Archive for April, 2012:

Is Gippsland Australia’s new cool climate zone?

Published on April 30th, 2012
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The Gippsland zone is vast, about a quarter of the total area of the state of Victoria. The scale of viticulture is miniscule, about 1% that of neighbouring Yarra Valley. But the region is right on-trend with its cool climate locale.

Sustainability on the move

Published on April 26th, 2012
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The necessary mantra that sustainability is a journey not a destination is becoming manifest. And to prove that enterprises are taking continuous steps of improvement along this journey requires measurement, reporting, traceability and improvement action plans, often accompanied by independent certification.

Eclipse Riesling 2011

Published on April 25th, 2012
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New from Marks and Sparks is this wonderfully refreshing Eclipse Riesling 2011, made by Cono Sur.

Introducing Tasmania

Published on April 22nd, 2012
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The island state of Tasmania has just 1,400 hectares of vineyard producing some 0.5% of Australia’s total crush. But its repute as the country’s leading producer of cool climate, high quality still and sparkling wines far exceeds its volumetric contribution.

Arras – the house that Ed built

Published on April 18th, 2012
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House of Arras represents the pinnacle of Accolade Wines’ sparkling wine programme, a totally Tasmanian bubbly brand created and nurtured by Aussie sparkling wine maestro, Ed Carr, the group sparkling winemaker for Accolade Wines.

Minerality – quote, unquote 3

Published on April 14th, 2012
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Here’s a northern European selection of minerality quotes and comments from Germany and the Loire, with just one Champagne thrown in for good measure.

What does it take to make pinot noir?

Published on April 10th, 2012
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First stop on a tour of Tasmania was a pinot noir component tasting of Frogmore Creek’s Evermore pinot noir, with plenty of unexpected micro-batches taking part.

Tasting of Champagne Jacquart 2011 vins clairs

Published on April 6th, 2012
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Floriane Eznack, winemaker at Champagne Jacquart smuggled out (not literally, but by the sound of the administration involved, it might have been the easier option) some still base wines from the 2011 Champagne vintage.

A Carafe of Red

Published on April 2nd, 2012
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This is a collection of essays, snapshots of Asher’s wine writing from the 80s and 90s, almost all in Europe, languid tales of wine and history and culture, with remarkable relevance, even insight, for today. Worth a read.

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