Wine Selector’s 50 Best
The Old Rum Store
February 15, 2018
Wine Selector is the authority and when it comes to the finer things of all things pertaining to the fermented juice of grapes in all of its varieties.
Wine Selector’s tasting committee of industry experts is comprised of over one hundred and forty years of perspicacity in the vino industry, with representatives having longstanding backgrounds in the art of winemaking, educating the uninitiated and judging panels the world over: They know their stuff, are extremely knowledgeable and have a sense for identifying emerging styles or new variations that have the potential to become the next big thing, which they accomplish not by merely judging but doing their due diligence with visits of vineyards and looking behind the scenes of operations of Winzers and what makes them tick.
Summa summarum, they are a reference point that does not lack integrity and is a great starting point and compass when you embark on your explorations in wine territory.
Wine Selector’s 50 Best Tasting event paid tribute to what they consider the best liquid emissions that emerged in 2017 with a focus on drinkability, complexity of flavour profiles, value and, most importantly, scoring points in the deliciousness department with quite a few hidden gems being introduced to your humble narrator.
The result of their deliberations after having tasted more than four thousand wines resulted in a showcase that paid homage to not only the known and classic region-specific variations but effort was made to incorporate drops at different price points and shed light on new discoveries, flanked by some light fare and morsels proffered via grazing tables.
Personal favourites of the evening were Margaret River’s clear and vibrant Umamu’s Sparkling Chardonnay 2005, with its crispness and dryness and honey-esque palate, and, heading from Clare Valley, the dark fruity dangerously drinkable Erin Eyes Gallic Connection Cabernet Malbec 2015.
The event was held at the top level of Chippendale’s Old Rum Store, which extended to a rooftop terrace and provided the ideal ambience for a celebration that would have made Dionysus proud.
photos by @k.a.vv