Tickets are available for the Sydney Royal Wine Show public tasting, on July 29, from 2-6pm.
The Sydney Royal Wine Show has finally taken the bull by the horns and decided to change its judging dates. It’s only taken 180 years or so. The show will now be judged in mid-July instead of early February. This will be popular with winemakers, as many of them are either in vintage or preparing for vintage in February. As well, Sydney is the only capital city wine show judged in the first half of the new year: all six others are judged between June and November, which suits the newly-minted white wines of the same year.
Despite the fact that its fame as a wine region is less than 50 years old, Margaret River is among the highest profile in Australia. Most surveys say the Barossa Valley remains the best-known region, while the Hunter Valley, Coonawarra and Yarra Valley are also ‘up there’, and McLaren Vale also rates highly, but Margaret River is pretty much alone in this group because it’s a region where large-scale grapegrowing and winemaking did not exist before the second half of the 20th century.
Valentine’s Day gift idea! Take your wine-nerd other half to the Sydney Royal Wine Experience. This is a public opportunity to taste the wines entered in the Sydney Royal Wine Show 2015. There are expected to be over 1,000 awarded wines, including the gold-medal and
Samantha Connew is the new chairman of judges at the Sydney Royal Wine Show. Starting with next February’s 2015 show, she will follow Iain Riggs as chairman after acting as assistant chairman at this year’s show. She will be the first woman chief judge at
Three local heroes figured in the trophy list at the recent 2014 Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show. Southern Highlands winery Tertini (tastings) won the trophy for the best riesling of the show with its 2013 vintage. Tertini, of Mittagong, is a small and relatively new
The guest international judge at this year’s Sydney Royal Wine Show had some pertinent words of advice for Australian wine shows. Singapore-based Lisa Perotti-Brown MW is editor-in-chief for The Wine Advocate, started by Robert Parker, and she covers Australian wines for the journal. She said
Only seven wineries worldwide have declared themselves carbon-neutral, according to the website Mother Nature Network (or mnn.com). It lists Backsberg (South Africa), Cono Sur (Chile), Cullen (Western Australia), Grove Mill (New Zealand), Parducci (California), Taylors (South Australia) and Tinhorn Creek (British Columbia), but it seems they’ve missed at least Temple Bruer (South Australia) and Yealands Estate (New Zealand).
Having enjoyed innumerable 2012 vintage Australian rieslings, and concluded it’s one of the better vintages of recent times, I got a shock reading the recent Sydney Royal Wine Show results catalogue.
The 2012 Jimmy Watson Trophy-winning Best’s Bin No 1 Great Western Shiraz 2011 ($25) (tasting notes) has gone on to blitz the entire wine show circuit by winning the 2013 Fine Wine Partners Trophy. This is awarded to the best show wine exhibited at major