Monday, 28 July 2014
Monday, 21 July 2014
|ENJOY Mediterranean-inspired seafoods|
with this Aussie drop's taste of Spain.
|A FAVOURITE with this style of Shiraz is|
a freely herb-sprinkled roast leg of lamb.
Saturday, 19 July 2014
FORTUNATE are they who've got hold of a bottle or two of Best's Great Western Bin 0 Shiraz, a wine that's been made since the late 1800s but of which today only 800 cases are still made on average each year.
And although we know Henry Best planted his first Shiraz vines at Great Western, between Stawell and Ararat in Victoria, in 1867 the actual year he created his first Bin O is uncertain. But what we do know is that since the Thompson family acquired the Best's Great Western vineyards and winery in 1920, they've remained extraordinarily faithful "custodians" to Henry Best's creation.
Now headed by 5th generation Ben Thompson, the family's recently released the 2012 Best's Bin 0 Shiraz that was made from hand-selected fruit sorted and fermented in small batches, so maintaining its reputation as an undisputed icon of the Great Western Shiraz style, and internationally acclaimed for years.
This 2012 has deliciously spicy dark fruit flavours and a great balance of acidity and smooth tannins for wonderfully enjoyable drinking now, while having the potential to develop beautifully over 15 years or more in the bottle. With just-800 cases available, it's well worth the $85 asking price to enjoy with a slow roasted shoulder of lamb.
ONE TO NOTE: THE Adelaide Hills has a well-deserved reputation as home to some of Australia's best Sauvignon Blanc, and a 2013 Howard Vineyard Picnic label is typical of just how good the variety from this region can be.
This one has full-on lemony citrus flavours coupled with hints of spice and gooseberry, making it an ideal companion with seafoods from simple grilled fish fillets to garlicky prawns – or as the Picnic label suggests, for outdoor entertaining with cold chicken or other white meats, salads and sharp cheeses on warmer days.
Pay $19 at cellar door for this rewarding drop from the family-owned Howard vineyard and winery at Nairne, the oldest township in the Adelaide Hills.
 SO rewarding with a slow-roasted shoulder of lamb.
 NAME says it all for outdoor entertaining with cold chicken, salads and sharp cheeses.
Thursday, 17 July 2014
"Len Evans would be delighted. His favourite vineyard has been honoured as having produced the grapes for the World's Best New Wine" say Bill and Vicki Widin of Leogate Estate Wines and Brokenback Vineyard.
The 2014 International Wine Challenge in London last night awarded the "James Rodgers Trophy for the Best Wine in its First Year of Production" to Leogate Estate's 2011 "The Basin" Reserve Shiraz (RRP $115). When accepting the award in person at the gala dinner, Bill and Vicki Widin attributed the Trophy both to Len Evans' attention to detail in establishing Brokenback Vineyard, and to Mark Woods' superior winemaking skills. "The Basin" had earlier also been awarded the Trophy for the best Hunter Valley Red Wine.
Leogate Estate's Brokenback Vineyard in Pokolbin was one of Len Evans' Rothbury Syndicate vineyards planted in the 1960's. The Shiraz vines all original, and are situated on a low hill with direct east and west facing blocks. A substantial section of the east facing blocks is known locally as "The Basin" and forms somewhat of a natural amphitheatre. The vines there, being protected from much of the Hunter Valley late afternoon summer sun, have developed over the years rather differently from the vines on the west facing blocks - primarily by being more luxuriant in both vine size and canopy. This difference in the vines is entirely environmental, and results in a slightly different berry taste.
Leogate Estate's talented winemaker, Mark Woods, to his eternal credit, noticed this difference and for the 2011 harvest decided to keep separate the parcels he selected from each east and west section to be the 2011 Shiraz Reserve wines, naming the two parcels "The Basin" and "Western Slopes".
The London judges described the 2011 "The Basin" as "Refined, cool Shiraz style with bright fruit, savoury notes, supple tannins and great drinkability. Lovely freshness on the palate which lifts and lengthens the overall flavour". The judges also described the "Western Slopes", for a Silver Medal, as "Sweet, ripe berries and vanilla on the nose. Peppery, roasted flavours with a concentrated great length and well balanced tannins".
James Halliday in his 2014 Australian Wine Companion gave the 2011 "The Basin" 96 points and a cellaring date of 2050, and gave the 2011 "Western Slopes" 97 points and a cellaring date of 2060.
Although only recently bottled, Leogate Estate's 2013 "The Basin" and "Western Slopes" Reserve Shiraz are already magnificent drinking and have outstanding cellaring potential. Brokenback Vineyard had a great season for the 2014 vintage, and both wines in barrel look very good at this stage.
Leogate Estate Wines are distributed in Australia by Estate Wines and available through the Leogate Estate website and Cellar Door.
Leogate Estate "The Basin" Shiraz 2011 RRP $115
Leogate Estate "Western Slopes" Shiraz 2011 RRP $115
For further information, interviews or sales & marketing enquiries please contact Bill Widin at email@example.com
Leogate Estate Wines, Broke Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320, Australia
Monday, 14 July 2014
Central NSW Tourism has unearthed some heavenly new and unique places to stay in its food and wine regions, perfect for a romantic, long weekend in the country.
Stay in eco-suites on a vineyard in Orange, on the banks of the Lachlan River in Forbes, or in a historic home on a hill in Bathurst. If you’re celebrating with friends, Mudgee’s luxury new rural retreat Horizon is perfect for groups.
