Monday, 14 August 2017

Shiraz Wines and What These Mean For Australian Wine Industry?

Australia is known for its Shiraz wines. This wine varietal has given Australia a place of pride in global wine industry. Almost all big wine brands and a vast majority of other wine labels do have Shiraz in their portfolio. With about one-thirds of total vineyard area of Australia under the cultivation of this grape, it is quite natural to expect that it rules the destiny of Australian wine industry.

Shiraz Wines AustraliaShiraz has contributed in more than one way to Aussie wine industry. It has contributed to the enormous success of its exports. It has given the confidence among the vine growers to match their European brethren in developing quality wines. This confidence has led to more innovation and the result has been that today many more grape varieties are cultivated for wines. Further, the government has taken this industry a lot more seriously and allowed for unbridled but well-regulated growth and development. Impetus has also been given to private hands in all aspects of the business of growing and marketing of wines.

Today, Shiraz grapes are grown on many small and medium scale vineyards. Many of these growers do not have the wineries of their own. These give their produce to other wineries for processing into wines. This has led to development of well-integrated and organized wine industry.

Growth of wine business has also led to increase in domestic consumption of wines, besides exports. The consumption trends indicate that this particular wine is the most popular among Aussie population. This has also been used in making of various blends of wines. 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Hot-selling Australian Grenache Wines of 2016

These wines have been directly selected from the best of 2016 Grenache wines. These wines have left a lasting impression on many wine drinkers. Now is your turn to try them out. Every wine showcases varied flavors and aromas. These wines redefine Grenache wines completely.

Popular Grenache Wines of 2016

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Unforgettable Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Wines

This presentation will end your search about most Impressive Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Wines of 2016. So go ahead and pamper yourself with these wines coming from the best wine regions of Australia. Make every occasion count with these wines. These special few are –

·         Cathedral Rock Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
·         Peter Lehmann Founding Stone Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
·         De Bortoli The Accomplice Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
·         Yallingup Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
·         Salmon Bay Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
·         Surfs Up Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
·         Peaceful Bay Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Favourite Shiraz Wines of Australians

Ever wondered which Shiraz wines were the favourites of Australians. Sit back and take a quick peek into Shiraz Wines that ruled Australia in 2016. Here is the List of Popular Shiraz Wines:

McWilliams Inheritance Shiraz
Night Harvest Reserve Shiraz
Fred Black Shiraz
Printhie Mountain Range Shiraz
Mcwilliams Hanwood Estate Shiraz
De Bortoli Accomplice Shiraz
Block Nine Shiraz
Sunview Shiraz

Monday, 31 July 2017

Pinot Noir Wines to Taste

So if you are confused which Pinot Noir wines to taste, below infographic presents some of the popular Australian Pinot Noir Wines of 2016 coming from different wine regions of Australia which is worth giving a shot. So guys, rescue some Pinot Noir Wine trapped in the bottle and be a hero!

Below are the Pinot Noir Wines which you can save –

1. Catch Cry Pinot Noir
2.  Wolf Blass Silver Label Chardonnay Pinot Noir
3. Jackson Estate Pinot Noir
4. Jacobs Creek Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir
5. Little Valentine Pinot Noir Rose
6. Hardys Nottage Hill Pinot Noir

Popular Pinot Noir Wines in Australia

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Most sold Riesling Wines in Australia 2016

Have a look at these wines, one of the most enjoyed wines of 2016. Affordable and not hard on the pocket. Make these wines your companion for dinners, get-together and outings and you shall have a joy able experience with them.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Bestselling Verdelho Wines of Australia in 2016

Verdelho is a vine from Portugal. Its island of Madeira is known to have verdelho vineyards. Besides Portugal, the other country where its vineyards are present in significant numbers is Australia. Verdelho Grape cultivation began in Australia in 1820s. Earlier it was used in the production of fortified wines and later evolved as dry white table wine. Verdelho comes in 3 styles - dry, semi-sweet and sweet. Verdelhos are also a cheaper replacement for expensive Chardonnay. These wines go well along with spicy Asian dishes. Below video lists popular Verdelho Wines of Australia in 2016. These wines are to be enjoyed over casual meetings, with friends and family. You can check the details on the website (accessible from the link provided in the video description). 

