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The French Rhône: Fatherland to the Barossa Valley

May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Why the Rhône region in France is commonly compared to Australia’s Barossa Valley… James Busby kick-started the Australian wine industry with a collection of 570 grape varieties shopped from France in 1831. His catalogue listed: No 1 Carignan No 2 Grenache No 3 Mataro No 9 Hermitage. … the latter now known as Shiraz/Syrah, the original […]

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Our quick guide to wine temperature

April 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

What are the ideal storage and serving temperatures for my wine? STORAGE TEMPERATURE All wine should be stored at around 13 degrees, and avoid temperatures over 18 degrees. FOR SERVING REDS A little under room temperature, ideally 16-18 degrees. Served to cold it will be tight and the flavours will not develop, but served too warm […]

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Region Insight: Orange

March 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

WHAT DIFFERENTIATES ORANGE FROM OTHER WINE REGIONS? Wines from Orange and the Central ranges region are known to be light to medium bodied, elegant, aromatic and very fine. This is due to the uniquely harsh terroir and also the result of the heat summation. Orange Terroir: being nestled on the side of a mountain, means […]

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Tim Smith: Barossa Valley Winemaker of the Year!!

March 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Tim Smith Wines is a 5 RED STAR Halliday winery. And now head winemaker Tim has been awarded the highly respected title of Barossa Winemaker of the Year by the Barons of Barossa. So, who is Tim? Tim started his career in wine by working as a cellar hand for Yalumba in 1987 – 15 […]

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Journals of a wine buyer: Day Four

February 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Heading south from Bendigo through harsh country side towards brooding Mount Alexander, I can’t help but be amazed by how far removed the reality of the wine growing and making industry is from the perceived romance of wine – and the beautifully presented bottles of hard labour and heartache that grace the shelves of bottle […]

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Journals of a wine buyer: Day Three

February 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Heathcote is Victoria’s premium Shiraz producing region. It is positioned in the heartland of central Victoria – mid way between Shepparton and Bendigo. The countryside is truly Australian – harsh, dry, dusty and has a low rainfall. The conditions here are difficult, with some years suffering from drought and others from too much rainfall or […]

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Journals of a wine buyer: Day Two

February 11, 2019 | 1 Comment

Driving up into Beechworth I realize that this is going to be a very different wine experience. At 530m it is approx. 360m higher than Albury and Wangaratta – both less than 40 minutes away. Entering the township is a trip into yesteryear. Obviously an extremely rich centre in the mid 1800’s gold years, the heritage […]

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Journals of a wine buyer: Day One

February 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

It is October. I head west from the Hume as the sun breaks over the rolling hills behind me. Its golden glow spreads over the tapestry of green. Dotted between the fields, vineyards and livestock are magnificent Victorian federation buildings. It’s clearly a region that enjoyed wealth from the mid 1800’s gold rush. Entering Rutherglen […]

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So… What Is Shiraz Viognier (Vee-Yoh-N’yay)

January 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

WHAT IS SHIRAZ VIOGNIER? Shiraz Viognier is the blend of 93 – 97% Shiraz with a small volume of Viognier white grape – normally only 3 – 7%. WHAT DOES VIOGNIER DO TO SHIRAZ WINE? Viognier is a white wine variety that has very unique characteristics. It has a floral nose, hints of apricot and […]

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Region Insight: Heathcote

January 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Heathcote is Victoria’s premium Shiraz producing region. It is positioned in the heartland of central Victoria – mid way between Shepparton and Bendigo. The countryside is truly Australian – harsh, dry, dusty and has a low rainfall. The conditions here are difficult, with some years suffering from drought and others from too much rainfall or frost. […]

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