A visit to the vast irrigated plains of the Riverina might be to taste wines from industry giants like Calabria or McWilliams, but food will be required for stamina.
Home Hill Kelly’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2015 scooped the pool at the recent Boutique Wine Awards.
At the International Riesling Challenge in Canberra in 2012, Ravensworth’s 2012 Riesling hit the jackpot, beating all comers to win top wine of show, an amazing achievement for a small-production local wine in international company. If nothing else, it signaled to the wider world that Ravensworth had arrived, something we scribes already knew as we’d been enjoying Bryan Martin’s wines for years.
I hope the Tumbarumba vintage sparkling wine is among the ‘premium boutique wines’ to be retained by Charles Sturt University (tastings) as it exits the large-scale commercial wine business. The 2009 CSU Reserve Pinot Noir Chardonnay (previous tastings) was very good and the current release 2010
As part of the NSW Wine Awards events this year, a new competition for NSW restaurant wine lists has been debuted. No doubt this was inspired by the shortage of NSW wines offered for sale in restaurants, and the desire of the wine industry to
Seven wine regions shared in the gold medals at the recent 2014 NSW Small Winemakers Show. They are the Hunter Valley, Canberra District, Hilltops, South Coast, Central Ranges, Orange and Tumbarumba. The trophies were shared among five of those regions: 2013 Moppity Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Andrew Fleming and Greg Jarratt make a formidable team at Coldstream Hills, one of the Yarra Valley’s premier wineries. They both arrived in 2001, Fleming as chief winemaker – having arrived from Seppelt Great Western winery – and Jarratt from the Hunter Valley where he worked on Lindemans and other brands then owned by Treasury Wine Estates’ predecessor, Southcorp. There’s a lot to be said for stability and the accumulation of experience in one place. Fleming says Coldstream Hills’ spectacular success has been a team effort. “Greg and I have had 13 years together, and the other winery guys have been here five and six years,” he adds. Jarratt is billed as Coldstream Hills winemaker, and since 2006, also St Huberts winemaker.
Helm Wines (tastings), one of the pioneer wineries of the Canberra district, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Helm is very much a family affair, with founders Ken and Judith Helm still running it, and youngest daughter Stephanie having joined her father as co-winemaker while studying
Phillip Jones is a phenomenon. Not only is his main medium pinot noir – in the sense that an artist’s medium might be clay or paint – he has mastered it arguably better than anyone in Australia. And he’s done it pretty much on his own.
Having enjoyed innumerable 2012 vintage Australian rieslings, and concluded it’s one of the better vintages of recent times, I got a shock reading the recent Sydney Royal Wine Show results catalogue.