Friday, 30 December 2016

Brown Brothers Wines - History, Vineyards, Popular Brands and Awards

Brown Brothers is a reputable name in Australian wines industry. They have presence in almost all major types of wine segments. They own 3 other wine brands apart from their own.

Brown Brothers have been in business of wine-making since 1889. With more than a century of experience in this business and with generations being involved, they have developed a real estate of many vineyards. Check out the huge range of Brown Brothers wines online in Australia, get to know about their past and order for a few of their popular wines.

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Robert Oatley Wines - History, Vineyards and Popular Brands

Robert Oatley is one of the top wine brands of Australia. Here is a brief history of this reputed wine company. Robert Oatley Australia produces a wide range of wine under different brands which showcases its reach and scope. Check out this pdf file for more information. Links have also been provided within it for enabling easy navigation to specific wine collections.

Learn how Robert Oatley wines became a renowned name in Australian wine industry. Know about it's brief history, vineyards, flagship wine brands and awards and recognition.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

History of Australian Chardonnay White Wines

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Chardonnay is one of the most popular varieties of grape wines grown and consumed in Australia. It is an important ingredient of the sparkling wines worldwide. Due to its wide usage in creating the white and sparkling wines and even as blends, it is the second most widely grown grape variety in terms of acreage and has presence in highest number of wine regions around the world. These grapes are also called the entry level grapes for any person willing to enter the wine-making business. This is due to the fact that this grape varietal has good chances of survival in different agro-climatic conditions and is used in making of different wines. 

Chardonnay in Aussieland : In Australia, the chardonnay grapes are grown in its three most important wine growing states- New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. Regionally, it is the Hunter Valley region which is famous for growing this type of wine. The history of growth of this variety is also not without its own problems. The first planting was brought in the nineteenth century by James Busby but this did not succeed commercially. Then, after a relative lull for about a century, this wine variety was again planted and by 1970s, it was able to gain commercial success when Tyrrell vineyards took to its planting. Tyrrells are one of the First Families of Wines of Australia. 

Commercial success in 1970s paved the way for reaping the fruits of export boom of Chardonnay wines in 1980s and 1990s. This boom changed the fortune of many wineries for better that were growing this grape and making wines from it. By early 1990s, Chardonnay wine grapes became the most planted white grapes in Australia and, overall, it was the third most important wine grape variety to be grown in the country.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Sauvignon Blanc Wines- Pride of New Zealand

The earlier post was on the Sauvignon Blanc grapes growing regions in Australia. Now, let us gain some information about the famous regions in New Zealand where this wine varietal is grown.

It is said that if it is Sauvignon Blanc, it has got to be the New Zealand one. Such is the reputation of this wine varietal that the name of the country has become synonymous with the wine variety. There are quite a few wine growing regions in this tiny country of two islands but some of them, where Sauvignon Blanc variety of wines is grown, are a lot more popular than the others. Marlborough wine region has a place of pride among all other Sauvignon Blanc wine regions of New Zealand.

The history of this wine in New Zealand dates back 30 years when this white wine variety was first grown. Marlborough region was its first home. The terrain and geography of this place was suited for the growth of wine grapes. Sandy soils over the underlying limestone shingles were one of the most preferred locations for growing this grape. From the very beginning this wine has been described variously by people. Some call it pungent and dry, some others call it herbaceous. The regional differences in the nature of soil further add to the differences in flavours of Sauvignon blanc wines. The diversity of vineyards is due to these geomorphological variations. Heavier soils impart a more herbaceous taste but these ripen late. However, the ones which are grown in stonier terrain ripen early.

Besides Marlborough, the other famous regions for growing Sauvignon Blanc wine grapes are Waipara River region, Gisborne and Hawkes Bay areas. The local influences of terrior are significant. These are also reflected in the taste of its wines. 

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Sauvignon Blanc Wines in Australia

Europe is considered to be the point of origin of many different varietals of grapes. The region which is presently France, Italy, Germany, Spain and other adjoining areas are some of the richest growing lands of wine varietal grapes. Sauvignon Blanc is one of the varieties which originated in France regions of Bordeaux and Loire Valley. These grapes are of light green colour and are used in making white wines. Australian white wines made from these grapes are crispy and dry.

The characteristics of sauvignon blanc wines vary greatly with temperature. So, if it is grown in different geographical regions of Australia which have different temperatures, you will find a lot of variation in the style, aroma, colour and taste of the wines. These wines do not develop any special characteristics with aging and, therefore, most of these are bottled and consumed when young.
Sauvignon blanc wines are generally considered to be good substitutes for chardonnay wines. Due to their dry and crispy taste, these are blended with other wine varietals, chiefly Semillon, to provide more tastier wine options. The blended Semillon and Sauvignon wines are generally prepared in the Margaret River region of Australia. More exclusive Sauv Blanc wines are produced from grapes grown in Adelaide Hills and Padthaway wine regions of Australia.

