Alkoomi Wines was pleased to report that a wine review submitted by Mike Zittritsch, a team member of Fine Wine Wholesales, Alkoomi’s Western Australia’s distributor, won a tasting note competition on James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion website.
Here’s the winning entry for his review of Alkoomi’s Frankland River Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2009:
“Alkoomi 2009 Frankland River Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
The first release of Alkoomi’s Frankland River Semillon Sauvignon Blanc is a refreshing spin on what is fast becoming a homogenised brand of Western Australian SSBs. It’s a crisp, well made wine that drinks more like a Bordeaux white than a Margaret River white.
The wine displays pure citrus and lemon-lime fruit characters with a fine layer of minerality and a pleasing, rounded texture. Partial barrel fermentation of both varieties has given the wine a complexity not often found amongst its peers, and certainly not at this price.”
Of the review, James Halliday said, “I think it’s very interesting and covers both the wine making background and consequent flavour of the wine as well.”
The entry is certainly food for thought about what makes a wine review work?
Lettie Teague of The Wall Street Journal recently wrote an article about the best words to use to describe a wine, Finding the Words for Wine: Amateur enthusiasts often end up tongue-tied. How to be eloquent and exact, The Wall Street Journal, 25 June 2010. One of the most interesting points in the article was an observation made by Bernard Sun, the corporate beverage director of the prestigious Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant empire. He said that he keeps the word count to five when talking about wine. “You don’t want to overwhelm someone with words.”