The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-10-16T07:08:16Z La La Land welcomes Rosé 2017 to the family 2017-10-16T07:08:16Z -374 La La Land Wines proudly announces the arrival of Rosé, delivered on 30th of October 2017 by a giant flamingo. Siblings Malbec, Pinot Gris and Tempranillo are delighted to welcome this alluring red head to their family. La La Land Rosé 2017 was conceived saignée style about nine months ago, when our winemakers crushed some super tasty Victorian Pinot Noir.  After a short time on skins, we kept the free run juice separate.  A specially selected yeast kicked off a slow, cool ferment which captured natural juicy, strawberry flavours with a hint of fresh watermelon and toffee.  Minimal intervention at birth achieved Rosé’s natural, expressive style.  Pale and dry, we think Rosé is just beautiful. Rosé fits right in with friends at a picnic, at a game of croquet or at any other social gathering this summer.  Retailing at $18 and available at independent retailers Australia wide, Rosé is vegan friendly.  Serve chilled with antipasto platters, fresh seafood or a huge pan of paella.  Alcohol is 12.5% with 5.7g/l acidity and less than 2g/l residual sugar. ABOUT THE LA LA LAND FAMILY La La Land adds a breath of fresh air to the sometimes-stuffy world of wine. An eclectic collection of new generation wines from family owned estate vineyards, La La Land wines are crafted from lesser known grape varieties, which thrive in the warm clime of north west Victoria. La La Land wines are wines to explore -  flavoursome and generous, made with creative flair and a touch of funk to challenge traditional conventions.  La La Land is the official wine for the Jazz High Teas series at the Arts Centre Melbourne and is available at select retailers Australia wide. ·        Established – 2013 near Mildura. ·        Approximately 4 500 cases per year. ·        Wine Region – Victoria, Australia. ·        Winemakers – Frank Newman assisted by Aidan Menzies. Viticulturist – Craig Thornton. ·        Distributed by Red+White Australia wide.  Tel. 1300 655 732.     Deakin Estate’s new River to Vine labels launched 2017-06-05T00:44:08Z deakin-estate-s-new-river-to-vine-labels-launched Deakin Estate’s family owned vineyards lie near Mildura in north west Victoria, Australia. Here, the mighty Murray River weaves across the land, bringing life to the region.  As one of the world’s longest navigable rivers, the Murray stretches for 2,500 kilometres, bordered by a tapestry of quintessential Australian flora, including magnificent gum trees.  For over 40,000 years, this river sustained the region’s traditional owners, the Latje Latje people, whose deep connection to the land centres around the timeless Murray – now central to Deakin Estate’s unique terroir. Deakin’s new River to Vine labels pay homage to the magnificent Murray and the role it plays in delivering exceptional, estate grown fruit to our winemakers.  Deakin Estate enjoys full control over every aspect of production, from proprietary vineyards through to final wines -  giving consistency, vintage after vintage.    For consumers looking for a wine they can always trust for quality and affordability, these fresh labels, designed by Melbourne’s Beetle Creative, evoke a sense of place. The Murray River’s irrigation system was set up in 1887 by the Chaffey Brothers.  Water availability accelerated agricultural expansion around the Murray Darling region, in which Deakin Estate was established in 1967.  Today, Deakin’s viticulturist Craig Thornton is highly regarded for his meticulous irrigation trials in conjunction with research bodies such as the CSIRO, ensuring Deakin is at the forefront of regional viticulture.   Craig says, “My approach is to create a balanced vine canopy.  Irrigation is our main tool in achieving this, as it is something we can manage each year to complement our warm, dry climate.  We create the right vine architecture to manage cropping levels, while capturing the best possible flavours.” Deakin Estate wines are available Australia wide and in major export markets, as are other leading brands nurtured by the Murray, such as William Downie and Chalmers.  One of the world’s leading wine writers, Jancis Robinson MW recently commented that collectively, such operators are “busy proving that good wines can come out of the irrigated inland wine regions that depend for their existence on the lazy Murray River.” ( - 28/4/2017). Three new release Deakin Estate wines, all presented in environmentally friendly Lean+Green® bottles and proudly wearing the new ‘River to Vine’ labels, have just been released. Deakin Estate Shiraz 2016.  RRP $10 Harvested: Early-March 2016 Wine Specifications: Alc/Vol: 13.5% pH: 3.54 Acidity: 5.6g/l RS: 2.0g/L Vinification: Fermented at moderate temperatures with pump overs programmed for a desired soft tannin effect. Pressing and malolactic fermentation were followed by clarification and maturation on small amounts of premium French oak chips. Enjoy now or will cellar up to three years. Deakin Estate Cabernet 2016. RRP $10 Harvested: Mid-March 2016 Wine Specifications: Alc/Vol: 13.5% pH: 3.46 Acidity: 5.87g/l RS: 2.0g/L Vinification: Fermented in sweeping arm Potter fermenters for 10 days with automated pump over. Pressing and clarification onto premium French oak, followed by malolactic fermentation and maturation to add complexity and structure before final blending. Enjoy now or cellar up to five years. Deakin Estate Moscato 2016.  