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Comment: The rise of Australia as a wine nation

Comment: The rise of Australia as a wine nation | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Australia's national drinking taste is undergoing a dramatic change. Not only are we drinking less overall, but beer no longer dominates the contents of the national glass.

David Swaddle's insight:

Aussies are pretty much getting boozed as much on wine as on beer. Long may they both survive.

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James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge - the result & best value

James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge - the result & best value | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

The results are out for Mr Halliday's Chardonnay challenge and there seem to be a couple of value choices in the winners.

 

$22 will grab you a bottle of Eden Road 'The Long' Road Chardonnay 2011. With a score of 96 it's bound to tickle your tastebuds.

http://www.unitedcellars.com.au/products/eden-road-the-long-road-chardonnay-2011

 

Potentially even better, $21 can get you a bottle of 2011 Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre Chardonnay. At 97 points and described as being "more Chablis like", this one sounds very intersting.

http://www.winesale.com.au/epages/shop.sf/en_AU/?ObjectPath=/Shops/winesale/Products/32841

 

Got over $100 burning a hole in your pocket? Then you can splash out on a bottle of the winner, Penfold's 2008 Yattarna Chardonnay. Maybe they're achieving their goal of producing a white wine to sit alongside Grange. If you're buying a couple of bottles then don't forget to invite me to the opening!

 

Links for UK purchases (not necessarily the same vintage, so beware):

http://www.winedirect.co.uk/fraser-gallop-wilyabrup-aka-parterre-chardonnay-2010

 

I can't find these in the USA at the moment.

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Kilikanoon named Halliday's 2013 Australian Winery of the Year

Kilikanoon named Halliday's 2013 Australian Winery of the Year | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Established in 1997, Kilikanoon has been a rising star. Now it has reached the zenith of Australian awards: Halliday's winery of the year.

 

OK, 2012 may only be half-done, but that doesn't stop James doling out the 2013 awards. In terms of local influence, this Halliday gong is one of the most important.

 

I've never tried their wines, so I can't really comment on quality. I think it's time that they set up a Sydney tasting and maybe a London one too.

 

Congratulations to Kevin Mitchell and his team.

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Screw-capped sparkling??

Screw-capped sparkling?? | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

De Bortoli are launching a screwcapped sparkling wine.

 

Apprently opening bubbly wines puts the girls off! certainly not the girls I know. In fact, I know quite a few people who say that the "pop" is one of their favourite sounds.

 

What do you think? Has somebody got a screw loose?

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Naked art and wine - NYT

Naked art and wine - NYT | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art hosted a nake viewing, followed by a glass of wine over looking the harbour.

 

It's not unusual for art museum to try and promote their agenda by doing something a little of the wall, but this has to be one of the most unusual. Artist Stuart Ringholt took a party on a naked tour of the gallery, itself billed to be an artwork.

 

Where does the wine come in? At the end the participants enjoyed a glass of bubbles looking out at the harbour, quietly exposing themselves to Syndey's Ferry hub at Circular Quay. I wonder if many of the thousands making their way into the city noticed the naked imbibers?

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$600 wine in supermarket price war - SMH

$600 wine in supermarket price war - SMH | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

It seems that Australia's supermarket giants are about to wage a price war over $625 a bottle Penfolds Grange 2007.

 

It's one of Aussie's iconic wines, but that's not going to stop retail giants Woolworths, Coles and Costco going all out to see how cheaply they can sell it.

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Does increasing a wine's price make it "premium"? - SMH

Does increasing a wine's price make it "premium"? - SMH | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Jacobs Creek are making a conscious effort to increase the price of their wine and take it up market. Are sponsorship, endorsements and a higher price enough to make a wine "premium"?

 

I've got to admit that Jacob's Creek often shows well in tastings, and their regional reserve wines are pretty good value - at the moment. Read how the owners, Pernod Ricard, are making a determined push to take the price upwards and move Jacobs Creek out of the supermarket discount bins.

 

Is this the beginning of the end for branded wine offers? Personally, I hope so. I'd rather see things selling at the price the market thinks they're worth. What about you?

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Sainsbury's Hunter Valley Semillon - Jamie Goode

Sainsbury's Hunter Valley Semillon - Jamie Goode | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Sainsbury's have put a McWilliams 2006 Hunter Valley Semillon in a TTD bottle.

