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Consistent only in its inconsistency, this year’s Aussie Shiraz category was all about the lower price points
There was little to excite the judges in this new category. Here’s hoping for better things from the pair in 2012
A good selection of medals from across the New World shows this is a category with real strength in depth
More ambitious pricing but some decent wines too, with Australia, Argentina and South Africa leading the way
Still no Golds for Viognier, though certainly lighter, fresher, more food-friendly wines than in previous years
Over 1,500 wines can be boiled down to this: the hallowed Sommelier Wine Awards Gold List for 2011...
Entries of this much-favoured grape may well have been more or less evenly split between Australia and New Zealand, but this year the latter definitely came out on top
Riesling is making itself at home in more and more countries, but where is it performing best? Clinton Cawood joins an eager sommelier panel for a top-notch tasting that pits Old World against New World and some acknowledged masters against hungry, young upstarts
The Sommelier Wine Awards doesn’t give out trophies per category because we’re worried that tasters will feel under pressure to dispense extra awards in categories where they may not believe the wines are up to it. Instead, in keeping with the whole ethos of the competition, we leave the judgement up to the sommeliers…
With screwcaps to the fore, the quality of the whites (particularly) and the reds here was amazing for the price. Rosé was another matter entirely
Some weird and wonderful blends and, despite the lack of Golds, a generally positive reaction from the tasters
The Aussies might not be able to play cricket any more, but restaurants are ever more in love with their wines. To redress the pain of being thrashed by the Poms, Chris Losh asked Imbibe’s own Salami Army (well, a selection of top sommeliers and restaurateurs) to name their favourite people and places Down Under
Wine importer PLB has teamed up with family-owned Australian winery Brown Brothers in the UK
Wine Australia has launched a new campaign designed to communicate ‘the personalities and places which define Australian wine’.
Pinot might be something of a niche in Australia’s red wine portfolio, but it’s a growing one, and it already has a passionate coterie of admirers. Chris Losh watches on as a room full of European sommeliers get ready to feel the lurve...