Each place offers something very special, with local food and wine an integral part of the stay. It all begins just 2.5 hours’ drive from Sydney in a region that offers a rich cultural heritage and magnificent landscapes along the way.
Central NSW is one of Australia’s biggest food and wine bowls with award-winning producers, wine-makers, restaurants, cafes and farmers markets.
Orange - Borrodell Vineyard
The place: Tree-changers and a metro influence have led to a boom in cafes and wine bars opening in Orange. Unearth your favourite at the rustic Agrestic Grocer, industrial Factory Espresso or hip Ferment The Orange Wine Centre where you can taste over 100 wines in state-of-the-art Enomatics, dine on tapas and hire bikes. Orange is 3.5hrs drive from Sydney.
The accommodation: Stay at Borrodell Vineyard on the slopes of Mt Conobolas in cottages and suites. Settle in with a wine by the fire at the new Cider Suites, Sommerset and Kingston, named after cider apples grown on site.
298 Lake Conobolas Road, Orange Tel: 02 6365 3425 www.borrodell.com.au
Forbes - Girragirra Retreat
The place:Taste real earthy tucker on the banks of the Lachlan River with freshly caught river fish, fruit picked from the Spring blossoms and local lamb rubbed in river salt and rosemary.Rex flies from Sydney daily to Parkes just 30km away.
The accommodation:Wiradjuri for ‘be well, be happy, be merry’, Girragirra Retreat is tucked away down a country road just 4km from Forbes. The architect designed, luxurious, self-contained two bedroom apartment is perfect for one or two couples with generous living areas overlooking a billabong surrounded by Red River Gums and native grasslands. Pick your food from the food garden, cook in the gourmet kitchen or outside on the BBQ, and retreat to luxury linens and bathrobes. Part of a 50 acre organic farm on the banks of the Lachlan River.
180 Warrul Road, Forbes, Tel: 044 974 4681www.girragirraretreat.com.au
Bathurst - Bishops Court Estate
The place: Bathurst’s historic buildings and laneways are being re-born as hip new bars and dining spots, preserving its past as Australia’s oldest inland settlement, 2.5 hours’ drive from Sydney. Sip on cocktails at Webb & Co, a transformed department store, or at The Church Bar & Dining, on notorious Ribbon Gang Lane.
The accommodation: The best address is Bishops Court Estate, a historic luxury boutique hotel set on a hill with beautiful gardens, a gourmet restaurant in the chapel and cooking classes for guests. Wake to the sound of birds and country air in one of seven suites, many with their own Juliet garden.
226 Seymour Street, Bathurst Tel: 02 6332 4447 www.bishopscourtestate.com.au
Mudgee – Horizon
The place: A food and wine lovers’ paradise, Mudgee is a historic town surrounded by a tapestry of around 40 wineries with excellent producers, cafes and restaurants. Dine at the new Zinhouse, Pipeclay Pumphouse or at Alby & Esthers wine bar. Just 3.5hrs drive from Sydney.
The accommodation: Mudgee’s newest deluxe five star self-contained accommodation, Horizon, is a bright spacious rural retreat. Architect designed; there are four bedrooms, a state of the art kitchen and wet-edge swimming pool. It is set on 50 acres with vines, cows and river access.
637 Castlereagh Hwy, Burrundulla Tel: 02 6373 3623www.horizonmudgee.com
Unearth your Central NSW experience at www.visitcentralnsw.com.au
Monday, 7 July 2014
|PAY homage to this drop's Tasmanian heritage by|
matching it with salmon, lobster or abalone.
|PERFECT partner with a good steak topped|
with a creamy dark mushroom sauce.
Saturday, 5 July 2014
ANDREW Margan has been making wonderful Semillons in what he likes to call "pure Hunter style" for some ten years now, wines that he puts particular effort into for his increasingly-lauded Aged Release range.
The latest is a 2013 Limited Release White Label Semillon, that while you can uncap and enjoy in the glass now, is also one to give serious consideration to for celebrating something special down the line, like maybe ringing-in the year 2020 or – the way this wine's looking already, even 2025.
2013 was outstanding for Semillon in the Hunter, and Andrew drew fruit for this one from a single block of old vines that gave huge, fully-ripe flavours with high natural acidity – that acidity being the key to this wine's ageing potential.
With lifted citrus on the nose and lovely grassy, lemony flavours now, it's a drop to really enjoy with seafoods while young, but put a few bottles away and watch it develop over the years into a more toasty, honeyed wine with a lemony butteriness.
Pay $30, and at that price do also think about putting one aside for ringing-in 2020 – and another for 2025.
ONE TO NOTE: ONE who continues to impress with quality wines at affordable toss-'em-down prices is Apple Tree Flat's Peter Logan, and his latest Shiraz, the 2012 is just the drop at this time of year to enjoy around the fire – or, as Shiraz is often said to be 'Australia's national variety,' to think about matching with our other 'national' icon, roast lamb for an ideal Winter's lunch or dinner.
Shiraz has long been a stand-out variety in Apple Tree Flat's home region of Mudgee in NSW, and this one is regionally classic with red and dark berry fruit flavours, a touch of earthiness, good acidity and some woody spiciness that doesn't make it overly strong in the oak department.
Toss in a price tag of just $13, and you're on a winner with that roast lamb.
 ENJOY a bottle now with seafood, and put aside a couple for future celebrations.
 A 'national variety' to enjoy with that other 'national' icon – roast lamb.