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Save the date. Orange F.O.O.D Week 2014 dates announced
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Burge Sparkles in Tassie
Grant Burge Wines has scooped the sparkling category at the 2013 Hobart Wine Show, picking up the two top trophies for Best Sparkling Wine and Best Tasmanian Sparkling Wine with the 2004 Helene Grande Cuvée. [view article...]
The Italians find home at Kangarilla Road
Kangarilla Road’s Italian accent is even more pronounced with six new release wines. [view article...]
6 BLUE GOLD at the 2014 Sydney International Wine Competition
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Vintage 2013; one of the Orange region's best
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Paulett Wines toasts 30 years with 30 Rieslings… and a beer
The Clare Valley’s Paulett Wines has celebrated its 30 year anniversary with a vertical tasting of 30 Rieslings, a new release red and a specially brewed beer. [view article...]
Saint Clair Family Estate World Class success
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Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013 Goldmine for Saint Clair Family Estate
New Zealand's premier wine competition, Air New Zealand Wine Awards, has just announced the gold medal winners. Saint Clair Family Estate is thrilled to declare a goldmine. [view article...]
Victoria's Yarra Valley brings back its world Famour "Grape Grazing" Festival
The iconic, Yarra Valley, food and wine Grape Grazing Festival will return to the pre-eminent Australian wine region next year February 14 – 16, 2014 after taking a five year hiatus due to the devastating Black Saturday bushfires. [view article...]
2013 Young Winemaker of the Year announced
The Wine Society has named 33 year old Luke Skeer from Wynns Coonawarra Estate as the winner of the Wine Society 2013 Young Winemaker of the Year award. [view article...]
Good times and wine expertise come Out of the Barrel at Langhorne Creek
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New Cellar Door opens with new vintage wines
In unison with the opening of their new cellar door in Orange, Swinging Bridge has released their 2013 vintage wines, the 2013 Swinging Bridge Pinot Gris ($20.00) and the 2013 Swinging Bridge Sauvignon Blanc ($20.00). [view article...]
NSW Wine Awards | Wine of the Year Announcement
For the Chardonnay critics out there, sitting back in your armchair, the judges have awarded Echelon Wine Partners 2012 Armchair Critic Chardonnay (RRP $21) the Citi NSW Wine of the Year, having also taken out the Trophy for Best Young Chardonnay. [view article...]
Stonier again shows why Pinot Noir is at an all-time high
The 14th annual Stonier benchmark Pinot Noir tasting, held on October 28 at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art, has again proven why Pinot Noir consumption is at an all-time high both in Australia and globally. [view article...]
All hail the King of the vale - Two in a row for Rosemount Estate
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More success for South Australia's Kingston Estate Wines
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Daylesford Wine Show News
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New Semillon from the Hunter Valley's Bilgavia Estate
Bilgavia Estate has released its first Bilgavia Estate Hunter Valley Semillon ($26) from the 2013 vintage. [view article...]
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Paulett Wines toasts 30 years with 30 Rieslings… and a beer   AddThis Social Bookmark Button


The Clare Valley’s Paulett Wines has celebrated its 30 year anniversary with a vertical tasting of 30 Rieslings, a new release red and a specially brewed beer.

Neil Paulett and his wife Alison started Paulett Wines in 1983 and now share the business with their son Matt and his wife Ali.

While their portfolio covers a range of varieties, it’s premium Clare Riesling that Pauletts are best known for and, yesterday, a bottle from every vintage of the past 30 years was poured for a handful of friends, family and invited media guests including James Halliday.

Neil said the occasion has given him reason to step back and look at the big picture of what’s been achieved.

“From a basis of self-belief, we have developed an efficient, functional and expandable winery,” Neil said.

“We have achieved success with our wines and that has been gratifying, but the greatest satisfaction is that sufficient people like our wines to keep us going.

“We have gathered a group of almost like-minded people who are happy to be with us and to share our journey.

“Best of all, we have Matthew and Ali and, hopefully in the future, their children will be working with us.”

The unique opportunity to look back over Rieslings from every vintage was a great testament to the use of screwcaps, with those wines bottled since the initial transition in 1997 still looking consistently excellent while many earlier bottles under cork had not fared so well.

Guest James Halliday commented on Pauletts’ history, noting the difficult first year when Ash Wednesday bushfires destroyed much of the property.

“It’s a rags to riches or tragedy to wonderful fulfillment story; when they moved here and got promptly blitzed by frost, then fire.”

“Riesling is by far and away the greatest wine to come out of the Clare Valley and indeed a number of people would say the greatest wine to come out of Australia.”

“The Antonina wines are a reflection of this; truly wonderful, truly outstanding single block wines, they are outrageously good.”

“There is a finesse, thoroughbred, high strung quality to Polish Hill River Riesling and I think that does come through in the wines under screwcap.”

The day also included tastings of at a handful of back vintages of the premium Antonina Rieslings, plus a look forward with the first tastes of a new red wine – the 47/74 2008 Malbec Cabernet – and the ‘Last Minute’ beer.

