July 2014 - Australia can do wine
Yesterday I attended a wine workshop by Peter Bourne. I swear to God, I drank the best champagne and whites (Chardonnay...) of my life:
2010 Chandon Vintage Collection Les Trois Rosé, Yarra Valley, VIC ($45)
2012 Monteveccchio Bianco, Heathcote, VIC
2014 Pierro Chardonnay, Margaret River, WA ($80)
To be honest, the Bianco was a close second compared to the Chardonnay. Considering its price $23, it wouldn't say that it is 4 times less. On the contrary, the ratio taste/money is much higher than the Chardonnay. And I would happily buy and drink the Bianco anytime, whereas the Chardonnay would be too expensive for my wallet. And at that price, I would rather source 'Les Trois Rosé'!!
Below the complete list of wines incl. red:
I already knew that the best of Sauvignon Blanc is in the Marlborough region, NZ, around, but I couldn't figure out the equivalent in France, as I got told during the session that it would be Sancerre, around Loire River. For my defense, they all reckon that the taste is different. Also I discovered that Australia was the 2nd biggest producer of Chardonnay after France (Chablis, Burgundy). Not too bad!
The reds were really rich and complex. But it is too intense for me. Also for any Shiraz lovers, they are really a high standard choice.
Another very nice thing was the aroma wheel from A.C. Noble et Al. It is very useful when you want to pick a wine. Below picture: