Posts tagged 'Adelaide Hills'

  • Young Gun of Wine... Murdoch Hill's talented Winemaker 04/08/2017

    One of the wineries we've been following closely is  Adelaide Hills winery, Murdoch Hill. And now their winemaker, Michael Downer, has been awarded the Young Gun of Wine Award for 2017.

    We were first introduced to Murdoch Hill wines via a street party in Adelaide a couple of years ago. The wines were impressive and we got to chatting to Andrew Downer, marketing guru at Murdoch Hill and Michael's brother. One thing led to another and a few weeks later we were up in 'the shed' with a group of friends trying their spectacular drops plus barrel samples and chatting all things wine with the brothers. 

    After tying the award for 'Winemakers Choice' in 2015 and winning it outright in 2016, the next logical step was obviously to win the big one...

    Young Gun of Wine in 2017.

    Now we're happy to be ranging our favourites from their list and to be sharing the goodness that is Murdoch Hill with our winelovers! We love these wines and they are highly regarded by the guys from The Wine Front, who we source most of our reviews from, as well as the public with many of the 2016 wines already SOLD OUT! 

    You'll find links to the wines in our store below and please pop us an email if you'd like to know more. 

    From left to right we have the Murdoch Hill Chardonnay, Murdoch Hill Pinot Noir, Murdoch Hill Cronberry Syrah and Murdoch Hill The Tilbury Chardonnay. Click on the picture to go straight to the Wine Store!

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  • Wines that Love a little Spice 03/11/2015

    With Summer just around the corner it's time to spice things up! Nothing beats a little chilli in a Thai Beef Salad or a Morroccan seasoning with kick on butterflied BBQ lamb. Some may say that finding a wine to suit can be a bit tricky but we have that all taken care of...

    It takes a luscious and aromatic wine to really handle the spice in a dish. Nothing too bold or too high in alcohol or tannins as that will only set your mouth on fire! Not literally but that is how it feels when you drink the wrong wine with spicy food.

    There are both whites and reds that are perfect for mixing with your Mexican, taking out to Thai, or serving with your best arrabiata, all you need to do is decide which wines you'd like to try.

    Here are our favourite wines that can handle a little heat in the kitchen!

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    Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Prima Riesling 

    A beautiful delicate Riesling from the famous Pewsey Vale winemakers. The Prima (Donna) is a fabulous Riesling made in a semi-dry style with the grapes harvested earlier than the rest of the Rieslings. We can taste lots of exotic fruits which according to the winemaker include nectarine, lychee, peaches, white cherries and guava. The only thing that is for certain is that there never seems to be enough in the bottle! 

    Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier

    On a bright Spring day we arrived at Yalumba seeking a taste of their flagship Viognier. This fine wine has been given a very dramatic description by the winery... exotic, luscious, opulent, sexy, vivacious and vibrant! In our opinion they're completely correct - it's a seriously seductive white, The Virgilius definitely awoke our senses at the end of a long day of tasting.  It turns out that Yalumba's favourite Viognier is one of our favourites too.

    Bay of Fires Pinot Gris

    Pinot Gris is the 'it' wine right now and this Bay of Fires Pinot Gris is leading the way. Smooth is an understatement with gorgeous melon and peach flavours, wild ferment and a crisp acidity. Blah blah you say. Well then, listen when I say you won't be going back to your Marlborough Sav Blanc after trying this wine.  It's simply too delicious! The perfect wine for a relaxing afternoon in the sun.

    Tamar Ridge Pinot Noir

    Winner of the inaugural Wine Please Tasmanian Pinot Noir blind tasting and one of our favourite wines. The famous Tamar Ridge in Tasmania is the perfect place the grow the fruit to make delicious Pinot Noir wines. Whilst some Pinots can be very expensive... this particular drop provides excellent value for money. And it's really delicious with lots of different foods, in particular those delicious duck pancakes with Hoi Sin sauce. Nom Nom.  

    Riposte The Sabre Pinot Noir

    Only 'The Best Pinot Noir in Australia' right here ladies and gentlemen. Delicious, winning awards all over the place and with a cool name like 'The Sabre' - this wine has the trifecta. And we love that it is made by a small family team in the Adelaide Hills determined to produce fine wines with an authentic brand. 

