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Monthly Archives: November 2016

  • d'Arenberg's winning design

    Old Bloke

    d'Arenberg is known for many things, but if there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that they've got an eye for design, and have perfected the art of being different. You simply need to look at winemaker Chester Osborn's fabulous array of shirts as proof.

    Now, d'Arenberg's on point style has been officially recognised, after the Old Bloke & Three Young Blondes took out the best packaging award in Australia, at the Australian Graphic Design Awards. The esteemed award – known as a Pinnacle – is only given to work that receives a unanimous high score from all judges. Pinnacle winners are added to the collection of ‘glass mountains’, which acts as a historic narrative of graphic design in Australia.

    “Everyone at d’Arenberg is proud of this official acknowledgement that we’re not afraid to do things differently,” said Chester Osborne.

    The name for the wine derives from the old vine Shiraz which is the major component of the wine, plus the ‘Three Young Blondes’ of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier, which, when added to the blend bring  fragrance, spice and length. Each of these title characters are represented on the label as a cut out silhouette. Much like the wine itself, the four personalities are 'blended' together by being overlayed one on top of the other, each creating a window to the next and achieving an effect of tactility and depth.

    Enotria&Coe will have a limited collection of The Old Bloke & The Three Young Blondes available to purchase in the middle of January 2017.

  • Henschke #WineChick crowned

    We're thrilled to announce that our very own Prue Henschke has been lauded as Viticulturist of the Year, in the 2016 Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA).

    The awards acknowledge the work of women in the Australian wine community, with the aim to support and highlight positive female role models and leaders within the industry.

    Nearly 30 years ago, Prue took on the role of viticulturist for the esteemed Barossa Valley winery. In her role, Prue's research revolves around vineyard sward management, green waste, compost and mulches, trellis design, canopy management, soil moisture management and trials with native grasses and organic and biodynamic viticulture.

    Always an innovator, Prue's taken on better trellis and soil management in the vineyards using composts and mulches leading to the adoption of organic and biodynamic practices. What's more, she's used her botanical expertise by establishing native grass swards and nectar-providing native plants for beneficial insects.

    The judging panel included Chair of Wine Australia Brian Walsh, Stargazer winemaker Samantha Connew, wine writer Jeni Port, Irvine winemaker Rebekah Richardson and many more.

    “These awards give hope to the future generations of women coming through the wine community that there will be other women who are willing to lift them up and support them,” said board member Rebekah Richardson. “It brings a cohesiveness we have not seen before and a way for our achievements to be highlighted and celebrated in an inclusive and encouraging environment. I would hate to think that the next generations have to struggle with the bias that I have seen through my career.”

    Board Member Toni Carlino said it's been an honour to be involved in the inspiring awards program. “The overwhelming number of entries for this year’s awards is a demonstration of the incredibly talented individuals and their teams who provide outstanding service to our industry,’ said Ms. Carlino. “Whilst we know gender equality is still an issue in our industry, and we have a long way to go to true equality, it is heartening to see how so many in our wine community have embraced and supported these awards, initiatives and events over the past year.”

    The full awards broadcast can be viewed here. 

  • Peter Yealands recognised with Lifetime Achievement Award

    Peter-Yealands

    We're delighted to announce Yealands Founder and Principal, Peter Yealands, has been recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award at The Drinks Business Green Awards 2016 for his continued innovation and commitment to sustainable practices.

    The Drinks Business Lifetime Achievement Award looks for an individual who has “excelled throughout their career in furthering environmental, sustainable or ethical practices in the drinks industry to the benefit and education of others.”

    Peter Yealands is the first New Zealander to have won this prestigious award since its inception in 2010, with previous winners hailing from South Africa, Spain, France and the U.S.A.  It’s a great achievement to put such a young wine-producing company so firmly on the map through his uncompromising passion for sustainable winemaking practices.  His motto to “Think Boldly, Tread Lightly and Never Say It Can’t Be Done” speaks volumes for his approach to his career, forever the innovator and forever dedicated to doing things differently with as little impact on the land as possible.

    Of Peter’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Patrick Schmitt MW, Editor-in-Chief of The Drink Business said, “We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to award The Drinks Business Lifetime Achievement Award to Peter Yealands this year.  He has truly excelled throughout his career implementing many wonderful sustainable initiatives and furthering environmental and sustainable practices in the wine industry.”

    When Peter himself heard the news he thanked his team for this fantastic achievement.  “I’m really delighted to be able to accept this award; really it’s on behalf of my great team who are as passionate about sustainability as I am and have helped me shape Yealands Family Wines over the past nine years.  I’m truly humbled by this award and really, really appreciative.”

    His company, Yealands Wine Group, also picked up an award on the night as the Renewable Energy Implementation runner-up for the installation of the largest solar array in New Zealand on their winery roof.

  • Winter warmers

    With November more than half way over, there's no more denying it: winter is well and truly on its way. So now's the time to pull the woolen scarfs and beanies out from the depths of your cupboard, whack your central heating into gear, and stock your wine rack up a collection of warming winter reds. Which is where we come in. With an impressive line-up of some of the most soulful reds from around the world, we've got a tipple to suit just about any palate. While we've picked out just five, rest assured we have plenty more to keep you going through the chilly winter months.