RRP $10 Harvested: Mid – Late February 2016 Wine Specifications: Alc/Vol: 7.0% pH: 3.30 Acidity: 6.6g/l RS: 95g/L Vinification: Muscat Gordo Blanco grapes were picked when firm and juicy with explosive Muscat flavours. Only half the grape sugar was fermented, resulting in a low alcohol, light bodied wine. An aromatic yeast was used to accentuate the fruit character, and very gentle processing followed to preserve as much of the natural spritz as possible.  Best enjoyed young, well chilled. Availability Leading independents and First Choice stores Australia wide (except NT). Distribution Australian distributors Red+White. Tel. 1300 763 377. International distributors For further information contact Web -                            Facebook, Twitter and You Tube – @DeakinEstate   Deakin Estate Fast Facts Location: Red Cliffs near Mildura, Victoria. Wine Region: Murray Darling, Victoria. Size: 217 hectares of vineyards and orchards. Winery Capacity: 400,000 cases. Winemakers: Frank Newman, Aidan Menzies. Viticulturist: Craig Thornton. Soils: Rich, fertile calcareous earth, ranging from brown to red sandy loam. Climate: Mediterranean.  Warm and sunny.           Max. average temperature: 23.6 degrees Celsius. Latitude: 34°10’S   Altitude: 50-70 metres (180-229 feet) Mean number of clear days per year: 143.2  Mean annual Rainfall: 268.1mm       Langton's Trio Wine Release from Katnook Coonawarra 2017-03-17T04:14:26Z langton-s-trio-wine-release-from-katnook-coonawarra Katnook Coonawarra is one the few wineries with three or more listings in the Langton’s Classification of Australian wine.  This month, Katnook releases its flagship wines, Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon and Prodigy Shiraz from the outstanding 2012 vintage as well as Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013.  Under the Langton’s Classification IV, Odyssey is rated ‘Outstanding’ while Prodigy and Katnook Estate Cabernet sit in the ‘ Excellent’ category.  Katnook Winemaker Wayne Stehbens says the 2012 Coonawarra vintage, “is now considered to be one of the finest for Coonawarra.  It was a very early, warm, dry, low yielding vintage which led to intense fruit aromas, great depth of flavours and fine tannins for both Odyssey Cabernet and Prodigy Shiraz.”  Katnook Prodigy Shiraz 2012. RRP $100. ·       Prodigy is one of 65 wines listed in the ‘Excellent’ category of the Langton’s VI, Classification of Australian Wine.   ·       The first Prodigy vintage was in 1997 from young vines and won the Jimmy Watson trophy, Melbourne Wine Show 1998. The 2012 is the 13th release. ·       Prodigy is crafted from small parcels of grapes harvested from sites that have consistently produced fruit of outstanding depth of fruit flavour, excellent colour and firm tannin structure. ·       James Halliday rated this wine 96 points saying, " Prodigy marches to the tune of its own drum, and practice has long since made perfect. Despite all the winemaking and time spent in oak, it has retained balance, emerging at the end of the process as elegant, the tannins supple, the wine fresh.”  (Australian Wine Companion 2017).  Grape Variety            100% Shiraz Region                         100% Coonawarra Harvested                   20th – 22nd March 2012 Analyses                     pH  3.39,  Acidity  6.1g/L, Alc/vol. 14.5% Cellaring Potential      10 to 15 years Oak maturation          25 months in 225L barriques in new and 2 year old French, as well as new American oak. Andrew Caillard MW reviewed the Prodigy Shiraz style at as follows: Katnook Estate Prodigy Shiraz, first made in 1997 by senior winemaker Wayne Stehbens, comprises select parcels of the best fruit from the estate’s 26 hectares of mature Shiraz vineyards. The vines, established in the mid-1990s and planted at 1.5 metre intervals in rows two metres apart, are anchored in classic terra rossa soils over limestone and transitional dark clays. Low crop yields are achieved by precise canopy management, hand-pruning, bunch-thinning and shoot-removal. Organic principles are increasingly followed. The wine is small-batch vinified in open fermenters, basket-pressed and then matured in new (up to 100%) French and American oak barriques for 24 - 28 months. Katnook Estate Prodigy Shiraz typically shows intense raspberry and plum aromas, generous, pure-fruit flavours and underlying liquorice spice with finely-grained tannins and plenty of flavour length.  Katnook Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon 2012.  RRP $100. ·       Odyssey is one of 52 wines listed in the ‘Outstanding’ category of the Langton’s VI, Classification of Australian Wine. ·       First vintage was in 1991.  Accolades include the Frescobaldi Trophy and Best Australian Red at the 2003 International Wine and Spirit Competition for the 1998 vintage. ·       Rated 95 points by James Halliday, who described it as “Hyper-intense, full-bodied cabernet varietal fruit is beyond the normal Odyssey style, but none the worse (indeed better) for that; blackcurrant and bay leaf, plus notes of tar, race along the palate, barely checking their momentum on the finish and aftertaste. Drink by 2037.”  (Australian Wine Companion 2017). Grape Variety            100% Cabernet Sauvignon Region                         100% Coonawarra Harvested                   8th – 13th April 2012 Analyses                     pH  3.4,  Acidity  6.99g/L, Alc/vol. 14.5% Cellaring Potential      15 to 18 years Oak maturation          13 months in 50% French (10% new) and 50% older American oak barriques Andrew Caillard MW reviewed the Odyssey style at as follows: The concentrated and powerful Odyssey is selected from the most outstanding parcels of intense Cabernet fruit from specific vineyard rows planted on rich, clay, terra rossa loams over a thick, hard layer of limestone. After vinification in small-batch fermenters, maturation takes place over 30 to 40 months in a combination of new French and American barriques. Some parcels are ‘double-oaked’ to increase flavour complexity. The maturation regime is intuitive to the character of the vintage. Stehbens describes the overall style as ‘a wine with ripe, rich fruit combined with complex oak and barrel-matured flavours’. This highly-prized Coonawarra wine is a benchmark style with beautifully intense, pure, blackcurrant aromas, mocha oak complexity, superb volume and dense, chocolaty tannins. The Odyssey verges on the ‘essence-of-Coonawarra’ style yet manages to achieve remarkable balance and minerality.” Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013.  RRP $40.  ·       Stehbens describes the 2013 vintage as “One of the earliest starts and finishes on record - slightly warmer than normal, very dry but without the extreme heat experienced in many other parts of Australia.    From a grape ripening view point that was ideal.  Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon were the stars.”  ·       Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is one of 65 wines listed in the ‘Excellent’ category of the Langton’s VI, Classification of Australian Wine.  ·       Winner of 4 silver medals at leading international wine competitions. ·       Sarah Ahmed, Decanter Magazine (UK), September 2016 gave this wine 93 points, describing it as ‘Heady with a rich burnish of charry, spicy oak to its cassis and juicier mulberry and blackberry. Long, with ripe but textural gravelly tannins. Drink: 2016-2028.’   Andrew Caillard MW reviewed this wine style at as follows:‘The wine is matured in new (30-40%) and seasoned French oak for 22 to 24 months.  Varietal definition and regional expression are captured through meticulous selection of vineyard components, instinctive use of oak maturation and skilful blending.  The wine typically shows intense blackcurrant and mulberry aromas, generous pure-fruit flavours, finely-grained tannins, underlying mocha notes, plenty of flavour length and great aging potential.’    Availability Selected Dan Murphy’s and Vintage Cellars Australia wide stock Odyssey, Prodigy and Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Distribution. Australian distributors for Katnook wines are: NSW, VIC, QLD            Fesq and Co.               Tel. 1300 763 377. SA                                Muster Wine Co.         Tel. 0430 360 650. WA                               Off the Vine.                Tel. 08 9418 8210. Azahara Moscato Triumphs at International Wine Shows. 2016-09-12T01:26:13Z azahara-moscato-triumphs-at-international-wine-shows Azahara NV Moscato ($15) from Victoria’s Murray Darling has scooped two trophies, a gold medal and silver medal at two recent international wine shows. Competing against high profile sparkling wines, Azahara collected two trophies and a gold medal at the 2016 Japan Wine Challenge.  The trophies were for the Best Dessert Wine in Australia and the Best Value Dessert Wine (from 1,000 yen to 1,999 yen). The 19th Japan Wine Challenge 2016 was held in Tokyo and is Asia’s oldest and arguably most prestigious wine competition.   Over 1,600 wines from 30 countries were entered and judged by leading wine professionals from Japan and abroad.   Azahara NV Moscato also won a silver medal at the 2016 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships in the UK.  The wine was one of just 18 Australian wines to score a medal at this highly regarded competition.  The Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championship is unique in that all the wines entered are tasted and evaluated by the same three specialist sparkling wine judges, every year. Medals awarded must be agreed by all judges: Tom Stevenson (UK); Essi Avellan MW (Finland) and Tony Jordan (Australia). Speaking of the judging process, Tom Stevenson explains, “We have tasted thousands of Champagnes and sparkling wine together under blind, competitive conditions over the years. We respect each other’s experience, we each know what to look for. We spend a lot of time searching for elegance and finesse.”  About Azahara Moscato Azahara is Spanish for ‘orange blossom’. Sourced from family owned vineyards in the Murray Darling region of north east Victoria, the vines are interspersed with orange, mango and avocado groves.  Winemaker Frank Newman, crafts Azahara Moscato from Muscat Gordo Blanco grapes.  The wine is cool fermented with an aromatic yeast to accentuate the fruit.  Fermentation is arrested early, so alcohol is just 6% by volume.  Inline bubbles enhance the refreshingly sweet palate.    Frank says of this wine’s international success, “The most pleasing thing is the chance to put our wines up against international counterparts and when they do well, it shows that stylistically, Azahara compares well with industry icons.  I aim to retain fresh juicy characters and put as much effort in making this wine as I do our best Shiraz.  