Monday, 5 October 2015

Chandon Brut Rosé

ONE TO NOTE:  CHANDON Senior Winemaker, Dan Buckle and his team have put enormous effort over the past four years into refining the Chandon Brut style, both in terms of fruit origins and the challenge of balancing complexity with freshness.

Their latest release Chandon Brut Rosé has rewarded them well in this, and their also-goal of reflecting what Dan calls "our wonderful Australian vineyards" through the lens of Methode Traditionelle.  Primarily Pinot Noir (around 60%) with Chardonnay, some Pinot Meunier and a touch of reserve wines from previous years, this is a bubbly with flavours of redcurrant, cherry sorbet and pink grapefruit zest.

Nicely dry with a creamy texture and persistent acidity, enjoy it at $32 in the party room, or at the table with sushi and sashimi – or simply good old fish 'n chips.

[] GREAT reflection of Chandon's "wonderful Australian vineyards" in this bubbly that's equally at home at the best of parties – or simply with fish and chips.

Margan 2015 Semillon - Hunter Valley


David Ellis

MARGAN Family Winemakers at Broke in the Hunter Valley have released a Semillon from the excellent 2015 vintage that's terrific value at $20 from such an outstanding season.

Forty year old vines thrive on volcanic soil on Margan's Fordwich Sill vineyard, regularly giving wines that are rich, soft and have intense citrus-like flavours. And in the case of this Margan 2015 Semillon, this means all about upfront lemon zest, crisp citrus and refreshing sherbet on the palate.

Winemaker Andrew Margan says the 2015 vintage was particularly rewarding for white wines, as full ripeness of the fruit had occurred before the January rains came.

"A perfect balance between natural acidity and fruit flavours gives a great mouthfeel with this wine, having you want to go back for more," Andrew says. "And while enjoyable now, cellaring for a few years will result in a beautifully complex Semillon typical of the Hunter Valley." And as for food, simply think Semillon, river or sea.

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[] CRACKER drop to simply think Semillon, river or sea for the perfect wine and food match.

for week beginning 05 October 2015

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Maurice O’Shea Award Dinner to partner with key wine conferences in July 2016

McWilliam’s CEO Rob Blackwell

McWilliam’s Wines, the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference & Trade Exhibition (AWITC) and the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) are pleased to announce that the 2016 McWilliam’s Maurice O’Shea Award Event will be held in Adelaide on Monday 25 July 2016. The Maurice O’Shea Award Dinner will take place in conjunction with the 16th AWITC and the WFA Outlook Conference which are being held as a combined event in Adelaide from 24 to 28 July 2016.

McWilliam’s CEO Rob Blackwell said “McWilliam’s Wines is delighted to continue its association with the WFA Outlook Conference and to join for the first time with the AWITC. We look forward to welcoming delegates from the combined conference to the dinner.”

AWITC Chair, Dr Dan Johnson responded “The McWilliam’s Maurice O’Shea Award Dinner is widely regarded as the most prestigious event on the Australian wine industry calendar. It’s very exciting to be able to align this dinner with the 16th AWITC and Outlook. The Maurice O’Shea Award Dinner adds another very compelling reason for our industry to be in Adelaide from 24 to 28 July 2016”

WFA Chief Executive Paul Evans said “The combination of these major events back-to-back provides exceptional value for attendees and it promises to be a showcase week not to be missed. The Federation welcomes the opportunity to partner again with McWilliam’s and the Maurice O’Shea Dinner and I encourage members of our industry to circle the dates.”

Conference delegates will be able to book tickets to the Maurice O’Shea Award Dinner as part of their registration, which opens in February. Tickets will also be available directly from McWilliam’s Wines.

The McWilliam’s Maurice O’Shea Award recognises an individual, brand, institute, activity or entity that has made a historically significant contribution to the Australian wine industry. Nominations will be invited from across the wine industry in February.

Previous winners of the Maurice O’Shea Award are:

• Dr Peter Dry (2014)
• The Australian Screwcap Initiative (2012)
• Philip Laffer AM (2010)
• Dr John Gladstones (2008)
• The late Dr Ray Beckwith OAM (2006)
• The late Guenter Prass AM (2004)
• Australian Wine Research Institute (2002)
• Dr Wolf Blass AM (2000)
• The late Dr Bryce Rankine AM (1998)
• Brian Croser AO (1997)
• Hazel Murphy AM (1996)
• James Halliday AM (1995)
• The Jacob’s Creek Brand (1994)
• The late David Wynn AO (1993)
• The late Ron Potter OAM (1992)
• The late Len Evans OBE AO (1991)
• The late Max Schubert AM (1990)

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Adelaide Hills wines making their mark



Sydneysiders will enjoy wines from the Adelaide Hills at what is tipped to be the coolest event of the forthcoming music festival season.

Sidewood Wines has been named as official wine supplier for Sydney's Soulfest on October 24 featuring more than 25 of the  smoothest soul and hip hop acts and headlined by none other than Lauryn Hill, Mary J Blige, Jill Scott, 9 x Grammy nominated Charlie Wilson and De La Soul among others.  Held in The Domain, the 10 hour event will see tens of thousands of patrons enjoying good food, good vibes and of course, great South Australian wine.

