Saturday 20 July 2013

Doomsday Desecrator

A friend put this one on the table a little while ago, just something he had laying around.

If the name “Bodega Del Fin Del Mundo” which translates to the “End of the World Winery” or “Doomsday Winery” is not cool enough alone, it was a cracking red on top of that!

The label said Pinot, not impossible, in fact probable for cool climate Patagonia, but blind I would swear it could have been Grenache  A Pinot in wolves clothing! Awesome! There should be more of it! One of the most interesting things I’ve tasted in years! The Patagonians have made Pinot palatable! Heheheh.
This would have to be the darkest glass of Pinot I have ever encountered. The slim hint of fruit showing through could only be likened to feijoa?  So random!

Super, super dry, with so much rich spice and sandalwood. It was a bit like sucking on some wine-soaked cinnamon bark!  
This freaky Patagonian Toothfish smoothed out beautifully with air, becoming a well balanced and graceful specimen. I’d like to see it again in 20 years time. It was made to last.

Something else that a friend slung my way some time ago, was a copy of the best damn Thrash I have heard in years! I haven’t been this excited by new music since the first time I heard Destruction! 

And the winner is....... Desecrator! Hell Yeah!

Bullet belts and epic solos, the whole deal! Throw in a couple of falsettos – sensational!
These guys could have stepped straight out of the eighties. Pure and simple; Thrash Metal how it should be.  (and the arty on the cover is a nice touch of nostalgia!)

So cheers to the two most interesting things I’ve seen in years!

Make sure Desecrator are playing at your Doomsday!

Sunday 7 July 2013

Ochota Threat

 Ochota Barrels - The Fugazi Vineyard Grenache 2012

Though preceded with a great reputation, I did have to try this one for the name!
Never a really big Fugazi fan, but I sincerely appreciate the link, between what was playing in the car while the makers were in the vineyard, and this being memorable enough to make it onto the label.

It makes me think of the songs that define a vintage (yes, I know how old that makes me sound)! You spend so much time at work, you get to hear a radio stations programming inside out and back to front over the course of a twelve... fourteen.... eighteen hour shift! That is, of course if you are lucky enough to have a lifeblood of music pumping through the cellar... and then there is the question of which station, or who's mp3/ipod is playing. This alone could be conceived as cruel and unusual punishment, depending who you work with!

I think back over vintages and there are definately some stand out songs, that were flogged on the radio, so they stuck in my mind. Not always great memories, both songs and vintages! But nevertheless, a good song can make you laugh.... or cry. That overflow may not seem so bad next time you hear that song! Or it may evoke that panic in your guts that turns up when you smell burnt stater!
On a positive note, it might remind you of that fling you had with an international cellarhand! Or the end of vintage party where you met your now significant other!
Never underestimate the cocktail of quality liquid lubrication and sheer exhaustion!

Anyway, the wine!
McLaren Vale Grenache. Very rich and weighty for a grenache. There were intense berry flavours, mainly blackberry. Really smooth with a chocolatey roundness.
Minimal spice, considering its a grenache. More of a sweet cinnamon spice which opened up over time to allspice.

I just can't bring myself to match this to Fugazi... But I'll meet it in the middle and say a little bit of Minor Threat would be acceptable! (though unfortunately not on my vintage memory list!)

Looking forward to seeing the next slightly random vineyard inspiration.... Husker Du perhaps?!