I had a very good afternoon recently at Phaedrus.  They came up with the most excellent idea of a barrel tasting.  Fourteen barrels moved into the car park – four Chardonnay and ten Pinot Noir.  You paid $10, were given a syringe and a tasting glass – and off you go.

Barrel tasting at Phaedrus

Barrel tasting at Phaedrus

The really interesting part was to taste how the different types and ages of the oak barrels changed the flavour of the wine.  The Chardonnay in new oak was superb and strikingly different to the Chardonnay in a five year old barrel.  Similarly the Pinot Noir in a new Saint Martin barrel was divine and different again to the two other makes on display.

It was a glorious day, a clever idea, a fantastic tasting experience – and they even threw in a cheese platter.  Good job.

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