    There are so many great wines to pair with your spicy dishes, make sure you email us at hello@wineplease.com.au if you want us to try your favourites!


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  • Six on the Sixth - Edition #1 22/10/2015

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    The year is racing away and believe it or not, crazy season is about to begin! So we've decided to keep it super simple and tell you about our "Six on the Sixth" to make your wine shopping easy. Now I know it is not the sixth today... Mrs WP has had a busy few weeks travelling interstate and tasting all of these gorgeous wines and didn'tm anage to update the blog on time! 

    These are six premium wines, all absolutely delicious and selected by us, at $50 below RRP

    Arras 

    Firstly, the stunning Tasmanian bubbles from House of Arras. This has quickly become on of our favourite sparklings and has a cult following in the industry. Made by Ed Carr who is a lovely guy and a genius winemaker. We think Arras is on a par with the top Champagne houses in France, delivering a delicious fine sparkle which is perfect for all occasions. If you need any reassurance, just look at the smiles on your guests faces as they take their first sip. 

    Vasse Felix Chardonnay

    Vasse Felix is a beautiful winery and has a simply amazing restaurant, above the cellar door and overlooking the vines. Their Heytesbury Chardonnay is the flagship, however this is absolutely divine and brilliant value for money given its pedigree. Pop on your over-sized sunnies, order a bottle of Chardy and a little something from the restaurant and let it be known that you are having a marvellous time down South darlings. 

    Pierro LTC Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

    Pierro is one of our favourite wineries in Margaret River and in fact the world. The cellar door is gorgeous and quaint and the wine is delicious. The Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blend is classic Margaret River and Pierro’s LTC is definitely at the upper end of the scale in terms of fabulousness. Make sure this has a few minutes out of the fridge before serving to really blossom. And serve it with a fancy seafood dish for maximum effect. Love.

    Riposte The Sabre Pinot Noir

    Only 'The Best Pinot Noir in Australia' right here ladies and gentlemen. Delicious, winning awards all over the place and with a cool name like 'The Sabre' - this wine has the trifecta. And we love that it is made by a small family team in the Adelaide Hills determined to produce fine wines with an authentic brand. 

    Catena Malbec

    Winner of the inaugural Wine Please steak night and Malbec taste-off. The Catena has undergone rigorous tasting by the team and we have fallen deeply in love. If you love Malbec skip straight to the food recommendation.  In fact, your steak is probably already on the BBQ. If you’re not a fan of Malbec then don’t expect a Barossa Shiraz, be open to the more understated and savoury flavours… and you’ll have a new BBQ companion.

    Bethany Shiraz

    We’ve had the pleasure of enjoying Bethany Shiraz for many years, with a few bottles being tucked away in Dad’s cellar. More recently we’ve been to visit their cellar door and seriously enjoyed the wines on offer. Classic Barossa Shiraz which is perfect by the fire in winter, shared at a BBQ or given as a gift to lovers of this iconic wine region. 

     

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  • Six on the Sixth - Edition #2 11/11/2015

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    Wine (much like this time of year) can be a little overwhelming! So we've decided to simplify things... Here are six delicious drops hand-picked by us and ready to be shipped to your door. 

    Welcome to Edition #2 of 'Six on the Sixth'

    Grosset Alea Riesling

    The Alea is the sweet little sister of the famous Polish Hill from Grosset. Perfectly balanced and off-dry, she's the girl you want to take out for date night in China Town. We love this Clare classic with spicy dishes and first enjoyed a bottle (or two) with an anniversary dinner at Mr Wong. Pour yourself a glass at your favourite Asian restaurant (only slightly chilled - not too cold) and bring on the spice!

    Brokenwood Semillon

    Hunter Semillon doesn't get any better than the wines made by Brokenwood. Like Grosset and Riesling, Brokenwood is the Queen of a Semillons. This is their entry level drop but is rated as Outstanding by those in the know. Perfect with seafood on a sunny day... it's Spring in a bottle.

