Take the time to tarry with Larry

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine -

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).

With John Jens

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