The Wow Wine – Viognier

Love full-bodied whites? Who doesn’t! Especially as the summer breeze begins to blow and you feel like sipping something on warm evenings. When one thinks of a rich full-bodied white, Chardonnay is the most common wine that comes to one’s mind. However, for people who are tired of drinking Chardy’s, Viognier can be an interesting alternative. For those of you who know less about this delicious wine varietal, we have some interesting information to share.

Viognier originated from the South of France and gradually began to be grown in many other countries like Australia, Chile, Argentina, Italy, South Africa and the USA. Viognier wines are mostly brimming with interestingly peachy aromas along with some tangerine, mango, and honeysuckle. This makes it a good option for people who like floral aromas in their wines. For those who don’t, should look out for oak aged Viogniers as they have vanilla and spiced fragrances.

Depending on the region it is hailing from and the winemaker who makes it, a Viognier can range from being light and spritzy to being bold and creamy. Also, this grape is so versatile that the wine can be made in both dry and fruity styles. The taste of the wine will vary in both. The off-dry or dry Viognier can taste slightly bitter than the fruitier styles.

Now, that you’ve decided to try this wine varietal, you’ll be wondering what to pair it with. That is not so difficult once you’ve picked your bottle.

It’ll be interesting to know that this wine pairs with many food varieties depending on whether it is light bodied, medium or full-bodied. Some safe options to try include poached Salmon, roasted chicken, lobster, crab, roasted turkey etc.

Some of the best Viognier wines in Australia hail from Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, and Adelaide Hills. You can easily find a bottle between $15 to $25.

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Architects of the modern d’Arenberg Wines Group

d'arenberg wines

History

In 1912, Joseph Osborn bought the property for the winery in McLaren Vale by selling a stable of prize-winning horses which he owned. Joseph’s son Frank joined and together they went on acquiring few vineyards. After Joseph’s death in 1921, the business moved into the hands of son Frank was also known as d’Arry. Six years later, the winery was built.

During the World War II, demand for wines plummeted and the winery profits fell. At the same time, Frank became ill which forced d’Arry, aged 16, to leave school to help his father run the business.  After Franks death, d’Arry become the new owner of the winery in 1957.

In 1984, d’Arry son Chester joined the business after a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Oenology. He took over the role of Chief Winemaker. He also introduced new varieties to the region such as Viognier, Roussanne, Tempranillo.

Environment & Sustainability

The winery reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by employing a solar generator.

No water used during winemaking is wasted and is completely recycled in the winery.

The winery is associated with Australian Packaging Covenant for reduction of packaging material used.

Biodynamic substitutes are used which are approved by biodynamics Australia

All vineyards are NASAA Certified and the winery follows organic and biodynamic practices.

Awards and Recognition

Over the years the winery has accumulated plenty of awards and earned recognition. Few of these are listed below –

In 1998, the winery won the Winemaker of the year award given by Winestate Magazine.

Next year, it was awarded Winemaker of the Year by the Winestate Magazine.

One of its wine ‘The Dead Arm Shiraz’ was included in the Excellent Category of ‘Langton’s Top 101 Australia Wines’.

The winery was voted the ‘Top 10 Best Producer of Australia Shiraz’ by US Wine and Spirits Magazine.

It was awarded ‘Winery of the Year’ by Wine and Spirits Magazine in 2010.

The winery was included in ‘Top 100 Wineries of the Year’ by Wine & Spirits Magazine in 2014.

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Zilzie Wines-Going Places in a Decade

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The winery was established in 1999 and is located in Murray Darling. The property where the winery is housed is 100 years old. However, the first vintage of the winery was released in year 2000. The year 2004 saw coming up of the popular Selection 23 range and four years later, the Bulloak range was released.

At present, the winery has Hayden Donohue as winemaker who has large experience of having worked with some of the big wine brands of Australia.

During past 10 years the winery has developed well as it has increased its capacity three folds. Moreover, the winery has included 3 more new grape varieties to its range of wines – Moscato, Pinot Grigio and Rose.

Vineyards

The vineyards are spread across 1200 acres extending in major wine regions like Barossa, Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra and Wrattonbully.  The winery crushes 35,000 tonnes of grapes annually. The grape varieties grown are – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot among others.

On the environment management front, the winery has a policy to minimize water wastage and maximize water conservation. The winery is ISO14001 certified and is a proud member of Entwine Australia – national environment assurance program of the Australian wine industry.

Zilzie Wine Range

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  • Bulloak

Awards

Zilzie wines has won 27 trophies across numerous wine competitions in a period of 10 years since its inception and is also awarded 4.5 stars by James Halliday Wine Companion in 2009. The wines have won many Gold Medals at China Wine & Spirit Best Value Awards, Cowra Wine Show and San Francisco International Wine Show.

