Take the time to tarry with Larry
LARRY Cherubino was bought up in Perth’s Swan Valley and continues to be one of WA’s most awarded winemakers at his boutique-sized, five-brand SouthWest winery.
Despite rarely entering wine shows, Cherubino’s small team were recently awarded the highest number of six gold medals in the State’s most comprehensive competition, the Qantas Wine Show of Western Australia.
After gaining his early winemaking experience at the Houghton winery, Cherubino attended winemaking college in South Australia before joining the Thomas Hardy group at the Tintara winery in McLaren Vale.
After the shock 1998 senior winemaker exodus from the Thomas Hardy’s wholly owned subsidiary, Houghton Wine Company, he was promoted to Houghton senior winemaker at just 26 years old.
Over the next four years, Houghton won most of this State’s, and many of the nation’s, major trophies, some many times over.
Although a tiny producer at the national level, Cherubino was named James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion Winemaker of the Year in 2011.
In the 2013 edition, Halliday, when commenting on Cherubino’s results, said he had gained more scores of 94 or above in one year (19) than any winery since the book’s inception in 1986.
At the recent National Cool Climate Wine Show, the winemaker’s most reasonably priced cabernet, the Avant Gardening Cabernet Malbec (17.8 pts, $23) gained the Best Blended and Champion Red awards.
The Cherubino group are not afraid to flirt with lesser known varieties or styles in WA and produce marvellous grenache (Laissez Faire 18.2pts, $40) and grenache shiraz (Laissez Faire 18.4pts, $30), pinot gris (Pedestal 17.9, $24), pinot grigio (Ad Hoc, $23) and prosecco (Ad Hoc, $28).
Two of the six previously mention gold medals were for the commercially priced Ad Hoc The Wallflower riesling 2015 (17.8, $20) and The Straw Man sauvignon blanc semillon 2015 ($23).