The wine universe is set to expand in the wake of the "Ultimate Parker in Asia Event" at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore. The Parker, of course, refers to the internationally respected wine critic, Robert Parker, and we are writing about it because Highbank was invited to participate - a grand honour indeed!
The focus of the event was a Grand Tasting, which was held on the 1st and 2nd of May 2010 with only 100 exclusive wineries (including Highbank of course) from around the world being invited to represent their distinctive Terroirs.
Why was this so important to be part of?
Because the participants were 1500 to 2000 fine wine drinkers including wine writers, critics and buyers from around South East Asia.
Robert Parker attended, as expected, to partake in a book signing event as well as to feast his senses claiming, "no one on this planet will be drinking and eating better than we will be."
Highbank's winemaker Dennis Vice chaired the Cabernet Sauvignon Master Class at this international event, pictured right, and then conducted a personal tasting.
Our Coonawarra wines were handsomely benchmarked against wines from France (Bordeaux, Champagne, Burgundy), Italy, California and other significant world wine players - all working hard to excel in one of the worlds important wine markets.
Some of the participating wineries were: Chateau Angelus, Chateau Brane Cantenac, Chateau Lagrange, Chateau Beychevelle, Chateau Malescot, Chateau Beauregard, Chateau Angelus, Chateau Cos D’estournel, Chateau Haut Brion, Cheateu Fieuzal, Domaine de Chevalier, Krug, Bollinger, and Chateau Peti VIllages.
Some other Antipodean makers were there with Mosswood, Brokenwood, Highbank, Parker Estate, Siro Pacenti, Tobreck Felton Road, Suidurant, Chateau Pichon Baron, Churton, Fontodi, Peccavi, Seresin Estate, Kooyong, Bass Philip, Grosset, Kumeu River, Yalumba, Capannelle, Domaine Serene, Meerlust, Domaine Trimbach, and many others.