On the second of a two-part edition of Let’s Taste, I continue to look at wines from Pewsey Vale that have recently been released. ‘The Contours’ is considered to be one of Australia’s best riesling wines, and I was honoured to be able to compare two vintages of this wine side-by-side. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and feel free to recommend some more rieslings for me to try!
Pewsey Vale ‘The Contours’ Riesling 2012 – RRP $35.00
Pewsey Vale ‘The Contours’ Riesling 2007 – RRP N/A
Hill-Smith Family Vineyards is one of Australia’s largest family owned wine business, incorporating some legendary historic brands and many new ones as well. Oxford Landing is an entry-level brand that has a sustainable focus, and I was interested to look at these samples submitted by the company to see what they could do with wine for people on a budget. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Oxford Landing Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – RRP $8.99
Oxford Landing Merlot 2017 – RRP $8.99
Heggies Vineyard is part of Hill-Smith Family Vineyards, planted at high elevations in the Eden Valley region of South Australia. Much of the wine is sold through major retailers or exported. The focus is on white wine, particularly chardonnay. These samples were submitted for my impressions, let me know what you think in the comments below.
Heggies Vineyard <500m Chardonnay 2016 – RRP $22.00
Heggies Vineyard Estate Chardonnay 2015 – RRP $31.00
I love fortified wines, but like pretty much every wine drinker in the world, I don’t drink them anywhere near as often as I should. Australia has a rich tradition of producing high quality fortified wines, and the Barossa region in South Australia is only second to the Rutherglen region as far as acclaim. Yalumba have been around more than long enough to build up a library of wine to blend an outstanding tawny, which they have in this Museum Reserve Antique Tawny. I was thrilled to share my impressions of this wine on the YouTube channel, and I’m very interested to hear what you think in the comments below!
Yalumba Museum Reserve Antique Tawny – RRP $25.00 (375ml)
For the past fourteen years, Ashley Ratcliff has worked for arguably Australia’s most important family-owned wine business, Hill-Smith Family Vineyards. Over those years he worked in many different elements of the business, from viticulture to marketing, operations to running one of the wineries. More recently he has established a vineyard in the Riverland – considered one of the warm-hot irrigated regions known for large volume grape production – and has been planting more alternative varieties to show the potential for these grapes in the region, particularly for high quality fruit. He has now thrown himself 100% into Ricca Terra Farms, and even has other plans for the future.
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In this the final of three parts, I taste the Rogers & Rufus Rosé 2016 from the Hill-Smith Family Vineyards portfolio. This is a rosé made from Grenache from the Barossa region of South Australia. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Rogers & Rufus Rosé 2016
On part two of three, I taste another rosé wine from the Hill-Smith Family Vineyards portfolio, this time the La Maschera Rosé of Granaxia 2016. This is a blend of Grenache and a splash of Sangiovese, and came from the Barossa Valley. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
La Maschera Rosé of Granaxia 2016
The wonderful Pippa from Hill-Smith Family Vineyards sent me a care package of samples, including three different rosé wines from the portfolio, so I decided to do a three-part series. This is part one, and is for the Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Rosé 2016. The Y Series was always a great value option back when I worked in wine retail. Let me know what you think in the comments!
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Sangiovese Rosé 2016
The first in a series of Yalumba episodes of Let’s Taste, thanks to a lovely box of samples sent by Pippa from Hill-Smith Family Vineyards. This episode focuses on the Galway Vintage range, particularly on the Shiraz and Malbec wines. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and don’t forget to subscribe!
Yalumba Galway Vintage Shiraz 2014 & Malbec 2013