Posts tagged 'Chardonnay'

  • 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!

    Murdoch Hill Wines

     

     


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

    6 On The 6th

     

    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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  • 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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  • Our day on the Barossa Valley Cheese and Wine Trail 02/05/2014

    Barossa Valley Cheese Co

    It was a beautiful sunny day just before the chill kicked in and we decided we would head up to the Barossa Valley to spend a day on a Barossa cheese and wine trail. Our first stop was the The Barossa Valley Cheese Co to pick up their trail map and some delicious supplies for the day. The map is fantastic, with four trails of wineries to choose from in North, South, East and West directions. The cheese pack is a functional little cooler bag bursting with four cheeses, a cheese knife, crackers and even a gorgeous little cheeseboard. Once we had our map and cheese we set off to find our first winery of the day.

     

    Barossa Trail Winery Logos

    We decided not to stick to any one trail as all of the wineries are really close together and we had a few that we particularly wanted to visit. These were; Two Hands Wines, Seppeltsfield, Langmeil and Peter Lehmann Wines.

    At each of the wineries the Barossa Valley Cheese Co have chosen a wine and then carefully selected a cheese which perfectly complements that wine. And they have done a fantastic job creating flavour matches which are surprising and delicious.

     At Two Hands Wines the Brilliant Disguise Moscato was a slightly sweet and spritzy wine, matched with a Vache Curd - a cow's milk curd that is subtle, creamy and soft. It was a  very morish match we didn't expect and a fantastic start to the day. If you're a Moscato drinker definitely try a subtle curd with your tipple next time - it's amazing!

    Our next stop was the Seppeltsfield winery where we were recommended to sample the Solero DP38 Rich Rare Venerable, which is a medium 'sherry', matched with the Cheddar. We are major sherry fans and this was an absolutely wicked pairing. There was definitely no DP38 left after the tasting and we almost ate the entire piece of cheddar! 

    Two Hands and Seppeltsfield Trail

    Langmeil is one of our all time favourite wineries and we sell lots of gorgeous Langmeil wines here at Wine Please. It was such a great experience to spend some time at the cellar door, perched up at the tasting bar with our little cheese board and cheese. The chosen wine was the High Road Chardonnay matched with a creamy Camembert. Needless to say that was not the last wine we tried there, with the 2012 Valley Floor Shiraz just released (it's amazing!) and a number of aged Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignons open just by chance... we love our job!

    The final stop was Peter Lehmann Wines where there are so many wines to try. We started with the cheese and wine match and then moved on to try more of their wines. Our favourites were the Peter Lehmann H&V Chardonnay and H&V Sauvignon Blanc which were promptly added to our range here at Wine Please. To top off our day the Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz was also available for tasting and was the perfect end to a fun day on the trail. 

    Barossa -wine -and -cheese

    This was a really fun way to structure a trip around the Barossa and it was a fantastic talking point as we popped our cheeseboard up on the tasting bench and enjoyed a little cheese with our wines. I can't believe we didn't think to do it before really. The wineries love it too and give you 'extra' sized tastings of the wines that are matched with the cheese. We found the service at all of the wineries to be exceptional and they definitely took extra special care of us because we were on the trail. We highly recommend the Barossa Valley Cheese Co cheese and wine trail to anyone who loves visiting cellar doors, drinking wine and eating cheese. Which is everyone we know!

     

    Bon Voyage!

    Mr & Mrs WP


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  • Happy Mother's Day 23/04/2014

    We're not sure about your Mum, but we know that our Mums love the odd glass of vino, or two. And almost anything that comes wrapped in tissue paper with a bow on it. So this year we're wrapping up extra Champagne and a few special wines for Mother's Day. 

    Delivered to their door (or yours for hand delivery), wrapped in tissue paper, snug in a glossy white gift box with a beautiful hand-tied ribbon and a personal gift card... we're pretty sure this is the kind of present that immediately elevates you to favourite child status

     

    Here are our picks for Mother's Day 2014...

    Champagne ~

    Wine Please Champagne Gifts

    It's a fact: Mums love bubbles... Choose from the world-famous French Champagnes

    Moet & Chandon   

    only $68.95 inc wrapping

    or

    Pol Roger 

    only $81.95 inc wrapping

     (our Mum's favourite)

     

    ~ Chardonnay ~

    Voyager -Estate -Chardonnay -Wine -Gift

     

     A beautiful Chardonnay from the stunning Voyager Estate in Margaret River 

     Voyager Estate Chardonnay   

     only $55.95 inc wrapping

     

    ~ The Beauty ~

    Hentley -Farm -The -Beauty -Shiraz

     or head to the Wine Store and send Mum one of our favourite bottles....

    "The Beauty" by Hentley Farm

     only $54.95

    and select our gorgeous Gift Wrapping for $9.95 at checkout

     

    We hope you have a fabulous Mother's Day 

    Cheers!

     

    Mr & Mrs WP

     

     

     


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  • Big Bold Beautiful: Barossa Shiraz 13/03/2014

    The Barossa Shiraz Wine Club was sort of like the biggest Christmas present under the tree for us. We slowly opened a few others first, such as the Coonawarra Cab Sav and the Margaret River Chardonnay... prolonging the excitement of the most anticipated Wine Club ever. Finally it was time to get together and blind-taste everyone's favourite representation of Australia's most famous variety... the mighty Barossa Shiraz!

     

    Shiraz Grapes

     

    Barossa is the 'spiritual home' of Shiraz according to many reports, a variety which is known as Syrah in other parts of the world. The Barossa interpretation is famously full-bodied, powerful and renowned for intense flavours including berries, chocolate, coffee and black pepper. The Barossa region has some of the oldest vines in the world and a formalised Vine Charter to preserve and promote the vines of this very special wine region. 

