Rose is on everyone’s lips these days, a love affair of some years’ standing, and showing no sign of fading. Only two pinots (Trentham a left-field selection), then it was on for young and old across the varietal landscape, most traditional, but some alternative varieties on display.

Surprisingly, cabernet merlot blends won four spots, only three going to each of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. I should add that I try to achieve a representative cross-section of varietal styles and regions, but the West Australian juggernaut ensured it was the dominant state in all four sections.

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