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18 January 2018

SA UE Megaboom winners

Congratulations to Lisa Camporelle and Anita Haaja the South Australian winners of the Yalumba and UE Megaboom trade promotion. Many thanks to all who participated in the promotion.

19 October 2017

Yalumba and UE Mega Boom Trade Promotion Terms and Conditions

28 October 2016

Blair Hayden wins the ‘Industry Legend Award’ at Sydney Craft Beer Week

The inaugural Sydney Craft Beer Awards presented by Sydney Craft Beer Week have just named their top venues, industry contributors and brew crews taking craft beer to a whole new level.

Blair Hayden, from Lord Nelson, has been announced as the winner of the "Legend Award – Overall Contribution to Craft Beer in Sydney/NSW"


Click here to see all the winners

28 June 2015

Wine ambassador's job suits her down to the ground

"Jane Ferrari has one of the more enviable jobs in the world of wine. She's not a winemaker or a viticulturist, but rather a global ambassador for the Hill-Smith family and Yalumba.

That means Ferrari travels the world hosting tastings and spreading the Yalumba Wines story, which dates back to 1849. She is a historian and researcher who has been described as a 'human encyclopaedia'..."

Sunday Examiner, Launceston TAS 28 Jun 2015, by Winsor Dobbin

18 February 2015

Night Noodle MarketYalumba bringing its Festival Garden to Perth

Perth residents will have the opportunity to enjoy some of Australia’s most well-loved wines within the fantastical Yalumba Festival Garden at city’s inaugural Night Noodle Markets next month.

Yalumba has announced it will extend its support of the Night Noodle Markets into Western Australia, where it will be the exclusive wine supplier for the March 18-29 event.

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17 February 2015

Yalumba releases outstanding Rare & Fine quartet

Yalumba has announced the release dates of four wines from its Rare & Fine collection, with two of its most anticipated wines launched today.

Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz 2012 and Yalumba The Octavius Shiraz 2009 will both be available immediately, with Yalumba The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon 2012and Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier 2013 available from March 17.

Click here to download media release

22 October 2014

Is this Australia's best Riesling?

According to the judges of the Canberra International Riesling Challenge, it is. Heggies Vineyard Botrytis Riesling 2012 has been awarded the “Best in Australia” and the “Best Sweet Riesling” trophies at the Canberra International Riesling Challenge. These prestigious trophies have been awarded off the back of the recent Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 Regional Trophy: Australian Sweet under £15.

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6 May 2014

No.3 London Dry Gin awarded a gold medal at the International Spirits Challenge

Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits is proud to announce that No.3 London Dry Gin has been awarded a gold medal in the International Spirits Challenge for the third year running.

Click here to download press release.

1 February 2014

The entire Winesmiths collection featured in Yen magazine

"Forget your hills hoist and backyard games of 'Goon of Fortune'. You're an adult now, and Winesmiths is here to make this transition to dignified member of society easier with bottle-quality pinot grigio, chardonnay, shiraz and tempranillo casks (18.99 each), which are all travel friendly, sure to stay fresh and perfect for picnics and oh, okay, the occasional pillow - who are we to judge? As an added bonus the boxes are made from 75 per cent recycled materials. Head to thewinesmiths.com to buy online and see the full range."

Yen magazine

February 2013

Nautilus Estate Pinot Noir 2010 - nice refreshing style

"Ripe cherry and cranberry, dense palate. Fine silky tannins, fresh acid and a flavoursome mid-palate. Good medium + length and definition. Dry, light and youthful finish. Nice refreshing style."

Drinks Trade, February 2013

February/March 2013

Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2010

93 points - "Full purple-crimson; a blend of material from higher altitude, cooler sites and warmer valley floor vineyards; the ambiguity lies in the use of the term ‘Barossa’, which covers both the Eden and Barossa Valleys; it is a generous wine, with sweet red and black fruits, mocha and fruitcake, the tannins soft and plum. Drink to 2020. Five stars."

James Halliday, James Halliday's Wine Companion Magazine, February/March 2013

February 2013

Yalumba Y Series Pinot Grigio 2012 puts more expensive examples to shame

"A stylish, rather complete and genuinely varietal pinot gris that puts a number of significantly more expensive examples of its kind to shame. Vibrant and brightly lit with a spicy cinnamon-like scent of apple, pear and creamy, leesy undertones lifted by white flowers. It reveals a long and tightly controlled palate underpinned by a fine dustiness. Its pristine core of moderately juicy flavour extends towards a clean and savoury finish with plenty of persistence."

Jeremy Oliver, Gourmet Traveller Wine, February 2013

January 2013

Smith & Hooper Merlot 2009

"This wine from Wrattonbully, just north of Coonawarra, is a very good demonstration of how well-suited the merlot grape is to this part of South Australia. It’s elegant and savoury, but with fine, persistent tannins that make me think of rosemary-brushed lamb chops."

Max Allen, Gourmet Traveller, January 2013

30 January 2013

Y Series Sangiovese Rosé - the perfect match for Italian food

Yalumba Y Series Sangiovese Rosé 2012

"Rosé is crafted from many varieties - pinot, grenache, shiraz among them - with Tuscany's favourite grape sangiovese also offering an Italianate twist as well. This is bright pink with subtle florals and red fruit lifts to start, restrained sweet flavours and a lovely drinkable style with decent texture and line at this price. Value: Bargain. Food: Prosciutto rocket pizza. 3.5 stars out of 5."

Tony Love, The Advertiser, 30 January 2013

23 November 2012

Negociants Australia 2012 Working with Wine Fellowship Winners

Final judging for the 2012 Negociants Australia Working with Wine Fellowship took place on Tuesday in Sydney, with the winner announced that night at the Working with Wine Fellowship Dinner held at Sokyo Restaurant.

Click here to download the media release which details the 2012 Working with Wine National Winners.

10 November 2012

Vasse Felix Named Winery of the Year in The West Australian Wine Guide 2013

Vasse Felix has been named Winery of the Year in The West Australian Wine Guide, 2013. The annual publication is published by WA critic Ray Jordan.
Virginia Willcock was named WA Winemaker of the Year, and the 2011 Heytesbury Chardonnay, named as Wine of the Year (and White Wine of the Year).
This exciting news follows Virginia's announcement as Gourmet Traveller WINE Australian Winemaker of the Year in September, as well as Vasse Felix being named one of Wine & Spirits Magazine's Top 100 International Wineries of 2012.

Click here to download full article.

26 September 2012

Vasse Felix Chief Winemaker Virginia Willcock has been announced as the 2012 Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year.

Virginia’s passion and enthusiasm for Margaret River winemaking is an inspiration to many and this accolade is a well-deserved acknowledgment of Virginia’s talent, and long-term dedication to her craft." Click here to download media release.

