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Snooth User: lieanne

black marlin 1990

Posted by lieanne, May 27, 2011.

wanting to know more about a wine black marlin 1990. Bottle has a marlin coming out of the water  not an ordinary label it looks to printed to the bottle. South eastern Australia 750ml.

semillon 68% chardonnay19% sauvignon blanc 13%


Reply by dmcker, May 28, 2011.

I've occaionally seen reference to Black Marlin chardonnay and shiraz, but not the blend you describe. We'll have to see if any of the Australian membership can speak up with personal knowledge. If the vintage of the bottle is 1990, one real problem may be if it's aged beyond its prime. Can you tell us how it was stored all the while?

Aside from the fish, of course, the first thing I thought of when I saw the name was an excellent seafood restaurant in Cape Town, SA, with that name....

Reply by lieanne, May 28, 2011.

the bottle has been sitting in a wine rack for a few years.

Reply by dmcker, May 28, 2011.

Where is the wine rack? Kitchen, cellar, somewhere else? Temperature fluctuations, light and vibration all can drastically shorten a wine's healthy lifetime.

How many years, and where did you get the bottle? Provenance is extremely important in determining the condition of aged wines.

Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, May 29, 2011.

Black Marlin is an entry level bottle.  Even with ideal storage I'd call this one drain cleaner.  Sorry.

Reply by Stephen Harvey, May 29, 2011.


I am in Australia and that wine probably hit its peak in 1992, try it but I suspect GDD's description will be on the "generous" side


Reply by dmcker, May 30, 2011.

So basically you have wine that was never that special to start with, and not built to last, that's hung around for nearly two decades too long, under less than optimal storage conditions.

Probably won't even work for salad dressing, or as a braising wine. When you open it, you should also open another bottle that you know you'll want to drink. After a sip of the Black Marlin, and the likely two thumbs down, you can then fall back on the other bottle.

Do let us know how you react to the bottle and what you do with it. I'm always curious about opening those old pandora boxes of a wine. Sometimes I'm surprised in a very positive way. Other times, well...



Reply by Stephen Harvey, May 31, 2011.

I think this is a for Mildara Blass [ex Fosters now Treasury Wine Estates] Brand

It looks like something from the Wolf Blass stable with an Americanised Label

Sadly not the sort of Australian Wine that excites me!!!

I hold little hope for your find Lieanne but as dmcker says ...maybe....

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