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Lamont’s Dinner
We are delighted to partner with Lamont’s Wine Store in Cottesloe to host two events on 20 August – a casual tasting from 4-6pm, followed by a five course dinner from 6.30pm. 

Guests will be able to experience our new 2017 Riesling, 2013 Shiraz, and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. We will also show a vertical of three highly rated Shiraz vintages and a 10 year comparison of Riesling. 

The event will be hosted by vigneron Alex Taylor & wine consultant Blair Hill.

Tasting: 4-6pm, w Finger Food, $25
Dinner: 6.30pm, 5 Courses, $95
Date: Sunday, August 20th

Event bookings are available through (08) 9385 0666 or cottesloe@lamonts.com.au

 

Wine List & Menu:

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Marsanne 2007, Back Vintage
Poachers Ridge Vineyard Marsanne 2016, Our Price: $25

Broad bean and pea bruschetta

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Riesling 2007, Back Vintage
Gold Medal – Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show 2008
Silver – Qantas Mount Barker Wine Show 2007
Silver – Perth Royal Wine Show 2007

“Fine, tight, classic style; crisp and dry; very pure, lingering acidity; fresh waxy finish. Gold WA Wine Show ’08.”

94 Points, James Halliday

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Riesling 2017, New Release
Tempura barramundi, lemon

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Louis’ Block Merlot 2014

“Savoury aromas of truffle and lanolin jostle for attention on the bouquet with the more expected varietal characters of plum and mulberry. Sleek and silky on the palate, the flavours of the grape mesh seamlessly with the French oak; the tannin is fine and in perfect harmony. Polished and pleasurable to drink now or later.”

94 Points, James Halliday, The Wine Companion

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Reserve Merlot 2012

"Bright, clear crimson-purple; the assertion 'only made in the best vintages' is routinely overused (and hence untrue). Here is an exception, a wine with all the fragrance and finesse merlot should have, the red fruits supported by flawless silky tannins, high quality French oak in the background."

96 Points, James Halliday, The Wine Companion

Roasted mushrooms, avocado, tahini


Poachers Ridge Vineyard Sophie’s Yard Shiraz 2013, New Release

“Even-tempered wine though it doesn't leave anyone short-changed. Black cherry and blackberry with modest input from dry leaves and spice. Chocolatey oak too plays a minor role. In short, it does the simple things well: flavour, length, balance, structure. All it needs is a couple of years to find its feet.”

95 Points, James Halliday, The Wine Companion

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Sophie’s Yard Shiraz 2014, Pre Release

“The deep, vivid crimson-purple colour semaphores the epic array of blackberry, blackcurrant, black cherry, licorice, spice and pepper that fill the bouquet and medium to full-bodied palate alike. This is a wine made in the vineyard, and Rob Diletti’s role was to act as a quality control officer, doing as little as possible. The length of the future of the wine is unknowable. Drink to 2054”

96 Points, James Halliday, The Wine Companion

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Sophie’s Yard Shiraz 2015, Pre Release
Wagyu pie, truffle catalan, leafy greens

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Louis’ Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Back Vintage

“Purple-crimson; blackcurrant, cedar and spice are constant notes on the bouquet and medium-bodied palate; overall good length and balance in a cool climate mode.”

James Halliday, The Wine Companion

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Louis’ Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, New Release

“Solid red in terms of its mid palate but lively around the edges. Cabernet with character. Blackcurrant, streaky herbs, violets, cranberry. Saucy sense of raw, cedary, smoky oak. Will develop well.”

James Halliday, The Wine Companion

Poachers Ridge Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

“Hand-picked from low-yielding estate vines. Bright, full purple-crimson, it is a full-bodied cabernet with layers of cassis fruit, and forceful tannins needing to soften substantially. Rob Diletti is obviously confident they will do so, and he knows better than I do. Drink to 2032”

94 Points, James Halliday, The Wine Companion

Cheddar, beetroot, baguette
Coffee, biscotti

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Vintage Report

Vintage Report

While hand harvesting allows us to fully control the quality of grapes that we crush, it also means that the vintage is a slower and more considered process.

There was intermittent rain during the 2017 ripening season together with long periods of high humidity and lower daytime temperatures. This extend the development time of the flavour compounds in the fruit and greatly exposed the grapes to the risk of botrytis infection and bird damage.

Identifying the window of opportunity to harvest becomes one of the most important decisions of vintage.  Leaving the fruit on the vine longer to allow slightly more fruit and tannin development can backfire if daytime temperatures remain low and rain or botrytis sets in. 

Despite the significant challenges Riesling and Marsanne achieved the desired sugar, flavour and acid balance at the end of March. The Riesling and Marsanne yields were the highest that Poachers Ridge has witnessed in recent years which is a blessing as they both sell out very quickly each year.

Unfortunately, we experienced significant bird and botrytis damage throughout the Viognier, Merlot and Malbec. Only small quantities of Viognier and Malbec were picked. The Malbec has been co-fermented with our Cabernet Sauvignon as we seek to introduce newer levels of complexity to our range of wines. The Viognier (2-3%) has been co-fermented with the Shiraz and appears to have the makings of a truly remarkable wine.

 

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