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Wine Shows and Wine Awards

Friday, October 18, 2019

On the first Friday of October (thanks to a good friend), I went to the Royal Adelaide Wine Show tasting, for the first time in around 3-4 years. There were nearly 3,000 entries on taste spread over about 60 classes – which would make around 50 entries per class if they were evenly spread. However, of course they are not. Most of the fortified classes have bugger all entries in them these days, whereas the class for the current vintages of Shiraz and Cabernet have hundreds in them. Along the way I tasted dozens of delicious and very drinkable wines which had not received any medals or at best “lowly” Bronze Medals. I guess that they weren’t near to technical perfection. Read More...

GLORIOUS GRENACHE

Friday, August 30, 2019

I have written before about the amazing work that McLaren Vale growers are doing to identify and categorize the impact that their tumultuous geology has upon the flavours of their Shiraz (see Winestate Magazine, “Super Serious about Shiraz”, Sep-Oct 2017 Edition). Some of the “Valers” have also formed the “Fiano Fellowship” (see WBM, “The Fiano Fellowship”, Jan- Feb 2019 edition), to evaluate the region’s Fiano.  Read More...