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  • Matthew Jukes' 100 Best Australian Wines 2016

    We are excited to announce that eight wines from our burgeoning Australian portfolio have been recognised in Matthew Jukes’ 100 Best Australian Wines 2016.

    Skillogalee, Henschke, Kooyong, Howard Park, Glaetzer, Heartland and Fowles - seven producers from across Australia’s finest wine growing regions - are testament to our ever-evolving portfolio and the diversity and excitement of Australian Wine as a category.

    The winning wines are:

    2012 Trevarrick Riesling, Skillogalee

    2015 Julius Riesling, Henschke

    2015 Beurrot Pinot Gris, Kooyong

    2014 Chardonnay, Howard Park

    2013 Director's Cut Cabernet Sauvignon, Heartland

    2013 Amon-Ra, Glaetzer

    2010 Mount Edelstone Shiraz, Henschke,

    2012 Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz, Fowles Wines

    We are extremely proud of the producer partnerships we have forged across the globe, and are delighted for our producers to have gained this prestigious recognition for their expertise.

    If you are interested in finding out more about these wines, or our wider Australian portfolio, don't hesitate to get in touch or contact your account manager for more information.

  • d'Arenberg: Red Stripe Reviews

    d'Arenberg just can't stop hauling in the awards - with a bevvy of high scores coming through at the end of 2015!

    2015 Dry Dam Riesling

    James Halliday's Top 100 - 20 whites under $20 "An utterly impressive wine from a winery best known for its flotilla of red wines; its fruit has the juicy flavour and mouthfeel of the kind expected of a dry Mosel riesling; the intensity of the fruit is heightened by the crisp, crunchy acidity on the finish and aftertaste. The Dry Dam name is an anachronism."

    95 Points

    Gary Walsh - The Wine Front "Includes some Adelaide Hills grapes nowadays, though I’m not sure for how long that’s been: we’ve been a little sparse with our reviews of McLaren Vale Riesling. It’s certainly off dry, but the little dance between sugar and acid is nicely done here. Green apple, blossom perfume, lime and the like. Juicy sweetness, crackle of acidity, tang of sweet/sour green apple on a pretty long finish. Fresh and fun to drink. Would be tops with more spicy food or stuff like ‘traditional Australian Chinese’."

    91 Points

    2012 Ironstone Pressings

    Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front "Well I never. This is super. Made using grenache (70%), shiraz (25%) and a dollop of mourvedre. The firmness of tannin. The flush of blue/black berried fruit. The length. The infusion of herbs and woodsmoke and dry, rusty spice. It’s just a crackajack wine, firm and commanding, with length and complexity to burn."

    96 Points

    The Wine Genius "Richly coloured, generous and open-knit aromatics of black cherry, earthy, licorice with set coconut scented oak. Dry, full-bodied and powerful with layers of ripe fruit underpinned by some quite serious tannins. An exceptional long finish and good balance promises significant aging potential."

    96 Points

    2012 The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon

    Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front "McLaren Vale cabernet sauvignon. I’ve long been a fan. Done well, it defies the odds. Balance. Length. Ripples of dusty tannin. Leathery, boysenberried, earthen fruit, shot with succulent blackcurrant. Leafy notes chatter in the background. Oak is but a whisper. Volume of tannin is impressive; the fruit with it every step of the way."

    95 Points

     

     

     

    2012 The Dead Arm Shiraz

    Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front "Return to form after the less-than-stellar 2011 release. It just goes to show that “big” doesn’t have to mean either unbalanced or oak-driven. This is all or mostly about rich, black berried fruit and raking tannin, the end then lengthy and fresh. It’s not over-the-top but it’s not shy of its power and intensity. Earth, spice and ferrous notes churn though the tangy sweetness of the fruit. A long life is as good as guaranteed."

    95 Points

    The Wine Genius "Opaque colour - And little closed for the moment but plenty of complexity - blackberry, black olive, tar and spice well integrated with significant oak. Dry, dense, massive fruit concentration well matched with some generous tannins but needs time."

    95 Points

  • The cold snap is a welcome start for Peller Estates' Icewine harvest

    With temperatures dropping below -10˚C in the early morning of January 4, 2016 Peller Estates Winemaker Katie Dickieson gave her team the signal that the time had come to head to the vineyard. The weather conditions were picture perfect with an extreme weather alert called for the Niagara Region and the stage was set for the Icewine harvest to begin. With such ideal conditions, the team was successful in harvesting all of the Cabernet Franc and Riesling as well as a significant amount of Vidal grapes. Another cold snap is scheduled for the middle of January which will allow the remaining Vidal grapes to be harvested.

    Despite unseasonably warm temperatures through Niagara in December, so mild that golfers enjoyed one last round on Christmas Eve, the Icewine harvest was a constant topic of media attention. Mother Nature did not disappoint and the temperatures turned with the New Year and she provided us with weather conditions ideal for Icewine production. “I am pleased that we were successful in harvesting our Icewine in such a short window, the second picking of Vidal will allow us to achieve a wide range of complexity of juices”, states Winemaker Dickieson.

