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POSTPONED: Annual Bordeaux tasting (2015 vintage)

Description

This event has been postponed, and will be rescheduled in due course. If you have any queries, please contact Sarah Bradshaw, Australasia Administrator at sbradshaw@mastersofwine.org.

The annual Bordeaux tasting in Sydney mirrors the long-established annual Claret tasting in London, UK, and will showcase wines from the Grands Crus Classés of the Médoc and their equivalents from the Right Bank and Graves (including Sauternes). As is customary, the vintage to be tasted is five years prior to the year of the event (2015) allowing for professional assessment of the wines at a more accessible and revealing stage in their evolution.

Expectations were very high for the 2015 vintage, largely due to the quality of its numerical forebears – such as the fine vintages of 2005, 1995, and 1985. And initially the weather did indeed oblige, providing very warm and very dry conditions leading to an early budbreak and efficient flowering. But some vineyards suffered in the prolonged drought-like conditions, while heavy August rains – which continued in certain areas through September and early October – mean that the vintage is not quite as consistent as hoped, even though many great wines were undoubtedly produced. Vintage generalisations can often be misleading, but the wines of the right bank may have a slight edge over their Cabernet Sauvignon-based neighbours across the Gironde. The best reds of the vintage show full ripeness of fruit (with accompanying high alcohol levels), aromatic complexity, and silkiness of tannins. The 2015 vintage is also an excellent one for the sweet wines of Sauternes, where the onset of pourriture noble came very early, leading to rich, opulent wines but without any lack of freshness.

Ticket prices:
MWs and MW students $105 AUD (plus booking fee)
General admission $135 AUD (plus booking fee)

 

Photography and recording

As an attendee at this event, you authorise and grant the IMW the right to:

  • record you (picture and voice) in photographs and on film for audio and visual production
  • create recordings into a photo gallery and / or film
  • use your name and voice for the recording
  • screen the recording online, including on social media

The IMW will own all copyright to any photography or filming used and no monies will be given to delegates or speakers. Any reasonable request not to use or to stop using a particular film or photograph will be considered. Such requests should be made in writing to skirkpatrick@mastersofwine.org.