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Winestate Magazine • NO.301 MAY/JUNE 2020
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BEST OF THE WEST • Another excellent strike rate here showing the consistency of the wines of the west. Whilst we always applaud the chardonnays and cabernets from the state don't overlook the racy rieslings (and some excellent alternative whites) as well as shiraz which is making a name for itself in the more mid-weight style. Also great to see the Swan Valley and Geographe wines coming back with some nice alternative varietals.
NEW SOUTH WALES
WINES OF NSW • A great consistent result for these wines from NSW. The state has a plethora of options across its many macro and micro climates. Heroes in this judging include the semillons (of course) along with some great cabernet and cabernet blends from the cooler regions. Across the board there were great examples where cool climate varieties did well in these regions whilst warm climate varietals performed in warmer regions. Makes sense!
YARRA VALLEY, SOUTHERN VICTORIA AND TASMANIA
SOUTHERN VICTORIA & TASMANIA • A nice selection of cool climate wines here from Southern Victoria and Tasmania. Here we see freshness and vibrancy with length of flavour in a mid-weight spectrum. As expected great results for pinot noir and chardonnay but some good results across other varietals also.
MCLAREN VALE, LANGHORNE CREEK, FLEURIEU & SURROUNDS
McLAREN VALE • The so called "middle palate of Australia," has done it again with a great consistent result of quality wines. Here we see wines with genuine flavour that can match the Barossa with rich, ripe fruit. Not surprisingly shiraz continues to be the hero, but watch out for grenache and blend wines which seem to have made a home in the region.
FLEURIEU & KANGAROO ISLAND • In this tasting we see the cool climate cousins of McLaren Vale coming to the fore. In some ways these wines could be seen as more European than Australian with vibrant mid-weight flavours across the board. A great alternative drink.
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