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.
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)
Many years ago when I was sourcing wine on the auction market, I was looking for iconic examples of Australian wines, and there are few more iconic rieslings in this country than the Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling from the Clare Valley. I’ve been holding onto this 2004 vintage for as long as I could, and today is the day. Have you had some memorable experiences drinking mature Clare Valley riesling?
My first video upload for 2017 was in fact recorded last year, and it was one of the wines from Alex Russell Wines. Fruit for this wine was grown by Ricca Terra Farms in the Riverland region of South Australia, and it’s part of a range that focuses on emerging varieties from Italy and Spain. I was impressed with other wines I tasted from the range back at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show in November, and was keen to share my impressions of this wine on the channel. Let me know what you think in the comments below, please feel free to ask me any questions you may have!
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!
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!
After spending a week in Mildura having the full Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2016 experience, I was thrilled not only to meet the people behind Samu Wines, but also to taste the entire 2016 range. There are a few additions to the line up this year, so I was interested to see how they are expressed. Of course part of my excitement was that the fruit all came from Ricca Terra Farms in the Riverland region. Feel free to ask any questions or make comments below, and be sure to like share and subscribe!
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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