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Yalumba Y Series Pinot Grigio 2012

February 2013

A stylish, rather complete and genuinely varietal pinot gris that puts a number of significantly more expensive examples of its kind to shame. Vibrant and brightly lit with a spicy cinnamon-like scent of apple, pear and creamy, leesy undertones lifted by white flowers. It reveals a long and tightly controlled palate underpinned by a fine dustiness. Its pristine core of moderately juicy flavour extends towards a clean and savoury finish with plenty of persistence.

Jeremy Oliver, Gourmet Traveller Wine, February 2013

Vasse Felix Named Winery of the Year in The West Australian Wine Guide 2013

10 November 2012

Vasse Felix has been named Winery of the Year in The West Australian Wine Guide, 2013. The annual publication is published by WA critic Ray Jordan.
Virginia Willcock was named WA Winemaker of the Year, and the 2011 Heytesbury Chardonnay, named as Wine of the Year (and White Wine of the Year).
This exciting news follows Virginia's announcement as Gourmet Traveller WINE Australian Winemaker of the Year in September, as well as Vasse Felix being named one of Wine & Spirits Magazine's Top 100 International Wineries of 2012.

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Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year

Vasse Felix Chief Winemaker Virginia Willcock has been announced as the 2012 Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year. Click here to download media release.

Grape visionaries reap what they sow

"It is a new generation but Holmes a Court visions are once again having an exciting impact on West Australian life..." Click here to read full article by John Jens in the Western Suburbs Weekly.

Virginia Willcock Winemaker of the Year Nomination

We're very excited to announce that Vasse Felix Chief Winemaker Virginia Willcock has been nominated for Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year 2012. Click here to download nomination article.

Well, we all knew Ferrari could talk but now she has won a major national award for it!

Wine Communicators of Australia announced its award winners for 2012 today, with our very own Jane Ferrari taking out the top gong – Wine Communicator of the Year.
 
"I strongly endorse the choice of Jane as Wine Communicator of the Year.  I have the clearest memory of her running a session at the marketing conference in Adelaide many years ago, and how impressed I was at that time.  I have remained aware of the incredible success she has had since then," said WCA patron James Halliday.
 
Congratulations Jane! We hope you can find the time to celebrate amongst your hectic schedule overseas.


Wine Communicators of Australia announce 2012 communication award winners

Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) today announced the winners of their annual Wine Communicator of the Year Award, the inaugural Digital Wine Communicator of the Year Award and the Gourmet Traveller WINE/WCA New Wine Writer Award at the WCA Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show lunch.
At the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, the following communicators were awarded for their outstanding contribution to, and excellence in, wine communication in all of its forms:

JANE FERRARI

WCA Wine Communicator of the Year

THE QWOFF BOYS (ANDRE EIKMEIER AND JUSTIN DRY)

WCA Digital Wine Communicator of the Year

TOM ROBINSON

Gourmet Traveller WINE/WCA New Wine Writer

Yalumba Receives 5 Stars in James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2012

The Australian Wine Companion is one of the world's best selling and definitive guides to Australian wine, written by respected wine critic James Halliday. The 2012 edition critiques 4000+ wines and recognises more than 1500 wineries and winemakers - including Yalumba and the wines of Hill-Smith Family Vineyards.

Yalumba Awarded Prestigious President's Medal 2011

Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family owned winery, is honoured to be named the winner of the 2011 President’s Medal by the Royal Agricultutal Society of NSW.

 

Yalumba was among six finalists vying for the prestigious award, which is Australia’s only produce competition in which food and winemakers are evaluated on their ‘Triple Bottom Line’ performance.

 

Glenn Dudley, President of the RAS, congratulated Yalumba on being named the ‘best of the best’ in Australian agricultural production. "The President’s Medal recognises Australian producers that create the highest quality products using sustainable practices, all of which are crucial to the future of Australian agriculture," Mr Dudley said.

 

Simon Marnie, President’s Medal Judge and ABC 702 Weekends presenter, said this year’s finalists clearly demonstrated that a sound producer can be at the leading edge of technology and production standards without sacrificing a keen awareness of social and environmental responsibility.