    Tamar Ridge Pinot Noir

    Winner of the inaugural Wine Please Tasmanian Pinot Noir blind tasting and one of our favourite wines. The famous Tamar Ridge in Tasmania is the perfect place the grow the fruit to make delicious Pinot Noir wines. Whilst some Pinots can be very expensive... this particular drop provides excellent value for money. And it's really delicious with lots of different foods, in particular those delicious duck pancakes with Hoi Sin sauce. Nom Nom.  

    Chapel Hill Shiraz

    We love this wine and whenever we invite friends to try it they do too. It's no movie star with celebrity appeal but more like the girl next door who turns out to be a total babe. We like this wine and their beautiful winery so much that we got married at Chapel Hill so we (and our friends) could drink it all night long. Enough said.

    Turners Crossing Shiraz Viognier

    Shiraz Viognier is bang on trend and we think that Turners Crossing have a really delicious and unique example of this blend. This wine was literally delivered to our dinner table to try and has been a regular visitor even since. A smart wine. A conversation starter. And one of our top 10 wine discoveries for 2014. A great wine to take to a dinner party or to enjoy at your own little party!

    Zema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

    Wine is meant to be classy and we love the Zema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon for just that reason. It's been called "neat, tidy, well flavoured and well mannered". What a find.The Zema is estate grown, hand-picked and released with several years of bottle age. Ridiculously drinkable.

     

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  • Beef Bourguignon - I love cooking with wine... 23/06/2015

    Beef Bourguignon (also known as Beef Burgundy) is traditionally a peasant meal originating in the Burgundy region of France. It's undoubtedly one of the most delicious meals you can cook with wine and a perfect warming dinner for Winter. It's also a super easy recipe meaning you can sit down and enjoy a vino with your dinner party before serving (we hate missing out on all the fun).  You can enjoy French, New Zealand or Australian Pinot Noir both in and with this amazing dish. So here is our favourite recipe and a few perfect wine matches to from the Wine Store...

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     Beef Bourguignon

    You will need some extra wine for this recipe (to go in the food) and the original recipe calls for Pinot Noir. As this variety is more expensive here than the village wine in Burgundy, we will permit any decent light red wine to be used.

    Ingredients:

    1kg beef chuck steak, cut into cubes

    Plain flour for dusting beef

    100g pancetta or streaky bacon, finely chopped

    1 brown onion, peeled and finely diced

    12 eschalots, peeled but not sliced

    2 garlic cloves, crushed

    small bunch of fresh thyme

    2-3 bay leaves

    400mL red wine

    600mL beef stock (Campbell's beef consomme is the best)

    250g small swiss brown mushrooms, quartered

     Method

    1. Dust the beef in the flour and brown in batches

    2. Set beef aside and use same pan to fry onion, pancetta, garlic, thyme and bay leaves

    3. Once lightly browned add the beef and wine to the pan and bring to the boil

    4. Add the stock and return to the boil before lowering the heat again

    5. Simmer covered for one hour

    6. Add the mushrooms and eschalots and simmer uncovered for a further 30 minutes

    Serve with green beans, creamy mash and a bottle of Pinot Noir!

    Here are a few Pinot Noirs that we love!

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  • It's always the perfect occasion to... send a wine gift 21/10/2014

    Sending a bottle of beautiful gift-wrapped champagne or premium wine has never been so simple or so classy!

    Wine Please Champagne Gifts

    It's nearly Christmas time...

    not to mention weddingseason, party season and thank you gift time.

    Which gift does everyone love... Wine Please!

    Our exquisite gift wrapping is the most beautiful way to send a bottle of Champagne or a fancy wine gift to your friends, family or clients. A bottle of French bubbles or a delicious wine gift is wrapped in tissue paper and sent in our stunning glossy white gift box with a hand-tied ribbon and your very own personal gift card. 

    Choose from one of our 'Ready to Ship' wine gifts and write your personal message at the checkout. Or if you are looking for something different and don’t need it shipped today, you can send a wine gift directly from our Wine Store. We are more than happy to help you choose the perfect wine or organise lots of gifts for clients in silly season - just contact us to arrange something special.

    Wine Please is the simple way to send the perfect gift. Impress with a delicious and classy wine gift to suit any occasion! 

