It was a distinct honour and a privilege to be named the third fellow for the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show. What an incredible insight into one of the most forward-thinking initiatives in the Australian wine scene today! Here are some of the amazing experiences that came with such an honoured award, I was truly humbled. Many thanks to the AAVWS for the opportunity to attend as the 2016 Fellow, I heartily encourage everyone to consider applying for this years show!
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)
Witchmount Estate is one of the closest wineries to central Melbourne, and has been producing outstanding wines for many years. Having been submitted some samples I was thrilled to taste some Witchmount wines on Let’s Taste for the first time! Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Witchmount Lowen Park Sangiovese Rosé 2016 – RRP $19.00
Witchmount Estate Cabernet Franc 2016 – RRP $32.00
Moscato wines have gained a lot of popularity over the last ten years, but there are a lot of variety in their style. Some are sparkling, some have a light spritz, and some are still wines. Blue Wren Wines have produced their version, choosing the Verdelho grape to make it from. They submitted a bottle for me to share my impressions, let me know what you think of them in the comments below!
Blue Wren Verscato 2016 – RRP $25.00
The Mornington Peninsula was the first wine region I fell in love with as a newbie wino, and undoubtedly the most important white variety here in this maritime climate is chardonnay. Scorpo Wines is located in Merricks North, established in 1997, and this bottle of their reserve chardonnay was gifted to me a few years ago by their Victorian distributor Cellarhand. Let me know what your thoughts are, have you enjoyed a premium Mornington chardonnay lately?
Scorpo Eocene Chardonnay 2010 – RRP $65.00 (current vintage)
Most Australian wine lovers would have heard of family owned wine producer De Bortoli, and if they have there’s a good chance they’ve heard of Noble One. This is Australia’s most famous dessert wine, created back in 1982, which coincidentally was the year I was born. Further coincidentally I was given this 750ml bottle of the 2003 vintage for my birthday by my older sister, and I’ve had it in my cellar for the past eight years or so. Here are my impressions of an iconic Australian sweet wine with some age.
De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2003 – RRP $64.00 (current vintage)
I’ve been sitting on this second bottle for a few years now, and thought it was about time to open it. The Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz has one of the best modern pedigrees for shiraz in Australia, and it is richly deserved, as it is one of the most consistent and age-able. Former guest of the podcast Dan Buckle was the winemaker when this 2004 vintage was made, and I was excited to see how it was travelling. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz 2004 – RRP $120.00 (current vintage)
There is a soft spot in my vinous heart for Tahbilk, due in some part for the historical significance of the winery, and also the fact that CEO and owner Alister Purbrick was a guest on The Vincast wine podcast. The lovely team at Fireworks PR sent me some samples to taste, and these are my impressions. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Tahbilk Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre 2015 – RRP $25.70
Tahbilk Shiraz 2014 – RRP $25.70
Tahbilk Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – RRP $25.70
Website – http://tahbilk.com.au