Christmas Quiz – the result and the answers

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This quiz was more fun for me than the readers, I think. Perhaps some of the questions were too hard or obscure. The next one will be slightly easier.

The winner is Mike McPhee, of Melbourne, with a score of 17.5/20. Honorable mentions go to Craig Moxey and Richard Slater, who came a close equal second.

Some of your answers provoke me to a little discussion.

Firstly, a mea culpa. I made a mistake in Question 11, writing Gnadenberg when I meant Gnadenfrei. Gnadenberg is the name of the church beside the Hill of Grace vineyard in the Eden Valley, a rough translation of which is Hill of Grace. Almost everyone got that correct, although it wasn’t actually a German place-name changed to a non-German name during Word War I. Some people gave the name Marananga, which also received a tick, as Gnadenfrei was changed to Marananga during the war.

You provided me with several valid alternatives to the answers I sought, such as Chateau Le Gravy for Question 2, when Le Terte Roteboeuf was the answer I was after. And one person gave a highly original and sensible answer to Question 1 – Corton-Charlemagne. Legend has it that the emperor Charlemagne preferred the white wine of the hill of Corton because it didn’t stain his beard like the red did. I reckoned that answer deserved a tick.

Very few got Question 9 right. Most people think, understandably, that Montana (now Brancott Estate) was first with sauvignon blanc in Marlborough, and while Montana was certainly the pre-eminent name in the early years, and the first wine company to invest big in the region, Matua Valley was first on the market.

Some other interesting responses are discussed below with the answers.

Thanks to all who entered, and apologies to any winemakers named Brett.

1. In which French vineyard is a stain a good thing?

A: La Tache.

2. Which Bordeaux red wine would you assume goes well with roast beef?

A: Chateau Le Tertre Roteboeuf. (Chateau Le Gravy also accepted!)

3. Name two Victorian wineries where someone has a Leunig fixation.

A: Curly Flat, Wantirna Estate.

4. Australian shiraz which used to be a loner?

A: hermitage.

5. My father was Irish and my mother French, and my nephew is a famous Australian artist. Who was I, and who is the artist?

A: Maurice O’Shea, and Gary Shead.

6. What is believed to be the oldest cabernet sauvignon vineyard in the world?

A: Penfolds’ Kalimna Block 42, planted about 1885. (I gave half marks for Metala/Brothers In Arms, which the owners claim to be the oldest family-owned cabernet vineyard, planted 1891)

7. Microbiologically, not a desirable name for a male winemaker.

A: Brett.

8. Who was Taiwanese-born, blind in both eyes from early childhood, and makes fine wine in the land of the long white cloud?

A: C.P. Lin.

9. Which winery marketed the first sauvignon blanc grown in Marlborough?

A: Matua Valley.

10. New York-born with a Lithuanian parentage, came to Australia where he changed his name and left a watery, foolhardy legacy.

A: Max Lake of Lake’s Folly.

11. During the First World War, what were these Barossa Valley names changed to? Mt Kaiser Stuhl; Gnadenberg; Siegersdorf; Hoffnungsthal.

A: Mt Kitchener (Kitchener Hill also accepted); Hill of Grace (Gnadenfrei became Marananga); Dorrien and Bultawilta both accepted; Karawirra.

12. Who was the great mentor of Dr John Middleton of Mount Mary?

A: Colin Preece.

13. Which famous French white wine comes in a unique bottle with a capacity of 620ml? Why this bottle size?

A: Vin Jaune, because that’s what is left from a litre of wine after the mandatory six years of barrel aging.

14. Who was the first trained female winemaker in Australia, and what was her winery called?

A: Pam Dunsford, best known as winemaker at Chapel Hill. I also accepted Ursula Pridham of Marienberg, who was earlier, although I’ve been unable to confirm she was a ‘trained’ winemaker, although it seems likely.

15. I am German-born, trained not as a winemaker but an accountant, who made a chance decision to be the first resident winemaker at Lindemans Ben Ean winery, where within a few years I had made two of the greatest Hunter wines of all time. Who am I, and what were the wines?

A: Karl Stockhausen; Lindemans 1959 and 1965 Hunter River Burgundies. (I also accepted the twin 1965 HRBs, Bin 3100 and Bin 3110)

16. What was the first sweet white wine deliberately made in Australia from botrytis affected grapes?

A: McWilliam’s Private Bin Pedro Sauternes 1958 (Brown Brothers Spatlese Riesling 1962 received half a point).

17. Name five grape varieties legally permitted in Australian wine labeled moscato?

A: muscat blanc à petits grains (aka frontignac or Rutherglen brown muscat), muscat of Alexandria (aka muscat gordo blanco or lexia), muscat of Hamburg, orange muscat, gewürztraminer, etc.

18. My passions are traditional winemaking and old Murray River paddle-boats. Who am I, and who was the McLaren Vale winemaker who gave me $10,000 to start my winery?

A: Robert O’Callaghan, and Doug Collett.

19. Name two countries where they have two wine vintages per year.

A: any of Brazil, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam, Venezuela, etc. (not Germany and Canada – icewine is the result of delayed harvest, not a second vintage)

20. Which winemaker left the corporate world to become the biggest vineyard owner in McLaren Vale and is well on his way to being the biggest in the Barossa.

A: Warren Randall.  

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