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1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Monday, 15 November 2010

2010 Bush Vines, Chenin Blanc, Zalze + an anniversary

The 2010 Bush Vines, Chenin Blanc from Zalze is still very youthful with fresh, floral aromas. Easy drinking with a touch of sweetness – it has 3.8 g/l residual sugar. 60% of the grapes were harvested in a slightly botrytised state to give richness, while 40% were harvested earlier to provide freshness and acidity. Pleasantly easy drinking at present – somewhat two dimensional but could gain additional complexity with a year or two in bottle. A sample – currently available in the UK through Waitrose@£6.49.

The Zalze is closed with a screwcap, which is a reminder that 10 years ago 16 Riesling producers in Australia's Clare Valley bottled their 2000 vintage in screwcap, provoking a revolution that continues to this day.

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