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  • An Amazing Deal from Penfolds + Vintec Wine Cabinets 03/07/2014

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    Penfolds and Vintec are teaming up this month to give you the opportunity to get your hands on a fantastic temperature controlled Wine Cabinet for only $200 plus $55 delivery. To qualify for the deal, all you have to do is purchase 6 bottles of Penfolds Bin or Luxury wines from the Wine Please Store.

    A temperature controlled wine cabinet is a must have piece of kit for anyone who loves wine. With Australia's harsh climate, it is often hard to find a place to store the beautiful wines we are patiently putting away for a rainy day. To have the chance to get a quality Vintec Wine Cabinet at such an amazing price, is an opportunity not to be missed - plus you will already have 6 bottles of Penfolds to put in there straight away!

    Don't wait till the last minute on this one - it will be popular!

    Here are 3 of the Penfolds Bin range that we are loving...

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     Penfolds Bin 9

    A stunning 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from the South Australian wine region only $29.95

    Penfolds Bin 128

    One of the best vintages ever for this delicious 2012 Coonawarra Shiraz at just $34.95

    Penfolds Bin 138

    A luscious blend of 2012 Barossa Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro only $34.95

     

     

    Simply place an order through Wine Please for 6 of the above wines (as a straight 6 or mixed 6) before the end of July 2014. Log onto www.penfolds.com and follow the instructions to log your claim along with proof of purchase. Purchase of the wine cabinet is made directly through Penfolds.

    Please refer to www.penfolds.com for full offer details. Wine Please are responsible for the retail sale of the wine only and bear no responsibility for the promotional offer. We will send you the full promo instructions when you order your delicious Penfolds Bin Wines through www.wineplease.com.au
     

    It's time to start dreaming about how you will fill your wine cabinet!

    Love.Wine.Life
    Mr & Mrs WP

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  • A Delicious Recipe with Wine 04/12/2013

    It's a 'wine fact' that we cook better when there is a little bit of wine in the dish, and a little bit in our glass

    The other night, Mrs WP came across an old recipe for Moules Marinieres... a favourite dish discovered on holiday in France. There is always* some white wine in the house and a there happened to be some seafood in the fridge that needed to be cooked. One can't argue with this sort of fate, not even if calories are being counted pre-wedding.

    Moules Marinieres

    It turned out to be a slightly modified version- Seafood Marinieres we will call it - and it was absolutely delicious. So delicious that it would be completely unfair not to share the recipe with you. It's easy, it involves seafood and wine and it is bound to impress anyone who you might be willing to share it with! 

    Seafood Marinieres (for 2)

    (you can make it with just mussels and call it Moules Marinieres if you like)

    Gather the following:

    1 bottle** of white wine - we recommend Riesling

    1kg scrubbed and de-bearded mussels

    Any other white fish chopped into cubes, prawns or scallops that you have in the fridge

    50g butter cut into 2 x 25g pieces

    1/2 cup of cream

    2 brown shallots diced finely

    1 cup of fresh parsley chopped

    1 bay leaf

    1 sprig of thyme

    Freshly ground salt and pepper

    Crusty bread or freshly cooked spaghetti to serve

    And then...

    1) Pour yourself a glass of wine

    2) Heat 25g of butter in a large frying pan (one with a matching lid) and add the shallots, half of the parsley, the thyme, the bay leaf and a good cracking of salt and pepper as well as 100mL of the wine

    3) Cook the 'other' seafood until it is half way to being ready and then add the mussels and another 100mL of white wine

    4) Hold the lid on firmly and shake the pan vigorously making sure the liquid moves over all of the seafood

    5) Shop shaking the pan and have a sip of wine, that is the hard bit done.

    6) As the mussels open remove them from the pan along with the cooked seafood pieces, and place them straight into serving bowls

    7) Once you have removed all of the seafood, strain the pan juices and bits through a seive and put the liquid back into the pan.

    8) Bring the liquid to a simmer and add the other half of the parsley and remaining butter. Once the butter is melted, reduce the temperature and stir in the cream.

    9) Pour this delicious sauce over the seafood and serve immediately with a fresh glass of wine and some crusty bread or fresh spaghetti.

     In the words of Julia Childs... Bon Appetit!

      * Most of the time

    ** Sometimes you need 2 bottles of white wine***, depending on who you are sharing with

    *** Always drink responsibly


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