Wolf Blass Winery – A Name that Speaks Volumes

Wolfgang Franz Otto Blass was the founder of Wolf Blass wines. After obtaining his Master’s degree in Oenology, he spent some time in England to sharpen his skills in wine-blending and settled in Barossa Valley in 1961. After five years, the winery was established

Some interesting facts about winery

  • 1967 Grey Label Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz was the first wine to be named under Wolf Blass Label.
  • The two reasons which contributed to the eagle becoming the emblem present on most of Wolf Blass labels were – Eagle is the national emblem of Germany and country where Wolfgang Blass was born. Second, three-hectare Bilyara site was acquired in 1969 and ‘Bilyara’ is an aboriginal word for Eaglehawk.
  • A new Wolf Blass Winery was opened in 2001 estimated to be worth $30 million

Vineyard regions

Wolf Blass has vineyards in various wine-regions of Australia such as – Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Eden Valley, Langhorne Creek and McLaren Vale.

Important winemakers at Wolf Blass

John GlaetzerJohn Glaetzer was the first winemaker to be employed at Wolf Blass in 1970. He was escalated to the position of senior winemaker in 1974 and was responsible for producing some of the very popular wines for the winery.

Caroline DunnCaroline Dunn took the postion of red winemaker at Wolf Blass in 1997. She played a key role in the making of Platinum Label Shiraz and the Gold Label range. She became the first women to win Jimmy Watson Trophy for 1998 Black Label.

Chris Hatcher is currently the chief winemaker at Wolf Blass. Before joining Wolf Blass in 1987, he had worked with Simi Winery and Orlando and Kaiser Stuhl in Barossa Valley. ChrisHatcherFor first 10 years, he worked as senior winemaker in charge of Wolf Blass whites and sparklings. During that period, wines made under him won total of 39 trophies and 218 gold medals.

Major Wolf Blass Wine Labels

  • Wolf Blass White Label
  • Wolf Blass Gold Label
  • Wolf Blass Yellow Label
  • Wolf Blass Black Label
  • Wolf Blass Brown Label

Iconic wines from Wolf Blass

  • Wolf Blass Black Label
  • Platinum Label Barossa Shiraz

Awards and Recognition

  • Wolf Blass won Jimmy Watson Trophy for 3 consecutive years in 1974,1975 and 1976; once in 1999.
  • 1980 Black Label won the trophy for ‘Best Australian Red Wine’ at International Wine and Spirits Competition(IWSC) in 1984.
  • Wolf Blass won Robert Mondavi Trophy for Winemaker of the year at IWSC in 1992.
  • Wolfgang Blass won the Maurice O’Shea Award for his extraordinary contribution to the Australian wine industry over a span of 35 years.
  • Wolf Blass was named IWC International Red Winemaker of the Year in 2008.
  • IWSC International Winemaker of the Year, the Intervin Winery of the Year, IWC Red Winemaker of the year and CWSA Australian Wine Producer of the Year were some of the awards won by Wolf Blass in 2013.
  • Wolf Blass was for the third time awarded 2016 Red Winemaker of the Year at International Wine Challenge in London (previously in the year 2008 and 2013).

 

 

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Logan Apple Tree Flat Shiraz Wine Review

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Logan Tree Flat Shiraz of 2014 vintage is a wine of crimson red colour and fruity aromas. The grapes of this wine were crushed and fermented for a 7 day period. After this process was over, half of the wine was matured for one year in French hogsheads of 5-8 years age. A hogshead is a large cask which contains about 238 litres of wine. The remaining half of fermented wine was matured in stainless steel container. The wine attained its character after filtering and before bottling.

