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Yalumba launches new Samuel’s Collection

On Friday 1 March 2019, Yalumba launch Samuel’s Collection; the gateway to Yalumba’s premium wine folio. 

170 years since Yalumba founder Samuel Smith planted the first vine, Yalumba release Samuel’s Collection in honour of Smith’s spirit of independence and conviction to invest in the land, and a simple plan to make great wine. This collection of fine wine celebrates Yalumba’s heartland, its heritage, longevity and estate with seven wines, showcasing varieties and blends iconic to both Barossa and Yalumba. 

Samuel’s Collection includes Barossa Shiraz, Barossa Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Bush Vine Grenache, Barossa Grenache Shiraz Mataro, Eden Valley Viognier, Eden Valley Chardonnay, and Eden Valley Roussanne. 

“Samuel’s Collection celebrates the legacy established by Samuel Smith 170 years ago when he planted some of Australia’s first grape vines here in Barossa,” said Yalumba Executive Director of Marketing, Nicky Gameau. 

“The wines in this collection showcase Yalumba’s Barossa style, a favourite across the world, and are wonderful complements to different foods and occasions”. 

Yalumba Head of Winemaking Louisa Rose said “understanding that wine drinkers are seeking more youthful, generous and fresher wines, we have crafted Samuel’s Collection to fit this style, while still showing the hallmarks expressed in the Yalumba winemaking philosophy”. 

Samuel’s Collection are the first wines to feature the new Yalumba Clocktower iconography which will now be present across all brand material. 

All Samuel’s Collection wines are sustainably grown and vegan friendly. 

Samuel’s Collection will be available in Australia and all major export markets from 1 March 2019. I look forward to tasting these wines on Let’s Taste!

Yalumba Roussanne & Viognier

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Let’s Taste – Opawa Sauvignon Blanc 2018 and Pinot Gris, Rosé & Pinot Noir 2017

Opawa are a range of wines made by Nautilus Estate in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Meaning ‘Smoky River’ in Maori, the ‘Opawa’ vineyard is 25 hectares planted on stony soil, ripening earlier and producing an ‘intensely fruity and fragrant style of wine’, blended with fruit purchased from other vineyards. On this edition of Let’s Taste I am tasting the entire range currently available, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Opawa Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – RRP $23.00
Opawa Pinot Gris 2017 – RRP $24.00
Opawa Rosé 2017 – RRP $24.00
Opawa Pinot Noir 2017 – RRP $27.00
Website – https://www.opawawine.com

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January 15, 2019 · 9:21 am

Sir Ian Botham Wines – Tasting 27/11/2018

In case you missed it, I’ve just released my interview with Sir Ian Botham for The Vincast, which I recorded in late November 2018 just before I had the chance to taste the following wines from the inaugural release of Ian Botham Wines. Here are my first impressions, I was generally very impressed with them, particularly at the entry level, all of excellent quality for the price.

Botham All Rounder Chardonnay 2018 – RRP $14.00
Peach cobbler, lemon butter. Very clean and fresh, fairly broad and simple but decent depth, freshness disappears a bit, more melon on the palate than stone or citrus fruits.

76 Series Margaret River Chardonnay 2018 – RRP $17.99
Very delicate flint and smoke, lemon pith and some pepper notes, opens up to a bit more grassy on the nose with some stone fruits on the back. Denser and finer on the palate, focus without the flesh, a bit more bite.

Sir Ian Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2017 – RRP $100.00
Oak stands out right off the back, smoky floral note. Even denser, sweeter vanilla notes, good fleshy but fine fruit notes, very elegant but fuller.

All Rounder Shiraz 2018 – RRP $14.00
Really exuberant and powerful blue fruits, a little bit of sweet salty meat, some dried florals and spice. Dried red fruits, soft but fairly fresh, looks like a blend. Dry finish.

81 Series Barossa Shiraz 2017 – RRP $17.99
Meaty tomato almost Bolognese sauce, kind of leafy, a bit of basil. Warm generous good balance of dried fruit and slightly savoury elements, decent freshness and no apparent oak.

Sir Ian Barossa Valley Single Vineyard Shiraz 2013 – RRP $100.00
Super intense, not showing any age at all. Still showing a think fog of oak at first, extremely dense and dark on the nose, vanilla and blueberries. It’s there but the oak is dominating, hard to see where it may be in five years but doesn’t look like it’s losing anything, certainly appeals to a palate, not mine though. I get it.

80 Series Coonawarra Cabernet 2016 – RRP $17.99
Unmistakable Coonawarra Cabernet, eucalyptus and cigar leaf, a bit soapy and minty. Decent focus, good balance, soft yet not broad or bruised tannins, good tannins.

