Thursday, May 26, 2005

What have you been missing out on?

Subscribers to Vinodiversity News get the inside oil on some of the latest news about the varietal wine scene. You can see what was in the May edition by clicking on the link below or you may prefer to subscribe now

Vinodiversity News, Issue #008 -- tasting event, lagrien, durif, vintage 2005

Varietal wine tasting

Vinodiversity, along with its good friends at the Jwow wine bar is holding a tasting of some exciting varietal wines on Thursday 9th June, from 5-30 8-30pm. About 10 varietals will be on show. I can guarantee that there will be at least one variety there that you have never tasted. I reckon if you have tried more than five you will be in the expert class.

Jwow is at 243 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. It's quite close to the Swanston Street entrance to the State Library. The bar is tucked into a cosy location and is a bit hard to spot until you are right on top of it. So come along and broaden your experience.

Friday, May 20, 2005

All Saints Durif : long maceration controls the tannins

About three weeks on the skins is enough time to extract plenty of tannin and flavour when making All Saints Durif. But winemaker Dan Crane says that allowing the tannins to be exposed to oxygen allows the tannins to soften and thus add complexity to the wine without making it too astringent.

All Saints Durif

Monday, May 16, 2005

Arrowfield Estate Vintage 2005

Arrowfield Estate in the Barossa Valley has good reports on their 2005 Vintage for Verdelho, Tempranillo and Sangiovese
Arrowfield Estate

Provenance Wines 2005 Vintage Report

Scott Ireland at Provenance Wines reports on the 2005 Vintage for their Pinot GrisProvenance Wines 2005

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Taste A Trio of Italians

Cloudwine Cellars at 317 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne are holding a tasting of three Italian Varietals from Chrismonts King Valley. From 12pm on Sat 14 May you can try the La Zona Sangiovese, Pino Gris and Marzemino. The third wine is from a less common red variety see the vinodiversity info

Cloudwine specialises in wine from small wineries and is always good for a browse for less common varieties.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Warrenmang Vineyard After Vintage Luncheon

When the grape harvest is complete in the Pyrenees, the Vignerons will again celebrate the end of vintage with this LEGENDARY LUNCHEON held in the restaurant at Warrenmang Vineyard & Resort. Nine local vineyards will participate.

Warrenmang Vineyard After Vintage Luncheon

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Rutherglen Estates Vintage Report 2005

Rutherglen Estates has a range of Rhone and Italian varieties which have enjoyed the favourable weather in what looks like a very good vintage.

See more at Rutherglen Estates Vintage Report 2005

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Eldridge Estate of Red Hill Vintage 2005

It has been a great vintage on the Mornington Peninsula and David Lloyd at Eldridge Estate says the flavours in his Gamay are outstanding

Eldridge Estate of Red Hill Vintage 2005

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

A couple of specials

Our good friends at WMC have a couple of specials of interest this week. Try the WA Chenin blanc 2003 at just $10.95 a bottle, or perhaps the Bullers Durif 2002 for just $13.95

If you by a dozen of either of these, or any of the other 20 or so weekly specials you will get a nice magnum of Baldivis Estate Cab Shiraz 2002 as well.

Lagrein - a new winegrape variety for Australia

My good friend Dr Peter May has written a tale about his role in the introduction of the new wine grape variety Lagrein into Australia.

Lagrein - a new winegrape variety for Australia

Peel Estate 2005 Vintage Report

Peel Estate in WA reports on its 2005 Vintage of Cabernet franc, Verdelho and Zinfandel.

Peel Estate 2005 Vintage Report