Meanwhile further down the east coast, Melbournians will also indulge in great Adelaide Hills wines at one of the city's largest tourist drawcards, the Victoria night markets.  With more than 730,000 people attending the markets over their 19 week summer season last year, Sidewood is thrilled to announce its exclusive partnership with the venue to run for both the summer and winter markets periods for the next three years with the highly awarded winery offering both wine and sparkling to visitors attending the massive venue.    

"We entered the music festival arena last summer as partners with the Woodford Festival in QLD – a six day event and Australia's largest festival and will partner with them for the next few years.  We also participated in a number of other eastern seaboard events over the 2014/15 summer and supplied wine and cider to Groovin the Moo up at the Oakbank Racetrack in the Adelaide Hills.  

"Markets are a new venture but the opportunity to be part of such an iconic local and tourist drawcard was an opportunity too good to refuse.    These event partnerships are a great way to introduce patrons to our brand and wines in a celebratory setting – which is exactly how and where good wine should be drunk" said Owen Inglis, owner and vigneron Sidewood Estate.

Closer to home, Sidewood is also the official wine supplier to Feast Festival and Groovin the Moo up at Oakbank – both for the second year running.  The latter event is particularly close to the heart of Sidewood with its estate located nearby the racetrack and Owen's love for and ownership of a number of racehorses.                  

Monday, 28 September 2015

Lindeman's 2014 Early Harvest Semillon Sauvignon Blanc - a light alternative

A SEMILLON Sauvignon Blanc
that's 25% lighter in alcohol
and calories, yet full-flavoured to match
with seafood or chicken salads.
ONE TO NOTE:  IF you like to watch the alcohol content of the wine you are drinking, and that of course means the calories as well, Lindeman's have a 2014 Early Harvest Semillon Sauvignon Blanc that's 25 per cent lighter than regular wines – but without any compromise in flavour enjoyment.

By using select parcels of fruit from early ripening regions in south-eastern Australia, it meant lower sugar levels in that fruit – and thus lower alcohol in the resultant wine.

But with still nicely forward tropical fruit flavours and herbaceousness, this is a nice fresh and crisp drop to enjoy with seafoods or chicken salads – and value at just $16.

 for week beginning 28 September 2015

Mr Mick Pinot Grigio 2015 - Limestone Coast



David Ellis


PUT your money on it, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris will boom across Australia this summer.


Although often referred to as "the same wine" because they're made using the same grape variety, Pinot Grigio has its origins in northern Italy and is a light, delicate, refreshing wine with lively acidity and crispness, whereas Pinot Gris tends to be more about ripeness, richness and sometimes a touch of residual sugar, and hails from the Alsace region of France.


Here in Australia a cracker Pinot Grigio for those who enjoy a summer's outdoor lifestyle and an easy-drinking, refreshing white with seafoods and salads, is a Mr Mick 2015 Pinot Grigio from South Australia's Limestone Coast.


Winemaker Tim Adams, who certainly needs no introduction when it comes to both Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris, says the combination of climate and soils on the Limestone Coast were what allowed him to create this Pinot Grigio, that's just so very similar to that from Italy. With lemon/lime, pear, white nectarine and apple flavours, it is fresh, crisp and refreshing – and at just $17 an ideal match with seafoods, white-meat salads or, if you like your food spicy, a range of Asian dishes.



[] ENJOY on outdoor summer days with seafoods, white-meat salads or spicy Asian



 for week beginning 28 September 2015

Friday, 25 September 2015

Sommelier's international award & WA Wine List honours

Sommelier cellarbrates triple wine wins for Perth's The Terrace Hotel

Perth-based sommelier Antonio Vilaca had reason to celebrate last Friday night (4 Sept), when he was awarded the 'Food and Beverage Associate' for 2015 at the annual HM Awards ceremony held at Sydney Town Hall.


Presented in front of 600 hoteliers and industry suppliers, the HM Awards recognise staff, properties and hotel brands for industry excellence across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.


Antonio is a sommelier of 30 years who manages a collection of over 3,000 wines at the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Terrace Hotel in Perth's West End.


The HM Award is the third wine accolade for The Terrace Hotel this year, with the hotel also awarded 'Hotel/Motel/Restaurant Wine List Winner' and 'Best Metropolitan Wine List Featuring WA Wines' at the recent WA Wine List Awards for Excellence.


Antonio said: "Sommeliers bring instrumental value to restaurants across the world. We have a careful focus on customer service and recommend the right wines to pair with a meal, which is very important for restaurant reviews and reputation."


Antonio uses a six-step approach to recommend wines. "I train our food and beverage staff to host customers through a wine tasting process. Each person is asked six initial questions to determine their flavour and style, depending on their meal and the season."


"Every customer prefers a different taste, and this is what I love most about helping them discover the perfect wine for them on the night. I am honoured to receive this award as I continue to take my customers on a culinary awakening when they dine at The Terrace Restaurant in Perth," he said.

About the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Terrace Hotel, Perth WA


The 5-star BEST WESTERN PREMIER Terrace Hotel has seven suites, eight deluxe rooms, three dining and meeting rooms, two alfresco dining areas and a Sommelier's Tasting Room with private wine vault housing over 3,000 labels of local and international wines. A $20 million restoration saw The Terrace Hotel reopen in 2012 and later join Best Western's upper-upscale BEST WESTERN PREMIER hotel type in May 2013. Best Western Australasia has 160 hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific and three hotel types. See

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