 

"Yalumba lifted the bar in Triple Bottom Line reporting, implementing accountable practises that truly showed a dedicated commitment to the craft. They are also the first finalist to have a quantified strategy of contracts that places an onus of responsibility on all contributors, up and down the chain, to an environmental, social and financially beneficial result," Mr Marnie said

 

The win comes after, and as a result of, the Yalumba FSW8B Botrytis Viognier 2009 being awarded the Hanaminno Perpetual Trophy for Best Sweet Wine in the 2010 Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show.

 

Yalumba’s fifth generation Proprietor Robert Hill Smith said the win highlights the long-term, team focussed culture of the winery.

 

"After 162 years we continue to learn from those who have come before us while branching out to do things our own way," he said. "Environmentally-sustainable practises, social objectives and a thorough wine-making regimen are all important aspects for our high quality wine and the future of our business and natural resources."

 

"As an independent, family owned company Yalumba continues to challenge itself, to strive for excellence in everything we do and, perhaps most importantly, to do the little things brilliantly."

 

"We are thrilled to receive this award, particularly as it stems from the success of the Yalumba FSW8B Botrytis Viognier 2009. Our commitment to Viognier – a variety we have been working with for more than 30 years – is unwavering."

 

Yalumba was established in 1849 by Samuel Smith and is based in Angaston, on the easten edge of the Barossa. The Viognier fruit for Yalumba FSW8B is sourced from Wrattonbully in South Australia’s south east. The acronym stands for Fine Sweet White, while 8B represents the vineyard site of the wine. Yalumba FSW8B is one of six Viogniers within the Yalumba stable, and sits alongside Yalumba Y Series Viognier, Yalumba Organics Viognier, Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier, Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier and Yalumba V de Vie NV – a distilled version of the aromatic wine.

Vasse Felix Wins Award for Cabernet Merlot at the 2010 Margaret River Wine Show

29 November 2010

 

Vasse Felix is very pleased to announce the 2008 Cabernet Merlot has received the CospakAward for the ‘Best Cabernet Sauvignon Blend’ at the 2010 Margaret River Wine Show. Click here to download press release.

Vasse Felix Wins multiple Trophies at the 2010 Dan Murphy’s National Wine Show of Australia

26 November 2010

 

Vasse Felix is delighted to announce it received 3 Trophies at the Dan Murphy’s National WineShow of Australia last night in Canberra. All 3 trophies were awarded to the 2009 Vasse FelixHeytesbury Chardonnay; the Oakton Trophy for ‘Best Chardonnay’, the Dan Murphy’s Trophyfor ‘Best Dry White Wine’ and the Len Evans Memorial Trophy for ‘Best Table Wine of theShow’. Click here to download press release.

Vasse Felix Wins Trophy 2010 Royal Melbourne Wine Show

22 October 2010

 

Vasse Felix has received the Kubota Trophy for ‘Best Sauvignon Blanc or Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Blend’ at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show for their 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. This is the second Trophy for this wine in as many weeks, with the first being received at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show. In addition, both the 2008 and 2009 Heytesbury Chardonnays won Gold Medals at both shows. Click here to download press release.

Winsor Dobbin talks 'Off the Vine'

3 October 2010

 

Yalumba The Cigar 2008

 

"This is the baby brother to Yalumba's classic Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon The Menzies, but there is absolutely nothing second-rate about the wine. Named after the cigar-shaped strip of Coonawarra's famous terra-rossa strip. All the elements are in place with blackcurrant and violet aromas and dark berry, chocolate, tempered oak and minty notes on the well-structured palate, which has appealing soft tannins. Pair it with roasted meat dishes."

 

Winsor Dobbin, The Sunday Examiner (Aus), 3 October 2010

Gary Walsh's informal tasting of Pewsey Vale Riesling over a lunch of fish n' chips

October 2010

 

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2010

 

94 Points - "So it's not a 'formal' tasting note, although perhaps the setting is more appropriate for forming an opinion of a wine? A natural setting at a BYO restaurant, and in this instance, a perfect match for spicy soft shell crab followed by fish n chips. I wasn't taking notes, nor even scoring, but my wife and I loved the wine and seeing it's already out there in retail land, decided a note was worth publishing.Has a bath salts fragrance with pretty flowers and a soft limey flavour - maybe even a little peachy. It's crisp and fresh, but the acidity seems lovely and unforced, no abrasion and easy to drink as a young wine. Tight minerally finish. A lipsmacking delight. Should age surely too. I paid full price and still thought it fine value."

