Best Wines of the 2010 Vintage

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Every vintage is different, and this is especially true of the last three years in Eastern Australia. In 2009 excessive heat, bushfires and drought were the dominant factors and 2011 has been marred by unseasonal rain and flooding right through summer and during vintage causing losses to disease. Sandwiched between was the 'normal' of 2010 which may turn out to be one of the best vintages for years in many regions.

In The Age Epicure on Tuesday 10 May wine writer Jeni Port nominates "10 reasons to like about the 2010 Vintage"

She goes on to review 10 wines of the 2010 vintage and it is interesting to note the varieties. Four rieslings, a chardonnay, and a fiano for the whites and a pinot noir, a touriga nacional, a blend of touriga, tinta amarela and tinta cao, and a garnacia (grenache) tempranillo blend. Not exactly mainstream, but of course the 2010 reds made in the more traditional style are not yet relaeased.

The point Jeni was making was that 2010 is a great year, but the subtext is that some beautiful wines are now being made with alternative varieties. She has nominated the Scott Adelaide Hills Fiano, but I'm sure that there are plenty of other Fiano's that are excelent as well. There are some brilliant Arneis wine around as well.

What is your best 2010 vintage wine from an alternative variety?

Tell us about your best wine of the 2010 Vintage

The weather during 2010 vintage was excellent in many Australian wine regions. Plantings of alternative varieties are reaching maturity and some great wines were produced.

What are your favourites from this vintage made from alternative varieties?

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The following wines were chosen by Jeni Port in an article in the Melbourne Age Epicure on 10 May 2011. All wines were of the 2010 Vintage. Tamar …

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