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Date set for 2008 Defining Great Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting
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Zema Estate is pleased to announce that on Saturday, 30 August 2008, they will be hosting its second annual Defining Great Cabernet tasting and discussion.
Leading Australian Wine Writer Jeremy Oliver has selected up to 20 ‘Great’ Cabernet Sauvignons from the 2005 vintage for this event and will be leading proceedings.
Last year Zema Estate ran a successful pilot to what will evolve into a significant event on the Australian wine calendar, and international Cabernet Sauvignon tasting at its home base in Coonawarra. Hosted by wine critic Jeremy Oliver with Zema Estate's winemaker, Greg Clayfield, the tasting is intended to explore the different facets and personalities of one of the world's most significant grape varieties, and to assist in its recognition and understanding in Australia. Certainly, given the contemporary popularity of shiraz – almost to cabernet's exclusion – there is a genuine need for Australians to keep in touch with the features that make cabernet so distinctive and worthwhile, and to understand the emans by which it expresses itself across a variety of regions and climates.
Now in its second year, the 2008 tasting will feature 20 different cabernets (and their blends), highlighting benchmark examples from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Spain, Italy and Bordeaux. The vintage being focused on this year is 2005, which produced spectacular wine in a number of these places, especially Bordeaux and the US. The Bordeaux contingent of Chateau Latour (Pauillac), Chateau Pichon-Lalande (Pauillac), Chateau Leoville-Barton (St-Julien) and Chateau Rauzan-Ségla (Margaux) make the tasting a worthy event simply for their own presence, while other imported highlights are the cabernets from Spottswoode (Napa Valley), Leo Joseph (Napa Valley), Te Mata Estate Awatea (Hawkes Bay), Stonyridge Larose (Waiheke Island), Sassicaia (Bolgheri), Tenuta dell’Ornellaia (Bolgheri) and Enrique Mendoza's Santa Rosa Reserve (Valencia).
Australian cabernet is strongly represented by wines from Cullen (Margaret River), Woodlands (Margaret River), Wantirna Estate (Yarra Valley), Yarra Yering (Yarra Valley), Yeringberg (Yarra Valley), Henschke (Eden Valley), Penfolds (SA), Yalumba (Coonawarra) and of course, Zema Estate (Coonawarra).
Importantly, this tasting is not staged as a beauty contest, but is conducted from the perspective of contrasting and enjoying the differences between the wines, and attempting to understand what makes them taste and behave the way they do.
Wine lovers, grapegrowers, winemakers and commentators are all invited to participate.
Venue: Zema Estate, Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra SA
Time: 9.30am – arrival, registration and coffee. Tasting commences at 10am and will conclude at approximately 3pm (including lunch).
For more information and bookings phone Zema Estate on +61 8 8736 3219. Places are limited!