Hard to believe, but this is actually the first recorded edition of Let’s Taste for 2018, and it happens to be at an entirely new location. My young family have just moved house (a fun exercise during vintage to say the least), and I was excited to taste some perennial favourites at the new address!
Yalumba is one of Australia’s most important wine producers, with an incredible range from iconic to approachable. The ‘Y Series’ range has always represented outstanding value, and I happily opened the range of chilled wines from the 2017 vintage. Let me know what you think in the comments below, many thanks to Yalumba for sending the samples!
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – RRP $15.00
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Riesling 2017 – RRP $15.00
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Pinot Grigio 2017 – RRP $15.00
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Chardonnay 2017 – RRP $15.00
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Viognier 2017 – RRP $15.00
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Sangiovese Rosé 2017 – RRP $15.00
It’s always a pleasure to look at some d’Arenberg samples, and fortunately that’s something I can do regularly as they release a lot of different wines!. Some of the latest batch of wines are tasted on this edition, let me know what you think in the comments below!
d’Arenberg “The Dry Dam” Riesling 2017 – RRP $18.00
d’Arenberg “Stephanie the Gnome with Rose Tinted Glasses” Rosé 2017 – RRP $18.00
d’Arenberg “The Derelict Vineyard” Grenache 2013 – RRP $29.00
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
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
Hardys Brave New World 2015 wines
The final stage of the winemaking is the bottling (labelling and selling isn’t winemaking as far as I’m concerned), and I was so grateful to have extra pairs of hands to help and make things smoother. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and get in touch if you’d be keen to buy a bottle or 12 😉
The fifth part of the Intrepid Winemaking Project 2016 was not one that I necessarily planned on. I was however encouraged by a few people to consider blending Bin X and Bin Y, in an effort to get more of one wine rather than make people choose, and also to combine the positive attributes of each component. Let me know if you have any questions about this step in the winemaking story!
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
Part Four of the Intrepid Winemaking Sangiovese Project 2016 is racking the two component wines. Racking is the traditional filtration process of separating the wine from the solids in the vessel. The solids are sediment, essentially dead yeast lees and tannins, and as they are heavier than the wine, will settle at the bottom of the barrel or tank. The completely natural way to perform this is through gravity, but the vast majority of wines are racked using a mechanical pump, being far more efficient.
Bin X had completely finished both the primary fermentation and the malolactic fermentation. It looks more mellow, round and savoury. The wine was racked, the seven-year old barrel was cleaned, and the then the wine was returned to the barrel.
Bin Y had completed the primary fermentation in tank, but had not completely finished the malolactic fermentation. This made the wine look a bit crunchier, brighter and intense. The wine was racked from the 300L stainless steel tank into a 500L tank, but it was not returned as it was consolidated with 30+ litres that was in a demijohn. Hopefully the introduction of some air through the racking process, as well as warmer Spring temperatures, will help it complete the malolactic fermentation before the wine is blended and bottled in the next month.