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NEVER MIND THE sickening number of vineyards
being uprooted, or all the For Sale signs perching
ominously out the front of the region's vineyards --
Margaret River is still the wine region to rule them all.
This was proven by the Scoop winter tasting held
at East Fremantle's Gigi's on George, where five
panels tasted their way through the 141 submitted
new-release wines. Although wines were tasted
according to variety, the medal winners have been
presented by region. When applicable, a wine's
subregion -- usually a single vineyard wine produced
in a larger appellation -- has been noted.
Devil's advocates may argue that the success
of Margaret River wines was a by-product of
sheer numbers -- of the wines submitted for the
tasting, almost half were from Margaret River -- but
a look at the list of names and/or varieties that
took home the gold (the winners' circle featured
various combinations of established Margaret River
producers and/or varieties) makes a compelling
argument for regionality.
With the challenges of the long, cool 2006
vintage behind us and (almost) off the bottle-shop
shelves, vignerons and drinkers can now look
forward to the release of wines from the 2007,
2008 and 2009 growing seasons, which were
uniformly excellent across-the-state.
While it's great to see more and more new names
submitting wines for our tastings, we still feel some
areas are being under-represented. For future events,
Scoop will be making a concerted effort to encourage
more West Australian producers to be a part of these
quarterly tastings where show-level judges provide
honest, unbiased feedback on the wines they taste.
Our thanks also go to Kylie and Tessa at Gigi's
on George for their hospitality and assistance in
running our winter tasting.
The Scoop wine-tasting panel gather
to taste and compare 141 new-release
wines from WA's wine regions, and find
that Margaret River still rules the roost.
Wines were evaluated under show conditions and tasted by variety to avoid regional
bias. Panel members scored each wine out of 20 before discussing their findings. Wines
scoring 15.5 - 16.9 were awarded a bronze medal, 17 - 18.4 a silver medal and 18.5 - 20,
the gold. In the event of significant dissent, the panel leader's opinion held sway.
text lara bray, alan dineen, alex hudak, arch kosovich, paul
mcardle, max veenhuyzen « images adam borrello
1 Fraser Gallop Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, $35
=2 Brookland Valley Chardonnay 2009, $38
=2 Were Estate Shiraz 2009, $22
4 Warner Glen Estate Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009, $25
5 Xanadu Mourvedre 2008, $26
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