I’m always searching for the perfect balance of aroma, palate weight and acid balance.”    Technical details - Alc/Vol: 6.0% pH: 3.00 Acidity: 6.9g/L RS: 105g/L.  For more information about the wine competitions and       Highest Trip Advisor Award for Katnook Cellar Door 2016-06-10T06:07:53Z highest-trip-advisor-award-for-katnook-cellar-door Katnook Estate Winery and Cellar Door today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Cellar Door Manager, Michelle Stehbens says of the award, “We are thrilled to be recognised by Trip Advisor in this way.  Our Cellar Door and Functions Venues are beautifully restored limestone buildings that were originally used by Coonawarra wine region founder, John Riddoch over 100 years ago.  Visitors to Katnook can taste our full range of wine – including Cellar Door Exclusive wines, visit our famous terra rossa soil pit or just relax in our lounge with a glass of wine, cheese platter or coffee.  There’s also a toy basket for the kids and water bowl for travelling canines ensuring everyone enjoys the stop at Katnook.” Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor explains, "With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers.  This recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travellers feel more confident in their booking decisions.” -Ends- About Katnook Please visit About TripAdvisor TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site**, offering advice from millions of travellers, and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors***, and 350 million reviews and opinions covering 6.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 48 markets worldwide.   **Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, February 2016. ***Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q1 2016 Once an archaeologist - now a winemaker for Deakin Estate Australia. 2016-01-12T06:24:41Z once-an-archaeologist-now-a-winemaker-for-deakin-estate-australia Aidan Menzies qualified as an archaeologist at the University of York, before deciding it was not the career for him, reasoning “Archaeology was slow going.  Not like Indiana Jones or Time Team.  Lots of bright coloured woolly jumpers and too much cider for my liking.”  After travelling to Australia in his mid-twenties, Aidan decided on winemaking as a career.  “I have always enjoyed travelling and in wine I found an occupation that you can do in a lot of places, a bit like hairdressing I guess. I also like the mix of hands on practical, scientific and esoteric mix of being a winemaker. It covers a lot of disciplines and makes you feel good.”  Aidan went to enrol at Roseworthy but it was too expensive as an international student, so he completed his Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Oenology with honours at the University of Brighton, UK.  After vintages in Chianti, Napa, Sussex, New Zealand and Greece, Aidan started his Australian winemaking career at Phillip Shaw Wines, Orange in 2011.  Why Australia?  Aidan explains, “I enjoy the weather firstly.  People are quite similar to the Brits in some ways, easy going - although I find Australians hate to say no, just yes yes then silence.”  Aidan’s first winemaking position was at Angove’s, followed by his most recent role of white winemaker at Kingston Estate, a position he held for three years. “Deakin was suggested to me by my old boss Tony Ingle as a good winery with an excellent winemaker, who could teach me all the things I need to know to become a fully rounded professional. I am fairly sociable and go stir crazy topping barrels on my own all day in a 4 tonne winery, so the size of Deakin appealed as well. I think it will pose a real challenge and the opportunity to work closely with the vineyard also interests me, as I really like viticulture and believe if you get it right in the vineyard, the winemaking largely takes care of itself. Exploring alternative varieties and trialling different vineyard practices will be great. In short, I have travelled a fair bit and am ready to settle for a while and get my teeth into a rewarding project.” Speaking on Aidan’s appointment, Deakin Estate’s Senior Winemaker Frank Newman said, “Aidan aspires to make the best possible wines and to that end he has brought his world experience in the UK, USA, Italy and NZ with him to Australia. He has worked for three companies since coming to Australia, so he has developed a mindset that will meld well with Deakin Estate’s philosophy of providing wines of value and interest.  An added bonus is that Aidan is British, so it will be nice to have someone else around here that speaks the Queen’s English.” ABOUT - Deakin Estate wines were launched in 1994 and are made at our state of the art winery at Red Cliffs, near Mildura Victoria. The wines are entirely estate grown with fruit harvested from the 350 hectare vineyard.  From this, 205 000 (nine litre) dozen of Deakin Estate branded wine are produced from an average of 2 500 tonnes each year.  With other labels produced at the Estate, these figures are approximately double.  The wines are distributed in every state of Australia and to most wine drinking countries internationally. Please follow us: Viticultural Society of Victoria - the Legacy Lives on 2015-09-30T00:34:54Z viticultural-society-of-victoria-the-legacy-lives-on The Viticultural Society of Victoria (The Society) was founded in 1905 as the leading Wine Advocacy Organisation in Victoria. Over a considerable period of time, the Society has contributed significantly to the Victorian Wine Industry and more recently, to the Wine Show program.  