There are a lot of wine shows out there, with lots and lots of wine, lots of categories and lots of medals. I have discovered it’s a very congratulatory industry that takes any excuse to indulge victory bubbles and a celebratory lunch.
But every so often it’s really worth taking notice of the win.
The Cape Mentelle Shiraz 2007 recently bagged more wins at the Perth Royal Wine Show than a cheetah at a rabbit race. A truly remarkable result winning five trophies including the coveted Best Dry Red category-
- Best West Australian Wine
- Best Dry Red Table Wine
- Best West Australian Red Table Wine
- Best 2007 Dry Red Table Wine
- Best Shiraz
I caught up with winemaker Simon Burnell at a local cafe on the weekend, soaking up a bubbles neutralising coffee; he commented in understated style, “yeah pretty happy”.
Considering the strength and depth of red wine in Western Australia particularly given the excellent recent vintages in 2007 and 2008 I reckon Simon and the Cape Mentelle team should be pretty happy indeed.
In keeping with the special access and exclusive experiences offered by The Margaret River Discovery Co. I am delighted to say the only place you can currently taste and buy this wine is from the Margaret River cellar door ……. and guess where our behind the scenes experience on the Best of the Best Wine Tour occurs?
Margaret River Discovery Tours
Sean Blocksidge is the owner operator of the Margaret River Discovery Company, an avid photographer, blogger and South West WA ambassador. In 2010 he won Western Australian Guide of the Year and his tours have been rated the #1 thing to do in Australia on the Tripadvisor website for the past two years.