Olympic wines, sommelier wines and others

The Yorkshire Post, 6 August, Christine Austin

A selection of wines to drink whilst watching the Olympics, includs

All hurdle events should be accompanied by a glass of d’Arenberg’s High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (£12.95 Hic! Wine Merchants, Ledston) and this will also do for the High Jump while the Triple Jump needs a wine that also has three important elements to it. Esprit des Trois Pierres 2014 (£7.69, Waitrose) from the Costières de Nîmes is made from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre.

For semi-finals day you should trade up to McGuigan The Shortlist Coonawarra Cabernet from a vineyard as long and as flat as the rowing lake (£14.99 Ocado). If we get a boat in the finals there will probably be an Australian crew alongside so toast them with Dead Arm Shiraz 2010 from d’Arenberg (£28 Hic! Wine Merchants).

Business Insider, 5 August, Simon Thomsen

5 wines a top Australian sommelier says you should drink this winter

“Matt Dunne is group sommelier Solotel, the restaurant and hospitality group co-owned by chef Matt Moran, which includes the Aria restaurants in Sydney and Brisbane, Opera Bar, Chiswick, North Bondi Fish and Riverbar & Kitchen, Brisbane.

Business Insider asked Dunne what he likes to drink when the weather turns cold, as well as suggestions on what foods to serve them with. He likes these wines so much he also put them on the Opera Bar wine list.” Full article

Money Week (UK), 5 August, Matthew Jukes

Review for 2015 Petaluma, Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Sound the trumpets and man the ramparts because Petaluma, after a four year absence, is back in the UK.

Bold but keen, with waxy rather than oily fruit, just the right amount of oak and exquisite acidity, sharpening and extending the finish to hitherto unknown lengths, I can, hand on heart, say this is the finest release of this wine I have ever tasted. Welcome back Petaluma.

Campbell River Mirror (BC Canada), 4 August, Doug Sloan

Summery wines from the land down-under…

If we are to believe the Australian Grape and Wine Authority – and why wouldn’t we? – wine grape vines first arrived in Australia with the First Fleet in 1788.

After a sticky few years of battling heat and humidity at Sydney Cove, significant vineyards were established near Parramatta in 1805 by Gregory Blaxland and near Camden in 1820 by William Macarthur…

Reviews for

  • Yellowtail wines
  • An unusual offering, Lindeman`s `Early Harvest` Pinot Grigio (220459) $10.15 treads lightly.
  • Woolshed Shiraz
  • Punch in The Face Shiraz
  • Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling
  • Langmeil Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon

Time to rediscover the wines of Oz! Full article

Wales On line, 9 August, Neil Cammies

It was really good to catch up with old acquaintances Adam and Claire Pledger of the Park House Restaurant, Cardiff, home to one of the finest winelists in the UK, where they were hosting a tasting and lunch featuring the iconic Australian winery Henschke… Full article


The Mercury (Tasmania), 6 & 9 August, Graeme Phillips




Grape Expectations 6 August 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) 

Lowe Nullo Mountain Riesling 2013, $50. Nullo Mountain is a long way up, and a long way down if you stray too close to the cliff edge. Great place for riesling then, and a banking inquiry. 9/10.

Lowe (Organic) Zinfandel 2012, $75. Zins are frequently big and bold and brash, like a bank CEO, but this one is far more refined and gentle at 13 per cent which is even less than a credit card interest rate. 8.6/10.

Angove (McLaren Vale) Family Crest Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2015, $22. How many family crests have grapes on them? How many people have family crests? Should be more of it…crest up Australia. Thick and rich like a banker’s son. 8.8/10.

Angove Organic Merlot 2015, $16. This is remarkably good value but you still couldn’t buy one with the reduction in your mortgage payments. 8.6/10.

Reschke Rufus the Bull Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, $22.50. Rufus is a pretty cute name for a bull, and means loosely, ‘red haired’, but for blokes only. Beware calling any red-headed women Rufus. 8.7/10.

Reschke Bos Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, $42.50. How old is that? If you bought the Bos in 2007 it would have cost you about $5000 (same as an original Bruce Springsteen record) in lost interest, so thanks Reschke. 8.7/10.

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