19 September 2012

Vasse Felix Named a 'Top 100' International Winery

"Vasse Felix has been named as a 'Top 100' international winery by leading USA magazine, Wine & Spirits.

The recognition for Margaret River's founding vineyard and winery follows the achievement of several top wine scores across the Vasse Felix range." Click here to download media release.

August 2012

Vasse Felix Restaurant Voted a Top 10 AU Regional Restaurant in Australian Traveller Magazine

"Margaret River's pioneer winemaker, Dr Tom Cullity could never have expected all this when he planted his first vines in 1967. Aiming to simply make 'the best possible wine', he didn't foresee how he would eventually spawn a local wine and tourism industry, nor the ultimate extent of his own venture. The Restaurant is quite rightly surrounded by vines and bushland, and the effect is mesmerising - a spell broken only by long-term chef Aaron Carr's food. An avid surfer, Carr's been making waves on and off the shore since becoming executive chef at Vasse Felix back in 1995, creating dishes that compliment the vineyard's wines with uncanny talent."

July 2012

Vermentino runs away with a trophy!

The 2011 Running With Bulls Vermentino scoops the Trophy for best alternative red or white varietal at the 2012 Royal Queensland Wine Show. Click here to download presenter.

19 June 2012

Grape Visionaries reap what they sow

"It is a new generation but Holmes a Court visions are once again having an exciting impact on West Australian life..." Click here to read full article by John Jens in the Western Suburbs Weekly

6 June 2012

Virginia Willcock Winemaker of the Year Nomination

We're very excited to announce that Vasse Felix Chief Winemaker Virginia Willcock has been nominated for Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year 2012. Click here to download nomination article.

23 May 2012

No. 3 London Dry Gin Wins Gold at International Spirits Challenge

Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits is delighted to have been awarded a Gold Medal in the London Dry Gin category of the International Spirits Challenge. Click here to download press release.

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December 2011

Pol Roger Sparkles!

An amazing article and excellent reviews that feature in the recently released Champagne Guide 2012-2013 by the International Champagne Writer of the Year, Tyson Stelzer. Click here to download presenter.

27 October 2011

Vasse Felix Awarded Two Trophies at Royal Melbourne Wine Show

Vasse Felix has been awarded two trophies at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show for our 2010 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay and 2010 Vasse Felix Semillon.

The Francois De Castella Trophy for the Best Young White Wine - 2010 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay

The Dan Murphy's Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc or Semillon Sauvignon Blanc - 2010 Vasse Felix Semillon

Click here to download media release.

29 September 2011

The Hills Cider Company and Samuel Smith and Son Announce New Partnership

Samuel Smith & Son and The Hills Cider Company are delighted to announce that from October 1st, 2011 Samuel Smith & Son will assume the role of National Distributor for The Hills Cider Company.

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10 August 2011

Yalumba Receives 5 Stars in James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2012

The Australian Wine Companion is one of the world's best selling and definitive guides to Australian wine, written by respected wine critic James Halliday. The 2012 edition critiques 4000+ wines and recognises more than 1500 wineries and winemakers - including Yalumba and the wines of Hill-Smith Family Vineyards.

12 July 2011

Yalumba Awarded Prestigious President's Medal 2011

Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family owned winery, is honoured to be named the winner of the 2011 President’s Medal by the Royal Agricultutal Society of NSW.

Yalumba was among six finalists vying for the prestigious award, which is Australia’s only produce competition in which food and winemakers are evaluated on their ‘Triple Bottom Line’ performance.

Glenn Dudley, President of the RAS, congratulated Yalumba on being named the ‘best of the best’ in Australian agricultural production. "The President’s Medal recognises Australian producers that create the highest quality products using sustainable practices, all of which are crucial to the future of Australian agriculture," Mr Dudley said.

Simon Marnie, President’s Medal Judge and ABC 702 Weekends presenter, said this year’s finalists clearly demonstrated that a sound producer can be at the leading edge of technology and production standards without sacrificing a keen awareness of social and environmental responsibility.

"Yalumba lifted the bar in Triple Bottom Line reporting, implementing accountable practises that truly showed a dedicated commitment to the craft. They are also the first finalist to have a quantified strategy of contracts that places an onus of responsibility on all contributors, up and down the chain, to an environmental, social and financially beneficial result," Mr Marnie said

The win comes after, and as a result of, the Yalumba FSW8B Botrytis Viognier 2009 being awarded the Hanaminno Perpetual Trophy for Best Sweet Wine in the 2010 Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show.

Yalumba’s fifth generation Proprietor Robert Hill Smith said the win highlights the long-term, team focussed culture of the winery.

"After 162 years we continue to learn from those who have come before us while branching out to do things our own way," he said. "Environmentally-sustainable practises, social objectives and a thorough wine-making regimen are all important aspects for our high quality wine and the future of our business and natural resources."

"As an independent, family owned company Yalumba continues to challenge itself, to strive for excellence in everything we do and, perhaps most importantly, to do the little things brilliantly."

"We are thrilled to receive this award, particularly as it stems from the success of the Yalumba FSW8B Botrytis Viognier 2009. Our commitment to Viognier – a variety we have been working with for more than 30 years – is unwavering."

Yalumba was established in 1849 by Samuel Smith and is based in Angaston, on the easten edge of the Barossa. The Viognier fruit for Yalumba FSW8B is sourced from Wrattonbully in South Australia’s south east. The acronym stands for Fine Sweet White, while 8B represents the vineyard site of the wine. Yalumba FSW8B is one of six Viogniers within the Yalumba stable, and sits alongside Yalumba Y Series Viognier, Yalumba Organics Viognier, Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier, Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier and Yalumba V de Vie NV – a distilled version of the aromatic wine.

12 January 2011

Brokenwood Wines and Samuel Smith and Son announce new distribution deal

Hunter Valley based Brokenwood Wines P/L has announced that as of February 1st 2011 its
national distribution will be handled by Samuel Smith and Son.
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29 November 2010

Vasse Felix Wins Award for Cabernet Merlot at the 2010 Margaret River Wine Show

Vasse Felix is very pleased to announce the 2008 Cabernet Merlot has received the Cospak Award for the ‘Best Cabernet Sauvignon Blend’ at the 2010 Margaret River Wine Show. Click here to download press release.

26 November 2010

Vasse Felix Wins multiple Trophies at the 2010 Dan Murphy’s National Wine Show of Australia

Vasse Felix is delighted to announce it received 3 Trophies at the Dan Murphy’s National Wine Show of Australia last night in Canberra. All 3 trophies were awarded to the 2009 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay; the Oakton Trophy for ‘Best Chardonnay’, the Dan Murphy’s Trophy for ‘Best Dry White Wine’ and the Len Evans Memorial Trophy for ‘Best Table Wine of the Show’.  Click here to download press release.

