It is hard to believe that the Wine List of the Year Awards are now in their 25th year and that we are, once again, celebrating the skills of our talented sommeliers across the nation. The venues that scooped up the gongs are most definitely THE places to head for an exciting glass or two and some vinous experimentation.
While judging the awards, Peter Forrestal (chairman of judges) and his trusty team couldn’t help but spot the current wine list trends. Judges Toni Paterson MW and Jeni Port both agree that regionality has become a significant focus on lists with city restaurants more supportive of wines produced in their home state.
It also seems that sommeliers are going out on a limb. “Lists that were traditionally conservative in nature are embracing orange, skin contact and minimal intervention wines. These alternative selections are now most definitely mainstream,” declares Jeni Port.
This may be one of the reasons that, after five years, Rootstock, Australia’s largest natural wine festival, has called last drinks. It has done its job and blazed the trail for what were once little-known and under-appreciated wines. Morris Gleitzman shares happy memories of his visit to the festival last year.
Lovers of luscious reds are in for a treat with cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and more from the Limestone Coast tasted and rated by our panel, while both the reds and whites of the Bordeaux 2017 vintage come under scrutiny. Plus, don’t forget to check out the last of our Winemaker of the Year finalists.
Dom Sweeney researches noteworthy spots to visit and the drops to taste during a trip to the charming NSW region of Mudgee, while Dave Brookes extolls the virtues of Tuscany.
If you’re not heading to wine country in the near future, come and join us at a GT WINE dinner hosted by one of our writers. We can promise you will have a lot of fun and plenty of good wine.