 

Gary Walsh, The Wine Front (Aus), October 2010

Producers are working to change the perception of 'Anything but Chardonnay' to 'Always Buy Chardonnay'.

September 2010

 

Yalumba FDW7C Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2008

 

"There's a real control restraint and subtlety here, in spite of its layered complexity of charcuterie and roast almonds. Fine minerality drives through its core, with excellent texture and moutfeel providing depth and dimension to it's white peach and lemon profile."

 

Tyson Stelzer, Wine100 (Aus), September 2010

Quaff 2011

September 2010

  

"The Quaff 20011 ‘For They Are Jolly Good Chaps’ WINERY OF THE YEAR AWARD Yalumba In terms of performance in Quaff over the past five years, it’s been a tight tussle each year between Angove, De Bortoli and Yalumba. This year Yalumba’s performance was remarkable. It dominated the cask wine segment, as is its wont. For the first time, each of its top white casks (labelled ‘Premium Selection’) was rated Bloody Good. Of the nine ‘Y Series’ wines submitted, six were rated Bloody Good and three Good. Its Vermentino and Galway Shiraz were also outstanding. In terms of value for money, the Yalumba wines will stand up to (or beat) the best in the world. Yalumba is the worthy winner of the Quaff 2011 Winery of the Year.

 

Peter Forrestal, Quaff 2011 (Aus), September 2010

James Halliday talks tempranillo

25-26 September 2010

 

Running with Bulls Tempranillo 2009

 

94 Points - "This is a worthy successor to the gold medal winning '08 version. Clear crimson colour promises and delivers a floral bouquet of spice and herb, then a palate with bright and long red cherry / berry fruit with almost juicy tannins, a seeming contradiction, but that's what I felt."

 

James Halliday, The Weekend Australian Magazine (Aus), 25-26 September 2010

Vasse Felix Wins Trophy and Gold Tri Nations Wine Challenge ‘Best Chardonnay of Show’

22 September 2010

 

Vasse Felix is very pleased to announce the 2008 Heytesbury Chardonnay was awarded the Trophy for ‘Best Chardonnay’ at the Tri Nations Wine Challenge in Sydney on Friday night. Click here to download press release.

The top 3 Springtime wines...

September 2010

 

Rogers & Rufus Rosé Grenache of Barossa 2009

"This is a dry and savoury grenache rosé with a rosy gold hue and a floral, spicy and bright nose of juicy red apples, redcurrants and summer herbs. It's delicate and savoury rather than sweet and syrupy on the palate, with notes of soft stone and citrus fruits, fresh acidity and a gentle lick of tannin. Drink it with a dish of linguini, salmon, capers and dill."

 

Matt Skinner, Home Beautiful (Aus), September 2010

Who is able to resist this Spanish red with aromatic lamb?

17-19 September 2010

 

Running with Bulls Tempranillo 2009

92/100 - "This has a juicy raspberry, slightly rose-smelling nose. Succulent and easy with fine tannins. Impossible not to fall for this smooth Hispanic red."

 

Tim White, Australian Financial Review (Aus), 17-19 September 2010

Peter Forrestal puts the spotlight on value for money wine

September 2010

 

"After such a performance, no wonder I believe this is the best quaffing red of the past five years. The 2008 and 2005 were both Quaff Wine of the Year, the current vintage was rated number 3 in the Top 20 wines of Quaff 2011 (out in Oct 2010), and it has achieved Quaff's top rating of Bloody Good in each of the last five editions of the book. I'm immediately attracted to the wonderful floral aromatics of the 2009 'Y Series' Shiraz Viognier. This is delightful current drinking."

 

Peter Forrestal, Money Magazine (Aus), September 2010

Vasse Felix Wins Trophy and Gold at Sheraton WA Wine Awards for ‘Best Individual Wine’ &‘Best Chardonnay of Show’

18 August 2010

 

Vasse Felix is very pleased to announce the 2008 Heytesbury Chardonnay has been awarded the ‘Sheraton Perth Hotel Chairman’s Award’ for ‘Best Individual Wine’ at the Sheraton WA WineAwards, along with ‘Best Chardonnay of Show’. Click here to download press release.

 

Metro Canada includes Yalumba Viognier and Shiraz Viognier by Peter Rockwell.