Besides Australia, these grapes are also grown in New Zealand. The South Island of New Zealand is the prime growing region for these grapes. 

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Why Wine Tasters Hold the Key to Wine Sale-Purchase?

For those who do not know much about wines or the wine industry, it might seem difficult to gauge the importance of role of wine tasters. With hundreds of thousands of wines from different brands and geographical regions and with many different blends also possible to make, it is not possible for wine consumers to know which one is better than the other. Wine lovers would often like to compare and judge the wines before buying wines. So, they need to find the reviews and the tasting notes of the wines from experts they trust. These experts are the wine tasters who, by virtue of their sensory perception and experience, are able to provide valuable information about the wine.

Popular wine tasters command a good following and their followers trust every single bit of word they write or say about a wine. Being professionals, they are in a position to determine the style and nature of a wine and compare it with the others. For this reason, all wineries do call these experts to tell them about the quality and nature. They can rate the wines on the basis of its different qualities in terms of points in order to signify their relative characteristics. The more are the points of a wine, the better it is. The first tasting notes prepared by them after tasting the wine are the fine prints which provide valuable information about its nature and characteristics. These notes and reviews are very useful in present day where wines are bought and sold online.

Wine tasting became a more organized and professional skill from the 14th century onwards. It evolved slowly as the aromas, flavours and colours of wines began to be given different terminologies and these began to be accepted on a wide scale. It has now evolved into a full-fledged professional career path for wine lovers. (Details about winetasting can be further read here.)

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Online Shopping Supporting Boutique Wineries of Australia

With approximately 2500 wineries spread over 63 different wine regions of Australia, Australia is one of the producer, consumer and exporter of wine in the world. Different grape varietals grown in different parts of the country lend unique characteristics to the wines of that region. Most of these wineries are small and medium scale with only a few being really big. The more exclusive ones are associated in a grouping called First Families of Wines of Australia. Thousands of other wineries operating at smaller scale are called the boutique wineries. 

Generally, these sell wines at higher prices than big players of the industry due to their higher costs of wine production. However, Boutique wineries face a lot of problems due to their smaller scale of operation. These challenges relate to their limited range of marketing efforts, investment bottlenecks, shrinking government support and climate change. 

Marketing Challenges
Australian wine industry has well developed channel of wine distribution which can be used for sales across the country. Based on commissions, this structure does not leave much in the hands of winery. To cut down on the hierarchy of these channels, some of these wineries also make use of the online marketing channels to directly get the orders from the customers. This, too, requires investments in development of online property and marketing it appropriately to get customers. Most of the boutique wineries do not even have a website of their own. For this reason, these wineries tie-up with online wine marketplaces where people come to buy Australian wines. These marketplaces offer them the respite from investing in online marketing and offer their expertise in digital marketing for promotion and sale of their products. 

Technological Challenges

Technological challenges for boutique wineries not only pertain to the online design and development work but also to the installation of appropriate machinery for viticulture and wine production. Due to financial constraints, these wineries are not able to invest in sustainable, eco-friendly technologies or even in those which can enhance their level of efficiency. 

Climate Changes

One of the biggest threats to Australian wines is that of change of climate. The small wineries are not in a position to invest in the mitigation technologies which can provide protection for some time. The challenge also pertains to declining in quality of wines and losing of unique characteristics of the region. Declining yields due to warmer climates is another area of concern.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Sweet Australian White Wine Varietals

Sweet wines can be compared to a magnet that draws juice or cola drinkers away from these liquids and lures them towards the world of wines. First time consumers of dessert wines should try out white wines lying on the sweeter side, as sweet white wines are considerably easier to find than sweet reds. People who tend to prefer sweet wines generally stay away from dry wines. Some of the best varieties of sweet Australian white wines

Riesling is a grape variety which is grown in most New World regions. It has the ability to be styled both as a red as well as a white wine. To craft a dessert Riesling wine, the grapes are picked very late with icewine or noble rot in order to enhance their sweetness. Sweet Rieslings generally showcase a higher acidic content and lower alcohol content, matching well with foods like soft cheese, fresh fruits, Thai food and bread pudding.

The Muscat grape variety is known by a number of names – Muscato, Moscato, Muscadel and Muscatel. This grape is used to manufacture a blissfully aromatic wine dessert wine that can either be styled as a sweet wine, or as a sweet semi sparkling (Moscato d’Asti). Being a food friendly wine, Moscato has managed to pull at the heartstrings of many wine lovers, pairing exceptionally well with Thai dishes, lightly spiced cuisines, creamy desserts, berries and souffles among many others.

