The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence -

Con­cours Mon­dial de Brux­elles 2007 AUS­TRALIA had 75 en­tries in the com­pe­ti­tion, and hand­somely ex­ceeded the 30 per cent over­all suc­cess rate, win­ning 22 sil­ver medals, seven gold medals and a stag­ger­ing nine great gold medals. D’Aren­berg col­lected three of the lat­ter, with its 2005 Sticks and Stones Tem­pranillo Grenache Souzao, 2005 The Derelict Vine­yard Grenache and the 2004 Galvo Garage Caber­net Blend. In a roughly sim­i­lar style, Elder­ton scored twice with its 2004 Caber­net Sauvi­gnon and 2004 Ode to Lor­raine Caber­net Shi­raz Mer­lot. In a dif­fer­ent id­iom, the 2003 Howard Park Caber­net Mer­lot won a great gold medal and its 2004 Le­ston Shi­raz won a gold medal. Other great golds went to 2003 Wise Wines The Don­ny­brook Caber­net Mer­lot, 2004 Tay­lors Jara­man Caber­net Sauvi­gnon and De Bor­toli 8 Year Old Tawny Port. Pernod Ri­card Pa­cific, for­merly the Or­lando Wyn­d­ham Group, con­trib­uted 12 sil­ver and four gold medals, with some pretty snappy wines (2002 Ja­cob’s Creek Cen­te­nary Hill Shi­raz and 2001 Jo­hann Shi­raz Caber­net) win­ning only sil­ver. Small won­der I over­heard sev­eral pan­els talk­ing ex­cit­edly about the great classes of Aus­tralian wines they had judged. James Halliday

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