 

2010 Winemaker of the Year

June 2010

 

Gourmet Traveller Wine nominates Vasse Felix Chief Winemaker, Virginia Willcock as a finalist for the 2010 Winemaker of the Year

 

For 13 years, Australia's leading wine magazine, Gourmet Traveller WINE has acknowledged the talents of over 100 Australian Winemakers, recognising their exceptional abilities and contribution to the Australian Wine Industry. We are proud to announce that the Vasse Felix Chief Winemaker, Virginia Willcock, has been added to this most prestigious list.

 

"Virginia's intuitive, upbeat nature and 'go for it' attitude are pure Western Australian ingredients. But it's her inquisitiveness, flair and imagination that singles her out as a transcendent winemaker."
Andrew Caillard, Master of Wine, and Gourmet Traveller 2010 Winemaker of the Year Judge

 

The winner will be announced on the 24th September in Melbourne.

 

We wish Virginia the best of luck!

 

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"Cigars all round" for Yalumba, winning WINE OF THE YEAR

1 June 2010

 

The Big Red Wine Book 2010/2011 has named Yalumba The Cigar Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 its undisputed Wine of the Year. Authors Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh scored the wine 95 points, announcing this Coonawarra beauty had “cornered the holy trinity of quality, value and availability better than any other” wine in the 1000+ reviewed for the book.

 

Here's what they had to say:

 

“We tasted a lot of exceptional wines this year but this beauty from Yalumba’s Coonawarra vineyards cornered the holy trinity of quality, value and availability better than any other. Better still, it’s one of those rich, dark, robust reds that drinks like a charm from day one, but will mature and develop beautifully over the next handful of years. You have to love that. As we’re always saying, we’re wine buyers as much as, or more than, we are wine critics, and that this wine shouldn’t be hard to find is a fact not lost on us. No point having a wine of the year if no one can find it, or afford it. And you’re going to want to find some of this. It’s a champion red.

 

Review: - “Yalumba The Scribbler stole the show last year – this year it’s The Cigar Cabernet. This is a fantastic wine. If this is an indication of the reds to come from the 2008 Coonawarra vintage, we’re excited in advance. Really good Coonawarra cabernet, has a dark, inky depth – even at moderate alcohol levels. It tastes of blackberries and dried herbs, cedarwood and raspberries, though listing the components does nothing to describe the overall effect. There’s a ‘realness’ to this wine. A power. A churn of tannin and a lot of length. It’s enough to make you fall in love with Coonawarra all over again.”

 

POINTS: 95 VALUE: five drops DRINK: 2013-2020

 

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Individual vineyard estate score top reviews in Big Red Wine Book

1 June 2010

 

Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh have released the 2010 / 2011 issue of The Big Red Wine Book, featuring more than 1000+ red wine reviews and ratings. Here are some highlights on what Mattinson and Walsh have to say on the individual vineyard estates, represented by Negociants International:

 

Running With Bulls

 

Running With Bulls Tempranillo 2008 [Barossa]

 

“The back label carries a bevvy of drivel but the wine, and indeed the look of the label, is excellent. Good stuff. Flavours of fresh strawberry jam, raw meat, spice and a little liquorice. It’s a bit Spanish in its delivery too – cheeky joven (youngster). Offers a good medium – to full-bodied mouthful of fruit and a round chewy texture with minimal oak influence. Drinks brilliantly. Highly recommended.”

 

POINTS: 91 VALUE: five drops DRINK: 2010-2015

 

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Nautilus Estate

 

Nautilus Pinot Noir 2008 [Marlborough]

 

“The perfect drinking pinot noir. It’s clearly a high quality pinot and yet it’s not so complex that it’s challenging to enjoy – this impresses you straight up, but then lets you just settle down and lap its luxury. It tastes of dark plums, cherries, cedary oak and minerals. It feels satiny on your tongue – and lingers beautifully once you’ve swallowed it. Joyous drinking.”

 

POINTS: 94 VALUE: four drops DRINK: 2010-2015

 

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Smith & Hooper

 

Smith & Hooper Cabernet Merlot 2008 [Wrattonbully]

 

Authors Choice"

 

“Exceptionally classy packaging for a wine at its price. The wine delivers on the promise too. Thumbs up. Walsh calls this a ‘classy proper wine’, which sums it up nicely. It tastes of plums and various red berries, mint and cloves. There’s some appropriate support from vanilla-like oak too. Mid-weight and smooth, well structured and charming. Five-star value, in a canter.”