Chenin Blanc
Initially originating in Loire Valley, the cultivation of Chenin Blanc grapes has spread to various winegrowing regions like Australia, Spain, South Africa and US. Highly acidic, this grape variety is usually harvested late in the year after it has been exposed to as much noble rot as possible. Chenin Blanc wines exhibit green apple aromas with a slight minerality or chalkiness leading to a palate filled with flavours of honey, nuts, chocolate and citrus. Spicy Asain dishes as well as Mexican cuisines are great food partners with sweet and savoury Chenin Blanc wines.

Sauternes is regarded as the King of sweet wines. Sauternes wines generally command respect and appreciation owing to their rich heritage and history, which is why they are often more expensive in comparison to similarly-styled sweet wines. A blend of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc grapes, this wine features acidity and chalkiness in addition to its vibrant apricot and honeycomb flavours. Serve Sauternes wines chilled with chocolate, moldy cheeses, fois gras and crème brulee.

Sauvignon Blanc

Although Sauvignon Blanc wines are generally dry and acidic, some producers in New Zealand and California are known to add residual sugar to their Sauvignon wines in order to enhance texture as well as introduce sweetness. Sav Blanc wines are known to exhibit lime, passion-fruit, kiwi, white peach and nectarine flavours that infuse with ripe aromas of gooseberry, celery, basil and wet concrete to provide a rich and cleansing mouth-feel. Pair New Zealand or Californian Sauvignon Blanc wines with mint, crab, sour cheeses or cucumber salads and they have the potential to be regarded as the best sweet Sauvignon Blanc wines in the world. 

Monday, 21 November 2016

Which Wines Age Well?

It is a very common belief globally that the wines of older age are better than the young ones. The belief is also that as the wines age, there is a markedly different taste and aroma imparted to it, which makes these wines more expensive than the younger ones. Many people still do not know what wines also have an expiry date and are required to be consumed within a prescribed period. 

Wines get better with aging. This argument is contended by many wine experts who believe that ageing does not necessarily make wines better. There could be a few exceptions to the rule but the fact is that the young wines from the present vineyards have high demand due to their lower prices. There is no significant difference in wine characteristics unless these age well and develop truly distinguishable characteristics over a period of time. Some Australian wines such as Penfolds Grange, Henschke Hill of Grace, Glaetzer Amon-Ra, Peter Lehmann Stonewell and others are well known for getting better with age. 

Rules to determine which wines shall be allowed to age are not known to people. If you do not have good knowledge of wines, you might end up consuming wines that age well in your next meal. On the other hand, the wine which shall be consumed young might end up in your refrigerator. So, how to know which wines shall be kept for aging?

Well, there are very few wines which shall be stored for aging purposes. A good thumb rule on finding these wines could be to check their prices per bottle. All those which are below a certain price range are required to be consumed young. This price range could vary from person to person. Some might prefer drinking less than $20 wines young while some others might prefer drinking $40 and below wines in next meal and keeping the pricier ones in refrigerators. So, it is the premium wines, red or white, which are generally considered good for storing for a longer time duration. However, another good idea would be to cross-check the precise wine quality using help of internet research and digging out information from books.We can help you in deciding these wines. Following are some of the wines that are good for aging:

Red Wine

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah / Shiraz

White Wine

  • Chardonnay
  • Riesling
  • Sauvignon Blanc / Semillion

Dessert Wine

  • Hungarian Tokaji / Tokay
  • Riesling
  • Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc
  • Portugese Vintage Port
  • Madeira

Sparkling Wine

  • Prestige Cuvee Champagne

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Locale Restaurant of De Bortoli Wines Yarra Valley Estate

De Bortoli is one of the foremost winemakers of Australia. Rooted to the ground and to its traditions, this First Family of Wine in Australia runs a restaurant in its Yarra Valley Estate vineyard. The restaurant has kept alive the famous dishes and cooking methods of Italy and brings the finest of Italian food to its guests. Called the Locale Restaurant, this provides all types of wines along with the delicious cuisines to the people. The restaurant is open only for lunch from 12 PM onwards from Thursday to Monday. However, it is open on Saturday both for lunch and dinner from 12 PM and 6 PM respectively. The restaurant has also won Gourmet Traveller Wine's Award for Best Cellar Door with food. The people who come here to enjoy the Italian and Australian delicacies also relish on the best Australian wine experiences. The food menu is quite elaborate and is divided into 3- a La Carte Menu, a Vegetarian Menu and a Children’s Menu. There is also a list of de bortoli wines which are offered to the guests along with the food. Quite interestingly and understandably so, the wines menu is more elaborate than any of the food menus. These are given below.

A perfect place for relaxing and going out on a welcome break from routine, the Locale provides a perfect ambiance for wine and food lovers.
Vegetarian Menu

Locale Restaurant - De Bortoli Winery- Vegetarian Menu by justwines on Scribd

The Locale Restuarant- Wine List- De Bortoli Wines by justwines on Scribd

La Carte Menu at Lacale Restaurant- De Bortoli's by justwines on Scribd

Children s Menu- De Bortoli Wines by justwines on Scribd