Truely Amazing – Rolf Binder Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Rolf Binder Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

About the wine

This  wine has 35% Merlot and 65% Cabernet Sauvginon. This wine contains aromas of black cherries, red berries and black currant and comes packed with flavours of blackberry, plum and cassis. The wine has a cellaring potential of 5 – 10 years. Enjoy this wine with parmesan cheese, roast chicken and mushrooms.

About the Winery

  • The winery was previously known as ‘Veritas’ which in Latin means the truth. The first vintage by the winery was released in 1978.
  • Rolf Binder and sister Christa Deans are the key members of the winery. Rolf takes care of the production of red wines whereas Christa is in charge of whites.
  • The winery has grown throughout Australia and exports to 18 countries.
  • Rolf and Christa were jointly awarded the Barossa ‘Winemaker of the year’ in 2005.

Vineyards

Its vineyards are spread across 250 acres in Barossa and Eden Valley. The winery has 4 vineyards under it –

  • Chri-Ro Vineyard – This vineyard is covered in 26 hectares. The grapes for the old Veritas winery were sourced from this vineyard as well as grapes for the iconic Hanisch and Heysen wines
  • Western Ridge Vineyard – This vineyard produces the highest quality fruit among the rest of vineyards. Grapes varieties planted are Shiraz, Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache.
  • Binder Deans Vineyard – This vineyard was purchased by the winery in 2013 and holds the potential to produce some great wines.
  • Riedl Vines Vineyard – Purchased in 2014 and spread over 46 hectares, some of the vine blocks are as old as 100 years.
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Appreciable Wine – Wooing Tree Pinot Noir

Wooing tree pinot noir

Aromas of ripe cherries and raspberries with rich and smooth palate. This wine will develop further upon cellaring over several years.

Wooing Tree Pinot Noir has been appreciated well in wine competitions. It has won trophy at Hong Kong International Wines & Spirits Competition and Gold Medal at Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show 2016.  Also been awarded 92 points by Wine Spectator Magazine in 2017.

Dazzling red – Yarra Yering Dry Red

Yarra Yering Dry Red No.3

Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 3 of 2013 vintage is filled with intense aromas of violets and berries with flavours of bitter chocolate and spices. To be consumed young, the wine will continue to develop lush characters upon cellaring over the period of 8 years. Enjoy this wine with red meat and cheddar cheese.

About the winery

Yarra Yering winery was established in 1969 by Dr Bailey Carrodus. The first vintage was released in 1973. The winery is in Yarra Valley, Victoria(Australia), known for its elegant and powerful wines. Its chief winemaker Sarah Crowe was named ‘Winemaker of the Year’ in 2017 James Halliday Wine Companion.

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).

 

 

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

Bird in hand chardonnay

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.