    The winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake produces limited quantities of Icewine each year when the outside temperatures reach -10˚C or colder. The grapes are then carefully harvested, sorted and pressed while still frozen with only one drop of juice collected from each single grape. The skin, seeds and shards of ice are left behind, allowing the intensely sweet flavourful juice to flow from the press. The concentrated juice then goes through several weeks of fermentation and in some cases, months of barrel ageing. The resulting wine is exquisitely flavourful and aromatic. Peller Estates Icewines have been awarded prestigious trophies and Gold medals in the world’s greatest wine competitions including back to back Masters Awards at the Global Riesling Masters Competition in the UK and a Gold Medal for the Riesling Icewine at the this year’s IWSC. The company is also honoured to have been named Canadian Wine Producer of the Year, last month at the IWSC.

  • The Power of Planeta

    Planeta have collected a host of awards throughout 2015 from across their six wineries in Sicily - Ulmo, Buonivini, Dispensa, Dorilli, Feudo di Mezzo and La Baronia.

    About Planeta

    It was early days for the Planeta family when they first visited Enotria – this Sicilian winery may be a byword for innovation and knowing the market now, but at that time in the mid-1990s they didn’t even have a label for their wine.

    What they did have was a vision that has played a key role in revolutionising the image and quality of Sicilian wines, founded on an unrivalled knowledge of the land forged by many years as grape growers.

    When the change was made in the 1990s, expertise came from a source that is as surprising as it is illustrative of the breadth of the Planeta vision: Australia. The winemaker brought in by Diego Planeta was an Italian – Carlo Corino – but one who had learned the latest warm-climate winemaking secrets in Mudgee, New South Wales. Planeta’s wines have captured the intrinsic perfume and fresh flavours of Sicily’s grapes ever since.

    This – at the time – unconventional approach extended to the winemaking, with Planeta establishing a cult following for its barrel-aged Chardonnay at a time when most Italian white wines were typically consumed straight out of the fermenter.

    That early success gave Planeta the credibility to open the world’s eyes to the charms of Sicily’s indigenous grape varieties, ushering in a broad range of wines that today owes as much to Grecanico and Nero d’Avola as it does to the winery’s signature Chardonnay.

    The Awards

    Alastro 2014 Gambero rosso Bere Bene - Oscar Qualità prezzo
    Merlot Sito dell'Ulmo 2011 Wine Enthusiast 90
    Syrah Maroccoli 2010 James Suckling 93
    Wine Enthusiast 91
    Syrah du monde Bronze medal
    La Segreta Bianco 2014 James Suckling 90
    Burdese 2010 Wine Enthusiast 90
    Cometa 2014 Bibenda 5 grappoli
    James Suckling 93
    Decanter 92
    Vini Buoni d'Italia Corona
    "111 Vini Italiani che devi proprio assaggiare"  di Fede&Tinto
    "1001 vini da bere almeno una volta nella vita"  di Lorenza Negri
    Frappato 2014 Gambero rosso Bere Bene - Oscar Qualità prezzo
    Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2014 Vini Buoni d'Italia 4 Stelle
    Dorilli 2013 Bibenda 5 grappoli
    James Suckling 94
    Vini Buoni d'Italia 4 Stelle
    Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri
    Santa Cecilia 2011 TOP 100 #54  - Wine Enthusiast  94 pt
    James Suckling 93
    Merano Wine Festival Gold Medal
    Guida essenziale ai vini d'Italia Daniele Cernilli 92
    Passito di Noto 2013 Vini Buoni d'Italia 4 Stelle
    Etna Bianco 2014 James Suckling 91
    Etna Rosso 2014 James Suckling 90
    Eruzione 1614 Carricante 2014 Guida essenziale ai vini d'Italia Daniele Cernilli 95
    James Suckling 90
    Brut Metodo Classico NV James Suckling 90
    Nero d'Avola Nocera 2014 James Suckling 91
    Vini Buoni d'Italia 4 Stelle
  • Try some award-winning Pinot Noir this summer

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We’re delighted to say that Yealands have been awarded the Marlborough Pinot Noir Trophy for their Yealands Estate Winemakers Reserve Awatere Valley Pinot Noir 2013 at the prestigious ‘International Wine Challenge’. Overall they received 34 medals, an outstanding number considering they're only 7 years young!

    Yealands believe it’s the nurturing and preservation of the land that is vital to their success and their commitment is to put just as much in as they take out, in line with their motto: Think Boldly Tread Lightly.

  • Enotria shortlisted for IWC On Trade Supplier and Australia Specialist Merchant of the year!

    We're very excited to say that we have been shortlisted for the IWC's On Trade Supplier of the Year and Australia Specialist Merchant of the Year Awards.

    Competition is certainly tough but we're hoping that our entries have impressed the judges enough to come away with at least one of these prestigious awards. This year we have made concerted efforts with our strategy to increase and improve our service to give customers the perfect Enotria experience from the first mile through to the last.  Our Australian portfolio continues to go from strength to strength as we have taken on more iconic, varied and dynamic producers.

    With the Awards ceremony still over a month away on 16th July, we'll have our fingers crossed until then for some success - watch this space!

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