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Wine to freedom – Two Tails Pinot Gris

 

Two Tails Pinot Gris

Two Tails Pinot Gris is an easy drinking and food friendly wine. Enjoy it with seafood especially prawns and calamari. It also makes a good match with desserts.

Awards and Recognition

  • This wine is a silver medal award winner at New Zealand International Wine Show.
  • It has also won Blue-Gold Award at Sydney International Wine Competition 2015.

Get recharged with Reschke Bull Trader Shiraz

Reschke Bull trader shiraz

About the wine

This wine is well textured and vibrant. Filled with delicious flavours of blackberries and fruits. Makes good pairing with grilled eggplant and casseroles.

About the winery

The Reschke has a long history dating back to 1906. Hereford stud was established in the heart of Coonawarra during that time. It is also the source of inspiration for the bull logo on the labels of Reschke wines. The logo stands for ‘quality with no compromise’ which the winery deeply believes in.

Burke Reschke belongs to the fourth generation of Reschke family. In 1989, he undertook the initiative of growing grapes for other wineries present in the region. There was high demand of the grapes being grown at the Reschke estate and were used to produce some of the iconic wines. Empyrean was the first wine produced under the Reschke brand in 1998.

In Coonawarra, Reschke has vineyards spreading over 400 acres, most of which is Cabernet Sauvignon.

The racy – Rymill The Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon

Rymill the dark horse cabernet sauvignon

About the Wine

Rymill The Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon makes an excellent pairing with roast pork and ravioli with mushrooms. Cellaring potential of this wine is 5-7 years, although it can also be consumed young.

About Rymill Coonawarra

The winery got established during early 70’s. The founder of the Rymill Coonawarra winery is Peter Riddoch.

Coonawarra region is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Not surprising, over half of its vineyards of the winery are planted of Cab Sauv grapes.

The winery believes that great wines from great grapes and the vineyards which are 40 years old rightly exemplify this. Apart from Cabernet Sauvignon some of the other grape varieties which are grown – Merlot, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Gewurztraminer, and Chardonnay.

About the Winemaker

Sandrine Gimon is the senior winemaker. Having studied in Reims at the University of Sciences at the school of winemaking which selects only a handful of 24 students for its annual course, she completed her internship from Champagne and worked as a consultant winemaker. After having traveled and worked in Romania and Western Australia, she joined Rymill Coonawarra in 2005.

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.

10 Lesser Known White Wine Varietals of Australia

Arneis: Arneis comprises of 40 hectares of vineyard area in Australia. The data of this grape is available on regular and meaningful basis since 2010 only. And, since then its area has declined considerably.

Chenin Blanc: Chenin Blanc wine grape is grown in 410 hectares of area and the land area has been under constant decline since 2001. This is exported in price band of A$5.0 to A$7.5 per litre.

Colombard: This white wine grape occupies a land area of 1790 hectares and is quite significant considering that this white wine varietal is not all that well known as compared with some of other varieties. The current area is less than what was in 2001. China is the main export market for this wine where more than 20 percent of its exports are directed.

Marsanne: The total vineyard area of marsanne grape variety is 160 hectares. This is grown mostly in the Riverina region where which accounts for more than half of this grape cultivation. United Kingdom is the most important export destination for this Marsanne wine which accounts for 40% of its total exports.

Muscat à Petits Grains Blanc: 850 hectares of total vineyard area of this grape makes for 0.6% of total area under grape cultivation. This white wine is grown in Riverina region which accounts for more than 65% of total production.

Muscat Gordo Blanco: This white wine is grown mostly in Riverland region which accounts for 45% of its total vineyards area, which, in absolute terms, is 2210 hectares.

Petit Verdot: Petit Verdot white wine grapes occupy 1120 hectares of land area which has been constantly declining since 2005. Most of the growth of this wine grape is concentrated in the Riverland area which accounts for 57% of the area.

Savagnin: Savagnin is spread out to about 20 hectares of land area and Riverland area accounts for about 34% of this grape varietal. About 40% of its exports are directed to China. This wine mostly sells in price band of A$7.5 to A$20 per liter.

Sultana: Sultana is basically an Arabic name and this wine grape is of White wine type. This is not a significant grape variety to be grown in Australia and the vineyard area under it has declined constantly from 11000 hectares to almost nil in the present time. Only 900 tonnes of this grape were crushed in the year 2015. Murray-darling region is the prime region for its growth.

Traminer: Traminer is also a white wine grape. 67% of 840 hectares of vineyard area under it is cultivated in Riverina region of Australia. This grape is exported mostly to Canada which accounts for 40% of its exports. This is cheap white wine varietal which sells at A$2.5 to A$5 per liter in exports.

Vintage Considerations for Wine Purchasing

How many of you seriously consider vintage before buying wines? Serious consideration means that you will either buy or not buy the product based on its vintage. It is true that certain vintages of specific wines are popular than the others, and these become popular as well because of the positive feedback which these wines get from the drinkers and sommeliers.

What is a Vintage?

Vintage refers to the year in which the grapes were grown and harvested. If that year has been pretty good for growth of grapes climatically, then the wines of that harvest obviously be highly valued. When a wine of decades old vintage is brought out in the market today, it would have been cellared and well-preserved for all that while. That also shows the age of the wine.

As a rule of thumb, the wines which come from regions having predictable climatic conditions, the vintages do not matter because there is very less difference to make out. Wine tasters would have hard time distinguishing good from bad. However, there are wine regions, such as Bordeaux in France, where the wines can have pronounced differences due to variations in climatic conditions. Similarly, wine tasters can make out difference in wines of different regions due to their characteristic climatic conditions.

Whether Vintage Matters?

Many studies have been conducted over this question and the general outcome of these studies has been that the vintage, or in other words, the year in which wine was made, is not important from the point of view of general population. Vintage is of relevance for collectors and the rich for whom having the rare wines is a matter of privilege and exclusivity. These wines are generally available through auctions. These can also be bought from the cellar door or the retail stores but these would not be shown off generally to the people.

This key buying behaviour is made good use of by the companies selling wines online. And, the trick lies in the fact that vintage is not shown in prominence at all and the prices of the wines of old vintage are dropped (simply because the wine stock is lying unsold). On the other hand, the wine company selling latest vintage at a higher price is not able to match the other competitor. From the consumer point of view, the vintage is immaterial while price matters a lot. Therefore, the old vintage stock clearance wines are sold ahead of the latest vintage fresh arrivals of higher prices.

(An article for good reading on vintage can be read at http://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/wine-year-important_n_6784400. We would be glad to receive your feedback and comments on this matter.)