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The Vincast Episode 141 – Peter Weinberg from Brand’s Laira

Peter Weinberg has been at the helm of Brand’s Laira in the Coonawarra region for almost twenty years, having relocated from the Hunter Valley with experience at Mount Pleasant. Originally from Newcastle his reason for getting into the wine industry was a love of the outdoors and good hard manual labour. On this episode of The Vincast Peter speaks about his journey to becoming the custodian of one of Coonawarra’s most historic vineyards and cellars, and how he has guided the brand since he joined the team.

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Let’s Taste – All Saints Estate ‘Bloss’ 2018

Not only have I interviewed Eliza and Angela Brown from All Saints Estate for my podcast The Vincast (https://intrepidwino.com/2017/02/07/the-vincast-episode-115-eliza-angela-brown-from-all-saints-estate/) but I’ve also tasted a few wines submitted by them on previous editions of Let’s Taste. The ‘Bloss’ is a brand new wine released from them recently, so I was thrilled to try something completely new from them! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wine Tasted;
All Saints Estate ‘Bloss’ 2018 – RRP $26.00
Website – https://www.allsaintswine.com.au

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December 18, 2018 · 2:38 pm

Let’s Taste – Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ 2018 White & Rosé Wines

Nine months after opening the 2017 vintage of the Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ white and rosé wines, I’m looking at the 2018 vintages. For me this is some of the best value on the market as far as Australian wine goes, and as always it is a privilege to be able to share my impressions. Similar to the 2017 wines there are some that stand out over the others, let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Riesling 2018 – RRP $15.00
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – RRP $15.00
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Pinot Grigio 2018 – RRP $15.00
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Viognier 2018 – RRP $15.00
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Chardonnay 2018 – RRP $15.00
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Sangiovese Rosé 2018 – RRP $15.00

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December 3, 2018 · 5:10 pm

Let’s Taste – Peter Lehmann ‘Wigan’ Riesling 2012 & ‘Margaret’ Semillon 2011

Peter Lehmann started his own winery in 1979 after experience at iconic and historic Barossa estates, Yalumba and Saltram Estate . He started the business off the back of growers having their contracts to supply fruit cancelled, and a legend was born. Since 2013 the business has been owned by Riverina-based Casella Family Brands who submitted these and other wines for me to taste.

Wines tasted;
Peter Lehmann ‘Wigan’ Riesling 2011 – RRP $34.95
Peter Lehmann ‘Margaret’ Semillon 2011 – RRP $34.95

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November 26, 2018 · 12:45 pm

Let’s Taste – Tahbilk Marsanne, Pinot Gris & Rosé 2018

I’ve looked at wines from Tahbilk on a number of occasions, and I have also interviewed owner and CEO Alister Purbrick for The Vincast (https://intrepidwino.com/2015/10/02/the-vincast-episode-069-alister-purbrick-from-tahbilk-winery/). On this edition of Let’s Taste I open the first wines from the 2018 vintage from Tahbilk, and share my impressions. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Wines tasted;
Tahbilk Marsanne 2018 – RRP $19.50
Tahbilk Pinot Gris 2018 – RRP $21.50
Tahbilk Rosé 2018 – RRP $21.50
Website – http://tahbilk.com.au

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October 6, 2018 · 7:11 am

Let’s Taste – Topper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Petit Manseng

Petit Manseng is a grape variety that originates in South-West France and is commonly used to make a late harvest sweet wine. The vine has been in Australia for the better part of 40 years, arriving long before many of the new alternative varieties were here. Topper’s Mountain Wines produce one of the more interesting dry Petit Manseng wines, and on this edition of Let’s Taste I look at the 2016 vintage. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Wine tasted;
Topper’s Mountain Wild Ferment Petit Manseng 2016 – LUC $35.00
Website – http://toppers.com.au

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September 21, 2018 · 2:39 pm

Let’s Taste – Topper’s Mountain Gewürztraminer 2016 wines

I always appreciate a winery that supports what I do and continues to send me samples to open on camera. Topper’s Mountain Wines is one of these wineries; they have continued to send me bottles since I was the Fellow for the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show in 2016. Gewürztraminer is an important grape for Topper’s Mountain, as they make several different varietal wines with it. Here are two from the 2016 vintage, let me know what you think in the comments below.

Wines tasted;
Topper’s Mountain Gewürztraminer 2016 – LUC $35.00
Topper’s Mountain Barrel Ferment Gewürztraminer 2016 – LUC $35.00

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September 20, 2018 · 5:06 pm