Monday, 26 June 2017

Some Basic Facts About Cabernet Sauvignon

Country of Origin
The country of origin of Cabernet Sauvignon is Bordeaux, France.
Areas where it is grown?
Cabernet Sauvignon is grown in United States, Chile, Argentina, France, Spain, Italy, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Color of the wine?
The wine color is dark ruby red.
Characteristics of Wine?
A typical Cabernet Sauvignon wine  is a medium to full body with strong tannins. It is dry (low on sweetness), with medium acidity. The wine is generally characterized as dark and dense whereas the wine coming from cool climate has flavours of Asparagus whereas medium climate wines has mint and eucalyptus flavours.
Serving and Storing
The ideal temperature for serving this wine is around 17-19 degree Celsius. If the temperature at which the wine is served is above the optimum temperature, wine will not produce the desirable taste. The wine needs to be opened 3-6 hours before serving which is due to presence of high level of tannins, it needs an additional time to open itself and time to breathe before being savoured.  
Type of Glass used?
A Bordeaux glass is most suitable to serve Cabernet Sauvignon. As it has wider opening it helps in releasing more flavours in the wine after the wine gets in contact with the air.
Food Pairing
Cabernet Sauvignon wonderfully pairs with steak and with dark chocolate. Steak is rich in proteins and fats and Cabernet Sauvignon acts as a scraper which removes the proteins and fats present on the tongue and compliments it well. The wine can also be paired with beef, game and hard cheese. Is normally paired with multi-flavoured dishes as it has sweetness in it.
Oldest Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard
The oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard of the world is Kalimna Vineyard - Block 42 in Australia. The vines were planted around 1886 which makes it more than 125 years old. The vineyard is owned by Penfolds, Australia’s famous wine brand.
Most Expensive Wine in the world

1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon is the most expensive wine in the world sold at an auction at a price of $500,000 in the year 2000.

Friday, 16 June 2017

The Famed Sherry Wines- A Type of Fortified Wine

What is Sherry?
A wine is a sherry if it meets the following conditions-
It is a fortified wine which means it is made by adding distilled liquor like brandy to the wine
It is made from white grape which is grown close to Jerez de la Frontera town in Spain

Phoenicians introduced winemaking to Spain in 1100 B.C. and Jerez was the central town for the winemaking activities. Distillation was introduced to the region by the Moors in 711 A.D. During that period, the town was known by the name of ‘Sherish’ and is the origin of names ‘Sherry’ and ‘Jerez’. Under the rule of Alfonso X of Castile, the production of sherry and its distribution throughout Europe increased remarkably in 1264 and by sixteenth-century Sherry was famous as the ‘world’s finest wine’.

Types of Sherry
Fino – Palest and driest among the varieties. Has 15-17% alcohol
Manzanilla – Lighter variety of Fino Sherry. Has 15-17% alcohol
Manzanilla Pasada – This variety is derived when the ageing is extended for Manzanilla variety or if it has undergone partial oxidation
Amontillado – This variety is aged under ‘flor’, which is a yeast like, that prevents the oxidation but later exposed to oxygen it develops into a Sherry darker than Fino but lighter than Oloroso. Has 16-17% alcohol.
Palo Cortado – On ageing like Amontillado for 3-4 years it develops a character like Oloroso. Has 17-22% alcohol.
Oloroso – Ageing period of this variety of sherry is longer than Fino or Amontillado which produces darker and richer wine. Is often termed as most alcoholic sherries. Has 17-22% alcohol.
Cream – Sweet Sherry, made by blending Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso. Has high sugar content and 15.5% to 22% alcohol.