 

POINTS: 91 VALUE: five drops DRINK: 2010-2014

 

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Smith & Hooper Merlot 2008 [Wrattonbully]

 

“Medium bodied and fresh with soft tannins and plenty of come-hither charm. It’s hard to resist. It tastes of red fruits with a lick of vanilla and nutty oak. The balance is pretty good too though a second day’s tasting revealed a touch more alcohol heat than we’d like – which made us think it’ll be best as a youngster; not for cellaring.”

 

POINTS: 89 VALUE: four drops DRINK: 2010-2011

 

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Ringbolt

 

Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 [Margaret River]

 

“Last year we advised that you should buy the best piece of lamb you can afford, roast it up and serve it with this little beauty – though of course we were talking of the 2007. Same advice applies here, though. It tastes chocolately, gravelly, curranty and pure. It’s got class and grunt, is beautifully balanced and the flavours persist long after you’ve swallowed. Quality wine – fit for a fine Saturday night.”

 

POINTS: 90 VALUE: four drops DRINK: 2010-2015

 

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Big Red Wine Book rates Yalumba in high 90's

1 June 2010

 

Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh have released their 2010 / 2011 issue of The Big Red Wine Book, featuring more than 1000+ red wine reviews and ratings. Last year it was Yalumba The Scribbler that stole the show winning best red under $20 – this year it’s Yalumba The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon under spotlights, winning Wine of the Year. But there is more to Yalumba’s folio of red wines, with some stand-out results across each teir. Here’s what Mattinson and Walsh have to say:

 

Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Shiraz 2006 [Barossa]

 

“Good old oak-tavius – doesn’t quite live up to its nickname nowadays. It used to taste of oak, oak and more oak, but this release shows just how fine and balanced it’s become. You’d almost call this elegant – and medium-bodied. It tastes of boysenberries and tar, blackberries and cream. It’s juicy through the finish, carries highlights of dried herbs, and tastes very fresh for a four-year-old wine. Highly drinkable now, but with a long future ahead.”

 

POINTS: 94 VALUE: four drops DRINK: 2012-2021 RELEASED: September 2010

 

Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2006 [Barossa]

 

“Yalumba Signature has a long lineage, and it almost always rewards those who have become loyal to it. Even better, it tends to drink well as both a young and mature wine. This release tastes of blackberry and vanillin, leather and mint. It’s seductively smooth, tannic but not excessively so, and long through the finish. Not a hair out of place.”

 

POINTS: 94 VALUE: five drops DRINK: 2012-2019 RELEASED: November 2010

 

Yalumba The Scribbler Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2008 [Barossa]

 

“Last year’s release was a huge hit in this book’s ‘best reds under $20 category’ (top place). It’s a newish wine to the Yalumba range, but it’s worth keeping an eye on. As a young wine it opens up quite charry and toasty so splash it round and give it some air if you’re going in early. It has lots of dusty, minty, aniseed fragrance over dark chocolate and mixed berries, and when it hits your mouth you’ll be greeted by a rugged and sandy, yet handsome, set of tannins. We’d call them rustic, hot vintage tannins, but they’re enjoyable nonetheless. It’s a bit of a rough diamond, but it is still a diamond.”

 

POINTS: 91 VALUE: four drops DRINK: 2011-2018

 

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Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2008 [Barossa]

 

“This is made from grapes grown on the Barossa Valley floor and from the Barossa Valley hills – effectively from the valley’s famous ‘patchwork’ of small vineyards. Big whack of flavour. Full-bodied, tarry, blackberried and intense. There’s nothing bright or complex about it, but if you want dark-fruit flavour, it delivers it in spades. We liked the 2007 release better, but we’d still be happy drinking this.”

 

POINTS: 89 VALUE: three drops DRINK: 2010-2013

 

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Yalumba Organic Shiraz 2009 [South Australia]

 

“Good red wine. Not big or impressive, but ripe and flavoursome, black-fruited and well weighted. There are no real signs of oak flavour, it just tastes like a big handful of squished dark berries, fresh and pure. It’s a great style of wine.”

