Try one of Windows Estate’s spectacular tastings with Chris and Jo Davies.
Vale Colin Campbell OAM
We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Colin Campbell OAM. A fourth-generation Rutherglen winemaker, Colin was an inspirational leader and legend in the Australian wine industry. Among many of his achievements, Colin was Director and winemaker at Campbells Wines for almost 50 years, he was a founding member of Australia’s First Families of Wine and in 2014 he was named Victorian Legend of the Vine by the Wine Communicators of Australia. It was our honour to have known Colin. He leaves a lasting legacy of excellence.
All in the Family
Taste the stylistic differences between Margaret River’s subregions, meet the families behind the wines and discover the passion that drives a select group of artisanal winemakers on the newly launched Small Family Winery Trail.
Begin your journey with a tasting at the spectacular Windows Estate cellar door where organics is the mantra, followed by a glass of wine and lunch on the deck at Arimia, a sustainably run vineyard and restaurant tucked away in the forest that operates entirely off the grid.
Experience an intimate tasting at Cape Grace’s rustic cellar door and, on Fridays, immerse yourself in the art of natural winemaking at Burnside Organic Farm. If you’re lucky, some organic salt cured capers, caper berries or honey may also be available to taste.
Savour a glass of wine in the barrel room with the Bailey family at Brown Hill Estate, where the motto is that “great wine is made in the vineyard”. Then venture farther south for a true locavore experience at Glenarty Road. After a tasting of cool-climate wines, enjoy some wholesome food from the day’s pickings in the gardens at its restaurant.
As you meet the families behind the wines, learn about their grape-to-bottle ethos in this world-class wine region they call home. Even better, if you collect wines on the trail you can send them as one shipment from the last cellar door you visit.
Head to margaretriver.com for more information.
Downsize Your Decanter
Who doesn’t love a half bottle of wine? Good drinking on one’s own without the guilt (or consequence) of consuming a 750ml bottle, or an easy glass and a half between two people. As half bottles become a more popular choice at restaurants and at home, it’s only fitting that there’s a decanter to match. Instead of looking paltry in a regular size decanter, half bottles can now be put into one of Riedel’s new Mini decanters. The limited edition decanters are exactly the same as Riedel’s Amadeo, Horn, Ayam, Curly Pink, Mamba and Cornetto decanters, just miniaturised, and range in price from $300 to $900.
Along with the new mini decanters, Riedel has released updated Fatto a Mano glasses, with the added signature Performance optical design ($130 each). As if that wasn’t enough, Riedel has also released 99 limited edition Cornetto Rainbow Double Magnum decanters, signed by Sir Elton John in cooperation with the Elton John AIDS foundation.
“I have the greatest respect for Sir Elton John’s work and I am happy to be able to support him in this way,” says Maximilian J. Riedel, 11th generation and managing director.
FINDING VINES A project funded by Wine Australia has scanned more than 5 million hectares of satellite imagery to identify the total area of vineyards in Australia – 146,128 hectares.
WCA Wants You
Do you like writing about wine, talking about wine, educating others about wine, or learning about it? Entries are now open for the 2019 WCA Wine Communicator Awards, with a number of categories to be entered into, including Best Wine Public Relations Campaign, Best Wine Educator, Best Wine Student and Best New Wine Writer.
Entries close 6 September 2019 and a special awards night with the winners announced will follow on 13 November this year.
Prospect of Adventure
The excellent quality of Southern Tasmania’s cool-climate wines is now matched by historic Prospect House, newly opened after a $5 million refurbishment by John and Libby Pooley. Nestled on a peaceful hillside just outside Richmond, the 12-suite property exudes all the grandeur of its 200-year history. After a day well spent tasting at local wineries, guests can indulge with dinner at the property’s restaurant, where head chef Kurstin Berriman celebrates outstanding local produce. From $350 per night.
Daughter in Law's Jessi Singh and Sacha Imrie.
Growing up you would often hear stories from Italian-Australian friends of their nonnos making grappa and it being on pour at big family lunches and dinners. It’s a white spirit made from the leftover grape pressings of winemaking. While making your own spirits at home is illegal, thankfully we’ve got a pretty incredible grappa distiller right here in our backyard.
Pietro Gallo Estate has taken home two major awards at the 2019 World Drinks Awards, including a Gold for its Grappa Di Prosecco.
“The ethos of our distillery is based around authenticity and high-quality local produce,” says Head Distiller, Nathan Rigby.
Add to that the recent news Italy’s oldest grappa distillery, Nardini, is expanding its offering in Australia, and the future’s looking pretty good.
Daughter in Law's Jessi Singh and Sacha Imrie.
Daughter in Law
After the successful launch of his Don’t Tell Aunty eatery in Sydney’s Surry Hills last year, Australian chef and restaurateur Jessi Singh is doing it all again, this time in Melbourne with his new restaurant Daughter in Law.
The thing we’re most looking forward to is the Californian-driven wine list by Sommelier Sacha Imrie (Marion Wine Bar, Builders Arms Hotel). It can be hard to come by good Californian drops in Australia, so it’s always welcome when establishments import some of their own. On top of this, Singh’s original self-serve bar fridge will be stocked with local craft beers, complemented by a colourful menu of Indian-inspired mocktails and cocktails.
Should roaming the famous port houses of Porto and cruising through the scenic terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley capture your imagination, then the Viking River Cruises Portugal’s River of Gold 10-day tour might be just the ticket.
It all begins in Lisbon before launching upstream to places such as Régua to visit the magnificent baroque Mateus Palace and Barca d’Alva. Drift on to Salamanca, Spain’s oldest college town, and then to Pinhão to visit Quinta da Avessada, a centuries-old rustic winery in the Douro wine district.
The trip departs on 27 October 2019. For bookings visit vikingcruises.com.au
We asked you to tell us which venue has your favourite wine list in Australia and you chose Muse in Canberra.
The most creative entry came from Fran Marshall, Kambah, ACT, who is the winner of a magnum of Champagne Bollinger:
“Whilst musing the wine list at Muse, one must be ready to ponder and wander the local region’s delights. A wiser wine list there is not.”
Organic wine being celebrated and discussed at the annual Organic and Biodynamic Winegrowing Conference.
The number of New Zealand wineries holding organic certification is growing and currently sits at 10%. To celebrate this fact, last year Organic Winegrowers NZ held the first ever Organic Wine Week. The celebrations included collaborations with restaurants, retailers and wine educators around New Zealand. It’s all happening again this year, with festivities kicking off 17 September, 2019. In addition to this awareness campaign, Organic Winegrowers NZ also holds the Organic and Biodynamic Winegrowing Conference, which occurred at the end of June this year.
Visit organicwinenz.com for more information.
Brand New Blend
Is this the first tempranillo and pinot noir blend in Australia? Or, dare we ask it, the world? A tough one to fact check, but one fact we’re sure of is that it’s a deliciously juicy light red with bright sour red cherry notes and a very intriguing savoury herby-ness. Add a bit of chill to Signature Wines’ recently released 2018 The Coordinates Tempinot and this should definitely be brought out at the BBQ lunch this summer (yes, we’re already thinking about it).
Best of the Best
In our April/May 2019 issue we asked new subscribers why they would like to win 12 wines from our Best Cellar Door Award Winners.
Ellie Thomas of Linden Park, SA is our winner after telling us: “I would love to win this collection of wines that will enable me to venture outside my comfort zone of South Australia’s Southern Vales.”
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