Page 1: A message from our CEO
Welcome to the June issue of Wine Advisor.
“The best wines start in the vineyard.” This phrase is often used by winemakers and growers alike when referring to mission statements and philosophies around winemaking. A commonly-held view is that nurturing the vines in harmony with the environment will allow for the best quality fruit, thereby setting the foundations for making premium wines with a true sense of place.
This month we have themed our magazine on regionality. From the well-established to the new and emerging, we look at a range of regions, big and small, and discover what makes them tick.
Starting on page 2, Product Specialist Kellie Arbuckle profiles the Te Awanga sub-region of Hawke’s Bay with benchmark wines by Rod McDonald’s Te Awanga Estate. On page 4 we introduce a new competition to win a wine escape for two to Hawke’s Bay, while on page 6 Kellie discovers some tip top reds for winter.
A lesser-known South Australian region, Mount Benson, goes under the microscope on page 8 when Product Specialist Meaghan Gall profiles four wines from Norfolk Rise Vineyard. On page 10 Kellie shares her favourite three wines of the moment from the Adelaide Hills while on page 12 Trading Manager Neil Haywood matches his Essex hot pot recipe with our Best in Society Winter Red – an exquisite Shiraz made to honour our 70th birthday.
If you’re a fan of cool-climate Rieslings and Asian cuisine, don’t skip past page 14! Our Resident Foodie Nik Mann shares her mouth-watering recipe for nasi goreng and matches it with two zippy drops from Tasmania.
I hope you enjoy this issue of Wine Advisor!
Page 2-3: Hawke's Bay
BAY Located on the east coast of the North Island is Hawke’s Bay – New Zealand’s oldest winegrowing region, with a history dating back to 1851. Hawke’s Bay is also the second largest wine region in New Zealand and one of the most diverse. Varied soil patterns, high sunshine hours and lengthy growing periods allow winegrowers to produce a range of different wines to a high calibre. From elegant Bordeaux blends to rich, complex Chardonnay, the wines of Hawke’s Bay demonstrate the unique influence of terroir. The Te Awanga sub-region is a case in point.
IN FOCUS: TE AWANGA
Situated on the east coast of Hawke’s Bay, the vineyards of Te Awanga benefit from sea breezes and cool nights, which allows for a slow ripening period, resulting in balanced acidity and flavour ripeness in the wines.
Te Awanga vineyards are grown on shallow volcanic loess soils over clay, which helps produce wines with incredible flavour intensity.
The history of grapegrowing at Te Awanga goes back to more than a century, making it one of the oldest winegrowing areas in Hawke’s Bay.
“The region’s [Hawke’s Bay] exquisite and compelling Chardonnays; a genre overlooked by the world’s media, yet impressively coherent in style and quality” Andrew Caillard MW
Page 4: The Sweet Wine Club
Sweet and dessert wines are divisive styles – people tend to loathe or love them. And if you love them, well you simply can’t get enough. I’m a fully paid up member of The Sweet Wine Club and these two very different but equally seductive Society drops are just the thing to satisfy my cravings.
Page 5: Win a wine escape to New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay
ENTRIES CLOSE 31 AUGUST 2016
Refer a friend who joins before 31 August, and you will get 10 entries into the draw, plus three premium wines valued at $59, absolutely free.
Spend over $150 on any wines and get 10 entries into the draw.
Purchase any dozen wines from the Rod McDonald range for 20 ENTRIES into the draw.
For more information visit win.winesociety.com.au or call us on 1300 723 723.
Page 6-7: Australian Shiraz
Winter has arrived and so too has the desire to rug up over a comforting glass of red. Our drop of choice? A regionally distinct Shiraz.
