Sunday, April 3, 2011

Banrock Station: Week #33

Banrock Station (Australia, 2008)
13.5% alc./vol.

A word from the wine:
"For over 10 years we have proudly supported projects that include Atlantic Salmon recovery in Canada, flamingo protection in Kenya, wetland restoration, climate change research and water saving initiatives"
I figured since I used to work in Atlantic Salmon conservation and my husband has trouble identifying flamingoes that this wine was a good choice.

Dear Banrock Station,

When I first laid eyes on you, I knew in my heart that we could be friends.  You're from Australia, and I love Australians.  You had interesting label notes, and I fell in love with your understated yet sophisticated styling.  You tasted great and I was ready for a good time.  You were easy drinking.  Too easy.  And for that reason, I am sorry to say that I just don't think this relationship can move forward.

This has nothing to do with you.  You're great, really you are.  In fact, that is why I couldn't control myself around you.  It's just that the timing wasn't right.  I was out with friends (bad influences) and my kids were safely at home in bed - I felt free.  Too free.  No one else was drinking you - I had you all to myself.  I took all of you and I gave you nothing in return.  I'm thinking of what is right for you in this situation.  You deserve better.  I'm not the right person for you, and I don't like the person I became when I was around you.  I should have taken our relationship more slowly - given us time to get to know each other.  But, you've already seen this dark side of me, and it is too late to turn back now.

Please don't take it personally when you see me in the liquor store and I walk past your display without even a second glance.  I don't trust myself.  We can't be friends.  In another world, another time, we would have been perfect for each other.  But here and now, we just aren't meant to be together.  Don't worry - you won't sit on the shelf for long.  You'll find someone new to pick you up, and hopefully they will treat you the way you deserve to be treated.  They'll drink you one glass at a time - one night you'll have dinner, the next maybe watch a movie or enjoy an evening on the patio.  They won't abuse you the way I did. 

I'm sorry it had to end this way.

Deepest Regrets,

Saturday Shiraz


  1. LOL!!! This is a nice wine, sorry it had to end this way.

  2. This love story doesn't mention one important fact. You know what it is.

  3. Haha.....poor wine. I saw the abuse it took first hand. You were right to end things the way you did. I'm with Tracey, you did forget a missing fact. Better luck next time.

  4. sometimes these things just happen... you cannot go back, only forwards, don't worry, you will meet another bottle you like just as well and you will have learned from your previous encounter.

  5. If you are talking about the brief episode of "Bloggers Gone Wild" - that would have happened eventually anyway.

  6. Too bad, so sad.

    But what happened to your Belanger genes????? If you have any at all, one bottle of wine should have no deleterious effects. Perhaps you were adopted...


  7. It just occurred to me that if the Banrock had that effect, perhaps you should also avoid the Peter Lehmann 14.5% Shiraz - delish but packs a punch, even for me.

  8. U.B. - what the blog fails to mention is there was MORE wine consumed that evening. After I finished abusing the Banrock, I moved onto the other bottle on the table (and I didn't even bother learning its name).

  9. Does that make you a wine slut?