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On the Twenty-first day of Christmas my wine rack gave to me a Haystack Pinot Gris

It’s Wednesday, so let’s get a little bit country, and reach for a Haystack wine from the wine rack.

This Haystack wine hails from the Yarra Valley in Victoria, and is a brilliant Pinot Gris quaffer to get you over the line of hump day (Wednesday). Priced around the $23 mark, this is a real treat.

The sweetness and freshness of the wine pairs particularly well with Asian food, which is what I did the other night, eating Korean BBQ chicken wings, and kimchi calamari pancakes, along with an array of other Korean food.

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Haystack paired with Korean food

 

“Bright pale straw colour with a watery hue. Lifted pear and floral aromas are followed by some ripe apple, musk and a hint of quince. The palate is a hybrid of traditional Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio possessing a full textural feel and crisp dry finish with flavours of pear, ripe Jonathan apples, subtle musk and quince. Aftertaste of pear, ripe Jonathan apples and quince.” www.nicks.com.a

Until next time winos,

Cheers

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On the Twentieth day of Christmas my wine rack gave to me a SubRosa Chardonnay

Chardonnay rhymes with Tuesday right?

This Chardonnay is an absolute cracker in the lead up to Christmas. It’s a Chardonnay hailing from SubRosa wines in the Grampians – a cool climate region in Victoria, Australia.

Behind this brilliant wine is brilliant winemaker Adam Louder. Adam has many years of experience in the wine industry, having worked in Bordeaux, the Napa Valley, and now in Australia. Adam’s wealth of experience really shows in SubRosa’s wine case, and this Chardonnay is no exception. The grapes are handpicked, and are pressed as a full bunch, which is means less fruit damaged, and tonnes of flavour.

The wine is refreshing, and I feel has a slightly modern take on the classic Chardonnay. With melon and citrus flavours coming through, it has a slight acidity level to it. While some Chardonnay’s are big on that big buttery taste, this one is not so much, and is an absolute delight to drink.  The other big plus is that it comes at a price tag of $25! Everyone’s a winner!

The name of the wine also has a great story behind it:

“SubRosa is latin for under the rose. In ancient times, a rose was hung over the table as a mark of secrecy. What was said or happened around the table, stayed at the table.” http://www.subrosawine.com.au

 

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Here I’ve paired the SubRosa Chardonnay with a fresh home made pasta topped with Chicken, Mushroom and Asparagus in a white wine sauce

Until next time winos,

Cheers

 

 

 

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On the Seventeenth day of Christmas my wine rack gave to me a Dal Zotto Pucino Prosecco

Yep, you’ve guessed it. Welcome to another sparkling Saturday!

Moving away from France and on to Italy, where it’s home to the Prosecco.

Prosecco is a great, and cheaper, alternative to champagne.
Why? Champagne comes from the champagne region in France, and can place a high price due to the high demand for it.
Prosecco is more widely available, and the process of making the wine is most cost effective, with the second fermentation of the wine occurring in stainless steel barrels.

The Dal Zotto Pucino Prosecco is a winner. Best of all it’s Australian produced. This Prosecco comes from the King Valley which is where many Italian immigrants settled back in the 1880’s. It’s in this location that’s quite similar to the growing conditions for many Italian varieties as it is in Italy.

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The DalZotto Pucino Prosecco has light bubbles, with pear and apple flavours. A creaminess to the wine, it finishes off crisp and dry.

A great way to spend your Saturday is having a Prosecco in the Park. What more could you want with a glass of bubbles in hand, sun shining, and hanging with a great bunch of friends!

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Until next time winos,

Cheers

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On the Sixteenth day of Christmas my wine rack gave to me a Medhurst Rosé

Yes Tis the season for a Rosé. I’ve now featured a couple of Rosé’s in the advent wine calendar, even a frosé!

It’s on the top of my list as THE Summer wine. It’s a great alternative than just the usual white you may lean towards. It’s even a great wine to take with you when you go sailing! So fancy!

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Look! I’m on a boat!

This Rosé hails from Medhurst Wines in the Yarra Valley in Victoria. It was even crowned best Rosé at the Yarra Valley Wine Show in 2016!

It’s so deserving of the accolade.

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What a winner!

The wine is made from a blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and is a beautiful light pink colour. Wondering how Rosé gets its pink colour? see my blog post here!

Melbourne, you are such a tease with your good weather. You make me want to drink Rosé.
It’s crisp and refreshing flavours of strawberry and tarty fruits, like raspberries and citrus, make me feel like I’m eating a dessert, but without the sweetness.

