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Editor’s Letter

Winemaking Brilliance

Proclaiming the winner of our Winemaker of the Year Awards, in association with Perpetual, continues to be one of the highlights of the year for all of us at Gourmet Traveller WINE. Now a very respectable 22 years old, this distinguished accolade is the vehicle through which we celebrate the most talented winemakers in the country. Over time we have also made mention the achievements of 19 budding stars through our Young Winemaker of the Year Award, paid homage to 13 industry leaders who have received the Len Evans Award and acknowledged seven heroes of the vineyard through the Perpetual Viticulturist of the Year Award. Let’s raise a toast to the worthy finalists and the winners who were announced at a gala dinner held at BLACK Bar & Grill at The Star on 19 September.

I strongly urge you to follow our panel’s tasting of white Burgundy as it unveils many an enticing wine. We follow the footsteps of a top Bordeaux importer at the 2018 en primeur tastings, join Margaret Rand on a journey through glorious Barolo country and delve into the wines of Lebanon with Natasha Hughes MW.

Musician Maynard James Keenan has turned his talents to some serious winemaking in the Arizona desert and we’re betting there will be great demand for his Caduceus wines after the release of the latest album with his band Tool.

Daniel Honan leads the charge to Beechworth to taste wines of elegance and finesse. And while the wineries of Shoalhaven tend to slip under the radar, they are producing some wonderful wines and are devoted to sustainable practises, as are Chris and Jo Davies of Margaret River’s Windows Estate, who are on the way to achieving organic certification and opening their Petit Eco Cabin.