Yelp event: Campbells Wines Bobbie Burns Shiraz Tasting

After winning a double pass for mentioning my favourite wine spot in Sydney (shout out to Bench in Newtown) I attended another Sydney event tonight thanks to review site Yelp. This one was a wine tasting event for the wine club of Campbells Wines, one of the oldest wineries in Rutherglen.

I was excited about this because Rutherglen is one of the Australian wine regions I’ve not yet been to. When a friend and I got to the event, held at Walsh Bay’s Sydney Dance Lounge, I was pleased to find an abundance of red wines. Campbells are famous for their Bobbie Burns Shiraz, it seems, and they had plenty for slurping tonight, including vintages from 1982, 1985, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010! It was fun to taste the differences the years and the cellaring produces.

The Campbell family. Susie, one of the fifth generation of winemaker, and second from the right, was at the event in Sydney tonight.

I liked some of their newer style wines best, though, including their 2009 ‘The Barkly’ Durif (bold, to hell with balanced blends!) and especially their 2009 ‘The Brothers’ Shiraz (a powerful burst).

The surprises were the dessert wines: the Rutherglen Muscat was nice, the Classic Rutherglen Topaque was intensely tasty, and the ‘Merchant Prince’ Rare Rutherglen Muscat was, quite frankly, a little too wonderful for me to take. It was actually an overwhelming wine.

They put on a super spread of food as well, especially the sliced meats and cheeses. The packed crowd implied there’s a lot of local recognition for these wines; I think it’s deserved. I’ll be picking up a few. And planning a trip to Rutherglen.

Thanks, Yelp!


1 Response to “Yelp event: Campbells Wines Bobbie Burns Shiraz Tasting”

  1. August 17, 2012 at 8:06 am

    What a fantastic photo!

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