WA’s win­ning drops

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Wine -

WINE writ­ing is a rapidly grow­ing pro­fes­sion.

Let us as­sume that there were no full-time Aus­tralian wine writ­ers 30 years ago and that these days there would be well in ex­cess of 30 to 40 full-time wine writ­ers, wine web­site hosts or well-known blog­gers.

Of these, James Hal­l­i­day is the only one who gives due def­er­ence to WA wine qual­ity and his fig­ures are con­sis­tently backed up by the re­sults of our seven cap­i­tal city wine shows in which these same blog­gers and writ­ers are of­ten judg­ing – but here the wines are masked.

The Bris­bane and Syd­ney wine shows, the first two of 2016, have an­nounced the re­sults.

Here is a look at WA’s tro­phy win­ners so far from our 4 per cent of Aus­tralia’s grape crush.

Ries­ling – The Larry Cheru­bino-made Robert Oat­ley Sig­na­ture Great South­ern Ries­ling 2014: Cham­pion Ries­ling, Bris­bane Wine Show.

SBS blends – Mar­garet River’s Amelia Park 2016: Cham­pion SBS blend, Bris­bane Wine Show.

Sau­vi­gnon blanc – The Larry Cheru­bino made Robert Oat­ley Sig­na­ture Series Mar­garet River sau­vi­gnon blanc 2016: Cham­pion sau­vi­gnon blanc, Syd­ney Wine Show.

Chardon­nay – Cham­pion chardon­nay at Bris­bane was the Fraser Gal­lop “Parterre” 2014 and the Cham­pion at Syd­ney was the Evans & Tate Red­brook chardon­nay 2013.

Caber­net sau­vi­gnon – Cham­pion caber­net at Bris­bane was Forester Es­tate’s Yelver­ton 2014 and Cham­pion caber­net at Syd­ney was the Evans & Tate caber­net sau­vi­gnon 2012.

Caber­net blends – Cham­pion at Bris­bane was the Deep Woods Es­tate caber­net mer­lot 2014.

Ma­ture reds – Cham­pion ma­ture red Bris­bane, Xanadu Re­serve caber­net sau­vi­gnon 2013 and at Syd­ney, Evans & Tate caber­net sau­vi­gnon 2012.

There are two fur­ther tro­phies from Syd­ney which, not be­ing best of va­ri­ety tro­phies, are not as sig­nif­i­cant.

The in­ter­na­tional guest judge from Canada se­lected the Brook­land Valley Es­tate chardon­nay 2014 as her Wine of Show and the best White Wine of the Show went to the Evans & Tate Red­brook chardon­nay 2013.

The west has gained both of the best chardon­nay and best caber­net tro­phies and both ma­ture red tro­phies from the two 2016 shows so far.

It is busi­ness as usual in the west.

With John Jens

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