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Margaret River winemaker crowned Len Evans dux

Publish Date: 10 Nov 2017

Authored by: Halliday Wine Companion

2017 dux Justin Grounds with James Halliday

McHenry Hohnen Vintners head winemaker Julian Grounds (pictured) was today crowned Dux of the Len Evans Tutorial, which was held this week in the Hunter Valley. The Margaret River winemaker and general manager beat 11 other scholars to the coveted title after a big week of tastings and insights from some of the industry’s finest.

Now in its 17th year, the tutorial was designed to define the demands of wine show judging, while also exposing scholars to some of the greatest wine styles of the world. One of the most highly anticipated tastings in the schedule is the final Domaine de la Romanée-Conti line-up, with this year’s wines from the 2012 vintage. Sourced directly from the revered Burgundian producer, these wines are otherwise almost impossible to procure.

James Halliday is among the week’s tutors, as is Brokenwood’s Iain Riggs, former Seppelt winemaker Ian McKenzie and MW Michael Hill-Smith, among others.

James said: "The array of great wines from every part of the world is a challenge in itself; the spread of formats from quasi wine show to masterclasses to multi-course dinners with matching wine themes, all the wines tasted blind in the first instance. It requires a set of skills beyond the ordinary and Julian went into the last session in front, never letting let us nor himself down."

This year’s other scholars included Paul Hotker of Bleasdale Vineyards, Adam Carnaby of Seppelt, Adrian Sparks of McWilliam’s, Justin Purser of Best’s Wines, Tessa Brown of Vignerons Schmolzer & Brown, Sandrine Gimon of Rymill Coonawarra,  Natalie Cleghorn of Yalumba, Ben Portet of Dominique Portet Winery, Kavita Faiella from Voyageur Selections, Jeremy Prideaux from Melbourne's City Wine Shop, Pablo Theodorus from Adelaide's Stanley Bridge Tavern.

The wines tasted over the course of the tutorial included, but were not limited to, the below: 

Monday November 6 – chardonnay

1. 2016 Flametree SRS Wallcliffe Margaret River
2. 2016 Soumah Hexham Vineyard Yarra Valley
3. 2016 Amelia Park Reserve Margaret River
4. 2015 Dom. Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet Maltroie Chassagne-Montrachet
5. 2015 Felton Road Block 6 Central Otago
6. 2015 Failla Sonoma Coast Sonoma Coast
7. 2015 Dom. Bouchard Pere & Fils Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte Puligny-Montrachet
8. 2015 Benjamin Leroux Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne
9. 2015 Tyrrells Single Vineyard Belford Hunter Valley
10. 2015 Pierre -Yves Colin-Morey Puligny-Montrachet Les Garennes Puligny-Montrachet
11. 2015 By Farr Cote Vineyard Geelong
12. 2015 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Margaret River
13. 2015 Giaconda Beechworth
14. 2014 Dom. Bouchard Pere & Fils Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru Chassagne-Montrachet
15. 2014 Dom. Faiveley Corton-Charlemagne Aloxe-Corton
16. 2013 Dom. Blain Gagnard Criots-Batard-Montrachet Chassagne-Montrachet
17. 2013 Brookland Valley Margaret River
18. 2013 Dom. Etienne Sauzet Batard-Montrachet Puligny-Montrachet
19. 2013 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Margaret River
20. 2013 Dom. Marc Antonin Blain Batard-Montrachet Chassagne-Montrachet
21. 2013 Shaw and Smith M3 Adelaide Hills
22. 2013 Dom. William Fevre Vaudesir Grand Cru Chablis
23. 2012 Coldstream Hills Reserve Yarra Valley
24. 2012 Dom. Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Puligny-Montrachet
25. 2012 Penfolds Reserve Bin 12 A Adelaide Hills
26. 2012 Xanadu Stevens Road Margaret River
27. 2012 Dom. Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Aloxe-Corton
28. 2011 Dom. Leroy Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeots Chassagne-Montrachet
29. 2011 Oakridge 864 Funder and Diamond Drive Block Yarra Valley
30. 2011 J.F. Coche-Dury Meursault Rougeots Meursault

