Wine people: Bob Campbell MW

Bob Campbell MW (Photo: The Real Review)

First wine tasted?

“A sip of Nobilo Cream Sherry when I was five or six years old.”

The first wine that excited me?

Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches 1er Cru Blanc with scallops poached in the same wine (I can’t remember the vintage).”

What sparked my interest in wine?

“I joined a wine company as an accountant. All my friends assumed (incorrectly) that I must know something about wine. I felt obliged to upskill and joined a wine club.”

Most influential wine book?

“Wine by Hugh Johnson.”

Best two wines tasted?

Jacques-Fredéric Mugnier 1985 Musigny and Penfolds 1962 Bin 60A Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon – Barossa Shiraz (tasted twice, the best bottle came from Penfold’s cellar).”

The worst wine tasted?

“A non-vintage Cabernet Sauvignon from Vietnam with an alcohol of 8.5%.”

Most expensive wine tasted?

Penfolds Grange 1953 at NZD $38,000.”

The oldest wine tasted?

“CVM 1795 Terrantez Madeira – Bought from Christies, London in 1991 for NZD $500.”

How do I cellar my wine?

“I use temperature-controlled Vintec cabinets. At peak, I held 2000 bottles but have now run it down to around 500 bottles. I tend to drink leftovers from tastings and infrequently drink bottles from my cellar. Obsolescence encouraged me to reduce the cellar size.”

My most memorable tasting? 

“Hard to single out a favourite. Perhaps the 12 best vintages of Chateau Lafite from 1929 to 1982 or 36 vintages of Chateau d’Yquem back to 1929?”

Most wines tasted in a short space of time?

“4000 wines in two weeks at the International Wine Competition in London.”

Favourite grape varieties?

  1. Pinot noir
  2. Chardonnay
  3. Riesling
  4. Nebbiolo
  5. Cabernet sauvignon including blends with other Bordeaux varieties

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