Wine Show by the Bay was held for the 10th time last weekend at the University Club in Crawley. The Banquet Hall hosted some 40 wineries at the Tasting Fair, while Master Classes – Rosé and Rind, the Art of Raclette, a Sittella session on sparking wine, and a Vasse Felix talk about their museum releases – were held in various seminar rooms. This event has proven to be one of the best boutique wine shows held in Perth and is eagerly anticipated each year, not least by me. And you can buy wine on the day from the specially set up Wine Cellar near the entrance to the show.
As always there were many more wines that I could possibly try, but among those that stood out on the day were the always impressive sparkling wines from the Swan Valley’s Sittella; an excellent sparkling Sauvignon Blanc from Marri Wood park – who also have an exceptional Pet Nat which was also for tasting; and Vasse Felix’s outstanding Idee Fixe Premium Brut.
Whites which resonated included the 2017 Riesling from Zarephath – and it was great to catch up with Rosie – they have closed the winery and café but still are producing wines from the grapes on the property; another Great Southern 2021 Riesling from Ironwood, who were at the show for the first time; Paul Conti’s 2021 Chenin Blanc; Forest Hill’s 2021 Riesling; another outstanding Chenin, this time from Marri Wood Park; 2018 Specialist Chardonnay from Thompson Estate; and an beautiful Fume Blanc from another first time exhibitor, Chalari.
Margaret River’s Woodlands had some stunning reds on offer – 2018 Cabernet Franc Merlot, 2017 Clementine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot) and 2017 Margaret (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec).
I was also taken with the Zinfandels from Morlet Wines – 2014 8th Deadly Zin and 2014 Reserve Zinfandel. And who could go past the fabulous wines from Donnybrook’s Mazza – 2019 and 2010 Tempranillo just to show how well these age; 2018 Touriga Nacional and 2016 Cinque – a five grape blend that works so well. And not to forget their excellent Bastardo Rosé.
Not to forget Myattsfield, Leeuwin Estate; Plantagenet; Wignalls; Torbreck; Talisman and many, many more.
This is a wine show not to be missed – and now I am counting down to 2022!