Neil said the 47/74 wine was produced in close collaboration with his son, Matthew, and makes the most of the excellent Malbec produced in 2008.

“We have tasted and blended this wine to reflect the power, unity and complexity of like wines merged into one,” Neil said.

“The name 47/74 represents the mirror image of our years – 1947 and 1974 – and symbolises the transition of the old to the new.”

Meanwhile, on the beer, Neil said, quite simply: “I like beer.”

“It is also a complementary drink to wine – there’s nothing like a good palate cleanser.”

“The beer is fermented and bottled in the Clare Valley and is a brew of our own design, in the style of the English extra special bitter. It is cloudy and has a lovely bitter finish.

“As for the name… thank goodness for the Last Minute otherwise nothing would get done!”

Pauletts Last Minute beer and the 47//74 wine will initially be on sale at the cellar door (exact retail prices yet to be determined).




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The Italians find home at Kangarilla Road   AddThis Social Bookmark Button


Kangarilla Road’s Italian accent is even more pronounced with six new release wines.

Winemaker Kevin O’Brien has long held a passion for varieties throughout this European country – from Pinot Grigio, Vermentino and Fiano to Sangiovese, Primitivo, Nebbiolo and Montepulciano; now nurturing them to their full potential in McLaren Vale.

Kevin said “With McLaren Vale’s Mediterranean climate, we’re automatically giving the grapes the right footing to excel; and with care and discipline, the results are incredible. Fortunately there are no rules here, so we’ve been able to take grapes from the very traditional regions within Italy and blend them together without fear of being charged with treason!”

The Whites
The 2013 vintage has shown itself to be a great season all round, with primary and complex notes coming through on the nose and palate. Heat spikes in January and February caused grape maturity earlier than expected, though the relatively calm season preceding ensured quality was controlled and exceptional flavour developed.

“These whites are fresh and vibrant, yet with layer upon layer of flavour. The Pinot Grigio is smooth and dry with a crisp acidity, while the Duetto is textural and complex. They are two stunning examples of summer drinking wines suited to any palate,” Kevin said.

2013 Kangarilla Road Adelaide Hills Pinot Grigio, RRP $22
Produced from a single vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, this Pinot Grigio is typical of the style with a local twist resultant of the cooler, elevated enivorns of the Woodside district. Pear, honey-suckle and fresh citrus aromas fill the glass, while sweet lemon sherbet, crisp pears and hints of grapefruit oil round out the palate.

2013 Kangarilla Road Duetto, RRP $25
Part crafted in amphorae, this unusual blend of Vermentino and Fiano has intriguing aromas of cassis, cara cara orange and rich honey with subtle herb and mineral notes. Natural fermentation on skins for five weeks added great complexity to the palate which has notes of cranberry and grapefruit with a hint of Campari on the finish.

The Reds
“Italian varieties are, in my opinion, wonderful exponents of secondary flavours in red wines. In these wines, the unique structural fruit tannins and sweet fruit compounds react perfectly with the palate to produce new flavour complexes to savour,” Kevin said.

“2012 was a great vintage for reds across McLaren Vale. The conditions have lent themselves well to flavour development, where typically lean varieties are showing great characters on the nose and palate.”

2012 Kangarilla Road Terzetto, RRP $25
The Terzetto is a unique blend of three varieties; Sangiovese, Primitivo and Nebbiolo. With flavours ranging from dark cherry, cherry ripe and plum through to herbs, spice and florals, the wine takes your palate on an Italian journey.

Before blending, each variety is aged in older oak for 12 months, adding subtle depth and oak weight.

2012 Kangarilla Road Sangiovese, RRP $25
The Kangarilla Road Sangiovese grapes come from a single bio-dynamically grown vineyard. It expresses an abundance of flavours; from black cherry and spice through to earthy notes. Open oak fermenters and maceration on skins for two weeks post fermentation have produced firm fruit tannins, which harmonise perfectly with the fruit palate.

2012 Kangarilla Road Primitivo, RRP $25
The range of flavours produced in this wine flow from aromas of jubey dark and red fruits with hints of herbal digestives to earth and tobacco, with lively fruit, cinnamon and firm tannins on the palate. The grapes were cold-soaked prior to fermentation extracting maximum flavour and colour into the resulting wine.

2012 Kangarilla Road Montepulciano, RRP $18
A relatively new varietal to Australia, Montepulciano relishes the growing conditions in McLaren Vale. Purple, almost blue hues draw you in with perfumed oranges, sautéed dark, red fruits and strawberries with hints of spice on the nose. Grippy fruit tannins hold the palate while subtle liquorice notes linger.

Kangarilla Road follows bio-dynamic principles in its vineyards, using sustainable practices to craft wines that are true to the vineyards and regions in which they are grown. Wines can be purchased online through

Kangarilla Road has national distribution via the Nelson Wine Company (VIC), Bacchus Wine Merchants (ACT, NSW, QLD), Wine Profile (TAS), Terra Wine (WA) and Muster Wine Co (SA).




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