Held in February at Doltone House in Sydney, the 2012 FEIRT was deemed a success by attendees, media, producers and the very critical Frankland Estate team.
A total of 255 rieslings from more than 100 different domestic and international producers were presented for tasting during the course of the two day event. The tastings were facilitated by an expert panel led by Jancis Robinson, world-renowned wine commentator and Master of Wine and Berlin-based international riesling authority Stuart Pigott.
There were some amazing wines in the various line-ups, many of which had even the wine professionals in the audience astonished.
The Framingham Auslese 2010 from Marlborough was one such wine, which earned winemaker Andrew Hedley a vigorous round of applause. It was placed in a bracket of venerated Austrian and German wines, and outscored them all!
Another surprise was the outstanding Chateau Grand Traverse Lot 49 from Michigan – this is a new region for riesling production and was a first ‘taste’ for most of us in the room.
Debatably, the most astonishing wine of the whole two day event had to be the 1946 Kloster Eberbach Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg Kabinett from the Rheingau. Wine critic Tim White described this wine as having intriguing smoked paprika characters, others found savoury sorts of praline notes. Either way, it was a once in a lifetime experience to taste a wine so old, and in such wonderful condition.
Media coverage of the event was positive and extensive. Click links for articles from James Halliday 3 March 2012, 10 March 2012 and Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine.
The crew from Australian Wine TV also took some video footage, which can be viewed at the links below.
- Slide show of day one wines at 2012 FEIRT: click here
- Interview with Hunter Smith & Stuart Pigott: click here
- Interview with Hunter Smith & Peter Bourne : click here
More than 350 Riesling loving consumers attended the various events and their feedback has been tremendous providing great encouragement for us to continue this rewarding event.
Preparations are already underway for the next FEIRT to be held in Melbourne in 2015.