Oz highlights dynamism

22 January, 2010

This year’s Australia Day Tasting promises to celebrate innovation, education, branding and the environment, according to Wine Australia.

Lisa McGovern, director of Wine Australia for the UK, says: “The focus for this year’s annual tasting is on quality across the industry.

“While Australia faces a challenging trading reality, winemakers are producing exciting wines which recognise changes in consumer taste? and lifestyles.

“Australia is a dynamic industry and this tasting will highlight that dynamism and directions for the future.” More than 700 wines will be on show from 112 wineries.

Visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite Chardonnay? via a blind tasting consisting of around 50 wines.

Twelve winemakers will be attending the tasting, includ?ing Andrew Peace? of Andrew Peace Wines, Kevin O’Brien? of Kangarilla Road, and Toby Barlow from St Hallett.

To celebrate its 150th year, Tahbilk Wines, from the Nagambie Lakes region of Central Victoria, will unveil new packaging for its core range of wines, consisting of Marsanne, Riesling, Viognier, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Brown Brothers will be launching two wines: Cienna Rosso and Moscato Rosa, which will both be available from next month. The sparkling Cienna Rosso NV has an rrp of £8.99 and is 7.5% abv. The 2008 Moscato Rosa, rrp £6.49 and 7% abv, is a rosé version of the Moscato and is made from Muscat of Alexandria grapes with a small percentage of Cienna to give the rosé colour.

Tyrrell’s Wines will feature new vintages from its award-winning range, including Tyrrell’s Winemaker’s Selection Vat 1 Hunter Valley Semillon 2003, the yet-to-be-listed Lost Block Shiraz Viognier 2007 and Lost Block Semillon 2009, and the newly? launched Tyrrell’s Lunatiq Heathcote Shiraz 2006, previously known as Double Barrel 24 Shiraz.

De Bortoli will showcase two Yarra Valley Chardonnays made by Sarah Fagan – the 2008 Yarra Valley Estate Grown Chardonnay and 2008 Gulf Station Chardonnay. It will also present two new additions to its Windy Peak range?: the Classic White 2009 and Nouveau Shiraz 2009 (rrp £8.99).

?D&D Wines International will be exhibiting with two premium regional Australian partners: Haselgrove Wines and Bethany Wines.

Haselgrove Wines will show? new packaging of H, Primo Taglio and Bella Vigna as part of a re

aunch of its ­business. Winemaker Geoff Schrapel, of Bethany Wines, will present new wine 2006 Le Barossa Shiraz.

The wines of Sandro Mosele from Kooyong in Tuerong, Mornington Peninsula, and Glaetzer wines from the Ebenezer region of the Barosssa will be available to taste under the Great Western Wine banner. Wines on taste will include 2008 Amon? Ra, Bishop and Wallace, and 2007 Anaperenna.

Domaine Direct will be launching vintages of Leeuwin Estate’s Art Series, including the 2007 Art Series Chardonnay, the 2008 Art Series Riesling, and the 2009 Art Series Sauvignon Blanc.

Mentzendorff will be featuring the 20th consecutive vintage for Turkey Flat Vineyards, from Barossa Valley. Owner Peter Schulz and his son William will be on hand at the tasting to present the wines.

Constellation will be showing 40 wines at a range of price points, from the Hardys and Banrock Station brands through to the exclusive Premium Wine Estates portfolio – plus the recently launched Fresh Case, which at 225cl contains the equivalent of three bottles of wine with the shelf space of one bottle.

PLB will showcase a selection of wines from Evans & Tate, Geoff Merrill, Zilzie and Punt Road. Margaret River producer Evans & Tate will present a new closure –

the “peel and reseal?” cap – on its Zamphire Chardonnay Chenin Blanc sparkler (rrp £14.99).

Stratford’s Wine Agencies will be featuring Wakefield Wines, Paxton and Rosedale. Pirie Sparkling NV (rrp £16.99) will be at the tasting for the first time.

Yellow Tail will be showing its two recently launched sparkling wines under the Bubbles brand at the Off Piste stand, as well as its Reserve range in new livery. The lightly frizzante Moscato 2009 (7.5% abv) will show alongside Yellow Tail’s varieties already available – Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Shiraz and rosé.

Cumulus Estate Wines, the family-owned high-altitude?, cool-climate estate in Orange, New South Wales, will be highlighting the expansion of its portfolio. A selection of wines on show will be Cumulus Shiraz 2007, Cumulus Chardonnay 2008 and Rolling Sparkling Pinot Grigio Chardonnay 2009.


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