Evans & Tate and Catching Thieves Impress Decanter Tasting Panel
Wines from Evans & Tate and Catching Thieves have figured prominently in a recent tasting of 116 Chardonnay wines from Australia, conducted by one of the world's most highly regarded wine magazines, Decanter. Most notably, the 2009 Evans & Tate Margaret River Chardonnay was named in the top five Chardonnays tasted and awarded a rating of five stars.
In identifying the 2009 Evans & Tate Margaret River Chardonnay as the fourth-best Chardonnay of the tasting, the Decanter tasting panel commended the wine for its “rich and powerful palate with great length and concentration,” “intense fruit quality which is pure and pristine” and “gorgeous finish.”
Evans & Tate’s flagship Chardonnay, the 2008 Evans & Tate Redbrook Chardonnay received four stars, denoting a ‘Highly Recommended’ wine. In their tasting notes, the tasting panel remarked that it was a “...very forward and pure wine with real harmony, it is tight yet has an exceptionally elegant, toasty finish.”
UK wine expert Andrew Jefford commented that, “It was the maritime climate of Margaret River that shone out in the top-scoring Chardonnays, especially those of Killerby, Evans & Tate and Stella Bella.”
Another Margaret River wine to receive recognition was the 2008 Catching Thieves Chardonnay, also receiving four stars and praised by the judges for “...a seamless palate with lovely weight.”
Decanter tasting panels are selected to ensure a balance between wine buyers, sommeliers, Masters of Wine and critics, all of whom have expertise in the specific wine or region being tasted. All wines at Decanter panel tastings are judged blind.