Tag Archives: Australia

NEW: Quarisa 30 Mile and Enchanted Tree (South Eastern Australia)

THE 30 MILE RANGE comes from the modern, consumer-friendly Quarisa estate. Mostly grown from vineyards in Riverina, NSW, a region the size of Switzerland, the wines are bright, accessible and meant for early drinking. Enjoy! 30 Mile Sauvignon Blanc Intro Price €9.99 (RRP €12.49) Crisp, fresh Sauvignon with crunchy green fruit notes overlaid with hints …

Australia’s 2012 vintage in review

The most significant part of the year in Australian winemaking is long over. Harvest, or the “crush” as it is known, can for some areas start as early as January and for others end as late as June with the picking of late harvest grapes used for dessert wines. The main action happens between February …

Better than being naked on roller skates

The two latest additions to the Some Young Punks range involve sisters Trixie and Tessa Love fighting monsters and ninja’s down in Trouble Town, and an all wise naked young lady on roller skates. And just when you thought the Punks couldn’t get any more weird or random. Still, whatever you think of their artwork …

A taste of 1843: The Freedom Shiraz

Here’s a little insight from the Lindner brothers into what to expect for the 2010 vintage at Langmeil. Currently we only have two wines from the 2010 vintage, two Eden Valley whites, but in the video (about 2 minutes in) Paul has a sneaky taste of the 2008 Freedom Shiraz which was still in barrel …

Tasmania: The forgotten state

Tasmania is fairly high up my list of must see places before I die. Lying 150 miles south of the Australian continent, it is the sixth state of Australia. With less than half a million inhabitants for such a large island, it is absurdly remote in places. Around half of its population live in and …

Halliday 2012 scores released

For the seventh consecutive year, Langmeil Winery has retained its Five Red Star rating from James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion, placing it in the top 5% of premium Australian winemakers. James Halliday is considered the authority on Australian wine, so if you’re going to listen to the critics, you could do a lot worse than …

Hunter Valley: Australia’s unique gift to the world

“Australia’s unique gift to the world”. That’s what Jancis Robinson MW said of Hunter Valley Semillon. There’s a good chance that if you’ve been to Sydney as a tourist, you have also been to Hunter Valley to taste some of their fine produce. I was there in 2008. It’s actually even easier to get to …

August contest: 168 years of history

This month we’re only giving away one bottle for our August contest… but it’s a good un. Planted way back in 1843 by blacksmith Christian Auricht, one of the first German settlers in the Barossa Valley, Langmeil‘s Freedom vineyard today contains the oldest surviving Shiraz vines in the world. Just last week James Halliday awarded …

McLaren Vale: A haven for top wine & good food

While Englishman John Reynall was laying the foundations for viticulture in 1830s McLaren Vale, it would really be the 1880s before the grape became more important than the original staple, wheat. Reynell would employ a young labourer called Thomas Hardy, who later acquired Tintara in 1876. As viticulture in the region gathered pace, two giants …

Eden Valley: A cooler side to Barossa

You could almost look at Eden Valley as being an extension of the Barossa. They are right next door to each other, but the higher altitude gives Eden a significantly cooler climate. Many Barossan producers grow their cooler climate varieties here. It covers an area as large as Barossa Valley, although it is not as …