Logan wines made a beginning in 1997 in NSW Central Ranges region, particularly, Orange and Mudgee. Pete and Hannah work round the clock in their vineyard to bring out amazing wines year after year. Read through their inspiring story here: http://www.loganwines.com.au/about-us

 

Yarran Wines – A Well Crafted Range of Wines

Yarran wines is a wine brand of Australia which derives its name from the Yarran region. It is noteworthy that this region is a part of the Riverina wine region of New South Wales and this is where this winery is also situated. Riverina is one of the most important wine regions of Australia. The winery has its history dating back to 1913, more than a century from today. It was established on the vineyards of Yenda region after clearing the Yarran trees. The people who first initiated this venture were Lorraine and John Brewer. Now, it is managed by their son Som Brewer who is also its winemaker. Yarran winery has quite an impressive range of wines.

Its four wine ranges are:

  1. Yarran- Yarran wine range is named after the Yarran tree which was found in abundance in this region of Riverina. Mostly, the white wine fruit is procured from this region and this enable creating exclusive varietals of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Moscato and Pinot Grigio. Red wine varietals under Yarran range are also produced but the fruit is essentially procured from other sub-regions. So, it does have Yarran Shiraz, Yarran Merlot and Yarran Cab Sauv wines.
  2. B- This wine range is named after the family surname of ‘Brewers’. This range is associated with the premium wines range. Yenda Chardonnay, Yenda Durif and Yenda Petite are some of its wines.leopardwood tree
  3. Leopardwood- This wine range of Yarran wines has been named after the native leopardwood tree that is known for its characteristic leopard skin like mottled bark. The fruit for this wine range comes from the Heathcote and Yenda wine regions.
  4. Brewers Droop- This is yet another exciting wine range from the winery. It is an aged tawny made from the juice of Shiraz, Durif and Cabernet grapes. This is a highly exclusive wine from the winery.

Many of its wines have been award winners. These have cemented its place as one of the better-known wineries of the Yenda sub-region of Riverina wine region.

Bird in Hand Chardonnay – Worthy of attention

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Bird in Hand Chardonnay 2016 has won Gold at International Wine Challenge 2017 as well as New Zealand International Wine Show 2017 proving that spending on this wine is not a waste of time.

Bird in hand winery takes great pride in producing quality wines that wine lovers cherish. The winery produces Chardonnay, Shiraz, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc wines and few other Italian grape varieties. The winery has 4 ranges – Tribute Series, Nest Egg, Bird in Hand and Two in the Bush. The brand has also dived into Art, fashion, and home goods. The winery also organizes music concerts where wine and good music combine to create a night one of its kind.

Derwent Estate Winery – Wines with a difference

About Derwent Estate

The Mt Nassau property has been in the hands of Hanigan’s family since 1913 and underwent various initiatives over time including vegetable production, growing poppies, and production of lime etc. and lately entered into viticulture.

Location of the property is geographically favorable to produce cool climate wine grapes

Derwent Estate Winery avoids using insecticides and pesticides that may be harmful to the environment during grape production. Alternatively, they use Integrated Pest Management approach.

Vineyards

The original plantings of 1992 in the vineyard comprised of only one grape variety. Five years later, these planting saw an increase to 4 grape varieties. As the name of Derwent Estate grew and its popularity rose over the years, wine companies started knocking on Derwent’s door asking it to grow premium fruit for them which included iconic names in wine business like Penfolds, for its Yattarna wine label. Today, the vineyard spans over 10 hectares with 5 different grape varieties.

Range

The winery has 3 labels under it and are named below –

  • Lime Kiln Point Label – This label has only one Pinot Noir under it.

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  • Boat Label – Most of the wines of the Derwent Estate belongs to this label.

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  • CALCAIRE Label – Is the premium label of Derwent Estate

Derwent Estate Calcaire

Derwent Estate Pinot Noir Tasmania 2015
Derwent Estate Pinot Noir Tasmania 2015

 

Larry Cherubino Wines- On High Pedestal

Larry Cherubino wines

Larry Cherubino did his graduation from Horticulture in 1994. He along with his wife Edwina purchased a piece of land in Frankland River in 2004. After few years, they expanded by buying a neighbouring vineyard. Larry Cherubino began by releasing just one wine from his spare room in 2005, which today has expanded to a brand and wide range of wines in Australia.