    Mr WP along with most other members of the Wine Club on this occasion were South Australians, with a long-term love affair with Barossa Shiraz. Mrs WP and one other Wine Club member were from Margaret River and the Bellarine, not locals but winos with a serious crush on this infamous variety. 

     

    Wine Club Barossa Shiraz

     

    We attend various formal 'industry' tastings but relish Wine Club with our friends as a place where we can taste and chat about the wines and then merrily eat a delicious meal prepared by the hosts. As per Wine Club rules, everyone brought a bottle and the complex and entertaining kitchen ritual of labelling, pouring and serving the wines was conducted in order to make sure nobody knew which wine belonged to who. Various lengthly email discussions had taken place during the weeks preceding regarding price ranges, specific sub-regions etc. and it was agreed that bottles $30-$50 retail would be included with no sub-region rules. 

    A seriously fun, and seriously serious tasting took place prior to the BBQ lunch and everyone scored the wines in order of preference. The votes were tallied and after some heckling (this is a fun club and yes, we are all mates) a winner was finally announced... 

    Winner: Grant Burge Filsell

     Filsell

    This is a spectacular Barossa Old Vine Shiraz and winner of the inaugural Wine Please Barossa Shiraz blind tasting. The Filsell has been named "The World's Greatest Shiraz" by Winestate Magazine. It is smooth, fruity and dark - drinking superbly now and for the next 10 years. We all agreed that this is a special occasion wine without the price tag, meaning we can enjoy it more often and afford to put a few bottles in the cellar to age.

    There was further (and much louder) heckling when it was discovered that the McLaren Vale Shiraz that some distracted members had brought in had come second. Although one person had announced during the blind tasting that the wine tasted nothing like a Barossa Shiraz - well spotted! 

    The BBQ was also delicious and it was a superb way to spend a Sunday afternoon with friends.

    The Grant Burge Filsell is in store and will star along with the Stella Bella Chardonnay and the Majella Cab Sav in our winners 6 pack which you can purchase by joining our E-List on the homepage here.

    Cheers

    Mr & Mrs WP

     


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  • Wine Club 17/11/2013

    Who's in your Wine Club?

    We're into drinking wine with our friends... 

     There are of course the Wine Clubs you join where you are sent fabulous wines frequently. Like ours here (shameless self-promotion). But what we want to talk about today is the casual get togethers with friends for the purpose of drinking wine. Not down the pub, second wine on the list, four glasses thanks... but actually making a point of bringing a good bottle and having a bit of chat about the wine whilst solving the world's problems and being generally hilarious etc. 

    We make a point of doing this weekly (in reality fortnightly) with our friends and it's SO.MUCH.FUN. There's a Lawyer in the group so there is an entire archive of rules which are amended weekly which I won't go in to, our general plan is this: 

    1) A specific variety from a specific region is nominated

    This usually occurs via work email earlier in the week i.e. Coonawarra Cab Sav.

    2) Everyone brings their bottle in a paper bag and takes the lid off themselves

    Krispy Kreme bags that you borrowed from the 7-Eleven on the way are perfectly acceptable just as long as nobody can see the wine label.

    Wine Club Blind Tasting

    3) The host pours a taste of each wine for each person 

    This can be tricky - you need lots of glasses but having the wines side by side to see, smell and taste is important. If you can't do this then pour very small amounts otherwise nobody is concentrating by the third wine.

    4) We try not to talk about the wine for a few minutes at the start whilst we look, smell, taste and list them from favourite to least favourite

    This is the only remotely serious part but it's quite important, otherwise someone says 'liquorice' and all you can smell is liquorice in all of the wines.

    5) We tally our votes and the winner is announced

    6) The host says which wine is from which bottle and everyone declares which is theirs

    7) General shenanigans

    The best part is that people always vote for different wines. Of course the wines have all been scored by various 'wine critics' but there seems to be little correlation between the 97 point wine winning and the 93 point wine not winning. It's awesome and just reinforces the fact that your opinion and whether you personally like a wine or not is truly the most important thing. 

    Here are the results of our Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Club:

    1st Majella 2009 

    This is mouth-watering. The whole table just goes mmmmmm when they taste this Majella goodness.

    2nd Balnaves 2010 

    A dark horse. Dark and delicious. An awesome surprise too.

    Equal 3rd = Yalumba Menzies 2006 and St Hugo 2012

    The age difference between the Menzies and the rest of the crowd really stood out. It's fantastic when someone brings a bottle of something they've been holding on to. A good friend!

    Coonawarra Cab Sav

     

    And most recently we all brought a bottle of Margaret River Chardonnay along. This was really interesting and showed us how different people really do prefer different types of Chardonnay. 

    An absolute standout, the winner was the Stella Bella Chardonnay 2010. This is going to be our wine of the summer. Ridiculously good value too. Second and third was the Voyager Chardonnay from 2009 and 2005 respectively. For the first time we had the same wine from different vintages, this is the beauty of a Wine Club where we really truly don't cheat and tell each other what we're bringing!! And third was the Devil's Lair 2012 Chardonnay which was probably served a bit cold and really improved as we were all chatting away. 

    Margaret River Chardonnay

    So... if you're getting together and drinking wine with your friends, we totally recommend the Majella and the Stella Bella. Oh, and that you get the fearless leader of your group to nominate a specific wine and try the blind tasting thing. It is really very very good fun.

    Mr and Mrs WP 

     


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