Making of Sherry
After fermentation of grapes(primarily Palomino grape), the next step is to fortify the wine with the help of Grape Spirit (one of the substitutes of brandy) to raise the alcohol level of the wine. If the wine is to be developed into Fino and Manzanilla then the wine is fortified further until it reaches a level of 15.5% alcohol by volume. These wines are then barreled and develop a yeast-like substance called ‘flor’ which prevents the excessive oxidation of the wine. From this point, wines which are to be aged as Oloroso are fortified until they reach a level of 17% ABV(alcohol by volume) but this time ‘flor’ is not developed and these wines get oxidised and get a darker colour.


Sherry is aged through Solera system. Group of containers of different ages of sherry, a usual difference of one year apart with each other, are kept. Contents of the container having the most aged sherry are taken out for bottling and are filled with second most aged sherry and the same process is repeated to all  the containers till the youngest which is filled with the new sherry. This way the final product obtained is a blend of different ages.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Know Your Fortified Wines- The Port Wine of Portugal

Port Wines is a fortified wine produced in Douro Valley in Portugal. Outside Portugal, it is produced in Canada, Argentina, France, United States, Australia, and India.

From where did Port Wine get its name?
Port Wine got its name from ‘Porto’ port on the Douro river, which was the place where the port wine used to be exported to other countries in Europe in 17th Century.

Grape Varieties
Tinta Cão, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional are the grape varieties from which Port Wine is produced. Touriga Francesa is the most widely grown port grape.

Preparation of Port Wine
Port Wine is produced from the grapes grown especially from Douro region of Portugal. 

During the making of port wine, it is not allowed to complete fermentation. Incomplete fermentation leaves the residual sugar behind and fortification is done by adding grape spirit ‘Aguardente’ which increases the alcohol content after which the wine is stored in barrels and aged before bottling.

Types of Port Wine
·         Tawny Port is made from red grapes. Gradual Oxidation and evaporation in wooden barrels’ results in a golden-brown color wine with a nutty flavor. Consumed as a dessert wine. Tawny port goes best with Stilton, King of English Cheese, Jalapenos and Cheddar. Also pairs well with Apple, Cream, and Almond tarts.
·         Ruby Port is the cheapest and most widely produced port. Does not generally improve with age. Pairs well with Dark Chocolate truffles.
·         Rose Port is fermented like rose wine but during fermentation little exposure to grape skin imparts it rose color.
·         Colheita Port is aged in tawny style for at least for 7 years.
·         White Port is an excellent choice to create cocktails.
·         Crusted Port is a blend of port wine from several different vintages.

Port Wine in Australia

In Australia, according to a change in Wine Australia Corporation Act 1980, ‘Port’ word is no longer used with the Port Wine, which is used especially port wines coming from Portugal, but rather called ‘Vintage, ruby and tawny fortified’.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Elementary Information About Alcohol In Wine Everyone Shall Know

source: Wine Folly

Alcohol is an organic compound found in alcoholic beverages. In Chemistry, Ethanol is a type of alcohol and which gives the person the feeling of ‘drunkenness’ after consumption. It is colorless, volatile and has a characteristic odor.

Wines are known to be an alcoholic beverage because during fermentation the sugar in the grapes break down and forms ethanol. Wine has around 9%-16% alcohol. Whereas other alcoholic beverages like Beer has 2%-12% of alcohol, Vodka has 35%-50% alcohol, Gin has 40%-50% alcohol and Whisky has 48%-68% alcohol.

Alcohol is measured in terms of Alcohol by Volume or ABV and this form of measurement is used worldwide. It is the no of milliliters of pure ethanol in 100ml of the solution at 20 degree Celsius. The simplest way to calculate alcohol content in wine is with the help of hydrometer. It helps in calculating the difference in the density of the solution before and after fermentation which helps in determining the volume of alcohol in solution.