 

As anyone who came to any of the 50 tasting events I ran for Sainsbury's should already know, the Taste The Difference wines often represent great value. It's good to see them continuing to get consumers to try something alternative...Semillon this time.

 

I wonder how much more it costs to buy this one locally?

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James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012

James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012 | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012 is now available for free on his website. Take a look!

 

I definitely agree with a few of his choices:

 

Chateau Francois Pokolbin Semillon 2006 is a bargain and made by a lovely man.

 

Tahbilk Marsanne 2012 is from a much underratted grape that can flourish in many Australian environments. It's probably a bargain because most Aussies aren't that adventurous at trying different grapes.

 

Nepenthe Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2010 makes his list too and it's a great cooler climate Shiraz. It's a bit more refined and interesting than lots of the cheap sun-baked examples.

 

The Mike Press Single Vineyard Adelaide Hills Merlot intrigues me. I haven't actually tried this yet, but it has been recommended by a couple of people

 

I haven't tried that many of the wines over $20 yet, but now I've got a list to work from!

 

The Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 2009 is great and on it's way to becoming the benchmark for Aussie Chardies. Tahbilk 1927 Vines Marsanne 2003 is worth the $35 or so it commands and has a bit of extra richness that the younger wines don't have.

 

More research and development required for me, I think.

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English wines making a splash in the Aussie press

English wines making a splash in the Aussie press | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

It seems that English wine has finally made an appearance down under.

 

Sam Lindo makes some cracking wines that sit well alongside the best bubbles. I'm still not sure where I can get them in Sydney though.

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Wines of the week - David Williams

Wines of the week - David Williams | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

The Guardian seem to be staying on course and recommending some grapes and regions you might not have tried.

 

How about a Shiraz Mataro from Rutherglen? Where??? It's in Victoria, Australia, and I happened to visit last week. I didn't try this, but I doubt that Mac Forbes would turn out anything less than a good wine.

 

There's also a recommendation from Bulgaria and a Pinot Blanc for the more adventurous.

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Australians and Americans to get Naked

Australians and Americans to get Naked | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Naked Wines, investing £5.5m in American and Australian vineyard projects as part of its international expansion.

 

This forward-thinking outfit is using its Angels' cash to snap up vineyard deals in the Australian and American markets. The money should gain Naked further sources of great wines at significantly reduced prices, while still working for the growers.

 

Naked is also launching retail websites in both markets, it seems. Maybe I'll be shopping Naked in Sydney soon?

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Red Tape Removes Hill of Grace from Barossa

Red Tape Removes Hill of Grace from Barossa | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

The Australian government is looking at protecting the Barossa Valley’s classic wine areas using local administrative boundaries rather than wine region boundaries.

 

In a plot worthy of Yes Minister, this means that the country’s second most expensive vineyard, Henschke’s Hill of Grace, is excluded. The glorious Eden Valley, where HoG is located, is in the wrong administrative area. Or more accurately, it’s on the wrong side of the red tape.

 

Surely some mischtake?

 

If the proposed law is designed to protect Australia’s wine growing heritage, then surely it should follow the wine region boundaries? Or, could it possibly be politicians looking after their own interests with some devious plan that will surface in a couple of years?

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Dave Stewart's Sweet Dreams

Dave Stewart's Sweet Dreams | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Following in the wake of AC/DC and Slayer, ex-Eurythmics muso David Stewart is releasing his own wine.

 

A re-bottling of Australian estate Mollydooker's "Carnival of Love Shiraz", the beardy one's wine is named "Ringmaster General", the same as the title of his new album.

 

At £78 a bottle, it's not going to be for your average MP3 buyer. Some would say it's a blatant PR stunt, while others might say that it's one of the first music and wine pairings. Waddaythink?

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Test your knowledge with A+ virtual tastings

Test your knowledge with A+ virtual tastings | Wine in the World | Scoop.it

Here's a great tool for boosting your knowledge of Australia's regions and grapes.

 

Have a crack at picking the key characteristics of over 20 Australian wine regions and their typical grapes. It's a fun game that can help improve you knowledge of some key grape varieties, as well as the big continent's wines.

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