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The Date and Time: Thursday, November 17, 2011 2 PM to 5 PM
The Event: Winemakers on Tour tasting seminar focusing on regional variations in Australian Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Venue: Spoke Club
The Target Audience: wine media and sommeliers about 40 people.
The Availability/Catalogue: there is eclectic availability, sometimes with different vintage years. Treasury Estates is the umbrella owner.
The Quote/Background: winemaker Oliver Crawford led us through Margaret River's Devil's Lair, Sue Hodder did the same for Wynn's Coonawarra Estate, while Chris Hatcher had Wolf Blass of Barossa.
The Wines: Only 4 of the 10 wines were completely Cabernet Sauvignon. There were two chardonnays and four shiraz blends (one with Tempranillo).
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Wynns V & A Lane Shiraz Cabernet Coonawarra 2009, mid-$50
-Devil's Lair Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River 2008, $99.99
-Wolf Blass Grey Label Cabernet Sauvignon Langhorne Creek 2005, $34.95?
-Wynns Glengyle Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra 2007, $59.95
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay Adelaide Hills 2009, $19.99
-Devil's Lair Chardonnay Margaret River 2009, $25
-Wolf Blass Grey Label Shiraz Cabernet Robe/Mt. Benson 2009, $34.95
-Wolf Blass Black Label Shiraz Cabernet South Australia 2007, $99.95
-Wolf Blass Black Label Shiraz Cabernet South Australia 2006, $99.95 (reception).
-Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra 2008, $89.95
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Devil's Lair Dance with the Devil Shiraz Tempranillo Margaret River 2010
The Food: bread at the seminar, cheese and charcuterie at the reception later.
The Downside: this was the second of three events today.
The Upside: a chance to hobnob with more winemakers.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 92.
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