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Monthly Archives: September 2015

  • The NZ Advantage...

    As the Rugby World Cup 2015 gets underway, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise have released the ‘NZ Advantage’ campaign, asking the question – What do defending World Cup champions the All Blacks and their dominance of the elusive “advantage line” have in common with the success of NZ businesses on the world stage?

    Alongside commentary from the All Blacks and NZ business leaders, Yealands Estates' very own Chief Winemaker Tamra Kelly-Washington features in the video!

    A little about Tamra...

    Yealand’s winemaker Tamra Kelly-Washington grew up in Marlborough during the region’s viticulture explosion, spending her school holidays working in vineyards and winery restaurants. It was natural that she would go on to study winemaking, completing a degree in Viticulture and Oenology at Lincoln University, where she was named ‘top student.’

    Tamra’s love of the vine inspired her to gain hands-on experience, first in California and then in Australia’s Hunter Valley and Margaret River. Her big winemaking break came in 2002 at Casa Vinicola Calatrasi in Sicily, followed by four years as Head Winemaker for the Calatrasi Group, overseeing wineries in Sicily, Puglia and Tunisia.

    Tamra was lured home by Peter Yealands’ new winery project combined with his ‘can do’ attitude. In Tamra’s words it was, “the ultimate opportunity – working with super-premium cool climate fruit and being involved from scratch in the set-up of a new winery and brand with absolute commitment to sustainability!”


  • Go Game!

    To see in the start of Autumn Equinox - that's today by the way we're celebrating with a seasonal feast of Wild Hare with Field Mushrooms and Henschke's Giles Pinot Noir (exclusive to Independent Retailers).

    Wild Hare


    1 hare

    100ml olive oil

    12 tree onions or shallots - whole

    300g smoked pork - diced

    8 field mushrooms

    300ml shiraz

    4 beetroot - peeled and sliced into wedges

    8 juniper berries

    2 tsp winter savoury

    ½ cup dried forest mushrooms - soaked

    1 litre stock - can be brown chicken or beef stock


    Bone the hare into 4 joints and 2 saddle fillets.

    In an ovenproof baking dish, brown onions and smoked pork in olive oil. Remove and seal the 4 joints of the hare. Add dried mushrooms (and juice) and shiraz. Bring to the boil.

    Add in beetroot, onions, smoked pork, juniper berries, winter savoury and stock. Cook fully covered for 1½ to 2 hours at 160oC. Take hare off the bone and return to the braise; reheat to serve.

    Seal and cook hare fillets rare. Slice and serve with braised legs and the roast mushrooms.

    Roast field mushrooms

    2 cloves garlic - chopped

    1 tsp thyme - chopped100g

    Melted butter

    8 field mushrooms


    Chop garlic, add salt, pepper and thyme and mix into melted butter; pour over mushrooms and roast at 200oC for 10 minutes.

    Serve with:

    Giles Pinot Noir, Henschke

    100% Pinot Noir

    Lifted aromas of sweet, ripe raspberry, rhubard and wild black cherry, with spicy, sappy hints.  Velvety texture and silky tannins.

  • Ferrari crowned Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year at CSWWC 2015!

    The Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championship is an international contest organised by Tom Stevenson is dedicated exclusively to sparkling wines.

    The latest results of this renowned contest crowned Ferrari “Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year".

    Commenting on the results, Tom Stevenson said: “With 113 new producers, a 38% increase in the number of countries represented and 36% more Gold and Silver medal-winning wines this year, we can truly say that the CSWWC 2015 has been welcomed and embraced by every significant terroir for sparkling wine production!

    “This increase in both diversity and quality has doubled the number of Best in Class awards this year, which is a good thing because it draws attention to the high standard of sparkling wine around the world, but it presented us with a problem. It would have resulted in so many Champion trophies by Style that those trophies would have been devalued. We therefore made National trophies our highest and most prestigious awards in 2015, with the single illustrious exception of the Supreme World Champion. Next year it is very likely that we shall see the return of World Champions by Style, but they will be reduced to a select few to ensure that the exclusivity of our top awards is retained.”


  • Independent Retailers - Chance to win a Coravin!

    If you're an Independent Retailer and have purchased any of the exclusive wines from our Indies List then take to twitter for the chance to win a Coravin system!

    All you need to do is post a picture of your shop display - showing our wines - for your entry to be put into the draw for a chance to win. The winner will be chosen at random from all the posts, so the more pictures you post, the greater your chance of success!

    NB don't forget to post to @enotriaindies so we can add your entry to the draw!

    About the Coravin system:

    Coravins are a brilliant device for sampling fine wine without ever having to remove the cork. The systems pierce the corks with a fine needle and replace the space with an inert gas.

    The cork then closes back up as if the bottle has never been opened. Retailing at £269, these systems have revolutionised our ability to sample fine wine, making it possible to discover if a wine has aged for long enough - or if it still needs more time - without the risk.

    The prize:

    A Coravin 1000 system (including gas capsules)








    All posts between now and 11pm on 18th October will be counted.