As part of its ongoing commitment to the wine industry, The Society has instigated a Legacy Project, to ensure its contribution continues in a sustainable and practical manner. As part of the Legacy Project, The Society today announces its annual sponsorship of an Associate Judge at the Victorian Wine Show, which was first held in 1981.  The purpose of this sponsorship is to continue promoting the Victorian Wine Industry and to assist with the professional development of future Wine Show judges.  The inaugural beneficiary of this sponsorship is Dylan McMahon, winemaker for Seville Estate in Victoria’s Yarra Valley and grandson of the late Dr. Peter McMahon, who founded Seville Estate and was also a long term member of The Society.   The Sponsorship will include the following benefits: 1.      *A cash component to cover Dylan’s travel, meals and accommodation during his tenure as Associate Judge from 26-28 October 2015, 2.      *Invitations to monthly meetings of The Society, which include an extensive tasting of rare and cellared wine and 3.      *Mentoring from Grape Growers, Winemakers and Wine marketers who are members of The Society. Victorian Wines Show director Robert Paul congratulates The Society on this initiative and welcomes Dylan to the 2015 judging panel. “Besides having a significant family pedigree, Dylan has quickly established a reputation as an outstanding Victorian winemaker and I am sure both he and the wine show will benefit from his appointment” said Mr Paul. Dylan McMahon said of his award, “It is a great honour to be sponsored by such a long-standing and highly recognised organisation that is the Victorian Viticultural Society of which my grandfather was a member. I look forward to opportunity to expand my knowledge from the experience of some of the industry’s leading members.” The Sponsorship commences from the Victorian Wine Show in October 2015 and continues for twelve-months. For more information about the Victorian Wine Show see For more information about The Society see About Dylan McMahon. Dylan McMahon was on track to become an electrical engineer until he decided to follow his heritage and destiny… and make wine instead. His grandfather Dr. Peter McMahon planted the first vines at Seville Estate in Victoria’s Yarra Valley in 1970. Dylan spent his first 5 years working under  previous winemakers Alistair Butt and Iain Riggs and stepped up to the role of Seville Estate winemaker in 2004.   Dylan feels fortunate to have travelled in his early career to work 2002 vintage at Hugel & Fils and 2003 at Domaine Paul Blanck in France’s Alsace region. Dylan graduated from Charles Sturt in Wagga with a bachelor of Wine Science in 2006.  In 2012, he was a finalist in the Wine Society’s “Young Gun Winemaker” award.  Peter McMahon has undoubtedly been a major influence on Dylan’s chosen career, “My grandfather retired in 1996. I’ve learnt from him that while concentration is important in wine, elegance and finesse are the keys.” Celebratory Sparkling Wine 2015-09-28T07:03:10Z celebratory-sparkling-wine MEDIA RELEASE Celebratory Bubbles.  October 2015. The Wingara Wine Group is pleased to share three new release sparkling wines in the lead up to the 2015 Melbourne Cup Carnival and Christmas season. Owned by the world’s largest producer of traditional method sparkling wines, Freixenet Spain, Wingara distributes a diverse range of sparkling wine styles across various price points.   The three wines in this showcase are made by our Australian winemakers, Wayne Stehbens and Frank Newman – as well as Spanish winemaker Gabriel Suberviola.   All are currently available Australia wide in selected retail stores. Azahara Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV.    RRP $15. The name Azahara is a tribute to our Spanish ties and loosely translates to “orange blossom” signifying the location of the vines amongst our orange groves in the Murray Darling area of Victoria. This wine is a blend of 88% Chardonnay and 12% Pinot Noir base wine, made in a modified solera system which began with the 2004 vintage. Since then, each release consists of approximately half from the current vintage and half from preceding vintages all the way back to 2004.  The wine is made using the Charmat process without dosage. Residual sugar sits at 8 g/l and alcohol at 12%. Katnook Founder’s Block Sparkling Shiraz 2013.  RRP $23 Perfect served chilled with Christmas fare, Sparkling Shiraz has been made at Katnook since the mid 2000s. Shiraz thrived in the warm, dry 2013 Coonawarra vintage in which colour and flavours were intense.  The base  wine  was matured in new and two year old French and American oak for 12 months, before undergoing the Charmat process. Residual sugar is 7.9 g/l while alcohol is 12.5%. Segura Viudas Grand Cuvee Reserva 2011.  RRP $25 Hailing from Torrelavit in the Penedes region, just outside Barcelona this wine recently won Best Cava Blend at the recent 2015Champagne and Sparkling Wines World Championships, chaired by Tom Stevenson MW in London, UK. Here is a blend of traditional Spanish varieties – 85% Macabeo and Parellada (imparting much of the fruit flavours) with 15% traditional French varieties Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (which impart acid balance).  As with all Cava, this wine was made using the Methode Traditionelle.  