 

POINTS: 90 VALUE: five drops DRINK: 2010-2014

 

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Yalumba Organic Shiraz 2008 [South Australia]

 

“It needs some air but it then quaffs very nicely. Three cheers for Yalumba – they’ve delivered exactly what (a segment of) the market wants. Cherries and blackberries with a lick of spice. No real oak to speak of and medium-bodied at its deepest point. Grown smart and tastes smart. You feel good drinking it.”

 

POINTS: 88 VALUE: five drops DRINK: 2010-2011

 

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“Australia’s Icon Eden Valley Vineyard, Pewsey Vale, continues to capture the palates of Australia’s wine press”

April 2010

 

Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling 2004 [Eden Valley]

"One of the best-value aged released Riesling's. A gorgeous mix of complex toasty notes and texture plus refreshing lime and minerally acidity with distinct Eden Valley floral aromas and a super-fine finish. Ageing slowly and gracefully under its screw cap."

 

Jane Faulkner, Sydney Morning Herald - Spectrum (Aus), 2-4 April 2010

 

"Pewsey Vale's Contours bottle-aged riesling is always a great bargain. Not many absolute classics sell for less than $30 but this Eden Valley riesling is one of them. It has a youthful colour and very complex nose, with light buttered-toasty notes and aromas of lime, resin and minerals. It tastes complete and smooth, with a fascinating interplay of riesling fruit freshness and toasty development. The finish is fine and lingering. A great argument for riesling's age worthiness under screw cap."

 

Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age Epicure (Aus), 9 March 2010

 

Pewsey Vale Riesling 2009 [Eden Valley]

"Riesling is undiscovered, underrated and, unlike more popular varieties, you can get a top-notch bottle and still have change from a $20 note. Try Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2009."

 

Greg Duncan Powell, Grazia Magazine, 8 March 2010

 

Pewsey Vale Gewurztraminer 2009 [Eden Valley]

"I like a good GT but they are pretty hard to find, and on first sniff and taste of this one, thought I was onto a ripper…and then? Has the classic fragrance of musk, rose, lychee and spice. Spot on. Medium weight with clean acid balance, mildly sweet and spicy fruit with a lightly phenolic texture. All excellent, although there’s an undercurrent of alcohol warmth (and sweetness) that pulls it off course, especially on the finish. A pretty good show all up though, nonetheless."

 

Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au, February 2010

Heggies Botrytis 2007 - Good Living's Best Sticky of the Week

2 February 2010

 

96/100 points - "A magical wine. Pristine, clean, intense riesling varietal aromas with good botrytis complexity; deliciously aromatic. Fully sweet, concentrated flavour, lively and rich but also poised as a ballerina. Absolutely beautiful. Now to five or six years."

 

Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald - Good Living (Aus), 2 February 2010

Pewsey Vale and Heggies Vineyard are "TOP of the Valley"

 

'THE Pewsey Vale and Heggies vineyards in South Australia's picturesque Eden Valley have allowed the famous Hill Smith family to create a range of distinctive wine styles that are the envy of our top-echelon producers.

 

The Hill Smiths are best known as the founders of Yalumba, the Angaston-headquartered winery that has been in the family's hands since 1849.

 

The high-elevation Pewsey Vale vineyard was planted by Englishman Joseph Gilbert two years earlier, making it one of the nation's most treasured viticultural holdings, notably from a riesling perspective.

 

The Hill Smiths acquired Pewsey Vale in 1961 and immediately replanted it with riesling, laying the groundwork for a magical varietal future.

 

With the extremely talented Louisa Rose calling the shots for the past 14 years, the Pewsey Vale brand continues to command immense standing in super-premium riesling ranks.

 

The 2009 Pewsey Vale Riesling ($22) delivers a bountiful amalgam of ripe, intense, lingering lime-lemon flavours.

 

It ranks with the finest in a classic lineage of vintages and underlines the great synergy existing between Eden Valley, particularly Pewsey Vale, and riesling.

 

Pinot gris is another aromatic variety well suited to the Pewsey Vale terroir.

 

The 2009 vintage ($24) features spicy apple-pear flavours with a long, palate-refreshing finish. Louisa Rose has nailed it with this wine as well.

 

Although the Heggies vineyard, established by the Hill Smith family in 1971, is renowned for its rieslings, winemaker Peter Gambetta's brief also extends to chardonnay and merlot.

 

The 2007 Heggies Reserve Chardonnay ($39) and 2008 Heggies Chardonnay ($26) provide two classic variations in style.

