Aside from a couple of bretty Loire reds, not many new wines have been consumed of late. Instead, lots of retasting, mostly quite pleasant. A highlight has been the 2007 Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon. If anything, I enjoyed my second tasting more than the first, as it showed tighter, with a firmer line and yet more exuberantly powdery aromatics. It has excellent complexity for a young Semillon as well as great purity of flavour. I note the 2008 Semillons are out now and am curious to try them.
On a meta front, I keep finding awesome new (to me) Australian wine blogs. Not only do we have the monumentally re-envigorated Winefront, there’s also GrapeScott, the Oz Wine Review, Drinkster/Drankster, etc. Then there are ongoing favourites like the Wino-sapien. Rather an embarrasment of riches, I think. I’m glad to mention these blogs here, partly because our new theme doesn’t yet have a links page, but mostly because it’s interesting to reflect on where local wine blogging is “at” vis-a-vis the established wine press. Quality is certainly variable but, at their best, our blogs offer a range of perspectives and a democratic immediacy that doesn’t exist in other media. There are also a range of attractive, identifiable personalities on display, a phenomenon that should ensure the durability of these voices over the longer term.
I observed a similar dynamic almost ten years ago when political and current affairs blogging became widespread. Blogging is now quite accepted (and acceptable) in that realm, and I suspect the line between old and new will also blur in our rather more specialised niche.
In the meantime, I’ll keep drinking and writing about it.