22 October 2010

Vasse Felix Wins Trophy 2010 Royal Melbourne Wine Show

Vasse Felix has received the Kubota Trophy for ‘Best Sauvignon Blanc or Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Blend’ at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show for their 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. This is the second Trophy for this wine in as many weeks, with the first being received at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show. In addition, both the 2008 and 2009 Heytesbury Chardonnays won Gold Medals at both shows. Click here to download press release.

3 October 2010

Winsor Dobbin talks 'Off the Vine'

Yalumba The Cigar 2008

"This is the baby brother to Yalumba's classic Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon The Menzies, but there is absolutely nothing second-rate about the wine. Named after the cigar-shaped strip of Coonawarra's famous terra-rossa strip. All the elements are in place with blackcurrant and violet aromas and dark berry, chocolate, tempered oak and minty notes on the well-structured palate, which has appealing soft tannins. Pair it with roasted meat dishes."

Winsor Dobbin, The Sunday Examiner Magazine (Aus), 3 October 2010

September 2010

Quaff 2011

"The Quaff 20011 ‘For They Are Jolly Good Chaps’ WINERY OF THE YEAR AWARD Yalumba In terms of performance in Quaff over the past five years, it’s been a tight tussle each year between Angove, De Bortoli and Yalumba. This year Yalumba’s performance was remarkable. It dominated the cask wine segment, as is its wont. For the first time, each of its top white casks (labelled ‘Premium Selection’) was rated Bloody Good. Of the nine ‘Y Series’ wines submitted, six were rated Bloody Good and three Good. Its Vermentino and Galway Shiraz were also outstanding. In terms of value for money, the Yalumba wines will stand up to (or beat) the best in the world. Yalumba is the worthy winner of the Quaff 2011 Winery of the Year."

Peter Forrestal, Quaff 2011 (Aus), September 2010

September 2010

Gary Walsh's informal tasting of Pewsey Vale Riesling over a lunch of fish n' chips

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2010

94 Points - "So it's not a 'formal' tasting note, although perhaps the setting is more appropriate for forming an opinion of a wine? A natural setting at a BYO restaurant, and in this instance, a perfect match for spicy soft shell crab followed by fish n chips. I wasn't taking notes, nor even scoring, but my wife and I loved the wine and seeing it's already out there in retail land, decided a note was worth publishing.Has a bath salts fragrance with pretty flowers and a soft limey flavour - maybe even a little peachy. It's crisp and fresh, but the acidity seems lovely and unforced, no abrasion and easy to drink as a young wine. Tight minerally finish. A lipsmacking delight. Should age surely too. I paid full price and still thought it fine value."

Gary Walsh, The Wine Front (Aus), October 2010

25-26 September 2010

James Halliday talks tempranillo

Running with Bulls Tempranillo 2009

94 Points - "This is a worthy successor to the gold medal winning '08 version. Clear crimson colour promises and delivers a floral bouquet of spice and herb, then a palate with bright and long red cherry / berry fruit with almost juicy tannins, a seeming contradiction, but that's what I felt."

James Halliday, The Weekend Australian Magazine (Aus), 25-26 September 2010

17-19 September 2010

Who is able to resist this Spanish red with aromatic lamb?

Running with Bulls Tempranillo 2009

92/100 - "This has a juicy raspberry, slightly rose-smelling nose. Succulent and easy with fine tannins. Impossible not to fall for this smooth Hespanic red."

Tim White, Australian Financial Review (Aus), 17-19 September 2010

September 2010

The top 3 Springtime wines...

Rogers & Rufus Rosé Grenache of Barossa 2009

"This is a dry and savoury grenache rosé with a rosy gold hue and a floral, spicy and bright nose of juicy red apples, redcurrants and summer herbs. It's delicate and savoury rather than sweet and syrupy on the palate, with notes of soft stone and citrus fruits, fresh acidity and a gentle lick of tannin. Drink it with a dish of linguini, salmon, capers and dill."

Matt Skinner, Home Beautiful (Aus), September 2010

17-19 September 2010

Who is able to resist this Spanish red with aromatic lamb?

Running with Bulls Tempranillo 2009

92/100 - "This has a juicy raspberry, slightly rose-smelling nose. Succulent and easy with fine tannins. Impossible not to fall for this smooth Hespanic red."

Tim White, Australian Financial Review (Aus), 17-19 September 2010

22 September 2010

Vasse Felix Wins Trophy and Gold Tri Nations Wine Challenge ‘Best Chardonnay of Show’

Vasse Felix is very pleased to announce the 2008 Heytesbury Chardonnay was awarded the Trophy for ‘Best Chardonnay’ at the Tri Nations Wine Challenge in Sydney on Friday night.  Click here to download press release.

11 September 2010

'Golden Years' Mature Wines Prove that age is no barrier to success in SA's most prestigious awards.

The Winner - Professional Judges

"This six-year old specially released aged style stands out as a stunningly good wine from start to finish, its seductively deep lime oil and grapefruit skin aromas an intense introduction, brilliant acid still adding mineral and spicy notes, with lemon curd and citrus crunch driving through to a forever kind of finish. The consumer panel, not well versed in aged riesling, just loved it, while the pro judges recognised a truly great wine in the prime of its life."

Tony Love, The Advertiser, SA Weekend (Aus), 11 September 2010

September 2010

Peter Forrestal puts the spotlight on value for money wine

"After such a performance, no wonder I believe this is the best quaffing red of the past five years. The 2008 and 2005 were both Quaff Wine of the Year, the current vintage was rated number 3 in the Top 20 wines of Quaff 2011 (out in Oct 2010), and it has achieved Quaff's top rating of Bloody Good in each of the last five editions of the book. I'm immediately attracted to the wonderful floral aromatics of the 2009 'Y Series' Shiraz Viognier. This is delightful current drinking."

Peter Forrestal, Money Magazine (Aus), September 2010

18 August 2010

Vasse Felix Wins Trophy and Gold at Sheraton WA Wine Awards for ‘Best Individual Wine’ & ‘Best Chardonnay of Show’

Vasse Felix is very pleased to announce the 2008 Heytesbury Chardonnay has been awarded the ‘Sheraton Perth Hotel Chairman’s Award’ for ‘Best Individual Wine’ at the Sheraton WA Wine Awards, along with ‘Best Chardonnay of Show’.

In addition, the 2007 Heytesbury was the second highest pointed Red Blend of the Show. Click here to download press release.

13 July 2010

Yalumba Organic Shiraz is Jane Faulkner's Bargain Bin selection this week in The Age

Yalumba Organic Shiraz 2009 [South Australia]

"Apart from producing outstanding wines, family-owned and run Yalumba is committed to clonal diversity, promoting varieties suited to Aussie conditions and environmental issues. For this shiraz, it sources fruit from two South Australian vineyards – Loxton and McLaren Vale – both certified organic for the past 10 years. It is simple yet vibrant, loaded with spice and bright-red fruit. Medium-bodied with plush-ness from ripe tannins, it has plenty of cleansing acidity to cut through meat such as steak or pork chops. Made very much as a drink-now shiraz."