It aged on lees for 15 months, with dosage of 6 g/l and alcohol of 12%. New Winemaker at Deakin Estate Mildura 2014-12-22T00:26:28Z new-winemaker-at-deakin-estate-mildura After more than 10 years at the winemaking helm, Dr. Phil Spillman has resigned from his position as Deakin Estate winemaker and will hand over to Frank Newman in January 2015.  Phil’s passion and dedication have raised the quality of the Deakin Estate range to a level seldom seen in wines at the sub $10 price point.  More recently, Phil created the Azahara and La La Land ranges at higher price points – both have been extensively reviewed Australia wide.  James Halliday once described Phil as a “gifted” winemaker and his thoughtful approach to winemaking will be missed. Frank Newman joins Deakin Estate after decades of rich winemaking experience, including Senior White, then Red Winemaker at Penfolds, working alongside Max Schubert in the creation of Grange.  Frank was also Chief Winemaker and Production Manager at Angoves for more than a decade and also made wine for BRL Hardy’s Renmano.  His most recent role as partner and winemaker at Burnbrae Wines Mudgee caps off his expertise in crafting wines across most styles and price points. Frank has commenced at Deakin and is excited about coming down from the hills of Mudgee to the beautiful Murray River district.  He explains “My wife is a river girl, so she is excited as I am about my new position.  Whilst I will tread carefully not to change the culture here too quickly, I am looking forward to putting a little of my character into the wines, but nothing too extravagant. My aim is always perfection and my football team’s motto is something that has been a driving influence over the years. Nil satis nisi optimum – not satisfied with less than the best.”  Speaking on Frank’s appointment, Wingara Wine Group’s Director of Operations and Finance, Chris Pike noted “Given Frank’s outstanding credentials, we are confident he is the ideal person to carry on from what Phil has created for Deakin Estate.  We thank Phil for his commitment and dedication and wish him all the very best.” ABOUT -Deakin Estate wines were launched in 1994 and are made at our state of the art winery at Red Cliffs, near Mildura Victoria. The wines are entirely estate grown with fruit harvested from the 350 hectare vineyard.  From this, 205 000 (nine litre) dozen of Deakin Estate branded wine are produced from an average of 2 500 tonnes each year.  With other labels produced at the Estate, these figures are approximately double.  The wines are distributed in every state of Australia and to most wine drinking countries internationally. Largest solar unit in South Eastern region installed at Katnook Estate 2014-02-10T01:13:02Z largest-solar-unit-in-south-eastern-region-installed-at-katnook-estate The largest solar photovoltaic (PV) unit in the south east of South Australia has just been installed and commissioned at Katnook Estate Winery in Coonawarra.  This was the major cornerstone of a project supported dollar for dollar by the Commonwealth Government’s Clean Technology Investment Program. Generating 90 kilowatts, the solar PV system is capable of supplying the winery’s power needs most of the year, with supplementary power needed only during the peak harvest period.   As part of the $440 000 investment, Katnook Estate also: -          insulated every wine tank, reducing the need for refrigeration and heating; -          installed a power factor correction unit and -          set up a state of the art refrigeration system with an innovative  Heat Capture function.  This utilises the heat generated by the refrigeration process to heat water for the winery.  The above initiatives are expected to reduce Katnook Estate’s carbon emissions by 94% and result in savings of around $48,000 in energy costs per year. Independent of the grant and as part of its ongoing commitment to reducing environmental impact, Katnook Estate invested further by installing: -          a 10kW solar PV system to supply all power needs for the property’s historic limestone Cellar Door and functions areas.   It is appropriate that these 120 year old buildings, hewn from local limestone, are now powered  by the sun; -          a cool air harvester, transferring the cool night air to the Katnook barrel room – again minimising the refrigeration load.  The energy used to transfer the cool air in is the fraction of the energy required to air condition the barrel room. Katnook’s Senior Winemaker, Wayne Stehbens was instrumental in designing and overseeing the project and says, “This is an integral part of our commitment to constant improvement in all facets of our business. Working with innovative, efficient technology gives us great confidence that Katnook will not only improve wine quality but reduce the impact of production on our stunning local environment.  Cost savings are really just the icing on the cake.” Katnook Estate Coonawarra Cabernet and Shiraz released! 2013-02-01T06:24:21Z katnook-estate-coonawarra-cabernet-and-shiraz-released Katnook Estate of Coonawarra has released its Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz ($40 each) from the acclaimed 2010 vintage… Winemaker Wayne Stehbens tasted these wines recently in the Katnook Estate woolshed – check it out at Harvest began on Feb 13th 2010 and finished on 13th April, a very early vintage.   Average yield was 6.5 tonnes, close to the long term average.  Weather conditions made for another very interesting season.  