Red: Yarra Yerring Dry Red Number 2 1994, Yarra Valley White: Chardonnay Bell Hill 2009 (New Zealand) Budget red: Syrah Te Whare Ra 2009 (New Zealand) Budget white: Riesling Sons of Eden 2009 (Barossa Valley) Rosé: Arrivo Rosato di Nebbiollo (Adelaide Hills) 2009 Sweet: Sauvignon Blanc Late Harvested 2008 (From Barrel) Pegasus Bay Sparkling: Yarra Yering New Vineyard 1992 Fortified: Rebello Valente Port, Robertson's 1977 Dud: Pinot Noir Dry River 2006 (No PN character whatsoever!!), harsh, oaky, sweet, overextract, a really dud! Thing: My winemaking travels this year Comment: So many new people met travelling around Australia and New Zealand... and some amazing new wines tasted, many very hard to find in the UK.
TOM: Emmanuel's Antipodean travels have certainly paid off! Great to see your enthusiasm fired up by these Australian and New Zealand wines. I'm off to New Zealand for a
big wine trip in just a couple of weeks, so will look out for these. Surprised the Dry River was such a let down for the reasons stated, as Neil McCallum is such a firm believer in terroir as he explained when I
met him in 2009.
Natasha Hughes, UK
Red: Philippe Pacalet, Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru, Lavaux St Jacques, Burgundy 2007 - very young, but very, very promising White: Viña Tondonia, Gran Reserva Blanco, Rioja 1981 - not for everyone, but wonderfully poised, complex and elegant Budget red: Viña Leyda, Costero Syrah, Leyda Valley, Chile 2009 - a recent visit to Chile revealed that cool-climate Syrah is the country's next big thing. This entry-level version showed huge promise Budget white: Le Roc des Anges, Vielles Vignes Blanc, Vin de Pays des Pyrenees Orientales, 2008 - fantastic minerality and great balance Rosé: Dom Pérignon Oenothéque Rosé 1990 - more wine than Champagne, with a layered, savoury depth Sweet: Leitz, Rudesheimer Drachenstein Eiswein, Rheingau 2009 - already showing great complexity, despite its youth. Despite the 160g/l of residual sugar, it's not in the least bit cloying Fortified: Stanton & Killeen Grand Rutherglen Muscat NV - I just wish I'd had a bottle of this on Christmas day instead of Christmas pudding Dud: The corked bottle of Brunello di Montalcino that I'd been saving for a special occasion Thing: It's a toss up between passing the theory part of my MW exams first time round and the blissful holiday in southern India I shared with my husband
TOM: Mouth-watering list. I am similarly enthusiastic about Chile's cooler climates and their potential for Syrah (and Pinot Noir) - and Viña Leyda is on fire currently with
its wines, which are also easy to find in the UK. Good luck with the next round of MW torture!
Matthieu Guinard, France
Red: Ernst Triebaumer (Austria) Blaufränkisch Mariental 2007 White: Willy Schaefer (Germany) Riesling Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese 1969 Budget red: Weingut Nekowitsch (Austria) Zweigelt 2006 Budget white: Reinhold Haart (Germany) Riesling Trocken 2009 Rosé: Domaine de la Monardière (France) Rosé 2007 Sweet: Hans Tschida (Austria) Chardonnay TBA 2007 Sparkling: Larmandier-Bernier (France) Terre de Vertus Fortified: Gourt de Mautens (France) Rasteau VDN 2006 Dud: Dujac (France) Morey-Saint-Denis 1995 Thing: The first trip to Mosel (Bernkastel) Comment: Again, it was hard to pick, especially since this year was rich (over 1000 wine tasted). The emotion of the Schaefer 1969 was all the greater since I tasted it at the estate,
this wine (which tasted almost dry) is the top of this year, by far. And the trip to Mosel will be followed by many. This is such an unforgivable place! and Besides, I am a Mosel wine fan since then.
TOM: Matthieu really caught the Mosel bug this year! The Mosel is indeed a very special place, and the string of recent vintages has been so good that it is well worth any
wine lover's attention.
Jon Atkinson, UK
Red: Castelgiocondo (Italy) Brunello di Montalcino 2004 White: Marqués de Murrieta (Spain) 'Capellania' Rioja Blanco 2004 Budget red: Bodegas Santiago (Spain) Rioja Tinto Crianza 2006 Budget white: Triade (Italy) IGT Campania Bianco 2009 Rosé: Bodegas Valduero (Spain) Ribera del Duero Rosado 2008 Sweet: Ch Filhot (France) Sauternes 2001 Sparkling: Bollinger (France) Grande Année 2000 Thing: Jasper (Collie) & Elvis (Springer) - our 2 rescue dogs Comment: Unusual for me not to have a Sherry in the fortified class, but it's all been reliable but mainstream this year. Not having been disappointed enough to nominate a 'dud' is a bonus
though - let's hope that continues in 2001 - cheers!
TOM: Another vote for the Bolly 2000 which was my choice and I think that of three or four others - and on offer at Majestic currently! (no commercial connection). Jon's list
reminds me how much I enjoy those whites from Campania too - well worth trying.
Richard Greenwell, UK
Red: G Mascarallo (Italy) Barolo Monprivato 2003 White: Dom. Leflaive (France) Puligny-Monrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles 1986 Budget red: Bodegas Piqueras (Spain) Almansa DO Mario Bonete Syrah 2006 Budget white: Gaec Bordenave (France) Jurançon sec La Rosée de Montesquiou 2008 Sweet: Chateau Coutet (France) Barsac 1er Cru 1971 Sparkling: Pol Roger (France) Champagne 1999 Fortified: Romate (Spain) Cayetano del Fino y Cia Paolo Cortado Dud: Snow Thing: UK Forum Offlines Comment: So many stunning wines to choose from this year - I could easily have chosen something else in every category. In many instances I've opted for the wine that surprised me most;
particularly in the red categories where I had no great expectations from an 03 Barolo (even this one), and who'd have thought that a Spanish Syrah from baking hot Almansa would manage to put
me in mind of the northern Rhone? A reminder to me that predjudices are dangerous. I can't think of any wines that have been real duffers this year, selective memory perhaps, so I've slightly cheekily nominated snow - a car trashed in January and a holiday trashed in December.
I hope you'll let it pass this once and I'll try to find a real horror for next year...
TOM: Terrific list and yes, good to have ones prejudices knocked for six now and again with wine! I will certainly let you away with nominating the snow for your dud of the year as
it seems to have impacted you from start to finish of 2010!
N.B. submissions for Wines of the Year have now closed.