 

The vineyards' very finest barrels of chardonnay are blended to create the2007 Reserve, while the 2008 Heggies also receives top treatment from Gambetta to ensure it lives up to the brand's flagship status.

 

The 2007 Heggies Merlot ($28) is another fine bottling, with excellent fruit delivery and balance.

 

John Fordham, The Sunday Telegraph /

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sunday-telegraph/insider

(Aus), 30 January 2010

Yalumba accepts New World Winery of the Year award from Wine Enthusiast

28 January 2010

In a timely coincidence with Australia Day, Yalumba cemented Australia’s position at the forefront of New World winemaking by being honoured as Wine Enthusiast (US) magazine’s New World Winery of the Year on January 25, 2010.


Yalumba proprietor and vigneron Robert Hill Smith was in New York to accept the award on behalf of Yalumba at the magazine’s Wine Star Awards evening, held at the New York Public Library, New York City.


“After the spate of negative news stories around Australian wine in recent times, this is an opportunity for me to acknowledge that Australia is indeed leading the New World of winemaking. For Yalumba, this recognition follows a stellar year in all senses and appropriately celebrates our 160th year as Australia’s oldest family-owned winery.” -- Robert Hill Smith


Now in its 10th year, the Wine Star Awards acknowledges excellence across all areas of the international wine and spirits industry. For 2009 there were 50 nominees with five companies in each of the ten award categories. Winners were selected for their outstanding contribution to the world of wine and spirits.
 
“Yalumba has become one of the country’s most progressive and successful wine producers. For their forward-thinking, innovative leadership in the Australian wine industry and an unflagging commitment to quality and family ownership, Yalumba is Wine Enthusiast’s New World Winery of the Year.” -- Wine Enthusiast


Other wineries nominated in the New World Winery category, were d'Arenberg (Australia), Bodega Catena Zapata (Argentina), Jackson-Triggs Vintners (Canada), and Vina San Pedro -VSPT (Chile).

Vew photos from the evening.

Smith & Hooper is "poised and elegant" and Epicure's "Wine of the Week"

 

Smith & Hooper Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2008

 

"Yalumba winery celebrated its 160th anniversary this year and it's been under the same family ownership all those years. The boss, fifth-generation wine man Robert Hill Smith, has a policy of over-delivering in value terms, putting his wines among Australia's most reliable.

 

Smith & Hooper is an associated Hill Smith family enterprise, based at Wrattonbully on the Limestone Coast of southern South Australia. This bargain-priced cabernet blend has a charming nose of blackcurrants with light floral and herb touches and a balanced, earthy seasoning of lightly toasty oak. Poised and elegant in the mouth, it has an even, silky texture and the fresh, intense flavour is long lasting and aromatic. Tannins are dry, fine and well integrated."

 

Ralph Kyte-Powell, Uncorked - Epicure, The Age (Aus), 8 December 2009

“Yalumba has released a stunning pair of Coonawarra cabs from 2006" writes Tim White

 

Yalumba The Cigar Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

 

95 points

"This smells deep and pure. Fruitcake: so deep. Gets better and better in the glass. Attacks deep and dark and builds serious tannins - dry and firm, hot stones. The fruit saturates the tongue and tannins bind it up. Still so young."

 

Triple Trophy Winner at Australian Limestone Coast Wine Show - Best of Show, Best Wine of Show and Best Cabernet Sauvignon of Show

 

Yalumba The Menzies Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

 

95 points

"This is serious: coal dust and fruitcake - emphatic cabernet sauvignon. Flake tobacco too. Has plenty of deep fruitcake and chocolate in the mouth, and sparkly currants. Slides across the tongue while the tannins are long, firm, mouth-watering."

 

Tim White, The Australian Financial Review, 4-6 December 2009

“Pablo Picasso once said : “It takes a long time to grow young”.

 

For 160 years, Yalumba has done just that, and in doing so remain Australia’s oldest family-owned wine company, celebrating 160 years of family winemaking, November 17, 2009.

 

Yalumba’s 160 years of family ownership is an unprecedented milestone in the Australian wine industry. Established in 1849, Yalumba remains independent and progressive across six generations of the Hill Smith family, which has contributed many a great character and winemaking achievement for the Australian wine industry. Read about Yalumba’s history and the Hill Smith Family.