There were no significant frosts in spring and good rain in late winter, spring and early summer led to good shoot growth.  A heat wave in November may have reduced yield by affecting the pollination of the grape flowers, but the bunch numbers on the vines before that had already indicated a lower yielding year. Temperatures during summer were about 1 to 1.5◦C above average and there were no periods of extremely high (or low) temperatures. So 2010 Coonawarra vintage will be remembered, not only as one of the earliest, but also for being amongst the best. The near ideal weather conditions of below average rainfall and above average temperatures in Coonawarra leading up to harvest were conducive to an early start. Viticulturist Chris Brodie explains “2010 was ideal for great colour and flavour development. One of the joys of Coonawarra is that the grapes develop tremendous colour two weeks prior to harvest, which then gets better and better – it’s magic.”  Langton’s Wine Auction said of the 2010 Coonawarra vintage, “This is an outstanding Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon vintage with excellent fruit definition and tannin maturity.” KATNOOK ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2010.  RRP $40Rated “Distinguished” in the Langton’s V Classification (2010).  Langton’s describe the Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon style as “intense blackcurrant mulberry aromas, generous pure-fruit flavours, finely grained tannins, underlying mocha notes and plenty of flavour length.”  Grape Variety :: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra.Harvest :: 20th March to 8th April 2010pH :: 3.50 Acidity :: 7.0g/L Alc/vol. :: 13.5%Oak Maturation :: The wine was matured for approximately 22 months in 225 litre oak barrels, 15% of the barrels were new and predominantly French Barriques with the balance previously filled French and American oak.Cellaring Potential :: 10 – 12 years.KATNOOK ESTATE SHIRAZ  2010.  RRP $40Grape Variety :: 100%Shiraz from CoonawarraHarvest :: 18th March to 1st April.pH :: 3.5 Acidity :: 6.3g/L RS :: 2.6g/L Alc/vol. :: 13.5%Oak Maturation :: Matured for approximately 22 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels. Of these, 15% were new French and 12% were new American. The balance of wine was matured in older, mostly American barrels.Cellaring Potential :: 10 to 12 years. Deakin the best Aussie sparkling wine at Decanter UK awards 2012-05-23T05:48:39Z deakin-the-best-aussie-sparkling-wine-at-decanter-uk-awards Deakin Estate Wines near Mildura Victoria has not only won a gold medal at London’s DecanterWorld Wine Awards 2012 announced yesterday but it was the highest scoring Australian sparkling wine – no other Australian sparkling wine won a trophy or gold. This means that Deakin Estate received asimilar score to some of the most prestigious and expensive French Champagnes such as Piper Heidsieck, Mumm and Taittinger, who won gold medals in the same class. Find out more about the acclaimed Decanter awards at where it states: “With 14,119 wines tasted this is the largest entry ever for the Decanter World Wine Awards, now in its 9th year. ‘The quality of any awards is only as good as the quality of the individual judges, DWWA chair Steven Spurrier said, announcing the results this morning. ‘And we have the best judges in the world.’ Over 200 wine merchants, sommeliers, journalists and authors including 54 Masters of Wine and 11 Master Sommeliers, took part in a week of judging in April.” Deakin Estate winemaker, Dr. Phil Spillman explains all about Azahara Brut on You Tube here Deakin Estate is renouned for making exception quality wines at an exceptional price - usually less than $10. It is proud to be recognised on the world stage in this way. A First for the Australian Wine Industry 2011-08-22T02:24:21Z a-first-for-the-australian-wine-industry Katnook Estate of Coonawarra's Hans Loder, is the first person in the Australian wine industry to become a state winner and national finalist of the Syngenta & Rural Press SPRAY awards, announced last week.SPRAY stands for Sustainable, Productive, Responsible Applicator of the Year and recognises outstanding Australian sprayers from all agricultural industries. Hans’ winning journey began over two years ago after an application of herbicide to one of Katnook Estate’s Coonawarra vineyard failed to have its desired effect. Ever the scientist, Hans began an exhaustive investigation as to why this was the case. He took nothing for granted, approaching chemical suppliers, spraying equipment manufacturers and researchers in the field before setting about interpreting and applying his findings to the Katnook situation. The result was an exercise in exhaustive attention to detail and a shining example of best practice, which ultimately has been recognised by this award. The SPRAY Awards gives due credit to exceptional spray applicators and raises awareness of the need to apply best practice strategies. Syngenta explains “Top sprayers think beyond product application and consider the whole process including timing, rig set-up and choice of nozzles and adjuvants. The finalists set themselves apart by looking at the big picture. In addition to advanced spraying skills, they share a commitment to sustainability and responsibility. The judging process is conducted in several stages, including on-farm assessments and phone interviews. Machine accuracy, operational