There is no standard criteria across various countries to classify wines are low, medium or high alcohol on the basis of their alcohol content. We also have Zero-percent alcohol wines. Therefore, if you do concern about the alcohol percentage in wines or other liqueurs, it is important to know what is the classification which is generally used in a city or country. Generally, wines containing up to 10% alcohol are classified as Low Alcohol., between 11-15% are Medium Alcohol and more than 15% are High Alcohol. There is a further classification into low alcohol red and low alcohol white wines, and likewise for medium and high alcohol ones.

Grapes having lower levels of sugar but which are fully ripe tend to produce low alcohol wines during fermentation upon the action of yeast. By making small alterations in the winemaking methods, the amount of alcohol produced can be controlled during the fermentation process.

Wines coming from cool climate regions and the wines coming from warmer regions present at high altitudes tend to have low alcohol content.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Winy Wits - Wine Quotes - Out of the Box

                              "Out of the box thinking requires out of the box drinking"

Friday, 19 May 2017

Winy Wits - Wine Quotes - Last Wine Glass

                                   "Never Ending Thirst"

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Mount Langi Ghiran Wines- A Story Worth Telling

The journey of Mount Langi Ghiran Wines started with Fratins, an Italian immigrant family. They cleared the land which they had and the three brothers Don, Lino and Serge Fratins replanted the vines paving the way for “Langi” Old Block Shiraz vineyard. Their Initial years to produce wine was successful but the 1980 vintage was far from perfect. In search of someone who had comprehensive knowledge of winemaking, they found Trevor Mast, leading wine consultant at that time. His skills proved useful for the success of Fratins 1981 vintage. Later, Trevor and his wife along with Ian Menzies purchased Mount Langi Ghiran. It was in 2002 that Rathbone family wanted to purchase a winery to expand its wine business. They were looking for a winery that specialized in one specific grape variety and which was located at a premium wine region when they came across Mount Langi Ghiran. It satisfied all their requirements and the winery was soon purchased by them.
 In 2004, Dan Buckle took the position as the chief winemaker but was soon replaced by Kate Petering. Currently, Ben Haines is the Chief Winemaker at the winery. Previously he has worked at Mitchelton Wines and Yering Station Winery.

The vineyards are located at the base of Mt Langi Ghiran which is 350m above sea level. Total vineyards are spread over 80 hectares, 80% of which is Shiraz and the remaining includes other grape varieties Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon in red and Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris in white grape varieties.

Farming Practices
At the winery, to prevent plant diseases, Sulphur is used to protect vines from the attack of powdery mildew. Special moisture monitoring technology is employed with which moisture of the soil can be calculated and irrigation is done thereafter to reduce water wastage. The grass is grown around property and trees planted to conserve the natural habit around the winery and ‘billabongs’ (water body) created to conserve aquatic life.

Iconic Wines
·         Mast – These wines have been awarded highly by wine critics like James Halliday and Campbell Mattinson. 2012 vintage scored 98 points by Halliday.

·         Langi – 2014 Langi Shiraz scored 98 points in 2017 James Halliday Wine Companion.

Awards and Recognition
In 1990’s, ’94 vintage of Langi Shiraz got wide recognition when it, along with Penfolds Grange and Henschke’s Mount Edelstone Shiraz, was showcased on the cover of Wine Spectator Magazine. Another outstanding achievement for Langi Shiraz was when it was included in Langton’s Classification.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Wine Review- Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay 2013 Adelaide Hills

This wine comes from the Lenswood Vineyard where the soils are of brown loam over clay type. The vineyard was planted in 1999.
Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay 2013 wine received the Best Chardonnay of 2016 award at 2016 Adelaide Hills Wine Show.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Wine Review- Stella Bella Serie Luminosa Chardonnay 2013

Stella Bella wines is reputed for its fine wines. The people behind the brand have worked hard to make it popular country-wide. Stella Bella Serie Luminosa Chardonnay is a well-known wine. 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Fortified Wines - For the Sake of Wine Preservation

What do Fortified Wines Mean?
Wines are classified in many ways. On the basis of grape varieties used to make wine, these are classified as Red, White or Mixed. On the basis of ingredients which give it a special character, these are classified as Sparkling and Fortified. These are also classified on the basis of taste, such as Sweet or Dry. Then there are Dessert wines to be consumed after the meals. Among these varied classifications, it is the fortified wines which are made by addition of another type of alcohol to the wine. In these wines, brandy is added to the wines and this makes it different from the others.

