East coast delights
I find that wines from some eastern state regions can get lost over here in Western Australia, with many bottle shops tending to favour local and South Australian products. I recently had the chance to briefly visit Sydney and Melbourne, during which time we took in the Hunter Valley and Yarra Valley with friends nice enough to do the chauffeuring. Halliday magazine inspired me many years ago to learn more about winemaking and tasting. A couple of quick questions about differing clones used in New South Wales compared to Western Australia seemed to inspire the winery staff everywhere we visited to expose us to everything they could. Most wineries expressed how refreshing it was to be able to discuss their wines technically rather than pouring glasses for busloads of people who may have already had a few drinks. Before I knew it, I was tasting semillon verticals, with wines up to 15 years old. Needless to say I’ve seen the light. A similar experience in the Yarra Valley changed the way I think about coolclimate chardonnay and also GSM, thanks to my new friends at Pimpernel. A few simple questions that I only thought to ask because of the knowledge I’ve gained through this magazine opened doors to amazing experiences at every cellar door we visited.
I’ve copped a fair amount of flak from friends over the journey about being a ‘wine nerd’, but experiences such as these ones made it all worthwhile.
Andrew Grant, Bicton, WA