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
Plantagenet Wines are proving to be strong contenders this year, boasting three medal winning wines! Our 2010 Plantagenet Chardonnay and 2009 Plantagenet Shiraz both won GOLD and the 2011 Plantagenet Riesling won Silver at the 2012 International Wine Challenge. As an added bonus the Shiraz went on to win a coveted Trophy for the Best West Australian Red.
The 2011 Plantagenet Riesling has also had a lot of media attention recently, with Matthew Jukes including it in his top 100 Australian wines for 2012. Matthew wrote:
“There is something almost masochistic about the rapier-sharp lime zest flavours in this searingly dry WA Riesling. Some may find it a little too austere for their tastes whereas others will rejoice in its incredibly tangy, mouth-watering finish. Watch out for a fleeting glimpse of lemon meringue pie on the midpalate and help yourself to the juiciest tiger prawns with chilli and lemongrass you can find.”