriga blend shone in regards to the fruit expression.

Wrapping up, my husband and I really enjoyed our experience at Bad Apples Bar.  The staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly and the opportunity to try some premium wines by the glass was wonderful.  We will definitely be returning to this well-presented venue in future and I am also interested to keep an eye out for some of their wine evenings.