Aldi’s 2017 Blackstone Paddock Limited Release Margaret River Chardonnay won two trophies at the recent Western Australian Wine Show in Mount Barker.
My latest chardonnay tasting of 118 wines yielded 17 wines scoring gold-ribbon or above; another 19 scoring 93 to 94 points.
Michael Brajkovich MW, in his reflective comments as Chairman of Judges of the 2017 Royal Adelaide Wine Show, wrote of the divergence of style and quality in the 2016 chardonnays.
Judging at a wine show is always a thrilling experience.
To say “I don’t like chardonnay” is to invite the retort: “What kind of chardonnay don’t you like?”
Several excellent value-for-money cabernet sauvignon-based reds popped up during my recent cabernet tastings.
Flametree’s ‘SRS’ or Sub-Regional Series became a hot potato two years ago.
There’s a long history of French wine interests heavying smaller competitors in this country. Who could forget Veuve Clicquot strong-arming Stefano Lubiana over the colour yellow on his sparkling wine label? More recently, another Champagne house G.H. Mumm (tastings) succeeded in getting d’Arenberg to drop the