How did it all began?
Fortification in wines, or addition of ethanol (brandy) to the wine, began around the middle of the 17th century. It is said that this addition happened due to some accident. Fortification helps in preserving the wine for a long period of time. Ethanol has antiseptic properties and this is what prevents the wine from getting damaged. But, this knowledge is unlikely to have contributed to the making of fortified wines because the antiseptics were discovered about a century later.

Is only brandy used in making of Fortified wines?
Brandy is the most common and also the most preferred item to be added to the wine to make it fortified. But, it is not the only item which can be added. The spirit to be added can be derived from a number of products, such as grapes, sugarcane, sugar beet or even grains. However, the local laws determine which spirit is to be used in making of fortified wines. So, you would find different flavours of these wines from different regions of the world. It is always interesting to know how different wines are fortified.
With respect to the flavour of these wines, it can be said that besides the nature of spirit, another important factor which determines the flavour is the method of distillation used. Generally, two methods are used: column still and pot still. Column stills are used for continuous and sustainable distillation process whereas pot stills are used for distillation in batches. These impart different flavours to fortified wines. Regional laws determine which of these would be used to make it.

What are some of the famous fortified wines?

Madeira (produced in Madeira Islands), Marsala (produced from Sicily), Mistelle, Moscatel de Setubal and Port Wines (from Portugal), Sherry (from Jerez region of Spain) and Vermouth are some of the world renowned fortified wines. These vary in flavour and style. 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Does Biodynamic Farming Relate Only to Lunar Cycles?

Biodynamic wines are in trend. These wines are formed by using the grapes that are grown on the principles of bio-dynamism. Biodynamic agriculture is practiced in consonance with the happening or the non-happening of certain cosmological events. This type of farming is based on the principle that cosmic processes and events have an influence on our being. These cosmic events could be anything from a lunar cycle to a solar cycle. In most of the farms where this type of farming is practiced, it is the lunar cycle calendar which is drawn up for aligning different activities with different phases of moon.
It is to be noted that the cycle of moon and its gravitational pull exerted on earth do have a bearing on life processes of earth, from humans to biological agents. This force is responsible for creation of tides- high or low and the effect can also be witnessed in human bodies which comprises of 70 percent water. The same can be true even for plants, and particularly so for the grape vines. And, the same is also true for biological agents. But, is it only the lunar cycles which shall be considered? There are other forces present in the universe which also have a bearing on our lives. Do these have to be counted as well? Well, solar phenomenon and its cycles are one of these. Will these have any impact on the biodynamic farm practices and on wines made from these? Surely yes, but why are elaborate calendars of same not prepared in same way as lunar cycles.
Apart from these, do we have any other phenomenon which is to be considered? Even if these are to be considered, what farming activity shall be aligned with which of these. How will all of these together be taken into account? This would require an innate knowledge of astronomy as well as farming in order to know which farming activity does well under what all cosmic phenomenon.

Winy Wits- Wine Quotes-Right Mix

Wine makes us witty, inspirational, nostalgic and ecstatic.
(Check out more interesting wine quotes under Winy Wits)

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Eileen Hardy Shiraz 2014 from McLaren Vale

Eileen Hardy is a name etched the annals of Aussie wine making industry. A matriarch who transformed Hardys wines, she was credited with Order of British Empire for her contribution to the Australian wine making. Check out this wine from an highly exclusive wine range named after her. Eileen Hardy Shiraz 2014 McLaren Vale is an iconic wine with 10-15 percent alcohol, aromas of chocolate and olive.  

