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, maker of internationally recognised wines from the Great Southern region of Western Australia, now have two more aromatic wines from the 2012 vintage to add to the new Omrah range: the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and 2012 Rosé.
With consumers beginning to look for lighter styles of wine, the addition of a Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and a dry Rosé were a natural extension to the Omrah range. Both of these wines capture the essence of the Omrah brand through contemporary winemaking styles and packaging. Market research shows continuing category growth in the classic Western Australian blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon and the rapid consumer acceptance of dry savoury style Rosé.
Priced at $18.99 and with a fresh new look, the Omrah range showcases the very best of cool-climate wines from the Great Southern region. Winemaker Cath Oates notes “These wines really demonstrate what Omrah is all about – they are easy drinking wines, great with food and really speak of the type of wine being made in the Great Southern region. Coming into summer this is the style that a lot of wine consumers are looking for. The wines are crisp, fresh and bursting with flavour”.
Omrah Great Southern Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012
“The combination of the two varieties, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon allows for the winemaker to create a wine that has many facets, with Sauvignon Blanc giving perfume and tropical fruits, while the Semillon provides notes of citrus and provides the backbone of the wine with its fine acidity, a character best expressed in cooler regions.”
Cath Oates – Winemaker
Omrah Great Southern Rosé 2012
“In the 2012 vintage we decided to use our Tempranillo grapes to produce our Rosé, specifically as it has a lovely fragrance, red fruit characters and a higher natural acidity to give the wine focus and freshness. It’s a dry style with vibrant red cherry aromas and notes of strawberry and raspberry. This juicy wine has mouth filling fruit flavours from the inclusion of the Shiraz, a savoury edge and a refreshingly tight finish.”
Cath Oates – Winemaker