Taste

A Torbreck World First Preview Tasting with Ian Hongell & Andrew Tierney

Torbreck Tasting at the Winery with Ian Hongell & Andrew Tierney 17th October 2017 I recently spent two days in the Barossa Valley and I visited a number of my 100 Best Australian Wines wineries with a view to tasting new releases.  Little did I realise I would be presented with a fair few world firsts!  After a stunning vineyard tour by Torbreck's…

Penfolds g3 – a remarkable new wine from Peter Gago

This copy is embargoed until 19th October 2017 Penfolds g3 - tasted with winemaker Peter Gago on 13th September 2017 Penfolds has released a special wine blended from three Grange vintages spanning seven years, named Penfolds g3.  A Penfolds first, the vintages of 2008, 2012 and 2014 (a vintage of Grange which will be globally released in 2018),…

A new identity for Billecart-Salmon and the launch of the 2006 Cuvées Louis & Nicolas François

Billecart-Salmon Launch of the new 2006 Cuvées Louis & Nicolas François and the new branding identity across the range - The Ritz, London with Antoine Rolland-Billecart First some super little facts from Antoine's brilliant presentation.  300 ha vines under their control. They own around 15ha themselves. 2.5m bottles. They want to maintain…

Craggy Range Prestige Collection releases with winemaker Matt Stafford

Craggy Range new releases with winemaker Matt Stafford 2017 Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Martinborough - Lovely stoney fruit, picked before the rain, and while there were serious cyclone issues the rain was mainly confined to the hills.  This is a bracing, lean and raspy wine with rather slender pineapple-y fruit and masses of crunch.…

2015 Bordeaux Cru Bourgeois tasting in London

2015 Bordeaux Cru Bourgeois Tasting in Carlton House Terrace - September 2017 I attended this tasting with a singular task in mind.  To taste as many wines as I could (150+) in order to find a few gems which were balanced, classically dimensioned, age-worthy but fruit-driven, harmonious, which sang of the great 2015 vintage and also which were available…

The Penfolds Collection 2017 – first impressions

The Penfolds Collection 2017 tasted with Peter Gago 13th September 2017 Embargoed until 5th October 2017 Of note this year - the bottles are all new with the Bin numbers indented into a deeper punt.  This is a mightily impressive detail! As always my notes were taken on an iPad, typed at speed.  They are first impressions, not edited re-writes. …

33rd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction exceeds expectations – breaking news

Here is a news item on the Auction held last Saturday, which I trailed last week with my picks of the lots to bid on. MSJ Diversity and innovative winemaking reaped rich rewards at the 33rd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction at Spier in the Stellenbosch Winelands over the weekend, with total sales exceeding R13,2 million and a new record price…

Highlights from The 2017 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction 30 September 2017 Preview Tasting

Cape Winemakers Guild 33rd Auction, Spier Conference Centre, Stellenbosch, South Africa – Saturday 30th September 2017 (www.capewinemakersguild.com & tel. +27 (0)21 852 0408). You will have to spring into action if you are to log on and register for the annual Cape Winemakers Guild Auction which takes place this weekend at the Spier Conference…

Wynns Coonawarra Estate ‘Black Label’ Cabernet Sauvignon 60th vintage celebration with winemaker Sue Hodder

Wynns Coonawarra Estate 'Black Label' Cabernet Sauvignon 60th vintage celebration with winemaker Sue Hodder The Wynns Coonawarra Estate timeline 1891 Scottish pioneer John Riddoch planted vineyards and completed building Wynns famous triple-gabled winery as depicted on their label. 1898 Coonawarra Railway Siding is commissioned. 1951 David Wynn…

Two very rare bottlings from The Lane Vineyard’s Gathering Club Collection

I was afforded a very rare privilege the other day. Marty Edwards brought over two bottles from his exceptional The Lane Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills for me to taste.  These have not been tasted by anyone else in the UK and even in Australia they are extremely rare because they can only be purchased if you are a member of a very select group - The…

Vasse Felix vertical and launch of Tom Cullity presented by winemaker Virginia Willcock

 Tom Cullity Launch presented by Vasse Felix winemaker Virginia Willcock Dr Thomas Brendan Cullity (1925 - 2008) founded Vasse Felix in 1967.  He planted an 8-acre vineyard in Cowaramup and this year sees its 50th anniversary.  His prescience and persistence meant that he established the first commercial vines in Margaret River and he has been…

Hentley Farm new release tasting with winemaker Andrew Quin

Hentley Farm, Barossa Valley, South Australia with winemaker Andrew Quin 18th September 2017 Earlier today, I was fortunate to have the chance to be the first in the UK to taste the new Hentley Farm releases.  Here are my thoughts. (Please note that the prices noted are approximate retail prices in £) 2016 The Stray Mongrel (£27.99) A…