WA’s winning drops
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.