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In the past, WA winemakers have not been that
successful at producing sparkling wine, with the
exception of Houghton with their Pemberton spar-
kler at the top end, along with Jane Brook, Mann,
Vasse Felix and Leeuwin Estate. However, in the
last couple of years small wineries from the greater
Perth area have produced some terrific examples
with the help of new winemakers and consultants,
and these have shown extremely well at the recent
2009 Swan Valley Wine Show.
Two award winners from that show also
topped the bill at Scoop's summer tasting --
Darlington Estate's lovely pinot noir chardonnay
blend, which won silver at the Swan show, and
a lovely sparkling shiraz, also from Darlington
Estate, which topped this tasting and won a solid
bronze at Swan.
Darlington estate 2008 sparkling shiraz, $28
Region: Perth Hills
Light vermillion in colour, this wine has an aromatic
fruity bouquet with very good, lively mousse that
carries the flavour through to a clean, satisfying end.
A very stylish and elegant wine, there are no grippy
tannins and it was supported by all panellists, just
tipping out its sister entry for top billing. This is a
hard-to-make style because of the tannins in the
red grapes, but this wine shows how it can be done.
Lovely to drink during spring and summer.
Darlington estate 2008 sparkling Pinot/
Region: Perth Hills
This is an absolute joy to drink with a lovely light yeast
bouquet, perfume and style. The middle palate is rich
but refined, and is long and balanced with a lovely
clean finish. A great style to drink any time.
Capel Vale 2006 "Sassy" Sparkling Chardonnay/Pinot
Noir (Geographe), 16.5, $27
Verdelho made in Australia is characteristically
vibrant, lemony and substantial, and is often
associated with WA.
In this tasting, Capel Vale and Talijancich proved
why -- heading the group by showing sheer class.
James Talijancich has really played a major part
in showing WA verdelho has amazing cellaring po-
tential. His 2003 example is sophisticated and left
in the glass it showed powerful fruit intensity and
a core of acidity. At the other end of the spectrum,
the Capel Vale verdelho is youthful, fresh and
vibrant, and has a persistent flavour.
Capel Vale 2009 Verdelho, $18
This wine is dominated by strong confectionary aro-
mas, which could be fermentation aromas, but also
shows tropical fruit overtones. The taste is soft and
textural with a hint of sweetness that gives it a lovely
mouthfeel. This wine offers presence and flavour.
James Talijancich Reserve Verdelho 2003, $29
Region: Swan Valley
With a developed colour, this wine opens with
savoury, almost wet wool-like lift. On the palate
however, this wine is transformed and needs time
to open up. It offers citrus and tropical fruit notes, a
lovely core of acidity, and length that seems to last
forever. The wine needed a little longer to develop.
Heafod Glen 2009 Verdelho (Swan Valley), 15.5, $25
Faber Vineyard 2009 Swan Verdelho (Swan Valley),
Salitage 2008 Chardonnay Verdelho (Pemberton),
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