Decanter April 2019

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the verdict

First, the context. This tasting comes hot on the heels of one of the most disappointing Chilean panel tastings of recent times (Sauvignon Blanc, October 2018 issue). With that precedent, these results are stellar. But perhaps it’s more instructive to look at the last Carmenère tasting (October 2017) where the results were marginally better than here. In that light, this outcome was less encouraging. So what’s going on with Chilean Carmenère? In short, it’s a mixed bag. One feeling that emerged from the 2017 tasting was cautious optimism: Carmenère was clearly evolving, but not quite reaching the top notes. Not much has changed. ‘Carmenère’s a work in progress,’ commented Alistair Cooper MW. And Dirceu Vianna Junior MW remarked: ‘There were some nice wines, and decent consistency, but there are better things…

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chilean carmenère

Whisper it, but Chilean Carmenère may be at risk of having its thunder stolen. Its modern moment in the limelight came in 1994, when French ampelographer Jean-Michel Boursiquot identified it in what was supposed to be a pure Merlot vineyard. Until that point it had largely flown under the radar while giving Chilean ‘Merlot’ its distinctive character. And then, suddenly, it was outed – and a new category of Chilean wine was created, one that has been developing ever since. The variety is now the fifth most widely planted in Chile. The spotlight on the Chilean vineyard continues, however – and it seems there will be more such varieties emerging. Particularly in Chile’s historic south, where a research project (as reported in Decanter’s October issue) recently identified more than 60 ‘uncommon’…

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wine events to be held around vaud in 2019

3-8 April Divinum, Morges A wine exhibition in the picturesque lakeside village of Morges, featuring more than 1,200 wines to taste, from all over Switzerland and beyond. 8-9 June Caves Ouvertes Vaud (Vaud Open Cellars) More than 300 wine producers in Vaud open their cellars for tastings. Many will feature food by Michelin-starred chefs and other special activities. 27–29 september F • te des Vendanges, Lutry A weekend of concert performances, open cellars at local wineries, and family-friendly events including a guided walking tour for families, through the vineyards.…

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Enraged or inspired by what you’ve read? Email, or write to: The Editor, Decanter, 1st Floor, 161 Marsh Wall, London E14 9AP, UK Unearthing a gem ANDREW JEFFORD’S IOLUMN in the February 2019 issue resonated with me. While I applaud those who buy the ‘best wines’ by label alone – they were clever enough to pay attention to broadly well-regarded wines and were able to afford them – there is a hollowness to that approach. Even for the (much less) well-heeled wine shopper, buying and drinking a ‘label wine’ can be far less rewarding than finding an unexpected gem. I had the opportunity to purchase a glass of DRI La Tache 2010 at a restaurant in Napa this summer and was very excited about it as the per bottle price was…

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australian chardonnay: the facts

Area planted 21,442ha – 16% of total Australian plantings, 44% of white varieties (ABS National Vineyard Survey 2015) Production 407,940 tonnes – 22.7% of total Australian crush, 47.3% of white crush (National Vintage Survey 2018) Top five regions (Percentage of national Chardonnay crush) Riverland 35%, Murray Darling-Swan Hill 27%, Riverina 19%, Padthaway 2%, Adelaide Hills 2% Leading premium Chardonnay regions (Percentage of total regional crush 2018) Yarra Valley 34.4% Mornington Peninsula 28.9% Tasmania 26.8% Adelaide Hills 25.7% Orange 19% Great Southern 16.5% Margaret River 14.9% Hunter Valley 25.6%…

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the judges

Andrew Jefford Jefford has been writing about wine since the 1980s, winning many awards. He writes a monthly column for Decanter magazine and a widely followed blog for Decanter Premium. After working as a senior research fellow at Adelaide University between 2009 and 2010, he now lives with his family in the Languedoc. Justin Howard-Sneyd MW Howard-Sneyd passed the MW exam in 1999 and has worked as a buyer for Safeway, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. He is now global wine consultant to Direct Wines and founder of The Hive Wine Consulting Limited. He also makes 4,000 bottles a year of Domaine of the Bee, a blend of Grenache and Carignan from Roussillon. Marcel Orford-Williams Orford-Williams joined The Wine Society as a buyer in 1986, with a particular interest in Alsace, Rhône and southern France. He writes…