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Giant Steps - Deriving Name From Music Album to Label Wines

Sometimes people’s lives are inspired by someone. This inspiration gives reasons to work and to live. Giant Steps, a winery of the Yarra Valley, is a name which resulted due to a similar inspiration which its owner, Mr Phil Sexton, drew from the visionary album of renowned saxophonist John Coltrane. That album of 1950s was Giant Steps and being an ardent lover of this album, Phil named his wine label after it.

Giant Steps wine range is acclaimed nationally as well as internationally. It has won 19 trophies since 2003 and a number of Gold Medals at various wine events. Within the Yarra Valley region, Giant Steps has three vineyards- Sexton, Applejack and Terraford. From these vineyards, the winery produces its range of wines. Giant Steps boasts of the following wine ranges which are expressive of the character of terroir of this region. These are:

The Yarra Valley Range
Lusatia Park Chardonnay
Sexton Chardonnay
Tarraford Chardonnay
Applejack Pinot Noir
Lusatia Park Pinot Noir
Primavera Pinot Noir
Sexton Pinot Noir
Tarraford Syrah

Harry’s Monster

Giant Steps Wines can be found and bought online.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Interesting ways in which people search for wines

If you are a wine e-tailer, well that is a terminology for the online wine shops that sell directly to consumers, then you shall know what are the different ways in which people search for wines online. Understanding how the people are searching for wines can help in creating more relevant and meaningful webpages which can improve the sales. These highly relevant pages reduce the search time of the consumers and they can zero-in directly on the wines they are looking for. So, let us discuss some of the ways in which these are looked for on the web.
1.      Based on appearance and feel- If you are an online wine shopper, you would have most commonly noticed that the wine e-stores provide the facility to shop according to red, white, sparkling and fortified wines. Then, there is the category of mixed wine packs. These are dependent on the final look (wine colour) and feel of the wine.
2.     Alcohol percentage- People also look for wines based on what is the percentage of alcohol content in the wine. This depends on alcohol tolerance. Most of the wines are made within the 15 percent alcohol mark. There are the low alcohol red wines as well as low alcohol white wines. Further, wines of more than 15 percent alcohol content are high alcohol ones. These can also be red or white.
3.     Price per bottle based- Another common way in which the people hunt for wines on the web is by per bottle price. Quite naturally, it is the cheap red wines or the cheap white wines which are below the $10 per bottle mark which are the most sought after ones. However, there could be people who are looking for super premium red wines or expensive white wines.

4.    Based on how these are made- Wines differ in their variety based on usage or non-usage of certain components. And, people search wines based on their preferences or tastes. Here you have the organic, the vegan, the fruity, the preservative-free and other such wines whose nomenclature is directly related to how these are made. 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Penfolds Bin 23 Pinot Noir

Wineries often come up with interesting names for their wines. For large wineries, the names of the wines help in clearly understanding from where the grapes have arrived, how these have been processed or indicate some other unique thing associated with that wine. Penfolds Bin 23 Pinot Noir- this name of the wine shows that this particular wine has been cellared at Bin number 23. Further, the addition of words Pinot Noir mentions the grape variety and Adelaide Hills is the region from where this wine has come.
If you are interested in knowing history of using Bin numbers in wine names, there is an interesting post.
If you want to know more about penfolds wines, please check this video.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Hardys Wines- The vision which changed the face of Australian winemaking

“Create Wines that will be prized in the markets of the world”- Thomas Hardy
These visionary words by its founder, Thomas Hardy have been the driving force behind the success of five generations of Hardys wines. After moving to Australia from Devon, Thomas started his journey into winemaking by working with John Reynell, who was regarded as the first winemaker of South Australia. He took his first step towards achieving his dream by purchasing his first property, Bankside in 1853.
Thomas launched his very first wine range- the Oomoo range in 1870 which was revived and re-released in 2003 as a special edition to celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Hardys wines. The popularity gained by the commemorative release of this wine range proved that the legacy of Thomas Hardy still continues.
After releasing his first wine range Thomas Hardy purchased the Tintara winery in McLaren Vale with the sole aim to expand his already established winemaking business. The Tintara wine series and Oomoo wine range proudly expressed Thomas’ vision of producing wines by combining traditional winemaking practices and new-age techniques and equipments. These wines were the first Australian wines to be awarded with two prestigious Gold medals at the International Wine Shows held in Bordeaux in 1882 and in Paris in 1889.
Since its foundation, Tintara Winery has become a name synonymous with best Australian winemaking and McLaren Vale wines and continues to craft premium quality of wines produced by five-generations of winemakers. It is currently owned by fifth-generation winemaker, William Bill Hardy who joined the family business in 1972.

