Home' Scoop : Scoop 50 Summer 2009 Contents • Matt Byrne Matt has worked in Mildura (Aus-
tralia), Felton (California) and Stellenbosch (South
Africa) and is the winemaker/manager at Evans
& Tate. He has judged at the Royal Perth, Royal
Hobart, Margaret River, Geographe, Swan Valley,
Cairns and Blackwood Valley wine shows.
• Jason Conti Third-generation winemaker Jason
has worked at family winery Paul Conti Wines since
1998. He has judged at the Perth Royal and Qantas
WA wine shows and been associate at the Tasmanian
Wine Show and the Sheraton Perth Wine Awards.
• alan Dinneen Alan and his family have operat-
ed fine-wine store Chateau Guildford since 1974.
He has an associate diploma in wine marketing
and did the Advanced Wine Assessment course
at the Australian Wine Research Institute. He
has judged at the Perth, Melbourne, Rutherglen,
Hobart, Cowra and Canberra wine shows.
• alex HuDak Alex has helped to make wine, is a
noted wine writer and has judged at shows in Perth,
Sydney, Adelaide, Mt Barker, Tall Timbers, Geogra-
phe, Swan Valley and Margaret River. The winner of
the inaugural Len Evans tutorial, he is enrolled in the
Master of Wine program.
• antHony kosoviCH "Arch" is the winemaker
at John Kosovich Wines. He has judged at na-
tional wine shows for 10 years, is president of the
Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers Association
and is on the Perth Royal Wine Show committee.
• Dr Di Miller Di was a vet before completing a
graduate diploma of oenology. She has worked
at Peter Lehmann Wines in the Barossa, then in
Oregon before going to Abbey Vale and then to
Porongurup Winery. She is winemaker and manag-
er of Bellarmine Wines in Pemberton and studying
for her Master of Wine.
Paul MCarDle Paul is the consultant wine buyer
and staff educator for the award winning Must
wine bar in Perth. Paul is the CEO of Fonty's Pool
Winery in Pemberton.
• antHony roBinson Anthony has worked in
wineries around Australia and New Zealand, and
in a range of wine retail, education and research
roles. He has been an Australian Wine Show com-
mittee member and judge, and has judged at the
LA and Indianapolis International wine shows.
• Max veenHuyzen Max represents WA's next
generation of wine writers. A contributor to
national food and wine magazines and websites
including Gourmet Traveller Australia, he is also
part of the tasting panel of Quaff, Peter Forestal's
annual guide to Australia's best wines under $15.
• DaviD Watson David Watson founded Wood-
lands Winery in 1973 and won the first national
trophy for a Margaret River red in 1982. He judged
at 12 Swan Valley Wine Shows and was WA Wine
Industry Association president from 1989 to 1991.
Scoop thanks all the judges for their time.
Margaret River virtually established the classic
white wine, the blend usually (but not exclusively)
comprising sauvignon blanc, semillon and chenin
blanc when the varieties were in oversupply.
Today, winemakers in the region weld sauvignon
blanc and semillon together like no other.
The three wines in the bracket reflected the
blending attributes of these varieties and others,
and they all received medals.
The standout was the Lamont's Quartet -- a
wine showing all the attributes of a lovely summer
drink. It is a classic style made to be drunk and
not thought about.
Lamonts Quartet 2009, $15
Region: Swan Valley
Pale straw and slightly green-tinged, this young
wine has an attractive colour profile that gets
your mouth watering. It's a middle-of-the-road
dry white with light citrus, herb and stone fruit
aromas, and a smooth palate that finishes clean
The Twisted Vine 2008 Classic White (Swan Valley),
Darlington Estate 2009 Darling White (Perth Hills),
MOSCATO AND OTHER
Fashioned from muscat blanc a petits grains,
moscato is not fermented to dryness giving it its
delicious lick of residual sugar. It has a refreshing
light spritz and attractive turkish delight and
rosewater flavours make it a fun, low alcohol
alternative to champagne and other popular
A handful of WA producers are trying their
hand at this style with encouraging results. All
the moscatos submitted for the tasting received
a bronze with the standout earning silver for its
delicacy and thoughtful winemaking.
It is absolutely worth tracking down over the
Stella Bella Wines 2009 Pink Muscat
Region: Margaret River south
One panel member saw gingerbread, another raved
about lemon sherbet while the third was trying to
name all the summer berries he could taste. While
each judge experienced different flavours, all agreed
on the pedigree of this charming number. Boasting
ballerina-like balance with just as much poise,
delicacy and grace, this spritzy crowd pleaser will
bring the house down this summer.
Stella Bella Wines 2009 Pink Muscat (Margaret River
south), 16, $19
Vineyard 28 2009 Moscato (Geographe), 16, $15
Mad Fish 2009 Moscato (Margaret River north), 15.5,
Paul Conti 2009 Late Harvest (Fronti) (Perth Hills),
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