When it comes to producing benchmark Shiraz, you can’t go past the Barossa and McLaren Vale. In the Barossa, two valleys – made distinct by their topography, climate and soil – create unique styles of wine; the warm climate and low rainfall of Barossa Valley creates wines of richness and depth of flavour, while the cool climate of Eden Valley produces wines of elegance and seamless acidity. McLaren Vale enjoys a Mediterranean climate with moderate winters and warm summers tempered by the close proximity to the sea, allowing growers to create rich wines of ripe fruit characters and balanced acidity. But these two regions aren’t alone in producing outstanding reds. Clare Valley, Rutherglen, Hunter Valley and Adelaide Hills are also making exceptional wines, particularly Shiraz. Whether you’re after a big, fruit-driven style or one of elegance, spice and earthiness, we’ve raided our cellars to find a range of Shiraz wines for the discerning palate.
Page 8: The Cellar Door
Every Saturday and Sunday we are sharing some of our favourite wines with members and guests. Join us from 1pm onwards and we will have a selection of cheeses and charcuterie to match the wines. Bring your friends and share our love of wine with them.
Friday 3 & Saturday 4 June
Warm up at our Winter Wine Fairs. Friday 4-8pm at Ultimo and Saturday 2-6pm at Castle Cove.
Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 June
Win(e) a trip to New Zealand at The Cellar Door! Taste a selection from our favourite Hawke’s Bay producers and then enter our competition.
Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 June
Just a stone’s throw from the city but on average a full 5°C cooler, Adelaide Hills is home to world class Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Taste some of our favourite drops from this stellar region.
Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 June
Spiritual home of Australian Shiraz, the Barossa Valley is loved and revered in equal measure. Try some classic big reds from producers new and old. And don’t forget about Barossa Semillon!
Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 July
With Coonawarra dominating the local landscape, Mount Benson is a region unknown to many. Build it into your wine repertoire for serious quality at a cracking price.
Page 8-9: Norfolk Rise
Situated in the southern tip of South Australia, Mount Benson is one of Australia’s smallest and newest wine regions. It is home to just 500ha of vineyards but it is beginning to make waves within the Australian wine world.
Part of the greater Limestone Coast wine region, it shares the same terra rossa soil profile that has made regions such as Coonawarra and Mount Gambier famous. Combined with a moderate maritime climate it delivers wines with their own delicate style.
Norfolk Rise Winemaker Dan Berrigan is capturing the regional characteristics of Mount Benson to craft elegant wines with clear varietal definition, firm structure and a true sense of place.
Page 10: Adelaide Hills
Situated amongst apple and cherry orchards are the rolling hills and lush vineyards of one of Australia’s leading cool-climate wine regions: Adelaide Hills. What sets this area’s wines apart are their finesse, varietal definition and flavour intensity. From zippy Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc to elegant Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills is punching above its weight when it comes to producing regionally distinct wines. We’ve selected our favourite three, designed to drink now or over the next couple of years, with or without food. Enjoy!
Page 11: 70th Anniversary Dinners
We are indebted to our members and industry partners for your continued support over the past 70 years. We invite you to join us in celebrating these relationships at our upcoming 70th anniversary dinners.
Save the date
Wednesday 12 October
Thursday 13 October
Thursday 20 October
Friday 28 October
Best in Society dinner with Leconfield
Wednesday 29 June
Thursday 30 June
Wednesday 6 July
Thursday 7 July
Melbourne Members’ Lunch
Friday 26 August
INTRODUCTION TO WINE – LEVEL 1
Saturday 18 June
Saturday 15 October
Saturday 25 June
INTRODUCTION TO WINE – LEVEL 2
Saturday 22 October
Saturday 18 June
Saturday 6 August
Tuesday 12 July
Reds of the world
Tuesday 19 July
Tuesday 22 November
Coming soon! Join us on an exclusive weekend escape with Leconfield wines. Saturday 24 - Sunday 25 September
Visit www.winesociety.com.au/wine-events, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 723 723 for details
Page 12-13: Best in Society Winter Red
One of our most loyal winemaking partners, Barons of Barossa, has kindly crafted a wine specifically to commemorate our 70th anniversary as Australia’s original wine club. Made from select parcels, the Barons of Barossa Wine Society 70th Anniversary Shiraz 2014 is a beautiful wine and one that we are proud to showcase as our Best in Society Winter Red for 2016.