Starting from its first wine series, the Oomoo range to its recent range, the Winemaker’s Rare Release range, Hardys has been producing wines from the best grape growing regions of McLaren Vale and Australia. With over 160 years of winemaking heritage and family history, Hardys Tintara winery and cellar door continues to produce popular wine ranges crafted with the common vision and philosophy of blending between regions and winemaking practices to create best quality of wines possible. With the passing of years, the ownership also changed hands from one generation to the next, but the vision still remained the same, i.e. to create wines that are popular and highly prized in the wine industry across the world.  

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Wine Tasting- Teusner Big Jim Stonewell Shiraz 2016

Teusner wines is based in South Australia. Check out this Big Jim Stonewell Shiraz of 2016 vintage. This wine from the Barossa valley bears the hallmark signature of the territory.

Learn a Few Basics of Organic and Vegan Wines

What Is Organic Wine?
Simply speaking, organic wine is produced from grapes that have been grown ‘organically’. Broadly, this means that no artificial or synthetic (Read: chemicals!) fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides or herbicides have been used. As you can probably imagine, growing grapes organically requires the implementation of a completely different set of farming practices at the vineyard.
 Maintaining high productivity of organic grapes means that farmers increase the vineyard’s biodiversity to prevent and eliminate pests & weeds, since usage of chemicals is not an option. Think of methods such as sheep grazing between the rows of the crop, to ‘eat away’ weeds, or the farmer introducing a cover crop to provide habitat for an insect species that is the natural enemy of the trouble-maker. Essentially, organic winemaking uses farming practices that our forefathers used to employ for making wine, before the Second World War.

Why Should I Drink Organic Wine?
1. As you can probably judge by the above discussion, the benefits of organic wines include minimal exposure to dangerous chemicals. However, not just you, but farmers stay healthy too, since they are not required to get in contact with these substances!
2. Let us add to the previous point that wine grapes get even more pesticides than regular grapes.
3. Non-organic wines contribute to groundwater and soil contamination.

What Are Some Good Australian Organic Wines?
Some delicious organic Australian wines include Botobolar Preservative Free Shiraz, Hochkirch Pinot Noir, Carlei Green Vineyards Chardonnay, Botobolar The Duke Petit Verdot and so on!

I Am Vegan. Can I Have Organic Wine?
Not necessarily! This is because many animal-derived products, such as gelatin, albumin (Egg white) and casein (Milk protein) are allowed for use (as fining agents) in organic wines. These fining agents are placed over large wooden tanks, known as vats, to gather sinking particles and keeping them out of the suspension.

What Are Some Vegan Organic Wines?
If you are vegan, organic wines safe to consume would be Angove Organic Chardonnay, Babich Headwaters Organic Block Sauvignon Blanc, Battle of Bosworth Puritan Shiraz, Brogsitter Organic Feinherb Riesling and so on (check here)! Enjoy!

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Wine Tasting- St Hugo Shiraz

St Hugo wines is located in the famed Barossa Valley wine region of South Australia. St Hugo wines are named after Hugo Gramp, the legend behind the Gramp & Sons winery which has its history dating back to 1840s. 
St Hugo Shiraz is a premium red wine bottle priced at more than $30 per bottle. With dark purple hues and 14.5% alcohol content, this is one shiraz which is both wine drinkers and wine collectors' favorite. 