“Deliciously elusive fresh fruits including strawberry and raspberry are supported by white blossom of jasmine and citrus. The 2016 Medhurst Rosé shows bright personality of the Shiraz bringing freshness and liveliness to the wine, and the copper-hue from the Cabernet brings the fine drying finish and amazing persistence of flavour, cleansing the palate ready for another mouthful.” http://www.medhurstwines.com.au

It’s great to have on its own, or with white meat, or even with a cheeky cheese.

Until next time winos

Cheers

 

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On the fourteenth day of Christmas my wine rack gave to me a Maxwell Wines Lime Stone Cabernet Sauvignon

I came across this wine in a wine review from a fellow wine blogger ‘muchtodoaboutwine
The review really caught my interest, particularly the part about the aroma being similar to that of an open bag of jelly babies. I knew I wanted to try it.

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Here’s the review:

“Impeneratable purple in the glass with classic notes of blackberry, blackcurrant along with aromas similar to that of a freshly opened bag of natural confection co jelly babies driven secondarily by slight herbaceous notes, a slap of mint, liquorice and some oak which fits right into place. The full bodied palate is similar to that of the nose that is scaffolded by lacy ropes of tannin that’s filled with high fruit intensity. Reckon you’ll be good going for another 6-8 years and turn your world upside down by pairing it with some beautiful roasted lamb” muchtodoaboutwine

Maxwell Wines is located in McLaren Vale in South Australia.
Established in the late 70’s, the winery takes a hands on approach to wine making. Two of its signature wines are the Lime Cave Cabernet, and the Ellen Street Shiraz.

The vineyard sits on a limestone base, which is ideal for reds. Being located in a hot dry climate, it serves the grapes well.

One of the unique points about Maxwell Wines is its cellar. The cellar was built in to the limestone hill, with a barrel room located at the base, surrounded by limestone. This natural and solid structure houses the barrels at a constant temperature, where the wines mature well.

Maxwell wines are ideal for cellaring and ageing.
The 2013 Lime Cave Cabernet Sauvignon

Medium bodied, rich in colour, with a smooth flavour of blackberries, and vanilla, hinted with oak. Makes for a very delightful Wednesday evening!

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“The palate is classic Cabernet. Concentrated flavours of cranberry, cherry and cassis taste like the day the grapes were picked, integrated with delicate cedar and vanilla oak. These flavours are elegantly balanced with firm tannins and a persistent mouth filling finish.” www.maxwellwines.com.au

Until next time winos

Cheers

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On the thirteenth day of Christmas my wine rack gave to me a Frosé

Melbourne is hot hot hot today!
35 degrees : 95 Fahrenheit

To cool off in the summer sun, a Frosé is the perfect way to do it! As the name suggests, it’s a frozen Rosé

It was invented by Bar Primi in New York City. This really is the best thing since sliced bread. What will humans do next?!

How to make it

1. Take a bottle of Rosé and pour in to a tray. Freeze overnight (about 8 hours).
It won’t completely freeze, but will be like a slushie.

I’d recommend going for a darker Rosé. This will make the flavours of the Rosé really come through in the slushie mixture.

My picks –
Tahbilk Cabernet Rosé made from Cabernet Sauvignon
Crittenden Estate’s Pinocchio Rosato made from Sangiovese grapes
6Ft6 Pinot Noir Rosé

In fact, 6Ft6 are straight on the band wagon and you can even order a Frosé pack  to make at home! Check it out here!

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Credit @6Ft6wine

2. While the Rosé is doing its work, time to get on to the strawberry sugar syrup.

Bring 1/2 a cup of water and 1/2 a cup of sugar to the boil. Once the sugar dissolves take it off the heat and pop 220grams of strawberries (almost a punnet) into the pot. Mix, and let the mixture sit for 30 minutes for the strawberries to infuse. Press the mixture through a sieve.

Make sure the sugar syrup is cool before proceeding to the next step.

3. In a blender, scrape the frozen Rosé into the jug, along with approx 100g of the sugar syrup, a squeeze of lemon juice, and 1 cup of crushed ice.

4. Blend blend blend

5. Pop the mixture back in the freezer for 30 minutes

6. Once chilled, pop the mixture back in to the blender and buzz it up again. This will make the icy mixture smoother.

At this stage, if you’re feeling a little frisky, you can even pop in a dash of vodka. (Did she just say that?!)

7. Serve in cocktail glasses and enjoy
Until next time winos

Cheers

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On the twelfth day of Christmas my wine rack gave to me a Catena Malbec

Malbec Monday

Malbec is a grape variety that hails from France, and is usually blended in Bordeaux wines. While the grape hails from France, the country that really makes this variety shine is Argentina.
In France, the weather and soil conditions are not ideal for Malbec, and tends to be very prone to disease, which is why the variety is used in many blends. Pop the grape in Argentina, and it thrives – the hot, high altitude climate is perfect for Malbec.

