Like so many in the industry, Brian Walsh got into the wine business almost by accident. As a teenager from the McLaren Vale, he was more interested in surfing that wine, but needing a job he took what was intended as a temporary position with Chateau Reynalla. He spent 20 years working in the McLaren Vale before accepting the position of chief winemaker at Yalumba in the Barossa in 1988. After an incredible 26 years he stepped away from full-time winemaking, and now sits on a number of industry boards, including the chair of Wine Australia.
On this edition of Let’s Taste with The Intrepid Wino, I look at some brand new wines from Hardys, the premier brand from Accolade Wines. This new range is called Brave New World, with the idea of introducing customers to new grape varieties and new expressions, all from McLaren Vale fruit. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and be sure to like and share this video if you enjoyed it!
Hardys Brave New World Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre 2015
Hardys Brave New World Shiraz Sangiovese 2015
Hardys Brave New World Shiraz Black 2015
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.
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!
I’m always thrilled to receive samples, particularly from Tash at d’Arenberg Wines in McLaren Vale. On this edition I taste not one but FOUR different sweet wines made by Chester, fruit coming from either McLaren Vale, the Adelaide Hills or both. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Let’s make this clear, d’Arenberg Wines in McLaren Vale make more than a few products. Here are three of the best known red wines, all with a recommended retail price of $18, all from the 2013 vintage. let me know what you think in the comments below.
Last September my amazing Grandmother passed away at the incredible age of 89 (vintage 1927). As my family went through the emotional process of organising and cleaning her house of 40 years, I discovered a number of bottles of wine in the cupboard under the stairs. With permission from my family I opened some of these bottles on this video, and the results were quite surprising.
The lovely Tash Stoodley from d’Arenberg was lovely enough to send me some more bottles of wine to taste. These are the three icon reds from the McLaren Vale d’Arenberg vineyards; The Ironstone Pressings Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre, The Dead Arm Shiraz, and The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon. All three have a recommended retail price of $65.00, and were from the 2012 vintage.
The lovely Tash Stoodley from d’Arenberg wines got in touch and sent me some samples of their new releases, which I was happy to open! I separated the whites and most of the reds into two tastings, here are the whites;
The Olive Grove Viognier Marsanne 2014; and
The Hermit Crab Chardonnay 2015
The red wines were;
The Sticks & Stones Tempranillo, Grenache, Souzao, Tinta Cao 2011
Whose Grenache reigned supreme?? Join myself and sommelier James Dossan on the first episode of Let’s Taste with The Intrepid Wino, recorded live on July 27th 2015.
If you want to taste along with us, the wines were;
S.C. Pannell McLaren Vale Grenache 2012
Yangarra Old Vine McLaren Vale Grenache 2013
Unico Zelo Kersbrook Adelaide Hills Grenache 2014
Yelland & Papps Second Take Barossa Valley Grenache 2014
Head Old Vine Barossa Valley Grenache 2014
Schwartz Meta Barossa Valley Grenache 2014
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