Master Sommelier, Cameron Douglas revisits the Lamont Wines range, and is impressed to see his notes from 3 years ago show the winery is consistently producing wines of varietal and regional character. To read his article, see the link below:
Panic struck when I jumped onto our website and discovered that the news section was lacking in material. Being post-vintage for most of our wineries (Marlborough and Central Otago New Zealand are still at it) there is generally a lull and for very good reasons - everyone is exhausted. This vintage was a challenge for many and sadly some of our wineries suffered greatly as a result of the weather. Production will definitely be down, however despite this some excellent fruit has been picked and what will be released looks promising.
For the first time in ages we don’t have any awards to announce, there is also a lull in credible wine competitions at this time. What to write about I pondered…….
Pure Tassie Pinot at Pure South - Presented by Pinot Unearthed (Ben Edwards, Dan Sims and Chris Crawford)
Venue: Pure South, Southbank
Date: Wednesday 9th March 2011
Time: 7pm onwards
Commentary: Sarah Andrew
As part of Melbourne Food & Wine Festival I stumbled across Pinot Unearthed and the passionate gents behind the concept. In a nutshell, Pinot Unearthed is not only about the wine, but the whole lifestyle that is a part of Pinot lover's ensemble. Great food and restaurants, heavenly matches, atrocious matches, the travel and the adventure associated with buying great Pinot Noir, events that celebrate the variety in all its guises, and just about anything else you want to put on the table (text taken from Pinot Unearthed website), see: www.pinotunearthed.com.au
Presented by Sommeliers Australia, as part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
Venue: Ormond Hall, Prahran
Date: Sunday 6th March 2011 12:30pm until 5pm
The afternoon was destined to be a success: the sun was shining, not a rain cloud in site and Ormond Hall a perfect historical backdrop for what ended up being a delightful long lunch! Arriving with a good friend we were greeted in the courtyard with a glass of Mumm ‘Cordon Rouge’ Brut, NV poured from magnums - thank you very much!
Selador Wines are thrilled to announce that Lamont Pinot Noir 2007 was awarded Trophy for ‘Best Pinot Noir’ at the Sydney International Wine Competition 2011. We are thrilled for the owners Jude Coleman and Lindsay McLachlan. Their brand has been strongly supported by some of New Zealand’s best restaurants and fine wine outlets and in just 18 months has done the same in Melbourne.
In somewhat of an upset result, progressive new producer, Soumah of Yarra Valley has seen its 2010 Savarro (100% Savagnin Blanc) head off a large array of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, to pick up the People’s Choice of Best White Wine at this month’s Yarra Valley and Gippsland regional showcase at Melbourne’s Federation Square.
One doesn’t have to be in the wine industry to know there is a current oversupply in the market. Wine has never been more available and at such keen prices. Cleanskin products and ‘buyers own brand’ wines (think home brand in supermarket terms) can be found everywhere, and established known brands can be purchased at prices well below their value.
Following the launch of Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW) in August 2009, members Brown Brothers, Campbell’s, d’Arenberg, De Bortoli, Henschke, Howard Park, Jim Barry, McWilliam’s, Tahbilk, Taylors, Tyrrells, and Yalumba have been educating, travelling and promoting not only their history, regionality but genuine quality of wine to both trade and consumers alike. They have targeted both a domestic and international audience, drawing upon close to $1,000,000 of their own funds with the welcome addition of $430,000 from the ‘Promoting Australian Produce grant.