Jane Faulkner, The Age Epicure (Aus), 13 July 2010

June 2010

2010 Winemaker of the Year

Gourmet Traveller Wine nominates Vasse Felix Chief Winemaker, Virginia Willcock as a finalist for the 2010 Winemaker of the Year

For 13 years, Australia's leading wine magazine, Gourmet Traveller WINE has acknowledged the talents of over 100 Australian Winemakers, recognising their exceptional abilities and contribution to the Australian Wine Industry. We are proud to announce that the Vasse Felix Chief Winemaker, Virginia Willcock, has been added to this most prestigious list.

"Virginia's intuitive, upbeat nature and 'go for it' attitude are pure Western Australian ingredients. But it's her inquisitiveness, flair and imagination that singles her out as a transcendent winemaker."
Andrew Caillard, Master of Wine, and Gourmet Traveller 2010 Winemaker of the Year Judge

The winner will be announced on the 24th September in Melbourne.

We wish Virginia the best of luck!

Click here to download press release

June 2010

Philip Rich on Pol Roger - "rarely fails to impress"

"First made in 1975 in honour of the house's most famous customer, Pol's prestige cuvee rarely fails to impress. Made from pinot noir and chardonnay, this rich yet stylish wine needs at least another five years before it hits its straps."

Philip Rich, The Australian Financial Review Magazine, June 2010

June 2010

Hugh Johnson gets cozy with The Menzies on a winters night

"... But man cannot live by desserts alone, even in this weather. (It's snowing again, wetly, as I look out of the window.) Australia's big reds suggest themselves. A bottle of The Menzies, Yalumba's Coonawarra Cabernet, stepped up and volunteered one evening when duck was on the table. 2005 is very young by my standards - as you may have guessed. But balance can be achieved (indeed, must be achieved) early in life, and this was in perfect equilibrium between keen fruit, showing the peppery side of Cabernet, by no means overripe, and nutty warmth. The tannin was palpable (and appreciated by the duck), and the fruit was sweet and long. If The Menzies had time on its side, I feared my next Australian bottle might not."

Hugh Johnson, World of Fine Wine (UK), 2010

June 2010

Yalumba's 'great aussie blend' wines continue to lead the way

"Cabernet shiraz established Australia as a wine-drinking and wine-savvy nation. It is so much part of our winemaking tradition that some well-established producers who helped build that tradition are committed to always having a cabernet shiraz blend in their portfolios.

Yalumba has long been a champion of the blend. The Scribbler, The Signature and The Reserve all salute its cabernet shiraz tradition. The Signature has been made continuously since 1962, while The Reserve - produced only in exceptional vintages - proved a point on the international stage when the 1992 vintage was judged Best Red Wine (Five Years Or Older) two years in a row at London's International Wine & Spirit Competition."

Country Style Magazine (Aus), June 2010

1 June 2010

"Cigars all round" for Yalumba, winning WINE OF THE YEAR

The Big Red Wine Book 2010/2011 has named Yalumba The Cigar Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 its undisputed Wine of the Year. Authors Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh scored the wine 95 points, announcing this Coonawarra beauty had “cornered the holy trinity of quality, value and availability better than any other” wine in the 1000+ reviewed for the book.

Here's what they had to say:

“We tasted a lot of exceptional wines this year but this beauty from Yalumba’s Coonawarra vineyards cornered the holy trinity of quality, value and availability better than any other. Better still, it’s one of those rich, dark, robust reds that drinks like a charm from day one, but will mature and develop beautifully over the next handful of years. You have to love that. As we’re always saying, we’re wine buyers as much as, or more than, we are wine critics, and that this wine shouldn’t be hard to find is a fact not lost on us. No point having a wine of the year if no one can find it, or afford it. And you’re going to want to find some of this. It’s a champion red.

Review: - “Yalumba The Scribbler stole the show last year – this year it’s The Cigar Cabernet. This is a fantastic wine. If this is an indication of the reds to come from the 2008 Coonawarra vintage, we’re excited in advance. Really good Coonawarra cabernet, has a dark, inky depth – even at moderate alcohol levels. It tastes of blackberries and dried herbs, cedarwood and raspberries, though listing the components does nothing to describe the overall effect. There’s a ‘realness’ to this wine. A power. A churn of tannin and a lot of length. It’s enough to make you fall in love with Coonawarra all over again.”

POINTS: 95 VALUE: five drops DRINK: 2013-2020

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1 June 2010

Individual vineyard estates score top reviews in Big Red Wine Book

Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh have released the 2010 / 2011 issue of The Big Red Wine Book, featuring more than 1000+ red wine reviews and ratings. Here are some highlights on what Mattinson and Walsh have to say on the individual vineyard estates, represented by Samuel Smith & Son:


Dalrymple Estate Pinot Noir 2007 [Pipers River]

“Beautiful structure. Satiny texture. Enough flavour, but not too much. This is a pinot noir with a lot going for it. It tastes of coffee grounds and blueberries, dark cherries and pine. It has foresty characters and quite a bit of sex appeal. Drinking it was a joy. Its pucker of tannin will hold it in good stead if you wish to pop it in the cellar too.”

POINTS: 93 VALUE: four drops DRINK: 2011-2015

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Dalrymple Pinot Noir 2008 [Tasmania]

“Ever so fresh – fragrant and fruity and inviting. Drink it and the fun rolls on. It tastes of boysenberries and Turkish delight, cedary oak and strawberries. There’s something quite mesmerising about it; you take a sniff and a swig, and suddenly you want to keep diving back for more. And more. There are some undergrowth-like flavours here too, adding extra complexity and personality. We love everything about this wine.”

POINTS: 93 VALUE: four drops DRINK: 2010-2014

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Running With Bulls

Running With Bulls Tempranillo 2008 [Barossa]

“The back label carries a bevvy of drivel but the wine, and indeed the look of the label, is excellent. Good stuff. Flavours of fresh strawberry jam, raw meat, spice and a little liquorice. It’s a bit Spanish in its delivery too – cheeky joven (youngster). Offers a good medium – to full-bodied mouthful of fruit and a round chewy texture with minimal oak influence. Drinks brilliantly. Highly recommended.”

POINTS: 91 VALUE: five drops DRINK: 2010-2015

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Nautilus Estate

Nautilus Pinot Noir 2008 [Marlborough]

“The perfect drinking pinot noir. It’s clearly a high quality pinot and yet it’s not so complex that it’s challenging to enjoy – this impresses you straight up, but then lets you just settle down and lap its luxury. It tastes of dark plums, cherries, cedary oak and minerals. It feels satiny on your tongue – and lingers beautifully once you’ve swallowed it. Joyous drinking.”

