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Global trophy | Brace yourselves: the Cape Mentelle International Cabernet Tasting – a biennial
celebration of the most noble of red grape varieties, is fast approaching. West Australian cab should
fare well – the year being tasted is 2007 and while it was a good, warm vintage locally, many other wine
regions in Australia were affected by extreme heat, frost, hail and bushfires.
“When considering the challenging nature of the 2007 vintage across Australia, the strength of
Western Australian wine from this vintage was very strong,” says winemaker Rob Mann.
A blind pre-tasting of 50-odd cabernets in July led by experienced show judge John Hanley proved that
this local enthusiasm was not unfounded. As the identities of the winning wines were revealed, team
Cape Mentelle began panicking that the new release 2007 cabernet sauvignon hadn’t made the cut.
Then the foil came off bottle 34 to reveal that familiar label and the room breathed a little easier.
Subsequent tastings will be held to select the rest of the 20-wine line-up, although the 2007 Bordeaux
wines have already been bought en primeur. Must Margaret River’s Russell Blaikie has already been drafted
to prepare lunch on the day, ensuring yet another memorable tasting.Tickets to the tasting on Saturday,
November 13 are $440 per person and include lunch. To book, please contact Charlotte on (08) 9757 0817.
Deeper into the Woods
After helping put Stella Bella on the Margaret
River map, winemaker Janice McDonald has
picked up sticks and headed to the other end of
the region to join Deep Woods as the winery’s
new g eneral manager and chief winemaker. It’s the
latest chapter in an exciting career that’s included
microbrewing, helping establish the iconic Devil’s
Lair and being named Winemaker of the Year in
the latest edition of the Big Red Wine Book.
Kester Solomon’s 12-month goal of being able
to pour Taittinger by the glass at his new Albany
wine bar Libertè might sound optimistic, but
when you see the way he and wife Amanda have
transformed a once-derelict bar at the London
Hotel (fact: this was Western Australia’s first licensed
venue), you start to believe. Vive la Libertè! 162
Stirling Terrace, Albany, (08) 9847 4797.
A quarter of the way
Mike Peterkin does two things better
than most: spell Wil(l)yabrup with two
Ls and make damn fine chardonnay.
He might be on his own with the
spelling thing, but when it comes to
Pierro chardonnay as one of the
finest in the region, slash country,
slash world, few would argue.
The great Tetsuya Wakuda even
commissions Peterkin to craft
an exclusive chardonnay (less
wood than the regular Pierro)
for his world-revered restaurant
in Sydney. This year’s release of
the 2008 offering ($78) is even
more spectacular as it marks
25 years of Pierro chardonnay.
A fitting wine to mark an
PENFOLD’S SNEAK PEEK
For the past 18 years, Penfolds has been hosting
complimentary re-corking clinics – a world first
– that allow curious drinkers a cheeky look-in at
how that cherished bottle of Grange or 707 is
travelling. All wines are tasted by the company’s
chief winemaker, Peter Gago (left), and his
winemaking team, as well as the bottle(s)’ owner.
If deemed to be satisfactory, they are topped
with the cur rent vintage of the wine and resealed
before being certified by Penfolds and auction
house Langton’s. This year’s clinic is on September
15 at Burswood Entertainment Complex and
while the ser vice is free for owners of Penfolds
wine (the wine being tasted must be at least 15
years of age), bookings are essential. To r egister, visit
penfolds.com/clinics or call 1300 651 650. Registrations
close September 6. Failing that, Scoop’s crack team of wine
sleuths is always on hand to taste any long-
lost Bin60A should our ser vices be r equir ed.
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