The Wine Advocate’s Lisa Perrotti Brown named her top three wines for 2015. These aren’t current vintage wines, but rather rare treats she’s been lucky to sample, often in the company of the winemakers themselves. Of the three, two were Australian – a 1982 Cullens Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River and a Wendouree Shiraz, Clare Valley 1995. The third – unsurprisingly I guess – was a 1967 Echezeaux, Domaine de La Romanee Conti! (I’m guessing few people in the world would have a chance to try one of those!) (Lisa Perrotti Brown’s Guide to the Best of 2015, December 2015, eRobertParker.com)
Anyway, more evidence, if any was needed, of the wonderful ageing potential of Australia’s great wines. Perrotti Brown even went so far as to say that the 1982 Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon looks “spritelier than many Bordeaux ’82s.”
And, of course, her reference to the ’82 vintage of Bordeaux won’t be lost on subscribers to The Wine Advocate. After all, this is the vintage most famously associated with the rise of the American critic Robert M. Parker Jr. As remembered by The New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov, Parker’s “clear, certain and unqualified” praise for the vintage caused “feverish excitement and a frenzied market that reached beyond professionals and connoisseurs to a new group of buyers in it for the curiosity, status and investment possibilities.” (From 1982, Glasses more than Full by Eric Asimov, The New York Times, 20 March 2012)
Most of the legendary ’82 Bordeaux wines, which are nowadays bought as trophies or investments, are terrifically expensive. Fortunately earlier vintages of Australia’s great wines are far more affordable (if you can find them) and by all accounts worth seeking out!
by Merrill Witt, Editor
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