Tas Wine Show 2013

Tasmania’s sparkling wines went under the microscope last week for the 23rd Tasmanian Wine Show in Hobart. Under the wise and watchful eyes of Head Judge Huon Hooke, International Judge Owen Bird and the new arrival at Domaine A Louise Radman, Wednesday morning was all about sparkling wine. It was no coincidence that this was the day I was Associate Judge…

Class 1-Late Disgorged Mature Vintage Sparkling Wine

A pure delight to judge, if anyone is sceptical about the capacity of Australian sparkling wine to age this is the category to explore. The life and freshness on the wines were a testament to the skill in those that created them.

House of Arras, EJ Carr Late Disgorged 2000-Top Gold
House of Arras, Blanc de Blancs 2001
House of Arras, EJ Carr Late Disgorged 2001
Freycinet Vineyard, Radenti Sparkling 2001

House of Arras, Brut Elite Cuvee 2005
Jansz, Late Disgorged Cuvée 2004
House of Arras, Grand Vintage 2004
Pipers Brook, Kreglinger Brut Rosé 2004
House of Arras, Rosé 2004

Class 2-Other Vintage Sparkling Wine

Another excellent class. There was a noticeable increase in the style and quality with the older wines showing incredibly well but overall some very stylish wines.

Vélo Wines, Dominique, 2006-Top Gold
Jansz, Cuvée, 2007
Sugarloaf Ridge, Lara, 2006

Heemskerk Wines , Sparkling 2008
Lake Barrington, Alexandra, 2009

Abel’s Tempest, Brut 2010
Josef Chromy, Vintage Sparkling 2008
Glen Ayr Wines, Tolpuddle Cuvée 2008
Bream Creek Vineyard, Cuvée Traditionelle 2007
Ghost Rock Vineyard, Catherine 2007
Jansz, Premium Vintage Blanc de Blancs 2007
Josef Chromy, Sparkling 2005
Observatory Hill, Blanc de Blancs, 2009
Viridian Wines, Derwent Valley Blanc de Blancs, 2008

Class 3-Non Vintage Sparkling Wine

A mixed bag of a class as some of the wines were a little green however there were some that clearly rose above the pack. It is also worth noting that the Josef Chromy Sparkling Sekt which was awarded a Bronze is the only sparkling with a medal from non-traditional grapes. The Sekt is made with riesling #summerofriesling indeed…

Moores Hill Estate, Blanc de Blancs

42 Degrees South, Sparkling
Bay of Fires, Tigress
Jansz, Cuvée
Josef Chromy, Sparkling
Devil’s Corne, Cuvée
Frenchman’s Cap, Sparkling
Josef Chromy, Sparkling Sekt
Relbia Estate, NV

Trophy Winners

Kosmos Café & Wine Bar Trophy for Best Vintage Sparkling-Vélo Dominique Brut 2006

Drysdale Tasmanian Polytechnic Trophy for Best LD Mature Vintage Sparkling-House of Arras EJ Carr LD 2000

Wine Industry Tasmania for Best Wine of Show-House of Arras EJ Carr LD 2000