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Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies explore Australia

by | Feb 1, 2020 | Richmond Wine Society, Teddington Wine Society

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.

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“Throughout the 17 years I have attended Tim’s wine tasting events, he has continued to deliver his extensive knowledge of wine and wine-making with great charm, and lots of humour, making the evenings not only informative, but also great fun. In the course of an average year, the tastings cover a kaleidoscope of different wine themes – interesting and entertaining for all, novices and experts alike. And the wines taste pretty good too!”

“We have been going to Teddington Wine Society events for a number of years. Tim runs the evenings with bonhomie and humour and wears his considerable knowledge lightly. The evenings are great fun, the wines are always a little bit different and help to expand knowledge and tasting horizons.”

“I have attended the Richmond Wine society for over ten years and always enjoyed Tim’s self-effacing style and gentle humour. His knowledge is globally eclectic and presented in a clear, interesting and always stimulating way. Every guest I have taken there has enjoyed the evening immensely. Tim also offers a wide range of wines to buy and my red cellar has provided great pleasure to my own dinner guests.”

“I’ve been enjoying Tim’s tastings for over 20 years – he is a great teacher, raconteur and wine expert. He is seriously passionate about his wine, but there is nothing serious about his tastings, which are always informal and relaxed. A lovely way to spend an evening and enjoy some fantastic wines.”

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