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!