The Wigan is named after winemaker Andrew Wigan and hails from the well drained, higher altitude soils of South Australia’s, Eden Valley. The Valley is one of Australia’s best regions for fine expressions of Riesling, the classic German grape. It is known for its lush aromas, ripeness and often floral overtones. This is one of Australia’s most highly awarded Rieslings.
Pre-cellared for 5 years already on release it shows some honeyed toastiness amongst the ripe lime juice and zest. Some floral prettiness was showing as well. But in the mouth, the beauty of this wine shone with a soft acid that was evenly balanced out. That soft line of acid drives Read More
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This month, Lidl has released their Spring seasonal range which lands in store on 25th January. The range of fizz, whites and reds are sourced from both new and old world wine regions with a particular focus on South America, South Africa, Austria, Italy, Spain and Portugal plus a special sweetie from Canada.
Here are some highlights from their white collection. Get these early before they sell out and I would stock up for summer now…..
Podere Macinatico Vernaccia di San Gimignano2016 £7.49 – A crisp Italian white that tastes like summer in a glass. Read More
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This is always a cleverly crafted dry, white wine and you get a whole lot of value in your glass. Yalumba have established themselves as the Australian champions of this grape and this is just one version amongst a storybook full of viognier expressions from the Hill-Smith family. This expertise is apparent at all levels from this wine to The Virgilius.
The ‘Y Series’ Viognier has all the classic hallmarks of the variety along with some wild ferment characters. Ripe apricot tart with some spiced pastry crust is served up with some grapefruit, ginger and white flowers aromas. It has a richly perfumed nose, attractive and evocative. Read More
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Even five years ago, Australian Gruner Veltliner was unheard of outside the circle of the wine trade. Yes, that is correct, Australian …. not a typo at all.
While there is the rare kangaroo on the loose in Austrian paddocks, the same can no longer be said about Gruner Veltliner, a grape traditionally at home in Austrian vineyards, being grown on Australian soil. It can be said that since posting ‘A Tale of 3 Gruners…..’ back in 2015, Australian wine drinkers are getting spoiled for choice.
Canberran pioneers of this grape, the Carpenter family released the first vintage of their Lark Hill Winery Gruner Veltliner in 2009 when their vines were just 7 years old. Each new vintage that I have tasted of this biodynamic wine, I am impressed by its polished nature and the faceted floral fruit that sits happily amongst the more savoury elements. The current vintage is 2017 (AUD49).
Hahndorf Hill Winery from Adelaide Hills released the first vintage of GRU in 2010. Recently, lovers of this wine will have noticed a new addition to the Hahndorf Hill Gruner Veltliner story. Fermented in stainless steel, Hahndorf Hill Winery White Mischief (AUD24) is all about pure fruit expression; zesty citrus and stonefruit. A fruity, fleshy dry wine that quickly makes friends. Read More
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Corrina Wright is not only well respected and loved for her contribution to the Australian Wine Industry but also for her role in keeping the innovative spirit alive at Oliver’s Taranga. She does all this whilst paying homage to the rich McLaren Vale history of the family’s wine heritage.
Sitting amongst the more traditional McLaren Vale fare of Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet, you see her expert hand in the development of the winery’s Italian varietal wines such as this Fiano joined by vineyard companions, Vermentino and Sagrantino. Oliver’s Taranga also offer a couple of stylish Spaniards too with an elegant Tempranillo and more recently, they released a Mencia rose having planted the first Mencia vines in Australia. Read More
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