Victorian Wine Masterclass – Part 1

Has the haze with a record high PSI level of 400 affected you?

I guess it has, but that didn’t stop our professionals from dropping-by at the Intercontinental Singapore on the 19th of June 2013 to experience an Auzzie affair organised by the people from the Australian Trade Commission and Mr Lim Hwee Peng, CSW



By 2.20pm when i arrived, despite the hazy “backdrop”, we were all greeted by Mr Lim Hwee Peng, CSW and moderator for the day. His warm and humble smile led us into the meeting room that was already packed with anxious participants waiting to taste wines of Victoria.

Quickly, we found our seats and settled down while catching-up with the good’o friends from the trade before the session started.


To break the ice and ensuring that the participants were equipped with the much needed knowledge prior to tasting, we were led with a summarised background about Australia’s wine growing scene and the history of Victorian wines.

With 13 wines to taste, i shall not bore you any further, without further ado, here’s my tasting notes for the day! *Note that i’ll be listing 8 out of the 13 for this part

MEALS & OCCASIONS for Sparkling Wines:

Olsen Wines Premium Sparkling Shiraz NV

Hints of spiciness, herbs, crushed black pepper, capsicum and earthiness. On the palate, fresh and fruit-forward with a sweet finish.

Blue Pyrenees Luna NV 

Citrus notes with a yeasty (bread) approach, orange peel and a fruitty hint. On the palate, fresh and rich with a buttery finish

MEALS & OCCASIONS for White Wines:

Stumpy Gully Pinot Grigio 2011

Peach, white flower (Jasmine & Osmanthus) with hints of minerals. On the palate, fresh acidity with minerals and peach, leaving a citrus finish

Rob Dolan Pinot Gris 2012

Pinkish-Salmon colour with aromas of strawberries, minerals and stone fruits. On the palate comes a fresh and lively acidity with minerals and a dry finish.

MEALS & OCCASIONS for Red Wines:

Sandhurst Ridge Fringe Shiraz Cabernet 2009

Liquorish, dark cherries, macerated fruits, black curshed pepper, leather and black olives. On the palate, spicy and mid-bodied with a mid-long finish

Pyren Brocken Quartz Shiraz 2011

Interesting aroma of bandung (rose) red cherries, crushed white peppers, with hints of star arneis and cinnamon. On the palate, mid- full bodied with a well-rounded tannin structure

Sally’s Paddock 2010

(Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc and Merlot)

Old wooden box, cigars, tobacco, dark cherries and capsicum. On the palate, full-bodied and  mid finish

Blue Pyrenees Estate Red 2008

Cigar, earthy, tobacco, savoury, BBQ meats, brushed black pepper, violets. On the palate, slightly tannic, mid-full body and a mid-length finish

Enjoy your Wines!



Special thanks for Mr Lim Hwee Peng, CSW and the Australian Trade Commision for making this Masterclass possible! 


2 responses to “Victorian Wine Masterclass – Part 1

  1. Love reading tasting notes!

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