Wine enthusiasts got to taste a stellar line up of wines from the 37th Sydney international Wine Competition of the blue-gold, gold and Top 100 Wines during two tasting sessions at The Novotel Central Sydney on Saturday 11 February 2017.
The public tastings featured a record diversity of wine regions and wine varieties, with 100 different grape varieties and blends represented in this year’s Competition. The wines that enter the competition are from around the world and wine lovers tasted over 280 wines awarded TOP 1OO™, Blue Gold, and Gold medals, including trophy winners.
This is the best wine tasting event that I have ever been to with such a huge selection of great wines to free pour (but it is recommended to taste and spit but not swallow). The first session cost $44.00 and the second sessions cost $55.00, but most people preferred to buy the all day ticket for $77.00 and taste the white wines in the morning and red wines in the afternoon.
The Sydney International Wine Competition is about helping wine consumers make more pleaseing wine choices for their dinner table. There are fifteen categories and for each category a number of wines are selected to give the consumer a range of wine options. Although all the wines are winners, in most cases I found the first wine from each category to be the best (but not always).
The categories consisted of: Sparkling Wines; Aromatic Wines; Sauvignon Blanc Wines; Rose Wines; Lighter Bodies White Wines; Medium Bodied White Wines; Fuller Bodied White Wines; Pinot Noir Wines; Lighter Bodied Red Wines; Medium Bodied Red Wines; Fuller Bodied Red Wines; Sparkling Red Wines; Semi-Sweet Wines; Dessert Wines; and Fortified Wines.
A variety of judges are selected that not only choose the wines based on the technical aspects of how the grapes are grown and the winemaking process, but also on how the wine will complement appropriate food. The competition is unique because a team of chefs is hired to produce appropriate food to help judge the wines.
Amongst the wines that will be available for tasting are two surprise medal winners – the debut Shiraz and Rosé wines blended by talk-show TV celebrity Graham Norton in association with New Zealand’s Invivo Wines.
While Australian and New Zealand wines dominated the competition, European wineries from France, Italy and Spain were also amongst the medal winners.
For the sparkling wine category, the French dominated this year with six of the ten wines coming from Champagne, France. The other four came from the cool climate of Tasmania, Marlborough, Central Otago and an interesting sparkling Riesling from Waipara.
For more information about all the winning wines, go to: http://www.top100wines.com/