Winy Wits-Wine Quotes- Wine is a Great Leveller

"You are drunk man." 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Winy Wits-Wine Quotes- Winelovers Seek Immortality

"Man has always looked for ways to be immortal"

Banrock Station Chardonnay

Banrock Station Wine - Chardonnay is a fresh wine, driven with aromas of fruits and coming from a popular wine region of Australia- McLaren Vale. This white wine has 13 percent alcohol, which makes it a medium alcohol white wine. 

If you have tasted this wine before, we would like you to leave your review. If not tasted, why not have it this time around?

banrock station chardonnay 2016

Monday, 27 March 2017

Jacob's Creek St Hugo Shiraz

Jacob's Creek St Hugo Shiraz

St Hugo is a premier red wine collection from Jacob's Creek wines. This wine has been named after the founder of this winery, Mr Hugo Grump. This wine label was first launched in 1983 and gained immense popularity immediately. Shiraz is a famous wine varietal of Australia which accounts for most of the domestic production, consumption and even export of wines. 

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Are Preservative-free Wines Really Worth Celebration?

People have begun to understand the benefits of all organic food. The fact that there is no harmful chemical used in growing this type of food is the single most important reason for people preferring all those items which are not using chemicals, wholly or partly. Preservative-free wines are one of these products which is one of the latest craze for wine lovers. Wineries in Australia are also increasingly developing these wines.

Preservatives are added to the wines to prevent the growth of microbes and to prevent the oxidation of wine. Both of these damage the wine and render it useless for consumption. There is a need for adding preservatives in order to keep these in check. These preservatives could be the alcohol, the acid, the sulphites and even the ascorbic acid. Out of these it is the sulphites which are marked as unhealthy for consumption. Many wine experts believe that singling out sulphites for being unhealthy is wrong and they give a number of reasons for clarifying their position in this respect.

The sulphites are in use for a long period of time and even the ancient and medieval period wine-making involved the use of sulphites for preserving wines. Even if you were to dismiss this argument on the pretext that the people at that time were not very much aware of its negative impact, the next argument put in defence of using this compound in wine is that there are insignificant number of people who are allergic to wines. In fact, people could be sensitive to it but a vast majority among them are not allergic to it. So, it is a very small part of population world over which could be somewhat impacted by wines made using sulphur dioxide.

Another argument used by the people is that the preservatives used in dry fruits contain more sulphites than those present in the wines. So, they do question the rationale of removing these from the wines and allowing wines to be amenable to damage by microbes.

Irrespective of the defence put forward, people still prefer buying the preservative-free wines, in short, those wines in which the sulphites are not present.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Clearing the Confusion About Vegan Wines

In simple terms, the vegan wines are vegetarian-friendly wines which do not make use of any so-called ‘fining agents’. These agents are used in the wine-making process with the prime objective of removing the haze producing molecules. Most common agents used for this purpose are derived from animals and are animal products such as albumin of egg, animal protein gelatin, milk protein casein or isinglass fish bladder protein. Now, all wines made by using these fining agents are still considered organic because these are precipitated out at the end of the wine making process and do not form part of the wine as such.
Now, vegan wines are the ones which do not make use of these animal products even for fining purpose. In its place, the wineries make use of the clay-based agents such as bentonite or an alternative as activated charcoal. You might be thinking what is the need for fining the wine after all and why to use these agents? The reason is that most of wines are very hazy and these do not look good in this state. Wine drinkers love the clear wines and for this reason, these need to use the filing agents. If it were not for these agents, the wine companies will have reduced profitability as people would not be inclined to drink the wine. Also, wines can develop a clearer profile on their own but it takes these a lot of time which might not be commercially viable for wineries.

Are Organic Wines Vegan?

There is much confusion on whether the organic wines arevegan or not. This confusion can be cleared with this understanding that the organic wines are derived from vineyards that are known to practice organic farming. However, since the animal products could still be used, these are still called organic since these agents are not a part of the end product and are precipitated out. But, yes, the organic wines can be classified further as vegan-friendly for the benefit of strictly vegetarian people.