Thursday, April 27, 2006

King Valley's Innovative Varietal Wines

I am currently having a break in North East Victoria. No matter how often you visit this wonderful part of the world there is even more to see and enjoy. Autumn of course brings its stunning colours.

I had a look at my King Valley page and saw it was due for an update. So I have added the varieties used by the wineries here. So check out this page!
King Valley's Innovative Varietal Wines

Monday, April 17, 2006

Mount Burrumboot new release picnic

Mount Burrumboot is a newish winery in near Colbinabbin in the Heathcote wine region. They are using Petit Verdot, Sangiovese and Tempranillo as well as Shiraz. On Sunday 23rd April they will be holding a picnic on their vineyard for release of the new vintage wines. This winery and region, have had great success with Shiraz, but winemaker Cathy Branson reckons that Petit verdot will really put Heathcote on the map and Maybe even Colbinabbin. See you there on Sunday 23rd

Mount Burrumboot Estate Wines

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Grenache article in Wine Diva

Grenache is enjoying a revival after being largely written off during the 1980's. It's former role included making fortified wine and providing the bulk for the rather undistinguished "Australian clarets" that we used to drink. There was never any real danger that the variety would become extinct, but it certainly seemed headed for obscurity.

Toni Paterson MW has recently written an article in Wine Diva which sums up the roller coaster ride of this valuable grape variety, now a prized component in GSM blends from McLaren Vale and the Barossa.

For those who haen't found it yet, Wine Diva is a comprehensive online directory of everything you need to know about aussie wine.

See Toni's article here
Grenache article in Wine Diva

See also

Vinodiversity's page on Grenache