So other than the curious Moorooroo white how did the other wines go?
Well, what I suspect might have been the wine of the evening, an Orlando Shiraz 1966, a sort of winemaker’s wine, an experiment, not a brand…. turned out to be corked. But still a dark robust wine, but of unknown quality.
The 1974 Orlando Jacob’s Creek, is really historic being the first or second vintage ever of this a wine that became eventually one of Australia’s most famous brands – so famous that Orlando now is called Jacob’s Creek. Some writers don’t even mention a 1974 vintage, putting the release a year later. So definitely Museum stuff. Unfortunately it tasted like a commercial wine kept too long. Plain, some acid surviving but not much else.
Far far better was the Leasingham Bin Bin 64 1975. Rich prune flavours, somewhat like a really hot Bordeaux vintage. Only somewhat though, it lacked verve and freshness. Quickly tiring the palate. But interesting wine nonetheless. This would have been made by Tim Knappstein and would have been one of the wines that made his reputation. Impressive longevity for a low priced wine.