Malbec is quite similar to a Merlot, with its plum like flavours, but with a little more character and depth.

The wine that takes out number 12 in the wine advent calendar is the 2014 Catena Malbec.

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Deep, and rich in burgandy colour (typical of a Malbec), the Catena has a very fragrant, earthy aroma. It’s smooth and silky, and has distinct oak and pepper notes.

Go on, treat yourself to a Malbec Monday. You deserve it!

Until next time winos

Cheers!

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On the tenth day of Christmas my wine rack gave to me an Oakdene Matilda Sparkling

Hello Saturday!

Last week I featured a champagne style sparkling from Jansz wines. This time I’m moving Sparkling Saturday to Oakdene winery in the Bellarine Penisula. Number 10 in the advent wine calendar is the 2012 Oakdene Matilda Sparkling Blanc de Noirs.

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This sparkling wine is a 100% sparkling Pinot Noir. While you may think it would be a sparking red, which I love, this one is a white!

With many classic wine varieties on the Oakdene shelf, I sampled this wine at the Pinot Palooza festival.

Pinot Palooza is a festival of Pinot Noir, in the style of a music festival; all the superstars of Pinot Noir in one spot where you can rock out to the music playing while you taste!

Now, back to the wine…

The Oakdene Matilda Sparkling is a crisp but not an overly dry sparkling. It’s slightly sweet, with a subtle creaminess. The super small bubbles will have you rocking out your Saturday like The Weekend!

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“Pale straw with a salmon blush. Lifted notes of stone fruit, and bright red fruit aromas, followed by brioche and toast characters. Fine persistent mousse, with obvious bready autolysis, and red fruit Pinot Noir influence, balanced by firm acidity and a long, dry finish.” http://www.oakdene.com.au

Until next time winos,

Cheers

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On the ninth day of Christmas, my wine rack gave to me a Robert Oatley GSM

Welcome Friyay!

Wine number 9 in the advent calendar, and this wine gives me the same happy feels as Friday happy feels – it’s the Robert Oatley 2015 GSM. I’ve featured this wine previously in my blog ‘three wise men, three brilliant wines for Christmas dinner’

Australia is renowned for mixing up the grape varieties, and blending them to make some new and interesting creations. This GSM is no exception. As the acronym suggests it’s a mixture of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre. Each of these grapes adds it’s character and personality to the wine.This wine blend is like having a party with a great bunch of friends!

Grenache adds the berry and sublte peppery flavours to the wine and the depth of colour. This is like the host of the party that puts on the food

Shiraz adds more of the peppery notes and also throws in some tannin. This friend is more like the one that brings dessert along to go with the food.

Mourvèdre mellows the wine out, and creates a smoothness. This friend is more like the one that creates the rockin dance list for the party.

So. Much. Fun!

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Hailing from Robert Oatley winery, the face behind the wines, Robert Oatley unfortunately passed away earlier this year. This man was a great influence on the Australian wine industry, and introduced many styles and varieties to the market – he’s even been crowed as the ‘father of Australian Chardonnay’.

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“Macerated red fruits and musk from Grenache, structure and longevity via Shiraz, Mouvèdre’s gamey notes and minerality.” http://www.robertoatley.com.au

I hope you enjoy this wine as much as I do, and I hope it gives you those Friday happy feels.

Until next time winos

 

Cheers

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On the eighth day of Christmas my wine rack gave to me a Tahbilk Grand Tawny

To settle you in to Thursday evening, and prepare you for Friyay, a cheeky Tawny after dinner is a great choice!

I’ve featured this wine on my blog before – ‘hop yourself to nagambie over the Easter long weekend for some great wine’ It’s so good that it deserves a place in the advent wine calendar – It’s the Tahbilk Grand Tawny.
From one of Australia’s oldest wineries, founded in 1860, this port delivers all the deliciousness and stickiness that you look for in a port.

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The historic buildings at Tahbilk Winery

Pour yourself a glass of this, and it will feel like you’re sipping on Christmas cake. What better wine to get you excited and geared up for the day the man in the big red suit arrives!

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The other beauty is that it comes in a 750ml bottle, which means it will keep providing you with little glasses of joy for a while. Generally, when you do open one a bottle of port, consumption should happen in 3 months for it to be at its optimum level, which is plenty of time to savor and enjoy it.

“This impressive fortified has had extended ageing in seasoned oak barrels and shows classic tawny colour. The nose exhibits distinguished aromas of walnut and prune with a complex mix of dried fruits. The palate is deeply flavoured and concentrated with characteristic caramel, toffee, walnut and fruitcake flavours, whilst the finish is long and lingers well into an evening of quiet contemplation!” www.tahbilk.com.au

Until next time winos

Cheers

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