While dinning at Cocos recently we shared.
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2007
First the Leeuwin, it is one of my all time favorite Chardonnays and probably the style I still look for in Chardonnay, maybe old fashioned but this style is truly remarkable when executed with precision and can be God awful when not (like sucking on a cigar box). The 2007 is still very young with the brightness of the acidity overlaying a strong lime citrus nose and palate. Not as sumptuous as this wine can be, it definitely needs time to develop in the bottle. Decanter Magazine review hit the nail on the head.
Fresh citrus, lime, white flowers and good oak on the nose. Balanced, with good weight. Attractive creamy texture and a lovely drink. 3 Star Wine – Recommended.
Decanter Panel Tasting, Decanter Magazine, March 2011
Katnook Estate Odyssey Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Soft fruit on the nose, a strong spine of acidity which is overpowering the fruit and tannins, needs time to open up to calm the acidity down. (We ordered this at the same time as the Chardonnay, with it being decanted, this had time to open up). After about half an hour things are more in balance with the acidity under control and the fruit and tannins are starting to shine. Earthy for a Coonawarra Cab Sav put still plenty of plush red fruits on the palate with a long finish, well worth the wait. This can be drunk now with a little time in a decanter, but I would put it away for a rainy day in a few years time.
Coco’s is an interesting Restaurant that gets mixed reviews, sometimes I think thats this is an expectation of what Coco’s should be and not what it is, that gets it bad reviews. As you can’t fault it for what it is, a brash, noisy, lively restaurant that is nearly always full and delivers the best cooked seafood in Perth, it is not fine dinning and it is not inventive modern cuisine. I would have been to Coco’s close to a 6 times in the last 12 months and have not had a bad meal, nearly always go for the Dufish or Salmon or the occasional steak and they are always cooked to perfection, not an easy task in such a large and busy establishment. Service can be a little bumpy but has improved over the last couple of years. With its great location on the South Perth foreshore it’s a place to bring overseas guests with confidence. If you join their wine club ($125.00 a year) you receive discounts on their club member wine list and if you order before 6:45pm on Wednesday & Thursdays meals are half price.