Barons Grand Councillors Colin Glaetzer (of Glaetzer Wines) and Stephen Henschke (of Henschke Wines) blended this wine from premium fruit from the low-yielding 2014 vintage. Quality of wines from 2014 is proving to be remarkable, with reds showing rich varietal characters and dense colours, suggesting outstanding cellaring potential. A wonderful red to put aside to save for a celebration.
Strictly Limited Stock! Sign up to our Best in Society Winter Red plan to secure your order by calling us on 1300 723 723 or visit www.winesociety.com.au/Best-In-Society
Barons of Barossa Wine Society 70th Anniversary Shiraz 2014
Barossa Valley, SA
Barons of Barossa is a wine fraternity that was founded in 1975 by a group of influential Barossa wine industry personalities. The focus of the Barons has remained unchanged since its foundation and it continues to proudly and enthusiastically support Barossa wine, viticulture, gastronomy, heritage and the arts.
“Brilliant purple and opaque cherry hues. Great brightness of fruit with lifted spicy blackberry florals and intense layers of dark plum, earth and coffee. The palate is complex with spice, juicy cassis and dark plum, while the tannins are complex with refreshing acidity. This wine will age extremely well over the long term.” Barossa Baron and Winemaker Colin Glaetzer
Page 14-15: Recipe
Jancis Robinson once said that Riesling is “indisputably the greatest white wine grape in the world” – and I’m not about to disagree with her.
This once unpopular varietal has made a serious comeback in recent years. Winemakers worldwide have embraced untouched terroirs and experimented in the cellar to create new styles that have generated massive appeal from consumers and transformed the way they perceive this unique drop.
In Australia Riesling has found phenomenal success in cooler climates, such as Tasmania, where producers have taken advantage of the mild summers and warm autumn days to create Rieslings with intense flavour and elegance.
Also, slower ripening periods allow growers to pick the fruit at optimum flavour ripeness without losing essential natural acidity that provides both freshness and balance.
It is these traits that make Tasmanian Riesling a wonderful standalone wine and an exceptional wine to pair with food. My match? Nasi goreng.
Dubbed the national dish of Indonesia, nasi goreng boasts a punchy combination of sweetness, heat and saltiness that, when paired with Riesling, makes for a wonderful explosion of flavours.
Page 22: Hesketh Regional Selection
“Follow the path less travelled.” These simple words govern not only how the Hesketh family live but also how they craft their wine. Rather than attempting to be all things for all people from one region, they decided to do something slightly different. They created a range of high quality and affordable wines that focus on the individual strengths of different parts of South Australia.
From the classic zesty notes of a Clare Valley Riesling to the delicate fruit flavours of a Coonawarra Cabernet, each region carries certain attributes in its terroir that favour one varietal over another. In recognising these traits, Hesketh’s Regional Selection captures the unique qualities of iconic South Australian wine regions, all bottled up in true ‘Hesketh’ style.
Follow your own path. Pick a bottle from your favourite region – or grab all three. The choice is yours.
Page 23: Mixed Dozens
This month we’re giving you an opportunity to try a mixed dozen from our Winemaster’s Selection wine plan – commitment free. Taste a range of delicious drops and find out why this is our most popular plan.
Our Winemaster’s Selection contains wines that represent the epitome of value for money; quality is 100% guaranteed, with all wines judged to medal-winning standards by our expert tasting panel, which includes Masters of Wine, sommeliers and wine show judges.
Page 24: Dandelion Vineyards
This stunning GSM blend from Australia’s most famous wine region has been making waves around the world. It’s rich, intense and packed with bold fruit flavours. Find out for yourself: stock up now!
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Society Primeur Collection
Introducing a new Wine Society offering, one that builds on Bordeaux’s En Primeur system to take members on a winemaking journey. Relish the novelty of ordering wine as it evolves in barrel and trace its development via regular updates from the winemakers themselves.
To find out more or to pre-order, visit www.winesociety.com.au or phone us on 1300 723 723.