De Bortoli, d’Arenberg & others in the news

The Guardian (on-line), 25 July, Rosslyn Beeby

One of Australia’s biggest family-owned wineries wants to become the country’s first zero-waste wine producer, and has invested more than $15m to achieve this goal.

De Bortoli Wines, which has wineries at four sites in two states, has already cut the amount of waste it disposes to landfill from 300 tonnes a year to 48 tonnes as part of a long-term sustainable business plan adopted in 2004. Full article

Drinks Business (UK), 25 July, Lucy Shaw

Ebullient Australian winemaker Chester Osborn of d’Arenberg is planning to open what he believes will be Australia’s “best restaurant” at his AU$13m Cube project in McLaren Vale. Full article

The Otago Daily Times (NZ), 27 July, Mark Henderson

I recently attended a masterclass of d’Arenberg wines with winemaker Toby Porter. D’Arenberg is one of Australia’s “First Families of Wine”, with four generations of family ownership dating back over 100 years, and is based a short drive south of Adelaide in McLaren Vale. Full article

Grape Expectations 9 July Max Crus (Simon Hughes)

At some point in the week these reviews and article  will appear in The Daily Examiner (Grafton), Border Mail (Albury), Rotary Down Under (National) and Australian Petroleum Marketer News (National) 

“Well, I’m over it and to prove it‘s possible to do without such nonsense, here’s half a dozen wines I’ve never met before, let me introduce you:”

Tar and Roses Heathcote Tempranillo 2015, $24. Well, tar and rose me if this is the punishment. Fatter, fuller and more flavoursome than your average Spanish red. 8.8/10.

Tar & Roses Heathcote Sangiovese 2014, $24. Sangiovese is a funny grape. Without food it can be thin and tart, like my first girlfriend, but take her to a restaurant and it all changes, she becomes all warm and friendly. It’s a cargo cult alright. 8.8/10.

Cassegrain Reserve Falerne (Merlot/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Sauvignon) 2011, $45. Not sure who Falerne is or why she was hiding her light under a bushel, but there should be more of her, for sure, Falerne. 9.2/10.

Cassegrain Edition Noir Sangiovese, 2015, $28. Disliking sangiovese is akin to disliking Collingwood supporters just because it can be a long time between nice ones. I’ve been pretty black about it in recent months but this one is all white. Have it with a Pies match. 8.9/10.

Tomich Woodside Vineyard Chardonnay, 2015, $25. A bee on the label signifies how hard the Tomich family work to keep us in chardonnay (and pinot)…our house, on the other hand, is full of butterflies. And that’s how we like it. 8.7/10.

Tomich Woodside Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015, $30. Ah, freezing mornings riding motorcycles in the Adelaide Hills come flooding back as the warmth of a fireside red gets the nostalgia happening. 8.7/10.


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