POINTS: 94 VALUE: four drops DRINK: 2010-2015

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Smith & Hooper

Smith & Hooper Cabernet Merlot 2008 [Wrattonbully]

"Authors Choice"

“Exceptionally classy packaging for a wine at its price. The wine delivers on the promise too. Thumbs up. Walsh calls this a ‘classy proper wine’, which sums it up nicely. It tastes of plums and various red berries, mint and cloves. There’s some appropriate support from vanilla-like oak too. Mid-weight and smooth, well structured and charming. Five-star value, in a canter.”

POINTS: 91 VALUE: five drops DRINK: 2010-2014

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Smith & Hooper Merlot 2008 [Wrattonbully]

“Medium bodied and fresh with soft tannins and plenty of come-hither charm. It’s hard to resist. It tastes of red fruits with a lick of vanilla and nutty oak. The balance is pretty good too though a second day’s tasting revealed a touch more alcohol heat than we’d like – which made us think it’ll be best as a youngster; not for cellaring.”

POINTS: 89 VALUE: four drops DRINK: 2010-2011

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Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 [Margaret River]

“Last year we advised that you should buy the best piece of lamb you can afford, roast it up and serve it with this little beauty – though of course we were talking of the 2007. Same advice applies here, though. It tastes chocolately, gravelly, curranty and pure. It’s got class and grunt, is beautifully balanced and the flavours persist long after you’ve swallowed. Quality wine – fit for a fine Saturday night.”

POINTS: 90 VALUE: four drops DRINK: 2010-2015

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1 June 2010

Big Red Wine Book rates Yalumba in high 90's

Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh have released their 2010 / 2011 issue of The Big Red Wine Book, featuring more than 1000+ red wine reviews and ratings. Last year it was Yalumba The Scribbler that stole the show winning best red under $20 – this year it’s Yalumba The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon under spotlights, winning Wine of the Year. But there is more to Yalumba’s folio of red wines, with some stand-out results across each teir. Here’s what Mattinson and Walsh have to say:

Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Shiraz 2006 [Barossa]

“Good old oak-tavius – doesn’t quite live up to its nickname nowadays. It used to taste of oak, oak and more oak, but this release shows just how fine and balanced it’s become. You’d almost call this elegant – and medium-bodied. It tastes of boysenberries and tar, blackberries and cream. It’s juicy through the finish, carries highlights of dried herbs, and tastes very fresh for a four-year-old wine. Highly drinkable now, but with a long future ahead.”

POINTS: 94 VALUE: four drops DRINK: 2012-2021 RELEASED: September 2010

Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2006 [Barossa]

“Yalumba Signature has a long lineage, and it almost always rewards those who have become loyal to it. Even better, it tends to drink well as both a young and mature wine. This release tastes of blackberry and vanillin, leather and mint. It’s seductively smooth, tannic but not excessively so, and long through the finish. Not a hair out of place.”

POINTS: 94 VALUE: five drops DRINK: 2012-2019 RELEASED: November 2010

Yalumba The Scribbler Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2008 [Barossa]

“Last year’s release was a huge hit in this book’s ‘best reds under $20 category’ (top place). It’s a newish wine to the Yalumba range, but it’s worth keeping an eye on. As a young wine it opens up quite charry and toasty so splash it round and give it some air if you’re going in early. It has lots of dusty, minty, aniseed fragrance over dark chocolate and mixed berries, and when it hits your mouth you’ll be greeted by a rugged and sandy, yet handsome, set of tannins. We’d call them rustic, hot vintage tannins, but they’re enjoyable nonetheless. It’s a bit of a rough diamond, but it is still a diamond.”

POINTS: 91 VALUE: four drops DRINK: 2011-2018

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Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2008 [Barossa]

“This is made from grapes grown on the Barossa Valley floor and from the Barossa Valley hills – effectively from the valley’s famous ‘patchwork’ of small vineyards. Big whack of flavour. Full-bodied, tarry, blackberried and intense. There’s nothing bright or complex about it, but if you want dark-fruit flavour, it delivers it in spades. We liked the 2007 release better, but we’d still be happy drinking this.”

POINTS: 89 VALUE: three drops DRINK: 2010-2013

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Yalumba Organic Shiraz 2009 [South Australia]

“Good red wine. Not big or impressive, but ripe and flavoursome, black-fruited and well weighted. There are no real signs of oak flavour, it just tastes like a big handful of squished dark berries, fresh and pure. It’s a great style of wine.”

POINTS: 90 VALUE: five drops DRINK: 2010-2014

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Yalumba Organic Shiraz 2008 [South Australia]

“It needs some air but it then quaffs very nicely. Three cheers for Yalumba – they’ve delivered exactly what (a segment of) the market wants. Cherries and blackberries with a lick of spice. No real oak to speak of and medium-bodied at its deepest point. Grown smart and tastes smart. You feel good drinking it.”

POINTS: 88 VALUE: five drops DRINK: 2010-2011

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June 2010

Matt Skinner cracks a bottle of Tempranillo by Running with Bulls

Running With Bulls Tempranillo 2008 [Barossa]

"This cracking example of the Spanish tempranillo wine, from South Australia's Barossa Valley, is deliciously soft and chewy with a core of pure black cherry, raspberry, tobacco leaf and spice. Drink with lamb shank stew."

Matt Skinner, BBC Australian Good Food (Aus), June 2010

June 2010

Matt Skinner sniffs out Smith & Hooper Merlot

Smith & Hooper Merlot 2008 [Wrattonbully]

"South Australia's Wrattonbully is a popular place to grow grapes, particularly red varieties. This merlot smells of violets, plums and raspberries. Drink with Baked beans & pork belly."

Matt Skinner, BBC Australian Good Food (Aus), June 2010

April 2010

“Australia’s Icon Eden Valley Vineyard, Pewsey Vale, continues to capture the palates of Australia’s wine press”

Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling 2004 [Eden Valley]

"One of the best-value aged released Riesling's. A gorgeous mix of complex toasty notes and texture plus refreshing lime and minerally acidity with distinct Eden Valley floral aromas and a super-fine finish. Ageing slowly and gracefully under its screw cap."

Jane Faulkner, Sydney Morning Herald - Spectrum (Aus), 2-4 April 2010

"Pewsey Vale's Contours bottle-aged riesling is always a great bargain. Not many absolute classics sell for less than $30 but this Eden Valley riesling is one of them. It has a youthful colour and very complex nose, with light buttered-toasty notes and aromas of lime, resin and minerals. It tastes complete and smooth, with a fascinating interplay of riesling fruit freshness and toasty development. The finish is fine and lingering. A great argument for riesling's age worthiness under screw cap."

Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age Epicure (Aus), 9 March 2010

Pewsey Vale Prima Riesling 2009 [Eden Valley]

Rated 88+ points - "Love the packaging, and loved the inaugural vintage (2007), although I’ve not been so keen on the vintages that followed. I tasted this alongside some German and Central Otago numbers and it looked deficient in length, but in particular lacked that tension between acidity and sweetness that’s so vital when making an off-dry style. Others may well disagree…. It smells of limes and kaffir lime leaf, a light petrol/mineral smell and spice - all excellent and beguiling. It hits the mouth with a blast of limey flavour and acidity which is left hanging in the air due to insufficient sweetness to smooth it out. Finishes short with squeezed lime acidity and some petrolly flavours. It’s not a bad wine by any means, but it’s a half way house stylistically - I’d rather have dry and classic, or the tension between sugar and acid. May very well improve with some bottle age."

Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au, March 2010

Pewsey Vale Riesling 2009 [Eden Valley]

"Riesling is undiscovered, underrated and, unlike more popular varieties, you can get a top-notch bottle and still have change from a $20 note. Try Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2009."

Greg Duncan Powell, Grazia Magazine, 8 March 2010

Pewsey Vale Gewurztraminer 2009 [Eden Valley]

"I like a good GT but they are pretty hard to find, and on first sniff and taste of this one, thought I was onto a ripper…and then? Has the classic fragrance of musk, rose, lychee and spice. Spot on. Medium weight with clean acid balance, mildly sweet and spicy fruit with a lightly phenolic texture. All excellent, although there’s an undercurrent of alcohol warmth (and sweetness) that pulls it off course, especially on the finish. A pretty good show all up though, nonetheless."

Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au, February 2010

April 2010

"Pol Roger produces one of the finest non-vintages" as reviewed in The Age A2

Pol Roger Brut NV

"Pol Roger produces one of the finest non-vintages and it's a sheer delight to drink. It's full of vanilla nougat and honeyed brioche notes, grilled nuts with a citrus underlay, very fine persistent bead that bursts on to the palate, leaving a creamy mousse yet tangy, fresh finish. An exceptionally fine and defined wine that's a gorgeous pick-me-up."

Jane Faulkner, The Saturday Age - A2 & Sydney Morning Herald - Spectrum (Aus), 17 April 2010

April/May 2010

Yalumba Vermentino "best I've seen in Australia" writes Peter Forrestal for Gourmet Traveller WINE

Yalumba Vermentino 2009 [Langhorne Creek]

"Vermentino is planted in Corsica, the Languedoc-Roussillon, in Liguria, and on the Tuscan coast, although the most important source for the Italian tourist market is Sardinia. With their vibrant fruitiness and zesty, cleansing acidity, the early-picked styles are well suited to the climate and way of life. Sourced from Langhorne Creek, this is the best vermentino I've seen from Australia. It has subtle dried herbs and lavender aromas, delicate fruit flavours, a vibrant, tangy mouthfeel, finishing with zesty acidity."

Peter Forrestal, Gourmet Traveller WINE (Aus), April/May 2010

April 2010

Finesse of chilly Tassie fruit provides sophistication and structure ...
Tyson Stelzer reviews Jansz in WINE100

Jansz Tasmania Premium Non Vintage Rosé

93 points - "Gorgeous and sophisticated, the allure of this wine is as much what it is not as what it is. A sparkling rose of such restraint is rare at this price. Subtle strawberry hull and lemon blossom flavours glide into a long finish, accented by fine minerality."

Jansz Tasmania Late Disgorged Premium Cuvée 2002

94 points - "An outstanding late disgorged style, showcasing the lemon zest finesse of chilly Tassie fruit. Seven years on lees has developed rich brioche and marzipan aromas as well as nutmeg notes that linger on the finish. Fine, lingering minerality leaves it finishing structured and fresh."

Tyson Stelzer, Wine100 (Aus), April 2010

20 March 2010

Jansz Tasmania defines Australian sparkling wine...Read recent reviews by Jane Faulkner

Jansz Tasmania Late Disgorged Premium Cuvée 2002

"The best fruit for Australian Sparkling wine tends to be from Tasmania, one reason why this '02 looks so good. On the flavour side, it's complex, rich and textured. There's plenty of lemon zest and nougat characters alongside fine bead."

Jane Faulkner, The Sydney Morning Herald - Spectrum (Aus), 13-14 March 2010

Jansz Tasmania Premium Vintage Rosé 2006

"Made from pinot noir, fermented in old French oak with three years spent on its lees makes this rose rather special and complex. It entices first with its pale onion skin/salmon colour, then more with its fine bead though the mousse dissipates quickly. The palate is alive with fresh delicate raspberry fruit; some toasty notes, savoury and a hint of spice. Still quite tight with fine acid and length. Rather understated and refined."

Jane Faulkner, The Age - A2 (Aus), 9 March 2010

9 March 2010

Smith & Hooper Merlot is a "genuine...more serious" wine, writes Tony Love

Smith & Hooper Merlot 2008 [Wrattonbully]

"The story: This tiny Limestone Coast region lying between the Coonawarra and Padthaway shows a real affinity with this variety, and at this price is a very smart step up from many of the lighter weight, warmer district cheapis on the market.The flavour: There's a genuine depth of blue and purple berry flavour, marrying gently hand-led oak into a smart, nicely weighted, more serious style."

Tony Love, The Daily Telegraph - Taste (Aus), 9 March 2010

March 2010

Pewsey Vale Tops the Riesling Ranks

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2009

"If Pewsey has been a bit beneath you - get over it. Frequently in recent years a Pewsey Vale Riesling has been a contender for best of vintage. Despite always being at least very good, they've also perhaps been unfashionable, regarded as too easy to find or heavily discounted. Make no mistake; this is one of the best of its type in a likely great vintage. All the classic Eden hallmarks of deep lemon flower and leaf and early signs of honey spice are there and it has that rare and thrilling gift of concentration. Top Riesling doesn't always have to have this little (big) bonus, but when it does you're looking at a combo of immediate enjoyment and an easy 20 year cellaring life. I've got mine."

David Ridge, The Adelaide Review (Aus), March 2010

2 March 2010

Huon Hooke's Sparkling Wine of the Week

Jansz Tasmania Premium Cuvée Non Vintage

"The Jansz non-vintage is a wine that offers affordable, serious sparkling wine character. It combines freshness with complexity. Floral, lightly spicy aromas lead into a fine, lively palate with lemon/citrus and meringue flavours. 90/100."

Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald - Good Living (Aus), 2 March 2010

March 2010

Max Allen's Top Drop is Heggies Top Rot

Heggies Vineyard Reserve 242 Botrytis Riesling 2007 [Eden Valley]

"The 242 refers to the sweetness of this unctuous sticky: almost a quarter of the volume is sugar, thanks to the insanely ripe and shrivelled grapes used to make it."

