The Date and Time: Monday, October 26, 2015 11 AM to 12:30 PM
The Event: A tasting of Nugan Estate wines of Australia with Matthew Nugan, 2015 Riedel Winemaker Award winner.
The Venue: George Brown College, Chef's House.
The Target Audience: wine writers and students
The Availability/Catalogue: PMA is the agent, and the wines are available on many levels (LCBO, consignment, PO).
The Quote/Background: Matthew spoke about his holdings in Riverina, King Valley and McLaren Vale (terroir, grapes, etc.).
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Nugan Estates Matriarch 2006, $100
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Nugan Estate Frasca's Lane King Valley Victoria Chardonnay 2013
-Nugan Estates McLaren Parish Shiraz 2012, ~$25
-Nugan Estates Alfredo Dried Grape 2012, Vintages ~$25 [amarone-style]
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Nugan Estates 3rd Generation Chardonnay 2014, LCBO General
-Nugan Estates Alfredo 2d Pass Shiraz 2014, LCBO General
The Food: we were served a plate of small bites, with PR cheese, roaring forties cheese, crab salad, peach and apricot preserves on toast, and pickled cascade hops – all meant to go with the wines.
The Downside: we didn't get started until 11:30
The Upside: a chance to speak with Matthew Nugan himself.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 87.