From judging in Bordeaux it was off to Strasbourg to the 2015 Les Grands Concours du Monde Strasbourg. It’s a great wine show that is very hi-tech compared to other wine shows at which I’ve been a judge. We sipped our way through some terrific wines consisting of about a dozen in each flight.
A French judge gave one wine 100 points and caused a stir with many fellow judges. In my 23 years of wine show judging, both nationally and internationally, I have never come across any judge who has given a wine full marks. The judge, Armand, argued his case eloquently but the rest of us were not convinced. All the judges did, however, give the wine gold.
There are about 90 producers in Australia cultivating rosé (others call it zinfandel). The 2014 Lowe Headstone Organic Primitivo Rosé is bright pink throughout, with slight copper tinges depending on the light and angle of the glass. The nose is a mixture of spicy fruits with no evident oak. The palate is light-bodied with minimal tannins and a mixture of red/black spicy fruits which shine. The finish is of ripe fruit, light-bodied with soft acidity. Perhaps a little on the expensive side for a rosé at $28 (rrp).
From the same stable comes the 2014 Lowe Tinja Chardonnay, straw yellow with a slight green tinge, the nose is showing apricots, white peach and green apple which follow through on to the palate. The wine is not assertive but pleasant enough to drink a couple or more glasses. The acid is, again, not assertive but somehow provided for a more generous mouth-feel on a soft, dry finish (rrp $22).