Max Allen, Gourmet Traveller Magazine (Aus), March 2010

28 February 2010

Matt Skinner Recommends...

Heggies Vineyard Eden Valley Chardonnay 2008

"From the cool of the Adelaide Hills, this cracking chardonnay features intense smells of nectarine, grapefruit and nicely handeled savoury oak on the nose, while a mineral-textured mouthful of wine steadily builds towards an incredibly long, dry and oh-so-stylish end. Drink it with smoked trout and lentil salad."

Matt Skinner, The Sun-Herald Sunday Life Magazine (Aus), 28 February 2010

16 February 2010

Running with Bulls leads the Aussie Tempranillo Pack!

Running with Bulls Tempranillo 2008 [Barossa]

"Thanks to places such as Bar Lourinha and MoVida pouring great wines by the glass, Spanish tempranillo has become the red of choice. But Australian examples are still grappling with it stylistically. Not Yalumba though, with its Running with Bulls Tempranillo 2008 - it's a beauty. The wine is full of tangy, bright-red fruits, with an appealing maraschino-cherry note and mulberries, too. But it's essentially a savoury-spicy wine with plush, ripe tannins, cleansing acidity and terrific length. Great with tapas, roast lamb or ragu-style dishes."

Jane Faulkner, The Age 'Epicure' (Aus), 16 February 2010

3 February 2010

Trio of riesling's from Pewsey Vale are "...glorious, pure, timeless"

Pewsey Vale Riesling 2009 [Eden Valley]

"The base wine in the range the '09 vintage is a simply glorious wine, made in relatively high volume and often available at well under the $20 mark, on special. When it is, it has to be one of the best wine buys in the world for quality and value. There's talc and stone flint on the nose. The palate is pure and crisp, with a delicious citrus body."

Pewsey Vale Prima Riesling 2009 [Eden Valley]

"If I could drink one wine for the rest of the summer, the '09 Pewsey Vale Prima Riesling would be it. With a little residual sweetness, it's pure, driven acidity mops up any cloying characters instantly. I can't wait until the next time Thai is on the menu. I already know what I'll be drinking.Go on, it's time to embrace your inner sweet tooth."

Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling 2004 [Eden Valley]

"The Contours riesling must be a hard wine to release. In its youth, it's shy, a difficult proposition to introduce to the world. In adolescence, it's gangly and needs time to grow up. Persevere. The bones are good and with a few more years in the cellar, it will graduate summa cum laude. It's a special vineyard and its wines deserve a place in any good collection."

Fergus McGhie, Canberra Times - food & wine (Aus), 3 February 2010

2 February 2010

Heggies Botrytis 2007 - Good Living's Best Sticky of the Week

96/100 points "A magical wine. Pristine, clean, intense riesling varietal aromas with good botrytis complexity; deliciously aromatic. Fully sweet, concentrated flavour, lively and rich but also poised as a ballerina. Absolutely beautiful. Now to five or six years."

Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald - Good Living (Aus), 2 February 2010

February 2010

"Yalumba is first class!" writes Campbell Mattinson

"It's hard to know where to start with the Yalumba range at the moment; it may well be that the portfolio has never tasted better. Value, quality, class, organics, single vineyards, old vines, new varieties, old varieties, history, whites, reds, fortifieds - you name it, Yalumba is a first-class exponent of it... Talk about the cup runneth over!"

Campbell Mattinson, Gourmet Traveller WINE (Aus), February/March 2010

February 2010

Running with Bulls "a knock out"

Running With Bulls Tempranillo 2008 [Barossa]

"... the 2008 Running With Bulls Tempranillo isn't just good, it's a poster child of just how far Australian wine has come. Aussie alternative varieties are good now. Indeed a wine as impressive, different, characterful and affordable as this knocks most of the preconceptions about Australian wine for six. It's low in oak, tastes spicy and meaty with licorice notes, carries fresh acidity and drinks as well at the dinner table as it does on its own. It's also a respectable 13.5 per cent alcohol. If you can't tell already, I reckon it's a steal."

Campbell Mattinson, Gourmet Traveller WINE (Aus), February/March 2010

January 2010

Hail Australia's "Top of the Rots"

Find out what leading wine critic Nick Stock has to say about Heggies Reserve 242 across his breadth of wine columns in Australia's leading publications.

Heggies Vineyard Reserve '242' Botrytis Riesling 2007 [Eden Valley]

98 points - "It's hard to overstate just how great this wine is. It has striking quartzy Eden terroir, fragrant citrus and floral nuances; cumquat, lime peel and lemons, dried spiced pear and super-clean apricot botrytis nuances. The palate has a smooth rich pillowy texture, spreading lime marmalade flavour deep through a pristine finish."

Nick Stock, WINE100 magazine (Aus), January 2010

South Australia's Finest Wines - "Quite simply has to be tasted to be believed - this is one of the greatest sweet wines Australia has produced!The unmistakable quartz Eden Valley soils are in full voice, elevating Riesling's fragrance and packing the palate with all manner of rich botrytised citrus flavours - quenching acidity lands it right on point."

Nick Stock, Sumptuous (Aus), December/January 2010

98 points / five stars - “I remember hearing about this wine whilst it was still in tank when the regular ’07 Heggies Botrytis Riesling took out this award in the 2009 guide. This shows just how precious our greatest vineyards are – the Heggies vineyard is true grand cru material! This is a reserve parcel that was harvested with never-before-seen levels of sugar. The first impression is that of terroir – striking quartz minerals of the high Eden Valley amid fragrant citrus and floral nuances; cumquat, lime peel and lemons, some dried spiced pear and immaculately clean apricot botrytis nuances. Superb, breezy freshness lifts across the top. The perfectly formed palate has smooth, rich, pillowy texture, spreading lime marmalade flavour deep through a pristine finish. Its immense sweetness is countered with discreet, ripe acidity, and the net result is a sensual joyride to sweet wine nirvana."

Nick Stock, The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010

30 January 2010

Pewsey Vale and Heggies Vineyard are "TOP of the Valley"

'THE Pewsey Vale and Heggies vineyards in South Australia's picturesque Eden Valley have allowed the famous Hill Smith family to create a range of distinctive wine styles that are the envy of our top-echelon producers.

The Hill Smiths are best known as the founders of Yalumba, the Angaston-headquartered winery that has been in the family's hands since 1849.

The high-elevation Pewsey Vale vineyard was planted by Englishman Joseph Gilbert two years earlier, making it one of the nation's most treasured viticultural holdings, notably from a riesling perspective.

The Hill Smiths acquired Pewsey Vale in 1961 and immediately replanted it with riesling, laying the groundwork for a magical varietal future.

