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Our coolest region is hot right now.
Tasmania’s 2018 vintage looks set to be one to remember, for producers and consumers alike. Excellent growing conditions saw quality and quantity up, with a record 16,280 tonnes of high quality grapes harvested. The Island State produces less than 1% of Australia’s wine grapes but more than 4% of its value.
Lens Evans Tutorial
The scholars for the Len Evans Tutorial for 2018 have been chosen with 12 lucky wine professionals from winemaking, restaurants and distribution set to taste through the great wines of the world in November.
Set at the picturesque Tower Lodge in the Hunter Valley, scholars will be put through their judgingpaces by wine luminaries James Halliday and long-time Wine Society panel chair Ian McKenzie, among others, with the winner receiving a business class, all expenses paid, trip to tour the great wine estates of Europe.
With each scholarship worth over $9,000, most of which is spent on wine, it is no wonder that the Len Evans Tutorial has been dubbed ‘the most exclusive wine school in the world’.
Australia's Wine List of the Year Awards
Congratulations to Aria Brisbane, 2018 winner at Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards, Queensland’s first winner of this award! Special mention also to Dear Sainte Eloise in Potts Point for its ‘Best New List’ award and Bentley in Sydney’s CBD, winner of the ‘Best List Of Wine By The Glass’ category.
Let your Christmas sparkle, European style
Australians, the biggest consumers of champagne outside of Europe, are enjoying bubbly more than ever. With better wines available from more producers, champagne sales are up 16% annually, while Italian prosecco has grown a whopping 25%. The Wine Society is bringing in lots of high quality European fizz over the coming weeks, so this year, your Christmas can sparkle more than ever.
Bright and refreshing, this wine is full of citrus zest, vanilla and white flowers. The palate is layered with lemon curd from the Chardonnay fruit and delicate strawberries from the Pinot Noir, balanced by creamy notes from aging in bottle and the refreshing natural acidity for which the Pipers River region is renowned. Aperitif in style, classic in execution.
Item Code: ITM2098
Lively red berries and raspberry flavours with delicate hints of spice create a juicy palate while fine tannins add balance and texture. A joyous Tasmanian Pinot Noir that should be shared with friends and family.
Item Code: ITM7767
A great example of Tassie Riesling - lime zest, talc minerality and a touch of white blossom. The palate has great concentration and focus with linear acidity, culminating in a fresh and lengthy finish. Highly Recommended.
Item Code: ITM7580
"Stylish, complex and engaging, the bouquet shows ripe berry, spiced plum, game and earthy mushroom characters with a touch of dried herb note. It is beautifully weighted and attractively fruited on the palate, delivering fine texture and seductive savoury undertones, elegantly framed by polished tannins. At its best: now to 2020." Sam Kim
Item Code: ITM7846
"The inviting bouquet shows nectarine, rockmelon, almond and oatmeal characters with subtle yeasty complexity. The palate is vibrant and refined at the same time, delivering delicate fruit intensity and rounded mouthfeel, finishing persistent and elegant. Beautifully composed and elegantly complex." Sam Kim
Item Code: ITM8154
Bright aromas of ripe berry fruit and savoury spice continue onto the palate. Well-integrated oak, natural acidity and fine silky tannins add structure and balance and contribute to the lovely long finish.
Item Code: ITM19721
This is a fine Tasmanian Riesling with inviting floral notes. The palate is soft yet lively with intense flavours of citrus, passionfruit and green apple. A decent line of acidity slings through the palate, contributing balance and great length before ending in a clean and dry finish.
Item Code: ITM5035
An elegant cool-climate Chardonnay with flavours of citrus, apple, hazelnuts and figs, supported by creamy nuances from time on lees, fine acidity and well-integrated French oak.
Item Code: ITM6109
Perfumed bouquet of red and dark fruits, spice and earthy characters continue on the palate. Fine tannins create a well-structured wine of complexity and persistence. An elegant and expressive Pinot.
Item Code: ITM6087
A blend of the best Chardonnay fruit from the 2014 vintage. The fruit was whole bunch pressed and transferred to barrel for full wild fermentation (50% on new oak). The result is a refined wine with tremendous complexity. The nose displays aromas of citrus, apricot and white peach, while the palate shows spicy oak nuances and a wave of minerality.
Item Code: ITM4687
"Hand-picked, whole berries and whole bunches open-fermented with gentle plunging. A wine that explains the love at fist sight when the Tolpuddle partners saw the vineyard. It comes flying through the weather of the vintage that trapped others with a highly perfumed red flower bouquet and into a layered palate reflecting the whole bunch/whole berry fermentation, spicy, savoury, foresty notes form a laurel wreath on the fruit, the oak integrated." Halliday Wine Companion
Item Code: OLG314262