Our Tasting Panel
A selection process second to none!
At Wine Selectors you have the confidence that every wine we offer has been carefully selected by our expert Tasting Panel using Australian Wine Show judging criteria. That means only wines which have achieved a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal-winning score from our Panel are included in our offers and selections. Of the thousands of wines they taste every year, only the very best get through the rigorous selection process. So you know the wines you receive are of outstanding quality.
Our Tasting Panel of perceptive personalities and palates comprises winemakers, international wine show judges and wine educators. With an amazing 120 years collective experience in the wine industry, they are extremely knowledgeable. Most importantly, all of them have spent more years than they’d care to admit enjoying wine themselves! With an age range spanning 50 years, our Tasting Panel is very much in tune with the palates and requirements of all Australian wine lovers.
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We firmly believe the more you understand about wine, the more you’ll appreciate it. That’s why the Panel puts together the comprehensive Tasting Notes found in all Cellar Door Releases and various catalogue and special wine offers. You’ll also find detailed tasting notes on our online cellar list. These notes provide an insight into the bouquet and palate of each wine, as well as interesting information about the winemaker, winery and region. With suggested food matches and cellaring information, these accessible notes are an invaluable tool, helping to maximise your enjoyment of each wine.
The integrity and expertise of our Tasting Panel is just one of the reasons why Wine Selectors is unique among wine suppliers. Whilst travelling through Australia’s wine regions, our Panel members come across wines that have individual appeal. A wine may be chosen for its good varietal expression, its value for money, or simply because it’s a personal favourite.
Co-chairman of our Tasting Panel, Phil spent 44 years at McWilliam’s Wines, including 31 years as Chief Winemaker. Phil Ryan was officially recognised in 2009 as a Hunter Valley Living Legend. Among his many accomplishments are being responsible for McWilliam’s award-winning range of Mount Pleasant wines, including the flagship Maurice O’Shea Shiraz, the single vineyard Rosehill Shiraz, OP&OH Shiraz and Lovedale Semillon, as well as Elizabeth Semillon. He’s also a renowned wine show judge, has been on the Board of the Hunter Valley Vineyard Association and has worked vintages in both New Zealand and Bordeaux.