With the extremely talented Louisa Rose calling the shots for the past 14 years, the Pewsey Vale brand continues to command immense standing in super-premium riesling ranks.

The 2009 Pewsey Vale Riesling ($22) delivers a bountiful amalgam of ripe, intense, lingering lime-lemon flavours.

It ranks with the finest in a classic lineage of vintages and underlines the great synergy existing between Eden Valley, particularly Pewsey Vale, and riesling.

Pinot gris is another aromatic variety well suited to the Pewsey Vale terroir.

The 2009 vintage ($24) features spicy apple-pear flavours with a long, palate-refreshing finish. Louisa Rose has nailed it with this wine as well.

Although the Heggies vineyard, established by the Hill Smith family in 1971, is renowned for its rieslings, winemaker Peter Gambetta's brief also extends to chardonnay and merlot.

The 2007 Heggies Reserve Chardonnay ($39) and 2008 Heggies Chardonnay ($26) provide two classic variations in style.

The vineyards' very finest barrels of chardonnay are blended to create the 2007 Reserve, while the 2008 Heggies also receives top treatment from Gambetta to ensure it lives up to the brand's flagship status.

The 2007 Heggies Merlot ($28) is another fine bottling, with excellent fruit delivery and balance.

John Fordham, The Sunday Telegraph /


(Aus), 30 January 2010

28 January 2010

Yalumba accepts New World Winery of the Year award from Wine Enthusiast

In a timely coincidence with Australia Day, Yalumba cemented Australia’s position at the forefront of New World winemaking by being honoured as Wine Enthusiast (US) magazine’s New World Winery of the Year on January 25, 2010.

Yalumba proprietor and vigneron Robert Hill Smith was in New York to accept the award on behalf of Yalumba at the magazine’s Wine Star Awards evening , held at the New York Public Library, New York City.

“After the spate of negative news stories around Australian wine in recent times, this is an opportunity for me to acknowledge that Australia is indeed leading the New World of winemaking. For Yalumba, this recognition follows a stellar year in all senses and appropriately celebrates our 160th year as Australia’s oldest family-owned winery.” -- Robert Hill Smith

Now in its 10th year, the Wine Star Awards acknowledges excellence across all areas of the international wine and spirits industry. For 2009 there were 50 nominees with five companies in each of the ten award categories. Winners were selected for their outstanding contribution to the world of wine and spirits.
“Yalumba has become one of the country’s most progressive and successful wine producers. For their forward-thinking, innovative leadership in the Australian wine industry and an unflagging commitment to quality and family ownership, Yalumba is Wine Enthusiast’s New World Winery of the Year.” -- Wine Enthusiast

Other wineries nominated in the New World Winery category, were d'Arenberg (Australia), Bodega Catena Zapata (Argentina), Jackson-Triggs Vintners (Canada), and Vina San Pedro -VSPT (Chile).

View photos from the evening.

14 January 2010

"Beautifully balanced and poised" - Smith & Hooper Wrattonbully

Smith & Hooper Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2008 [Wrattonbully]

"Beautifully balanced and poised blend that brings out some delicious sweet blackcurrant and spicy plum characters on the palate. Has a medium-weight richness with supple fine ripe tannins in support. Good wine in the medium term."

Smith & Hooper Merlot 2008 [Wrattonbully]

"A medium-bodied merlot from the Wrattonbully region of South Australia.Seamless silky smooth palate with light cedar and subtle fruit-cake plum pudding characters. It's a wine ideal in the short term."

Ray Jordan, The West Australian Fresh (Aus), 14 January 2010

January 2010

Wine critics admiration for Yalumba Vermentino Australia wide!

Yalumba Vermentino 2009 [Langhorne Creek]

“This white grape is grown across the Mediterranean – and now in Langhorne Creek. It not only copes well in hot weather (it sailed through the blistering conditions of late January and early February 2009 in south-eastern Australia) but produces crisp, citrusy, refreshingly moderate (12 per cent alcohol) summer seafood wine to boot.”

Max Allen, Gourmet Traveller Magazine (Aus), February 2010

"Vermentino produces mouth-watering whites that are perfect with fresh salads. This example from Langhorne Creek is compact and subdued with smells of green herb, lemon rind and jasmine. Bright citrus-like fruit leads the charge in your mouth, while racy acidity keeps things on track through to a dry, savoury finish."

Matt Skinner, The Sun-Herald Sunday Life Magazine & The Sunday Age Sunday (Aus), 31 January 2010

"On more than one occasion, I have admitted all in print. I'm a vermentino fancier. I fell under the sway of this Sardinian grape variety, as you would, on a working trip to Italy. I loved its refreshing zesty acidity and crisp, clean, savoury lines. It just seemed to fit with the food and lifestyle of Italy. I should say that as I moved further into Italy's northern region, I started to find more attraction in some of the varieties that are native to those areas and where cool climate whites are all the rage. I do remember thinking - three or four years ago - that vermentino would be ideally suited to some of Australia's warmer regions, more so than varieties that have traditionally been planted there. So far, I've like the Brown Brothers Vermentino and enjoyed the Chalmers version from the Murray Darling. But I've admired none more than this fresh, bright summery number from Yalumba. Wonderfully sparse yet classy packaging too. The 2009 Yalumba Vermentino is pretty subtle and delicate with dried herb and lavender aromas and flavours, is bright, freshing and pure, has an attractive tangy mouthfeel and crisp cleansing acidity. Rating: Bloody Good."

Peter Forrestal, www.quaff.com.au (Aus), January 2010

89 points

"A crisp, lively, dry white for summer quaffing, this wine shows lovely restraint for its warm climate Langhorne Creek orgins. Its subtle flavours of mint leaf and pear make it the perfect thing to serve with virtually anything cold and fresh."

Tyson Stelzer, WINE100 Magazine (Aus), January 2010

Read more about Vermentino, including winemaker Louisa Rose's vintage notes and more press

10 January 2010

New release Heggies Reserve Chardonnay 07 "refined and lovely - 93 points"

"Subtle wine with stone fruit, pear and a little citrus. Touch of matchstick and smooth almond paste. It's gentle and soft in the mouth with fine unobtrusive acidity and nutty spicy oak, a textural wine rather than an acid driven one. Has good length but could do with a bit more of a push through the finish... I think it's pretty refined and lovely."

Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au (Aus), 10 January 2010

10 January 2010

Pewsey Vale Riesling 09 - "Good now. Good later. Enough said." <

94 points

"Pretty bath talc, vanilla and lime with some green apple and flinty stony bits. It's a gentle wine that feels natural and unforced with plenty of fruity flavour, gentle but bright acidity and excellent length of flavour. Good now. Good later. Enough said."

Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au (Aus), 10 January 2010

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