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Mount Barker v Bordeaux in Cab Sauv Tasting Battle
Fans of Cabernet Sauvignon will get the chance to compare the wines of Bordeaux with relative newcomer Mount Barker at a special Taste Great Southern event at Mount Barker.
The Bordeaux region in France has been producing wine for 2000 years, Cabernet Sauvignon in Mt Barker was first planted in 1965 at Forest Hill and Plantagenet Wines founder Tony Smith's block was planted in 1967. Top Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignons can sell for $20,000 or more while the top Mt Barker Cabernet Sauvignons sell for around $50.
Plantagenet Chief Winemaker Luke Eckersley (left) and Cellar Door Manager, Alex Johnson, with a bottle of Plantagenet Aquitaine Cabernet Sauvignon. Image supplied
Bordeaux, the largest region in France, and second largest producer behind Languedoc, produces an average of 900 million bottles per year.
The whole of WA combined, averages about 30 million bottles per year. Mount Barker is only a small part of that, so it's a brave move by Plantagenet Wines to put its Mount Barker Cabernet Sauvignons on the line in a comparison with those of Bordeaux.
Barker + Bordeaux will be held on March 10 where Cabernet Sauvignons from Mount Barker will be compared to wines from the left bank of Bordeaux and in particular the appellations of the Medoc, Pauillac, Margaux and St. Estephe. The line-up includes the houses of Château Potensac, Château Clerc-Milon, Château Pibran, Château Pichon-Baron, Château Prieure-Lichiné and Château Phélan-Ségur will be in the line-up.
Two flights of six wines will include, three Bordeaux and three Mt Barker in each flight. Both young and aged wines from top vintages will be available for comparison, including Bordeaux from 05, 09 and 10 vintages. Each wine from Bordeaux is at least double the price of the Cabernets from Mount Barker and range from $90 to $200 recommended retail.
The two regions on opposite sides of the world are both close to the sea, have similar sun-light hours, with similar rainfall, but Mt Barker is a little cooler. Both left-bank Bordeaux and Mt. Barker have similar soils with lots of clay with sand and gravel. Left bank is more gravel, sand and silt over marly clay sub-soil, however there is lots of Limestone throughout the rest of Bordeaux.
While Plantagenet Cellar Door Manager Alex Johnson says Mt Barker Cabernet Sauvignons are relatively unknown people who are familiar with them rate them very highly. The tasting at Mount Barker will provide the opportunity to put them to the test.
The Barker + Bordeaux event will be held at Plantagenet Wines in Mount Barker from 3pm to 5pm with tickets available for $120 from Taste Great Southern.