Waimea Estates has fashioned an impressive record in wine competitions around the world, winning 115 gold medals and 20 trophies across seven different wine styles in the past 15 years. But last week Waimea showed that it can also produce great wines at an affordable price after eight of its wines were named in the Winestate Magazine Top 40 Best Buys for wines in New Zealand and Australia.
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Australia China Business Council ( ACBC) and WhatWine will hold a wine education and tasting event in Melbourne on May 30th, one of the first events of its kind aimed at educating the local Chinese community about Australia's high-end wines. The event will showcase wines from 12 of the country's best and most awarded wineries including Bass Phillip, Bindi, d 'Arenberg, De Bortoli, Jasper Hill, Moss Wood and Torbreck.
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…imported by Old Bridge in Napa, were previously made in an area of Australia's Victoria region called Alpine Valley. What to call this color? Topaz? Copper? Coral? Embarrassed peach? In any case, the wine, made all in stainless steel, offers notes of melon, sour cherry and pomegranate with a tease of cloves and an initial tantalizing strain of candied orange rind. Clean, vivid acidity keeps it dry from mid-palate back through the spicy, slightly limestone-and lime-peel-flecked finish. …
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The annual Hobbs & Co. tasting was held at Berkeley Church in Toronto. 14 winery principals from a variety of wineries from as close as Ontario to as far away as Australia poured their wines of which there were more than 90 to taste. I believe I tasted most, but I'm sure some slipped through the cracks. Here are my top selections:
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(****) Boomtown 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon ($26.00) - Washington
this Shiraz-Cab blended is well-balanced and food friendly
cocoa and eucalyptus play a big part along with good acidity on finish
great red licorice notes amongst the fruit
plenty of cherry and spice in this one
(****+) Domaine Michel Mallard…
Plantagenet Omrah Unoaked Chardonnay 2011, Great Southern, Western Australia. 13.5% alc. Pale gold color; a really pretty chardonnay — lemon, lime, lime peel and grapefruit; smoke and a hint of mango, touch of jasmine — but crisp acidity, oyster-shell and limestone all the way through the finish; dry with a bit of austerity. Very Good+. About $ 15.