  • d'Arenberg scores high in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate!

    Great news for d'Arenberg this month as a collection of their portfolio has scored 90 or more points in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.

    A little about d'Arenberg

    Family owned d’Arenberg is located in the breathtaking McLaren Vale in South Australia, and produces an enviable range of wines. From humble beginnings, these wines quickly gained cult status amongst imbibers and judges alike – it’s a deft combination of winemaking tradition and vinous innovation. A tall order for some, but one that d’Arenberg takes in their stride as they continue to push the boundaries and get under the skin of each individual vineyard in order to get the best from the vines. This is backed up by an engaging consumer-friendly approach to the ‘deadly serious fun’ of wine.

    The reviews

    95 POINTS

    The Dead Arm Shiraz 2011

    “Deep garnet-coloured with a hint of purple, the 2011 The Dead Arm Shiraz has a quite youthful nose revealing intense cassis, plum and mulberry scents with hoisin sauce, Szechuan pepper and an earthy undercurrent.”

    91 POINTS

    The Galvo Garage 2010

    “Medium garnet-coloured with a hint of purple, the 2010 The Galvo Garage Proprietary Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc that shows evolving aromas of cassis, dried mulberries and earth with hints of sandalwood, cigar boxes and pencil lead plus a touch of bay leaf. Medium-bodied, fresh and showing good concentration, it has a firm structure of chewy tannins and a long finish with an herbal lift.”

    The Love Grass Shiraz 2012

    “Deep garnet/purple, the 2012 The Love Grass Shiraz presents attractive aromas of fresh blackcurrants, black plums and mulberries with hints of cigar box, yeast extract, smoked bacon and earthy notes. Medium to full-bodied and solidly structured by chewy tannins, it has good fruit expression, finesse and a long finish.”

    90 POINTS

    The Custodian Grenache 2012

    “Pale to medium ruby/purple, the 2012 The Custodian Grenache reveals aromas of crushed black raspberries and black cherries with roses and earth nuances. Medium to full-bodied, the palate ripe, silky and seductive palate finishes with good length.”

    The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

    “Deep garnet/purple, the 2011 The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon opens to earthy and meaty notes over a core of cassis, baked blackberries and mulberries plus tar, cloves, wild thyme and eucalyptus. Medium-bodied and showing good concentration and freshness, it is structured by grainy tannins and a long finish.”

    The Wild Pixie Shiraz 2011

    “Deep garnet/purple, the 2011 The Wild Pixie has a nose of red currants, red and black cherries, crushed blackberries and pepper with a hint of vanilla. Medium to full-bodied with good concentration, the palate has exuberant red and black berry flavors, a solid frame of grainy tannins and a long finish.”

    The Derelict Vineyard Grenache 2011

    “Pale to medium-ruby in colour, the 2011 The Derelict Vineyard Grenache has intense kirsch and white pepper nose with hints of dried herbs and dusty earth. Very peppery in the medium-bodied mouth,it has chewy tannins, a good expression of fruit and a long finish.”

    The Dry Dam Riesling 2014

    “The 2014 The Dry Dam Riesling opens with a nice citrus zest and floral-laced nose with hints of coriander seed and white peaches. Dry, lively and showing good intensity on the palate, this wine shows youthful vivacity before finishing long and clean.”

    The Hermit Crab Viognier, Marsanne 2014

    “The 2014 The Hermit Crab Marsanne / Viognier reveals a lovely white peach, lychee, baker’s yeast and jasmine nose lifted with some white roses and allspice notes. Medium-bodied, the satiny palate shows great intensity with just enough racy acidity adding to the good length.”

    For new vintages of these wines, please contact your account manager.

  • Join us at our Seasonal Showcase events in London, Brighton and Manchester!

    The time has come for our Seasonal Showcase events!

    At Enotria, our love of food and wine is at the heart of everything we do, and we want to share that with you and our producers.  We are proud to offer a curated selection of the best estates from the world of wine.  Our ever-evolving list encapsulates the great and the good - the small artisan producers, iconic names and wineries that are true pioneers in their regions.

    Our Seasonal Showcase is a great opportunity to meet some of the people behind these pioneering names, and to immerse yourself in an exploration of their wines and the stories behind them.

    Sitting alongside the producers and their wines will be Enotria Selects: a hand-picked range of wines, chosen especially by our team to pair perfectly with the mouth-watering food you will find at each of our venues along the way; a perfect opportunity to experiment with food and flavour.

    If, like us, you have an avid interest in the captivating partnership between food and wine, you can't afford to miss it!

    It's not too late to RSVP to if you would like to attend any of the events.


    Tuesday 8th September 2015

    11:00 - 17:00

    5th View at Waterstone's, 203-205 Piccadilly, London


    Wednesday 9th September 2015

    11:00 - 16:00

    The Salt Room, 106 King's Road, Brighton

    Thursday 10th September


    11:00 - 16:00

    Urban Cookhouse, 54 Princess Street, Manchester

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