A New Wine Club in Town- The Trophy Club From Just Wines

Are you a member of wine clubs of different wine companies? Well, even if you are and you think that you have enough on your platter, we would suggest you to have a look at a rather unique wine club that goes by the name of Trophy Club. Recently, Just Wines, the online wine store retailing in Australia, has launched its Trophy Club. Introduction of the Club would add more depth to the online product offering from the Just Wines and would mean more and better deals for customers. Trophy Club is said to have many unique features. Lets make you abreast with the main ones here.

1. There are four different programs to join, giving customers wide range of choice to select wine package of liking. These are given in table below:

Plan Value Pack Wine Varietal
Varietal $99 12 bottle pack Moscato, Red, Shiraz and Cab, Shiraz and Sauv, Sauv blanc, Cab Sauv, Shiraz, Chardonnay
Entertainers $119 12 bottle pack Red, White, Mixed
Executive $149 12 bottle pack Red, White, Mixed
Prestige $199 6 bottle pack Red

2. There is no charge for shipping to be paid by Trophy Club members.
3. Members have the choice of replacing any wine which they do not like with another one, whose option is provided by Just Wines.
4. Members will get new wines every two months.
5. Members will be able to manage their membership of Trophy Club from their user panel.
6. Re-packaging of the wines under the package is also easy.
7. Movement from one package to another is also flexible.

Finest Shiraz Wine – Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz

Henschke Mount Edelstone

The first vintage of Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz was released in 1952.The 1956 vintage enjoyed immense success in various wine competitions across Australia and was recognized as one of the best Australian Shiraz.

The wine from the 2014 vintage is deep crimson colour and is packed with aromas of blackberries, blueberries and dark plums.Plums and blackberry flavors rule the well-balanced palate.Moderately high alcohol level can be found in the wine.The fruit of this wine is sourced from Mount Edelstone vineyard which is 100 years old and low yielding.The wine can be cellared for 25 years and has been awarded 97 points in James Halliday Wine Companion 2018.

Sangiovese – A Red Wine Grape That Defines Italy

Sangiovese is an Italian red grape variety. This grape is both famous and infamous. Many moments of glory and agony of Italian wine industry are attributed to this grape. This grape is also cultivated in Australia wine regions with Murray-Darling basin region of Victoria accounting for 29% of it. Riverland and Riverina regions are the next important Sangiovese growing regions accounting for 11% and 10% respectively.

The total area under this wine grape is 440 hectares but this is not the best of acreage that has been under this variety. The vineyard area under this grape has first seen a decline from 2004-6, and then an increase till 2011 before again going down till 2015. The present acreage can be considered as one of the lowest under this grape variety.

Sangiovese wines are not only consumed in Australia, these are exported to other countries as well. More than half of this wine export reaches United Kingdom whereas China and USA are distant second and third in position.

Some of the famous Sangiovese brands of wines available in Australia are:

All Saints Estate

Byrne Vineyards

Cappa Stone

Castagna Wines

De Bortoli

Gapsted

Kingsley Grove Estate

Kirrihill

Pizzini

Save Our Souls

Watershed

Windowrie, and

Zonte’s Footstep.

 

Durif Vineyards See Appreciable Increase in Area

If you are asked which grape variety has seen appreciable increase in area in the last half a decade, then Durif is the one of the prime contenders to hold the top position. Durif is a red wine varietal which is grown in 620 hectares of land area. This area under Durif vines is mostly grown in Riverina region which accounts for 75% of total acreage under this grape. From 2001 to 2010, that is a period of 10 years, the area under this grape has been fluctuating between 300 to 400 hectares. However, it was from 2012 that this has seen an appreciable increase, reaching 500 hectares and then increasing further to current levels.
Durif wines are consumed in Australia as well as exported. The most important export destination for these wines is United Kingdom which accounts for 71% of total durif wine export. The reasons for rise in vineyard area for this grape variety is partly due to this fact that these have good export market in Europe. Further, the wine producers who are looking for taking a break from the routine find this grape to be more to the liking of the consumers in Australia and abroad.
Brief History of Durif
Durif is a cross between Syrah and Peloursin. This variety was developed so as to offer resistance to vine disease Powdery Mildew. However, there was another associated problem with this variety. The grape formed thick and tightly held bunches which made it rot in the native place of Rhone valley of France. But, in California and Australia, the vines of these grapes did pretty well. The reason was that the sunny and warmer conditions of these regions were suited for grapes. Durif grapes are small and there is higher proportion of skin to the fruit. So, wines made from it are very tannic. The wines made from it are rich in tannin and come with unexpected degree of acidity.