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• MICHAEL ADONIS Marketing guru at Cherubino
Wines, Michael also consults, writes wine lists and
provides corporate education.
• MATT BELL Court of Master Sommeliers-certified
sommelier at Burswood Entertainment Complex.
• HAL BIBBY Starting in the wine trade in 1980, Hal
has worked in wine retailing and is now involved in
marketing for Higher Plane and Juniper Estate.
• MATT BOWNESS Winemaker at Sittella, winner
of best producer at the Swan Valley Wine Show in
2007 and 2009. Owns his own label, Thumbprint.
• LARA BRAY Dux of the Len Evans Tutorial 2008.
Proprietor and winemaker at Aldersyde Estate, and
regular taster for Peter Forrestal's Quaff.
• PAUL CARRUTHERS Started selling wine for
Lionel Samson and Son. After a decade in wine
distribution, he was recently appointed as brand
manager for Forest Hill Vineyard.
• SARAH CECCHI Winner of the student category
of the Vin de Champagne award in 2006 as well as
Working with Wine in 2008. Currently working as an
area manager for Negociants Australia.
• JASON CONTI Third-generation winemaker who
has worked at his family's winery Paul Conti Wines
full-time since 1998. Has judged at the QANTAS
Western Australian and Perth Royal wine shows.
• JOSH DAVENPORT Owner and winemaker at
Myattsfield since the Perth Hills winery opened in
2006. Has also made wine at Kunde in America's
• ALAN DINEEN Graduated from prestigious
Roseworthy College in 1991 and completed
the Advanced Wine Assessment course at the
Australian Wine Research Institute in 1993.
• ALEX HUDAK Has travelled extensively to
sample the world's finest wines. He has judged at
wine shows across Australia, been involved in the
winemaking process and is a noted wine writer.
• JESPER KJAERSGAARD With 15 years of
experience in the European wine trade, Jesper is
an area manager for Red+White, with a passion
for pinot noir and riesling.
• ARCH KOSOVICH The chief winemaker at
Kosovich Wines for the past eight years has been
a national show judge for 10 years and is on the
Perth Royal Wine Show committee.
• PAUL MCARDLE CEO for Fonty's Pool winery in
Pemberton and wine consultant for Must Winebar
in Perth. Passed the UK-based Masters of Wine
(MW) tasting exam in 2003.
• COURTNEY TREACHER Made Moondah Brook
winemaker in 2007. Began judging at the 2006
Swan Valley Regional Wine Show and completed
the Advanced Wine Assessment Course in 2007.
• BRAD WEHR Owner of wine by brad and Mantra
Wines from Margaret River. Despite having 20
years' experience in the wine world, the lovable
rogue reckons he is "yet to master anything and
probably never will".
Scoop thanks all the judges for their time.
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How the wine regions compare:
Those who (still) insist on bagging the
samey-sameyness of chardonnay and
cabernet will have their minds quickly
changed after tasting the handiwork of Margaret
River s dress circle.
Yet despite forging an international reputation
for these two flagship grapes, there are more than
two strings to the region s bow, as evinced by the
perpetually popular SSB blend (ranging from
more fruit-driven examples in the north to the
slightly tighter and more linear expressions from
the south of the region), a burgeoning band of
shiraz producers and a dose of experimentation
that can occasionally produce real winners.
The industry itself in Margs might have seen
better days but the wine s as good as ever.
2009 Premium Chardonnay, $40
A modern, bright, fresh chardonnay with
impressive richness, oak integration
and overall structure. The cool-grown
fruit has hints of stone fruits and
grapefruit; the palate is fine, tight,
fresh and flavoursome supported with
well-balanced oak. A very attractive
wine to enjoy over the winter months
and for the next several years or more
if stored in a cool part of your home
with stable temperatures. In the
top echelon of modern Australian
chardonnay and nothing like the oaky,
alcoholic, blowsy wines of yesteryear.
There's been work with barrel fermen-
tation, some malolactic fermentation
and lees influences apparent. Classy.
FRASER GALLOP ESTATE
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, $35
This wine is coming off the back of
a very successful 2007 and well and
truly backs up that success. This has
an extra dimension of real finesse
to it. There is an essence of dark
berry blackcurrant core, a fragrant
suggestion of violets and a subdued
robe of sweet oak. In the mouth, it's
succulent, smooth and long on the
finish, with textural tannins that are
starting to integrate already.
WARNER GLEN 2009 Sauvignon
Blanc Semillon, $25
This is Warner Glen's reserve wine
and, as expected, is given the most
attention and care. Partially barrel-
fermented in oak barriques -- which
is evident, but attractively integrated
-- it is loaded with crisp herbs, an
undertone of citrus, and a suggestion
of green tropical fruit. Vibrantly fresh,
almost raspy and bracing, yet fleshy
WERE ESTATE 2009 Shiraz, $22
Located in the warmer northern
sub-region of Wilyabrup, Were Estate
is a small family winery owned by
Diane and Gordon Davies and run by
daughter Alison Sayer. Winemaker
Clive Otto has been in charge of the
winemaking since the 2009 vintage.
This wine is all about the fruit. Otto
has shown great restraint in crafting
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