Tuesday November 7 – Bordeaux varieties

1. 2007 Château Cheval Blanc St -Émilion
2. 2008 Domaine A Tasmania
3. 2008 Cullen Diana Madeline Margaret River
4. 2009 Château Cos d’Estournel St Estèphe
5. 2009 Brands Laira 171 Coonawarra
6. 2009 Château Ducru Beaucaillou St-Julien
7. 2009 Xanadu Reserve Margaret River
8. 2010 Château Lafleur Pomerol
9. 2010 Château Palmer Margaux
10. 2010 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan
11. 2010 Dominus Estate Napa Valley
12. 2010 Penfolds Bin 169 Coonawarra
13. 2011 Antinori Guado al Tasso Solaia Tuscany
14. 2011 Château Latour Pauillac
15. 2012 Woodlands Thomas Margaret River
16. 2012 Corison Kronos Napa Valley
17. 2012 Cullen Vanya Margaret River
18. 2012 Wynns John Riddoch Coonawarra
19. 2012 Wendouree Cabernet Malbec Clare Valley
20. 2013 Mount Mary Quintet Yarra Valley
21. 2013 Vasse Felix Tom Cullity Margaret River
22. 2013 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri
23. 2013 Penfolds Bin 707 South Australia
24. 2014 Yeringberg Yarra Valley
25. 2014 McWilliams Single Vineyard Block 19 & 20 Hilltops
26. 2014 Deep Woods Reserve Margaret River
27. 2015 Te Mata Coleraine New Zealand
28. 2015 Yarra Yering Dry Red Wine No1 Yarra Valley
29. 2015 Balnaves The Tally Coonawarra
30. 2016 Dominique Portet Fontaine Yarra Valley 

Wednesday November 8 – Rhone varieties

1. 2010 E. Guigal La Landonne Côte-Rôtie
2. 2010 Penfolds St Henri South Australia
3. 2010 E. Guigal La Mouline Côte-Rôtie
4. 2011 Yves Cuilleron St-Joseph Les Serines St-Joseph
5. 2011 Penfolds Grange South Australia
6. 2012 Delas Hermitage Les Bessards Hermitage
7. 2012 Yves Cuilleron Le Village Cornas Cornas
8. 2012 Pierr Gronan St-Joseph St-Joseph
9. 2013 Delas La Landonne Côte-Rôtie
10. 2013 Combier Cap Nord Crozes-Hermitage
11. 2013 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier Canberra
12. 2013 A. Clape Renaissance Cornas
13. 2013 Mission Estate Jewelstone Gimblett Gravels
14. 2014 Dom. JL Chave Hermitage Hermitage
15. 2014 Mt Pleasant Maurice O’Shea Hunter Valley
16. 2014 Dom. Jamet Côte-Rôtie
17. 2014 Silkman Wines Reserve Hunter Valley
18. 2014 Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Grampians
19. 2014 M. Sorrel Hermitage Le Greal Hermitage
20. 2014 Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Hunter Valley
21. 2014 Dom. Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage Crozes-Hermitage
22. 2014 Shaw and Smith Adelaide Hills
23. 2014 Nick O’Leary Canberra
24. 2015 Pierre Gaillard St-Joseph Clos de Cuminaille St-Joseph
25. 2015 Paradise IV Dardel Shiraz Geelong
26. 2015 Dom. Des Chirates Rockpile Syrah Sonoma Country
27. 2015 Giaconda Estate Beechworth
28. 2015 Best’s Bin No. 0 Shiraz Great Western
29. 2015 Vincent Paris Granit 60 Cornas
30. 2015 Serrat Shiraz Viognier Yarra Valley 

Thursday Novemnber 9 – pinot noir 

1. 2009 Dom. Comte Georges de Vogü. Musigny Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Chambolle-Musigny 
2. 2010 Dom. Confuron Contetidot Les Suchots Premier Cru Vosne-Romanée 
3. 2010 Ata Rangi Martinborough 
4. 2010 Dom. Mongeard-Mugneret Clos de Vougeot Vougeot 
5. 2011 Valli Gibbston Vineyard Central Otago 
6. 2012 Dom. de la Romanée Conti Romanée St Vivant Grand Cru Vosne-Romanée 
7. 2012 Maude “Mt Maude” Reserve Family Vineyard Central Otago 
8. 2012 Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Block 1 Mornington Peninsula 
9. 2012 Littorai The Savoy Vineyard Sonoma Coast 
10. 2012 Dom. Armand Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru Gevrey-Chambertin 
11. 2013 Dom. Armand Rousseau Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Morey St-Denis 
12. 2013 Charteris Winter Vineyard Central Otago
13. 2013 Dom. de la Romanée Conti Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru Flagey- Echézeaux
14. 2014 By Farr Tout Prés Geelong
15. 2014 Alexander Vineyard Martinborough
16. 2013 Dom. de la Vougeraie Bonnes-Mares Chambolle-Musigny
17. 2014 Dom. Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze Gevrey-Chambertin
18. 2015 Coldstream Hills Deer Farm Yarra Valley
19. 2015 Pooley Clarence House Coal Valley
20. 2015 Eddystone Point Tasmania
21. 2015 Failla Keefer Ranch Russian River Russian River
22. 2015 Montalto Tuerong Block Mornington Peninsula
23. 2015 Felton Road Block 3 Central Otago
24. 2015 Evviva Primavera Vineyard Yarra Valley
25. 2015 Dom. Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton Corton
26. 2016 Chatto Isle Vineyard Huon Valley
27. 2016 Punt Road Napoleon Vineyard Yarra Valley
28. 2016 Giant Steps Applejack Yarra Valley
29. 2016 Dirty 3 Dirt 1 Berry’s Creek Vineyard Gippsland
30. 2016 Meadowbank Derwent Valley

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