from the Albany Advertiser
Respected Chinese wine journalist and publisher Poh Tiong Ch’ng "tremendously" enjoyed spending the weekend in the Great Southern.
A guest of Taste Great Southern and the Great Southern Wine Producers Association, Mr Ch’ng arrived in Albany on Friday evening and spent the weekend touring wineries, tasting wines and talking to local producers.
"This trip reinforced for me what a gem the whole region is for riesling, and the pinot noir is sensational," he said.
Mr Ch’ng said while Australian wines had a good reputation in China, Great Southern producers needed to differentiate their product to stand out.
"It’s important that as soon as you say you’re from Australia to distinguish your wine as Great Southern wine," he said. Mr Ch’ng advised local producers that almost all great wines were produced in cool regions.
"You want grapes to be ripe but you also want that competition between fruit and freshness," he said. "That tension is very important." Mr Ch’ng said winemakers should avoid too much oak in their product.
"Don’t put too much oak in your wine please, because at the end of the day wine is about fruit, not just structure," he said. "Freshness is also part of the wine, not just oak, not just tannins."
Great Southern Wine Producers Association executive officer John Gates said the group hoped to gain more exposure in the lucrative Asian market and develop a relationship with Margaret River producers.
"We’re hoping our developing relationship with Poh Tiong helps our relationship with Margaret River as the two cutting edge wine-producing regions in WA," he said.
Chinese wine reviewer Poh Tiong Ch’ng with Great Southern Wine Producers Association executive officer John Gates and Plantagenet Wines chief executive Jan Skrapac. Picture: Laurie Benson