    LABEL2-A725The Custodian Grenache, d'Arenberg, 2011

    Being the keeper of nearly one third of McLaren Vale’s old bush vine Grenache, d’Arenberg has earned the title of ‘Custodian’ of the variety. Upfront raspberry fruit gets things started, but it's a savouriness through the finish leaves that leaves you with something to ponder. Indeed, this South Australian Grenache shows impeccable shape through the mouth.

     

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    Amarone Valpantena, Bertani, 2013

    Deep dark ruby with a violet rim. Notes of black and sour cherries, berries, spices and dried fruit. The palate is creamy  with soft tannins and integrated oak.  This is a lighter, fruitier and younger version of Bertani’s icon Amarone Classico.

     

    LABEL2-B167 Melodias Winemakers Selection Malbec, Trapiche, 2015

    Softly textured with notes of ripe plums, black cherries and a touch of sweet spice. The grapes are hand harvested by bunch selection to ensure the best fruit is chosen. This is a great Malbec, that's typcial of the Mendoza region.

     

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    Flint Rock Pinot Noir, Howard Park, 2015

    From Western Australia's largest family-owned and operated boutique winery, comes an elegant and generous Pinot, which is bursting with notes of spicy dark-berry fruit, sweet cherry and cinnamon.

     

    2208Douro Red, Quinta do Crasto, 2014

    An incredibly well-crafted, moreish wine that you can enjoy with lamb or other seasonal winter dishes. On the nose, we have intense aromas of blackberries and raspberries, while the palate is bursting with wild berry characters. Very ripe fruit with ample tannin and spice.

  • The Great New Zealand Wine Tasting

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    Join us for an extraordinary journey of discovery at London's 36th Great New Zealand Wine Trade Tasting, and learn more about the exciting wines to come out of the region.

    With an unparalleled collection of sustainable wines, this is your chance to reconnect with old favourites and encounter captivating new styles. Uncover how everything from terroir to winemaking techniques play a part in the final result of these New World Kiwi delights.

    A huge selection of wineries will be represented from all over the country, including superstar producers who've helped put NZ on the wine map, to up-and-coming artisan estates who are only just being discovered. Plus, with a bevvy of winemakers on hand, you'll have the chance to learn more about the diverse wine-prodcuing region.


    The Details:

    Date: Monday, 16 January 2017.

    Time: 11am-5.30pm.

    Where: Lindley Hall, Elverton Street, London, SW1P 2PE.


    Registrations for the highly anticipated New Zealand trade tasting are now open. To secure your place, RSVP here

    For more information, please email newzealandwinegrowersuk@nzwine.com

  • Summertime at Thelema

    While harvest is all but wrapped up here in the Northern Hemisphere, producers down south are gearing up for their season early next year. Our friends from Thelema, have shared the with us the latest happenings from the South African estate.

    "Though the harvest season may get all the attention, one must not forget that each grape harvest is the end result of 12 months of hard work. Even in the seemingly “slow” season, the farm team are kept busy managing growth in the vineyards, preparing for new plantings, monitoring the weather and planning forward to the next harvest. The winemaking team has finalised the red blends of the 2015 vintage which will soon be prepared for bottling." Here at Enotria&Coe HQ we can't wait to get our hands on a bottle what's sure to be a delicious red. 

    thelema dogIn other important news out of the South African estate, the cellar door has a new canine mascot, who, quite frankly is giving our wines a run for their money in the attention stakes. Grace's little brother, Finn, is more than a handful, but his puppy dog stares quickly make up for the fact he's chewed through the ADSL cable to your PC.

    Thelema in the Press

    In UK Wine Master, Tim Atkin's, latest South African Report, Thelema and Sutherland stood out from the crowd, with 15 wines scoring 90+ points. In fact, according to Tim, "When it comes to the quality of South African wine, I've never felt more positive."

    Here's a wrap-up of some of the estate's best faring wines.

    94 points - Thelema Rabelais 2012

    “This time, it’s a cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Petit Verdot. Sourced from the best blocks at Thelema, it’s meaty and concentrated, with plenty of tannic structure, well-integrated oak and inky plum and cassis fruit flavours supported by acidity.”

    94 points - Thelema Merlot Reserve 2013

    "Thelema’s Reserve Merlot is a barrel selection that often comes from the same vineyard block. It’s a very accomplished rendition of what can be a tricky grape to grow in the Cape, showing flavours of plum, bramble, graphite, green herb and scented vanilla oak. The tannins are very fine indeed, hinting at good ageing potential.”

    94 points - Sutherland Chardonnay 2014

    “Thelema’s Elgin Chardonnays are in a rich vein of form at the moment. This combines flinty reduction with beeswax, honey and mineral notes, with some pear and melon sweetness and a core of fresh acidity. The oak is very smart, too.”

    93 points - Thelema Chardonnay 2014

    “Thelema’s Chardonnay was one of the first Cape examples to develop an international following and is still an impressive expression of the grape. Textured, balanced and leesy, with some honey and toast, it’s a full malo style but is supported by citrus-edged acidity.”

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