I don’t know about you but time seems to slip by faster than ever these days. My weeks go something like; Monday, Wednesday, Friday, a blip of a weekend and, back to Monday!
I started this blog almost a month ago after an impromptu cellar door visit to Greg Cooley Wines but my mind got crowded with numbers to let the words in so it’s sat idle in draft form. All is not lost though and the silver lining is, i am now sitting outside on this stunning Spring day with laptop, soda water with lemon, snoring dogs and an inquisitive bengal cat, as i pick up where i left off.
The breeze is starting to pick up and the spring blossoms are wafting under my nostrils. Just enough for a tease before the breeze swings back the other direction. The sun is delightfully perched on my back providing just enough warmth through the outdoor blinds. It’s taking quite an effort to stay focussed and not be tempted to look up and admire the view i see every day but, never grow tired of. The vines across the road that i claim as ‘our view’ are a beautiful extension to our native garden. They mark time as the seasons change and i have a gazillion photos of them in their stages which i always tell husband i will, “get put on canvas one day”.
Bengal cat is now also snoring beside me. Contentment at its best. Animals are good for the soul and i love that our 3 dogs and cat get along. I can faintly hear the ipod that i left playing inside (Florence & The Machine for those wondering) which is perfect as it’s not interfering with the sounds of nature that are so wonderfully calming. Life is good.
I digress though and with one last check of fb, twitter and, IG, to see there’s nothing much happening except an overload of sports finals support posts, i’ll attempt to pick up where i left off a few weeks back.
When i called out to see Greg Cooley about a month ago I wasn’t planning on blogging Greg Cooley Wines that day, i was just going to do a little spruik on facebook until i had more time to put in a decent effort but as i drove away all these words kept filling my head and my fingers got itchy for a longer type session. Hopefully i can suitably pick up where i left off and take you on a happy Greg Cooley Wines journey.
You’ve all seen the posts i share about the great shows Greg Cooley puts on. Without a word of a lie, he is actually one of the reasons why i started spruiking Clare Valley in the first place. I would see they were putting on all these shows and i wasn’t able to get to any of them for whatever reason. Friday night – feeling buggered. Saturday night – already had plans.
Greg & Kelli have brought a huge amount of varied artists to Clare. There’s been a show to suit just about every genre and the reviews are always great. Musicians such as, Wes Carr, Beccy Cole, Libby O’Donovan, Adam Harvey, David De Vito, Sandra Humphries and Danny Hooper. Comedy nights with, Fabien Clarke, Kehau Jackson, Steve Sheehan, Lawrence Mooney. And the most recent show, Exposing Edith which, by all accounts, was one of the best shows yet. Tickets sold out in less than a week i’m told. A testament to the show itself but we cannot bypass the venue and its hosts.
With the entertainment sorted it’s a wonder Greg has time to make wine but make wine he does and a damn good wine at that. Naturally i want to head straight to the Riesling but first, Greg says, you must try the Lady Nelson Moscato. And boy, i tell you, it really got my taste buds dancing. It cleansed the palate perfectly of my soy latte and prepared it for the tastings i was about to embark on. Nice one, Greg! Now that Spring has sprung, i would get onto that Moscato if i were you. It’ll be the perfect little companion to have in the fridge for when friends call in. Or, just have it all to yourself because that won’t be hard to do either. I thought i’d moved on from the sweeter wines but Greg’s Moscato doesn’t overpower, it’s like a shy little girl standing in the corner waiting to get noticed by the boy she fancies. Bottled purchased and consumed that night. Delicious!
The 2015 single vineyard Valerie Beh Riesling didn’t disappoint either. A little rounder on the palate than other 2015’s i’ve tasted since and that’s a great thing. It’s what sets our wines apart while they still maintain that great Clare Valley Riesling flavour. I’m happy to continue learning about all the varietal characteristics of Riesling. They all don’t have to be sharp and limey and hey, i’m no wine critic, i just write how i feel and how wine tastes to me. And like i always say, just go and try it yourself, even if you’re not sure. That’s what spittoons are for! Apparently 😀
Don’t be silly. Of course i bought a bottle…..or two!What else grabbed my attention was the Maximus MXII Fortified Shiraz. The name took my attention for a start as it’s the name of my eleven year old bitsa boy. The Fortified is not as heavy as a muscat and it has a nice little kick at the end. Bottle purchased and still being enjoyed and i reckon just as the cold evenings disappear, so will the bottle. Perfect timing!
So, you see, not only does Greg Cooley put on a great event he makes damn good wine and he’s a great bloke. Slightly madcap and always rushing which i find very entertaining but we wouldn’t have him any other way. Thanks for the tasting journey, Greg, of course i’ll be back soon because i will be getting some more of that delicious Moscato for the warmer months!
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the dogs and cats are still snoring albeit after playing musical chairs. They’ve been great company on this perfect Spring afternoon!