Saturday, September 21, 2013
I recently enjoyed a fantastic wine movie: SOMM
It's a documentary that follows four candidates as they relentlessly prepare for what has to be one of the hardest tests in the world: The Court of Master Sommelier's Master Sommelier Diploma exam. There are around 200 Master Sommeliers and in the world (here's the list) and of the 50 candidates who took the exam the year the film was produced, only six passed.
Note that there are a few different governing bodies in wine (here's good post that reviews them) so there are also a couple hundred Masters of Wine in the world. But no matter how you slice it: Attaining this level of mastery is extremely challenging.
This wine is bone dry. Crushed slate/crushed chalky note. Crushed hillside. There's white flowers almost like a fresh cut flower. White lillies. No evidence of oak. There's like a 'freshly opened can of tennis balls' and a 'fresh new rubber hose' I get.
Acid is medium+, alcohol is medium, complexity is medium+. In conclusion this wine is from the new world, from a temperate climate.
Possible grape varieties are Riesling, possible countries are Australia, age range is 1-3 years. I think this can only be one thing: This wine is from Australia, this wine is from South Australia, this wine is from the Clare Valley. 2009 vintage. Riesling from a high quality producer."