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Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies explore Australia


Both Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies kicked off their 2020 calendar of events with a snapshot look at a selection of top class Australian wines – the majority of which a number of us had visited while on tour in November 2019.

With the terrible bushfires affecting so many people and with a number of wineries suffering significant destruction, it seemed very appropriate to be showing our support by celebrating a top class line up of wines.

The Grosset Polish Hill Riesling got everyone’s palates watering with its racy acidity and depth of intensity, while the elegance of Giant Steps’ Chardonnay reinstated a faith in some people who felt they had grown tired of this noble grape.

One of the highlights of the events was the Chenin Blanc from LAS Vino. Founded by Nic Peterkin who operates out of the Pierro winery in Margaret River, this wine was vibrant aromatic and rich, with 4% Viognier adding a level of complexity.

The Berton Cabernet Sauvignon and Jester Shiraz were both great value and once again reminded everyone how good Aussie wines can be these price points.

The Sexton Pinot Noir was vibrant and sophisticated with superb depth and texture, while the Plexus GSM was intense, youthful and had a good number of years ahead of it.

We also tasted on different nights three rare wines from Turkey Flat: their Sparkling Shiraz, The Last Straw Marsanne and The Ancestor Shiraz – all showing great class from one of the Barossa’s most historic estates.

Wines are listed on the Wines we have tasted page.

For more information about the wine tours to  I ran to Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria in 2019 click here.