set up and occupational health and safety standards are all judged.” On winning the state award and coming third at national level, Hans said “It’s great to achieve this sort of recognition but for me the main satisfaction comes from managing a great Coonawarravineyard in a truly efficient and sustainable manner. I believe vineyards of the future will be using variable rate applications, as is currently the case with broad acre agriculture, rather than the current blanket application. Combined with recycling sprayer technology, this will significantly reduce chemical usage and drift. I’m excited about fine tuning our spraying practices even further at Katnook Estate.” He added “I think this is the way of the future for so many reasons, none the least of which is the amount of recording required by accreditations, such as Entwine. What we are now doing is best practice and that takes effort and attention to detail to ensure, in the end, we make the best wine possible. Near enough is not good enough. But the results are startling and worth every ounce of effort. This award is confirmation that Katnook Estate is well and truly on track.” The competition is conducted across five regions (Queensland/Northern Territory, New South Wales/ACT, Victoria/Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia). Last week, the winner from each region travelled to Tamworth for the official Awards dinner and to experience the AgQuip field days in Gunnedah. Hans Loder is no stranger to awards, having won the Limestone Coast Emerging Leaders Award in 2009, which resulted in an around the world research trip to profile frost protection systems in some of the world’s great viticultural regions. New release Katnook wines in Lean+Green bottles. 2011-08-09T01:30:32Z new-release-katnook-wines-in-lean-green-bottles Two new Katnook Founder’s Block red wines have been released- 2009 Shiraz (RRP $20) and 2008 Merlot (RRP $20) crafted exclusively from fruit at Katnook Estate. The Founder’s Block style offers terrific value for money from the heart of Coonawarra...and both wines are a first in packaging... Katnook Founder’s Block 2008 Merlot , RRP $20 This is the first Katnook Founder’s Block wine to be bottled in Lean+Green Premium Claret bottles, which weight 410g instead of the standard 580g. This gives a 23.5% reduction in Co2 and water use per container. pH: 3.37 Acidity: 6.0g/L Alc/vol: 13.5% 2008 challenged with seasonal variability. It started with a cool spring, followed by one of the hottest periods on record in March, then cooling down nicely towards the end of vintage. This led to higher maturity levels and great concentration of flavour and colour. Following fermentation, a small proportion of this Merlot was matured in French and American oak for 3 months. The Founder’s style is intended for short to medium term drinking, with the 2008 Merlot expected to cellar nicely until 2014. Katnook Founder’s Block 2009 Shiraz, RRP $20 This label is the first in the range to bear a QR (Quick response) code, which are readable by smart phones and linked to the production and tasting notes for this wine. pH: 3.27 Acidity: 6.2g/L Alc/vol: 13.5%The 2009 vintage was preceded by a brief blast of heat with four consecutive days of record high temperatures in Coonawarra. Fortunately, healthy vine canopies shielded vines from any major damage. Cool to mild temperatures and dry conditions followed, providing a long, slow ripening period. Half of this wine matured in French and American oak for 9 months. Suggested drinking window is from now until 2016. Katnook Estate 2008 Chardonnay 2008 was a terrific vintage for this variety. Above average temperatures coupled with a long, dry season resulted in concentrated flavours of ripe pear and nuts. Fruit for this wine was harvested between the 25th February and 17th March 2008. One third of this wine was barrel fermented in new French oak, 45% fermented in older French and American oak, while the remainder did its stuff in stainless steel. The yeast lees of the wine in oak were stirred weekly post ferment and a small proportion underwent malo lactic fermentation. Suggested cellaring for the 2008 Chardonnay is up to 7 years. pH: 3.36 Acidity: 5.7g/L Alc/vol: 13.5% Katnook Estate's Gala Night at the Sydney Opera House 2011-08-02T05:14:57Z katnook-estate-s-gala-night-at-the-sydney-opera-house Katnook Estate of Coonawarra is the official wine for Opera Australia and to celebrate, is hosting an exclusive evening - one at which guests can meet the stars of La boheme - on October 18th 2011 in Sydney. • Starting at 5.15pm, guests will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and canapesat Aria Restaurant, Circular Quay East.Matt Moran's main course will bematched with Katnook'slatest release wines, including the 2009 Estate reds and iconic 2008 Limited Release Odyssey and Prodigy (valued at $100 per bottle.) • After a short stroll to the Sydney Opera House, guests will take their A Reserve seats for the 7.30pm performance of Puccini's La bohme by Opera Australia. A program is included for each couple, as are interval drinks and snacksin the VIP area.• Then for the grand finale - anopportunity seldom available, guests will meetthe stars of La Bohme after the performance over a glass of bubbles.Valued at$400 pp, the all inclusive price is $295. Places are strictly limited to 20 guests. Book before September 10th 2011 using this form (click here).orcall03 9682 5000.