Henriot Millesime 1998 – Champagne, France

My exposure to champagne is not as comprehensive as in the United Kingdom or US markets, as we do not see many of the excellent smaller houses and grower champagnes in Asia. However, this Henriot Millesime was selected from three blind (masked bottles) champagne tastings I participated in in 2007 and it was unquestionably the…

Mitchell Watervale Riesling – Vertical 2000 to 2006

  Establishing the criteria for the best-value white wine producer of the year, encompassing both the new and old worlds, is not about identifying the best cheapest white wine on the market. Rather, it is about price-quality rapport, consistency of quality, distinctiveness, synergy in the Asian market and how it compares on the world wine…

De Bortoli Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2005

  De Bortoli Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2005 Yarra Valley, Australia   Winery Profile Established in 1928 by Vittorio & Giuseppina De Bortoli, the De Bortoli vineyards grew considerably under the guise of their son Deen De Bortoli, and are now one of the largest family-owned wineries in Australia. The third generation of winemakers, Darren…

Best Unwooded Sauvignon Blanc of 2007

Best Unwooded Sauvignon Blanc of 2007 With the emphasis on un-wooded, or wine fermented in stainless steel, this accolade goes to the most refreshing, crisp and zingy Sauvignon Blanc released this year. Unashamedly intended for early consumption, it should not be shunned by wine buffs for the best examples of sauvignon blanc are by no…

‘The quintessential BBQ red wine of the year’

‘The quintessential BBQ red wine of the year’ If you’re like me when it comes to the BBQ, neither the apparatus nor the chef seem to function adequately without a glass of red in a free hand. The enticing, smoky incense of broiling pork cutlets or sirloin tease the olfactory senses in the direction of a…

Best Bordeaux Recipe, Barrel-Fermented Semillon Sauvignon Blanc of Year

  Best Bordeaux Recipe, Barrel-Fermented Semillon Sauvignon Blanc of Year Arlewood Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Sussex Loc 3991 — Margaret River, Western Australia Winery Profile With a bevy of praiseworthy wineries, contention over the pecking order of Margaret River labels is constant and subjective. However, a small producer called Arlewood is materializing as the sleeper of…

Most Consistent and Best Quality – Price Rapport White Wine of the Year 2007

  Most Consistent and Best Quality - Price Rapport White Wine of the Year 2007 Maison Trimbach Riesling 2005 - Alsace, France Winery Profile Twelve generations of Trimbachs have prevailed since 1626 over this pre-eminent Alsace house, an unbroken line unthinkable in the new world. The collaboration of time-honored knowledge and skills always impresses me.…

New World White Wine of the Year 2007

  New World White Wine of the Year 2007 Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay 2005 Adelaide Hills, South Australia Winery Profile Shaw & Smith is a family-run partnership between Brothers Mathew and Michael Hill-Smith (M.W.) and Cousin Martin Shaw, hence the name M3; no pun intended to BMW. Winemaker Martin Shaw is likened to Jeffrey…

Undhof Salomon Pfaffenberg Riesling 2005

Undhof Salomon Pfaffenberg Riesling 2005 Winery Profile The Salomon’s are a remarkable wine family, acquiring the Undhof around 1780, which was once the farm building of a Capuchin monastery, and have been producing wines since 1792. The Undhof is located in twin town of Stein (Krems/Stein), one of the oldest wine centers in Austria, founded…