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Monthly Archives: June 2009

  • Tim Atkin on Henschke

    Tim Atkin MW, wine writer extraordinaire, reveals his favourite wines from a Henschke tasting last week... and his favourites for this summer's ashes! [flv: 300 200] Unsurprsingly perhaps, the Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2005 and the mightily impressive Hill of Grace 2004 were among Tim's favourites at the tasting; but he also made special mention of Henschke's white wines, including the Julius Riesling and Coralinga Sauvignon Blanc. This echoed Rebecca Gibb's blog on the same subject.

  • Trophy glory for Margaret

    margaret-labelMargaret Semillon, that is of course. Peter Lehmann's fabulous 2004 Semillon named in honour of Peter's wife has won the Barossa Semillon Trophy at this year's International Wine Challenge. The 2003 vintage also won a Gold Medal in the same competition. The 2003 will be available from early July, and the 2004 from later this year. Margaret Lehmann herself says: "The 2004 is a beautiful thoroughbred, set to win Ascot or even the Arc de Triomphe!" browse Peter Lehman wines here.

  • Iona Sauvignon in Decanter

    iona-decanter3Andrew Gunn's Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2008 gets a rave review in the latest edition of Decanter, focusing on the cool climate region of Elgin in the Cape. No less an authority than John Platter, founder of the eponymous wine guide, awards Iona 4 stars, describing it as "Forward, racy with flinty aromas and steely minerality. Elegant, uncluttered, poised."

  • Jean Trimbach

    Jean Trimbach offers up one of his 'great ancestors', namely the Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling, for our delectation. [flv: 300 200]

  • Antu Ninquen 90+ in Wine Advocate

    antuninquen-wa Jay Miller, writing in one of the wine world's most respected journals, The Wine Advocate, was extremely impressed by the Antu Ninquen Cabernet Carmenere 2007. Dr Miller said: "The 2007 Ninquen Antu Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere has a classy perfume of cigar box, Asian spices, violets, blackcurrant, and blueberry. On the palate it shows off ripe tannin and some incipient complexity. The firm finish suggests that this excellent effort will evolve for 1-2 years and perform optimally from 2011 to 2019. 90+/100." This brilliant review follows hot on the heels of the same wine winning gold at this year's International Wine Challenge.

  • 20 Years of Stonewell

    stonewell-tasters1 It sounds like a momentous tasting... and it was! Andrew Wigan, Chief Winemaker at Peter Lehmann Wines, flew into London last week to preside over the unveiling of a score of vintages of one of Australia's iconic red wines. Stonewell Shiraz (pronounced 'shiraaaaazzz' of course) from 1987 up to the as-yet-unreleased vintages of 2005 and 2006, for the benefit of around 30 journalists, sommeliers and long time Lehmann fanatics. Wigan was charmingly honest about this famous wine's history. Lehmann introduced barrique fermentation for the wine a couple of years after its first launch as 'a couple of other wineries had won the Jimmy Watson trophy by doing so'. It certainly worked - the '89 Stonewell won the trophy that year! The award was key in building the young wine's reputation into one of Australia's top red wines. The change to French oak in the mid 1990's certainly presaged a more subtle oak style. It was a fascinating tasting, and the latest vintages especially 2002, 2004, and the 05 and 06 showed that the wine has a long and very promising future ahead of it. The 1998, from what is widely recognised as one of the all-time great vintages in the Barossa, did not disappoint, but there was much to like in some of the less-vaunted earlier vintages. As one eminent wine writer remarked afterwards over a refreshing glass of Black Queen Sparkling Shiraz: "How many other wineries from anywhere in the world would be prepared to put up twenty consecutive vintages of an iconic wine such as this? Kudos to Peter Lehmann."

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