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I recently had the pleasure of presenting the Marq Fiano at the Gourmet Escape in a Master Class titled “Making Waves – WA’s Cutting Edge Wines”.

October 11th, 2013 by

I don’t need much encouragement to talk about wine. So I really enjoyed the opportunity to talk (or maybe preach) about innovation at the recent Margaret River Gourmet Escape The Marq Fiano was one of 4 nominated wines celebrating the work of passionate highly experienced winemakers, doing something outside the mainstream. Strangely enough host Nick Stock chose the same four WA producers I would have selected to showcase  our state’s innovative spirit.

The first wine was a ‘Natural Wine’ made by Josephine Perry which was without doubt, the best natural wine I have tried to date.  As the production of Natural Wines is philosophically driven and presents certain technical difficulties it can bring proponents unstuck.  However in this case,the wine was delicious. Next came Andrew Hoadley’s Riesling called Das Sacrilege – a nod to the irreverent some might say profane way its making violates traditional Riesling wisdom.Certainly the result is unconventional, as Hoad’s would want it to be.  This is a powerfully flavoured wine with an attractive slippery texture that screams food.

We also had a wine from Ipso Facto and I’m a big time fan of this label. I love the fact that someone is championing Chenin Blanc because with a bit of effort in the vineyard and winery this variety makes beautiful wines that are incredibly age worthy. Naturally, the Marq Fiano was delicious and Nick Stock was very complimentary about it. A personal highlight was Nick likening me to Walter White – by day I’m a conventional winemaker and lecturer but at night in my lab ……things take a very different turn!