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Guest Selector ➺ Annette Lacey MW

Industry Role-Model

As Group Beverage Manager of the illustrious Solotel Group in Sydney, Annette Lacey MW is responsible for the drinks lists at some of the most highly regarded venues in the country, from Matt Moran’s Aria perched on Sydney’s Circular Quay to the famous Sydney Opera House Bar and Opera Kitchen to farm to plate restaurant Chiswick and the multilevel BEA – the list goes on…

Annette has earnt a hugely impressive amount of top-tier qualifications and awards to date, including winning the Vin de Champagne Awards and being selected for the Len Evans Tutorial. Currently, Annette also lends her expertise as an educator to the Wine Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and is a mentor for the internationally renowned Masters of Wine program.

Master of Wine

The Masters of Wine Exam isn’t simply a test; it is the culmination of a lifetime commitment to wine.  There are currently only 419 successful MW’s (Masters of Wine) worldwide, and with a slim 5% pass rate, participants spend their lives and livelihoods studying to sit this exam. After a no doubt arduous journey, Annette Lacey passed in 2020 to become only the 29th MW in Australia. Ever.

Annette is undoubtedly one of the leading wine experts in Australia (and the world), and we are delighted to have her as this month’s Guest Selector. Annette has put together a unique 6-Pack, presenting a cross-section of some of her favourite wines and producers, highlighting differences and making comparisons of Old World European winemaking and more modern winemaking styles here in Australia. Annette has kindly included personal comparisons and anecdotes for each wine and pairing. Enjoy!

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Annette Lacey MW 6-Pack

INCLUDED IN THIS PACK

As one of Australia's only masters of wine and a hugely impressive career in the Wine Industry, Annette Lacey MW is taking us on a world tour with this month’s Guest Selector Pack! 

The 6-pack is a look into some of Annette’s favourite wines, hand-picked from the tens of thousands of wines she has tried and tested along her journey. 

This lineup of Old World wines with New World favourites will have you discovering interesting styles and winemaking techniques from across the globe! This is a rare peek into the mind of a wine industry genius!

FEATURING:

2021 Mandi Friulano 
2015 La Castellada Friulano 
NV Between 5 Bells Yellow Savagnin / Chardonnay
2018 Frédéric Puffeney Arbois Tradition Savagnin 
2017 Alpha Box & Dice Fog Nebbiolo 
2018 Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo

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“Some of my favourite wines are here from a cross-section of countries to see who does it better, or should I say who does it differently!”

Friulano vs Friulano

Mandi Friulano 2021

La Castellada Friulano 2015

To compare these two beauties, Friulano, the variety shines through in both examples- the richness and textural qualities of the variety are seen by the saline savoury notes in both styles, balanced with ripe fruit and pithy textural finish. The oak treatment on the Castellada shows the versatility of this variety, adding an extra layer of structure and complexity.

Savagnin vs Savagnin

Between 5 Bells Yellow NV

Frédéric Puffeney Savagnin 2018

I really like the way the influence of the veil adds to these wines, perfectly suited to Savagnin- Chardonnay blend, where the NW wine has truly embraced the traditional Jura winemaking style. The veil adds complex nutty notes, whilst the Savagnin acidity cuts through the richness of these styles.

Nebbiolo vs Nebbiolo

AB&D Fog Nebbiolo 2017

Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo 2018

The NW wine is a modern style that allows the variety to shine. The fruit is more evident in the NW wine compared to the OW Nebbiolo, but it has the structure to support. Both examples speak of their origins and both offer a point of difference.

Explore Annette's Selection

Mandi, Friulano 2021

This is a delicious collaboration with Quealy from the Mornington Peninsula. A golden wine, textural and rich with a pithy dry finish, think tangerine skin, quince and saline slippery stones. It’s a wine that is super textural and very slurpable.

La Castellada, Friulano 2015

From the home of Fruilano in Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Northeast Italy. This region is underrated and offers some of the best value in terms of price, varieties and traditional winemaking. I do love some oak influence and this wine spends time in Slavonian oak to create a rich and structured wine with alpine herbs, ripe apricot and lashings of flavour. The oak regime adds structure and weight to the wine and chalky Italian phenolics complete this wine.

Between 5 Bells, Yellow Savagnin / Chardonnay NV

How fascinating is this wines production method – 3 years under veil and then a portion of Chardonnay added from solera over seven years. Labour of love in every sense of the word. Oxidative style with sherry-like flavours; walnut and almond, lemon pith savoury flavours with a zingy acid drive. This is seriously complex with earthy and dried mushroom notes, totally moreish and is best with food.

Frédéric Puffeney, Arbois Tradition Savagnin 2015

This is a blend of Savagnin and Chardonnay spending 18 months under veil in barrel to create an oxidative complex wine with delicate florals, almond nuttiness and citrus peel with a core of bracing acidity. Classic Jura style made with class and precision.

Alpha Box & Dice, Fog Nebbiolo 2017

It is great to see this new world interpretation of Nebbiolo, using Barolo as the benchmark. A 6-week maceration then into old French barrels to create savoury structured leathery style. This example of Nebbiolo has bright black fruit notes, blackberry and plum with earthy tones, and the tell-tale, chalky tannins that linger and evolve on the palate.

Vietti, Perbacco Nebbiolo 2018

My all-time fave Nebbiolo. Vietti is the master of this style creating a wine that can be drunk whilst youthful or laid down to see richness develop in the bottle. Chalky assertive Italian tannins complement the bright red fruits and lifted florals which are supported by savoury gravel and Vietti’s understated power.

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