East coast de­lights

Halliday - - Mail -

I find that wines from some eastern state re­gions can get lost over here in Western Aus­tralia, with many bot­tle shops tend­ing to favour lo­cal and South Aus­tralian prod­ucts. I re­cently had the chance to briefly visit Syd­ney and Mel­bourne, dur­ing which time we took in the Hunter Val­ley and Yarra Val­ley with friends nice enough to do the chauf­feur­ing. Hal­l­i­day mag­a­zine in­spired me many years ago to learn more about wine­mak­ing and tast­ing. A cou­ple of quick ques­tions about dif­fer­ing clones used in New South Wales com­pared to Western Aus­tralia seemed to in­spire the win­ery staff ev­ery­where we vis­ited to ex­pose us to ev­ery­thing they could. Most winer­ies ex­pressed how re­fresh­ing it was to be able to dis­cuss their wines tech­ni­cally rather than pour­ing glasses for bus­loads of peo­ple who may have al­ready had a few drinks. Be­fore I knew it, I was tast­ing semil­lon ver­ti­cals, with wines up to 15 years old. Need­less to say I’ve seen the light. A sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence in the Yarra Val­ley changed the way I think about cool­cli­mate chardon­nay and also GSM, thanks to my new friends at Pim­per­nel. A few sim­ple ques­tions that I only thought to ask be­cause of the knowl­edge I’ve gained through this mag­a­zine opened doors to amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ences at every cel­lar door we vis­ited.

I’ve copped a fair amount of flak from friends over the jour­ney about be­ing a ‘wine nerd’, but ex­pe­ri­ences such as these ones made it all worth­while.

An­drew Grant, Bic­ton, WA

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