The Vincast Episode 113 – Fiona Donald from Seppeltsfield

As a teenager, Fiona Donald sent a letter to Len Evans after reading an article he wrote, asking him how one might enter the wine industry. He encouraged her to study to be a winemaker at the best place in the country at the time; Roseworthy College. Since graduating in 1990 Fiona has worked for some of Australia’s most important wine companies in many of Australia’s finest regions. Her work since 2009 as the chief winemaker of Seppeltsfield has brought her the most joy and the most acclaim, and has revitalised one of the country’s most historic wineries.

Fiona Donald from Seppeltsfield

Fiona Donald from Seppeltsfield

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The Vincast Episode 112 – Michael Brajkovich MW from Kumeu River

The Brajkovich family emigrated to New Zealand from Croatia in the 1930s, bringing with them some experience growing grapes for wine production. After purchasing property just outside of Auckland in the 1940s, the family tended the vineyard for decades until officially launching the Kumeu River brand in 1986. The winemaker is the eldest son Michael, who has not only taken their wines to a world-class level, but also became New Zealand’s first Master of Wine in 1989! Michael was my guest on this episode of The Vincast, sharing his family’s and his own stories.

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Michael Brajkovich MW from Kumeu River

Michael Brajkovich MW from Kumeu River

 

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Let’s Taste – Moss Wood Whites December 2016

Moss Wood is one of the most historic estates in the Margaret River region, with original plantings occurring in 1969. They were generous enough to send me some samples, which I will taste across two editions of Let’s Taste. On this edition I look at two of their white wines, made from varieties synonymous with the region.

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December 6, 2016 · 9:37 am

Let’s Taste – S.C. Pannell McLaren Vale Grenache 2011

Just over three years ago I helped out at the annual trade day for Cellarhand Wines here in Melbourne, and as a thank you I was gifted a few bottles of wine. They have both been sitting in my cellar since then, and I decided to open one on this edition of Let’s Taste. Steve Pannell is one of the most celebrated winemakers in Australia, and amongst his gems is the S.C. Pannell McLaren Vale Grenache, already a multiple trophy winner. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, and be sure to like share and subscribe!

S.C. Pannell McLaren Vale Grenache 2011

S.C. Pannell McLaren Vale Grenache 2011

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December 5, 2016 · 5:16 pm

AAVWS 2016 Part Three – Trophies Long Lunch

Without question, the most fun part of the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show calendar is the famous Long Lunch where the trophies are announced. The five-course menu is designed by none-other than Mildura institution Stefano Di Pieri, with a selection of wines from the previous years show, many of them trophy winners. The festivities are emceed by the Chair of the AAVWS, which this year was former guest on The Vincast wine podcast and all around lovely guy, Ashley Ratcliff. Have a watch, then head to the show website to find out all of the trophy winners. Don’t forget to let me know what you think in the comments below, like share and subscribe, and be sure to visit my website and follow me on social media. Many thanks to the AAVWS for the opportunity to attend as the 2016 Fellow, and also for the use of some pictures from the Facebook page.

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December 5, 2016 · 2:07 pm

Let’s Taste – Fetherston Vintners 2015 wines

I was so thrilled to recently find out that one of my former colleagues from my days in the cellar door at Domaine Chandon Australia, has launched a wine brand with their partner! Camille & Chris have managed to source some outstanding Yarra Valley fruit to craft their first Fetherston vintage from, and I was excited to taste the wines and share my impressions. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and be sure to like share and subscribe!

Wines tasted;
Fetherston Chardonnay 2015 – RRP $25.00
Fetherston Pinot Noir 2015 – RRP $28.00
Fetherston Shiraz 2015 – RRP $25.00

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November 30, 2016 · 9:19 pm

Let’s Taste – Deviation Road Wines November 2016

Deviation Road is an artisan producer based in the Adelaide Hills region. Last year I opened two of their sparkling wines here on Let’s Taste, and I’ve again been sent some samples to share my impressions. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below, don’t forget to like share and subscribe to the channel!

Wines tasted;
Deviation Road Loftia Vintage Brut 2014 – RRP $45.00
Deivation Road Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – RRP $25.00

 

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November 30, 2016 · 8:33 pm

The Vincast Episode 111 – Campbell Mattinson

For the past few decades Campbell Mattinson has been carving his own path as a writer and journalist; he has maintained a fierce independence as a freelancer, focusing on the stories he has found most engaging; he grew his fledgling newsletter The Wine Front to become Australia’s foremost digital voice on wine; and he has written a number of thought-provoking books on wine, most recently the incredible biography of Maurice O’Shea titled The Wine Hunter. I was very humbled to be able to chat with Campbell about his story, and his philosophies on wine communication, on this episode of The Vincast.

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Campbell Mattinson

Campbell Mattinson

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AAVWS 2016 Part Two – Talk and Taste seminars

On the second part of a series looking into the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, I look at one of the most valuable events of the week – particularly for the producer exhibitors – Talk & Taste. These seminars provide a forum for guest speakers, some of whom are on the judging panel, to discuss topics very pertinent to those working with alternative varieties in Australia. This year panels covered three areas, I took some (very amateurish) footage from the front row, here are a few talking points. Many thanks to the AAVWS for the opportunity to attend as the 2016 Fellow, and also for the use of some pictures from the Facebook page.

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November 28, 2016 · 5:39 pm

Let’s Taste – Out of Step Wines November 2016

Almost a year ago I sat down with winemakers Nathan Reeves and Dave Chatfield from Out of Step Wine Co. on my podcast The Vincast. I had already tasted a few of their wines here on Let’s Taste and was throughly impressed. I’ve kept a close eye on the wines these guys have released, and they do not disappoint. On this edition of Let’s Taste I look at two new vintages and one new wine, let me know what you think in the comments below, and be sure to like share and subscribe!

Wines tasted;
Out of Step Willowlake Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – RRP $28.00
Out of Step Lusatia Park Block D Sauvngon Blanc 2016 – RRP $28.00
Out of Step Malakoff Vineyard Nebbiolo 2015 – RRP $33.00

Out of Step 2016 Sauvignon Blanc wines and Nebbiolo 2015

Out of Step 2016 Sauvignon Blanc wines and Nebbiolo 2015

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