The new episode of The Vincast wine podcast is with winemaker Ben Ranken, who has been at the helm of Galli Estate for over ten years. One of the more intriguing projects he has been working on is the Adelé range at a more premium price point. On this edition I looked at two wines that come from the Sunbury vineyard, and on another edition I will look at a few wines from the Heathcote vineyard. let me know what you think in the comments below!
Last year I was helping out at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Masterclass sessions at The Glasshouse, and I met Alisha Begbie, undoubtedly one of the biggest wine enthusiasts I’ve ever encountered. Alisha has spent the last few years volunteering at every wine event and wine show she can, attending every tasting possible, and being involved in consumer-oriented winemaking opportunities. She even helped hand bottle the inaugural vintage of my Vino Intrepido! During the 2016 vintage she was part of the Curious Winemaker program that Mitchell Harris run in Ballarat, and she was involved with this Curio Syrah 2016 she kindly gave me a bottle of.
Konpira Maru is a new brand based out of Melbourne, producing low-intervention wines from fruit purchased around the state. I bought a bottle of their Gymkata 2015 as I was intrigued by the brand and also the fact that it was a red wine under a crown seal. Let me know what you think in the comments below, don’t forget to like and subscribe!
My most recent guest on my wine podcast – The Vincast – was Caroline Mooney, a celebrated Yarra Valley winemaker who worked for many years at Yering Station. She spoke about her journey and her particular love of the Marsanne grape. When we spoke she generously gave me a bottle of each of her Bird On A Wire wines from the 2013 vintage, which I was more than happy to taste on this edition of Let’s Taste.
Caroline Mooney grew up in the Yarra Valley, very influenced by the wines and other agricultural products of the region. Her family has been farmers for decades and still run the Yarra Valley Dairy. Although inspired by art in her teens, she became more influenced by wine as a young adult, working in a cellar door. This began her journey in winemaking, which has included vintages outside the region and study at Charles Sturt. After working for Yering Station for many years she now has her own brand of Yarra Valley wine, Bird On A Wire.
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Ben Haines was my guest on the 93rd episode of The Vincast wine podcast. He is the winemaker and estate director at Mount Langi Ghiran in the Grampians region of Victoria, and has made some incredible improvements there in the last few years. Ben also produces his own wines, and took me through a tasting when I visited. Here are my impressions of one of his wines, let me know what you think in the comments below.
Two wines from my cellar for this video tasting, that I bought from the cellar door many years ago. Port Phillip Estate, based on the Mornington Peninsula, opened a new facility in November 2009 that incorporated all their functions, including the cellar door. I bought these bottles from the previous cellar door just before the new one opened. At the time they were the top red wines (Morillon and Rimage), made from (respectively) pinot noir and syrah. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Good friend and wonderful Melbourne-based sommelier Jasmine Wakely is studying winemaking at Melbourne Polytechnic in Epping. In 2015 she made her first wine, a cool-climate syrah named Le Timbre. She only bottled the wine in magnums, and she generously gave me one to open here on the Intrepid Wino channel. Let me know what you think!
Not the first time I’ve tasted this wine, I wanted to re-visit it and share my impressions on camera. Tim Sproal is a member of the Boomtown Wine Co-op based in Castlemaine, and I’ve tasted the white wine on this channel already. The Minim wines are made by Tim, and this Sylvie is a Syrah blended from the Yarra Valley and Mount Alexander.
Shashi Singh moved to Australia from India when she was 21 years old, to marry her husband of over 30 years Devendra. Her family in India to this day are involved with agriculture (growing sugar cane and wheat), but before she left India she completed a Master’s degree in Chemistry. After running a succesful Indian restaurant in Frankston for many years, and having visited many producers on the nearby Mornington Peninsula, Shashi and Devendra decided to purchase a vineyard in the region and carve out their own story. While studying viticulture and oenology with Charles Sturt University, Shashi’s real education came from working with Phillip Jones, the man behind cult pinot noir producer Bass Phillip. Since 2009 the Avani story has been all about syrah, and though small in production has turned a lot of heads.
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