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Quality, diversity and individuality - Premium Australia all in one room

6th September, 2013

Quality, diversity and individuality - Premium Australia all in one room

On Wednesday over a hundred customers from all over the country came to the Glaziers Hall in London to meet a stellar list of Australian producers and taste through both the new vintage releases and the new additions to the Liberty Wines portfolio.

Of particular interest for many was the world exclusive first tasting of the new Tolpuddle Vineyard wines from Tasmania. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir pair are made by the team behind Adelaide-based Shaw + Smith but have been given their own identity to show that they are a unique expression of the vineyard they come from rather than an extension of the existing brand.

It was also the first occasion for many to taste the other new Tasmanian listing from Dawson & James, again a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir pair. Director of Sales Emily Macdonald commented: “This is such a fantastic opportunity to taste these wines against each other and against the other great Chardonnays and Pinots in the room. The contrast in styles between them and the Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay or William Downie’s Pinot Noirs really demonstrates the huge variety coming from Australia right now”.

Other highlights from around the room included the 2013 new releases from Grosset and Mount Horrocks, all of which were stunning in their purity and precision. Cullen debuted the new flagship wine from their Mangan Vineyard, the East Block field blend of Petit Verdot and Malbec, which showcases the best expression of that parcel of land.

David Gleave MW gives his thoughts on the tasting in this short video:

The full line-up of producers on show at the tasting was: Cullen, Plantagenet/Omrah, Shaw + Smith, Tolpuddle Vineyard, Dawson & James, 16 Stops, Willunga 100, Mitolo, Mount Horrocks, Grosset, Dandelion Vineyards, Balnaves, Charles Melton, John Duval, Innocent Bystander, William Downie, By Farr, Greenstone and Clonakilla.