Sustainability

In Viticulture, the winery uses a minimum of copper as far as possible. It avoids using Herbicides instead use fish and seaweed applications. The winery prepares its own compost. Steps are taken to preserve the soil health and to maintain a healthy ecosystem.

Wine Ranges

  • Apostrophe
  • Ad Hoc
  • Pedestal
  • The Yard
  • Laissez Faire
  • Cherubino

Vineyards

Riversdale North Vineyard– The vineyard was planted in mid-1990’s, purchased in 2010. Located in Frankland River Western Australia. Stands at an elevation of 250 Meters. The soil is iron rich and typically red in color. Varietals grown are Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, and Fiano.

Riversdale South Vineyard– Vineyard purchased in 2010. Stands at an elevation of 200 Meters. Varietals grown are Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, and Fiano.

Channybearup Vineyard – Planted in 1996. Located in Pemberton, Western Australia. Vineyard Stands at an elevation of 60 meters. Vines have matured over the years and today are in the good position to produce quality Chardonnay. Varietals grown here are Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Arenis, Processeco.

Pedestal Vineyard – Soils are iron rich with a good amount of gravel content. Located in Willyabarup, Margaret River. The vineyard stands at an elevation of 100 meters. Varietals grown are Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Semillon.

Justin Vineyard – The vineyard is named after Justin Roche who had planted the vineyard in 1960’s. Located in Frankland River, Western Australia. The vineyard stands at an elevation of 150 meters.   Varietals grown are Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Shiraz, and Riesling.

Pannoo Vineyard – Located in Porongurup, Western Australia. Pannoo Vineyard is the highest vineyard of the state. Stands at an elevation of 350 meters. Varietals grown are – Shiraz, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

Awards and Appreciation

  • Has been awarded ‘Best Value Winery 2017’ in James Halliday Wine Companion.
  • Was the ‘Winery of the Year 2011’- By James Halliday
  • Listed as one of the ‘Ten Best New Wineries in Australia’ by James Halliday and Winery rated 5 stars by James Halliday
  • Larry Cherubino was the Finalist ‘Winemaker of the Year 2009’ in Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine

An Introduction to the Bird in Hand Wines

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Bird in Hand is a family owned winery which began in 1997 with the goal of producing wines to match the world’s finest.

At the winery, sustainable practices are employed with minimalistic use of chemicals.

Influence of Gulf of St. Vincent and Mount Lofty ranges places its 80 acres of vines at a unique geographical location which makes it ideal to produce cool-climate wines

Produces Shiraz along with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling wines and Italian grape varietals such as Montepulciano, Nero d’avola, and Arneis.

About Chief Winemaker – Kym Milne

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Kym Milne is currently the chief winemaker of Bird in Hand. He has 30 years of experience in wine Industry. Previously has been Chief Winemaker at Villa Maria Winery, New Zealand from 1983 to 1992. In year 1991, qualified Master of Wine’ becoming the second Australian to do so. He joined Bird in Hand in 2003 and named Australian Winemaker of the year by Winestate Magazine in 2014 and 2015.

Wines

Tribute Series High quality wines to be cherished on special occasions. Available to members of flight club, or at Cellar door and Gallery.

Nest Egg –  Wines of this range take the time to develop all its characters. Its powerful structure can be attributed to the use of French Oak.

Bird in Hand – These wines can both be enjoyed as a young wine or after maturation.

Two in the Bush – This range is for casual drinkers to be enjoyed with simple meals.

Awards and Appreciation

Bird in Hand Winery is consistently proving itself each year winning awards and earning recognition. In 2016 alone, Bird in hand wines won a good number of Gold medals in numerous domestic and international wine competitions like New Zealand International Wine Show, Royal Queensland Wine Show, Melbourne International Wine Show, London International Wine Challenge, San Francisco International Wine Show and Royal Perth Wine Show.