Stand-Out Scores in Halliday’s TOP100 Australian wines

 

James Halliday has released his TOP100 Australian Wines for 2009, with Yalumba, Jansz Tasmania, Pewsey Vale and Heggies Vineyard topping their categories. Read more:

 

Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier 2008 [Eden Valley]

96 points

 

“The Virgilius outguns every other viognier in Australia. The handpicked grapes are whole-bunch pressed direct to barrel (pre-used) and lees-stirred for 11 months. The most remarkable feature is its depth of white peach and apricot flavour, achieved without the phenolics which can so easily destroy the finish of this variety.” Drink: to 2011 with free-range chicken.

 

Jansz Tasmania Premium Cuvée NV [Tasmania]

94 points

 

“A blend of several vintages of individual batches from the vineyard sites specifically designated to growing grapes for sparkling wine for this sparkling wine-only producer. The Cuvée is chardonnay-dominant, backed up with pinot noir. Full yellow-gold, with some cashew aromas, followed by an intense mix of stone fruit, citrus and strawberries set in a creamy mid-palate, the citrus-toned finish clean and fresh.”

 

Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling 2004 [Eden Valley]

96 points

 

“The grapes come from the oldest vines on the vineyard, planted in 1962. Bright straw-green; intense lime and apple aromas showing the first signs of developing some toasty notes, the palate brilliantly fresh, still with a hint of CO2; citrus, spice and minerally acidity run through the lingering finish.” Drink: 2019 with cold smoked salmon.

 

Heggies Vineyard Riesling 2009 [Eden Valley]

95 points

 

“Owned by the Hill Smith family since 1971, Heggies has been one of the most consistent producers of high-quality riesling. An expressive bouquet with ripe blossom aromas leads into a palate that gathers pace as it streams to a vital and intense conclusion, lime/citrus flavours sustained by excellent acidity.” Drink: to 2019 with grilling King George whiting

 

James Halliday's Top 100 Wines, The Weekend Australian, 14-15 November 2009

Yalumba Scholarship 2010

 

LONDON, 20th October 2009

 

The Institute of Masters of Wine and Yalumba, Australia's oldest family-owned winery, are delighted to announce the call to applicants for the Yalumba Scholarship. Yalumba recognises the challenges that the Institute's internationalisation efforts encounter and is excited to offer its continued support, worth up to £3,000.

 

This scholarship is awarded annually to one Europe or Americas-based, second-year MW student enrolled on the full education programme. This generous scholarship consists of:

 

• a return flight ticket on economy class to the MW seminar in Melbourne from a major city near the winner’s hometown;

 

• accommodation for the duration of the MW seminar in Melbourne; and

 

• a one-week visit to the Yalumba vineyard, nursery and winery in Angaston (a return flight ticket on economy class from Melbourne to Adelaide, accommodation and visits)

 

Selection for the scholarship will be in the form of an essay (1000 words in length, written in English). The essay topic is:

 

“There is no fundamental or systemic problem with the Australian wine sector; it is going through a cycle where after many years of popularity, other regions, countries or styles are garnering more interest from the gatekeepers”. Discuss the validity of this statement and suggest ways to overcome the current problems facing the Australian Wine Industry in re-building the awareness of its regional and varietal diversity.

 

Application forms for the Yalumba Scholarship are available on the Institute's website, or candidates may get a copy by contacting Peter Csizmadia-Honigh, the Education Manager. The winner will be expected to produce a short report about the visit to Yalumba, which will be published on the Institute's website for the benefit of other MW students.

 

Siobhan Turner, Executive Director of the Institute, said: "I am delighted that Yalumba has offered this generous scholarship for the third year running. For the winner it is an exceptional opportunity to benefit from the learning experience that Yalumba provides in the vineyard, winery and nursery. This scholarship also enables the Institute to achieve its goal of internationalization for which we are grateful.”

 

Fifth generation Yalumba vigneron, Robert Hill Smith said, “On the ground experience is a crucial part of education for all wine enthusiasts. The winner will have the rare opportunity to work alongside our experienced viti and vini teams and have our wider resources at their disposal for the duration of their visit. We look forward to receiving responses and anticipate that these will be both insightful and interesting - we are very pleased to offer this scholarship once again.”

 

Enquiries: +44 (0)20 7621 2830

 

Siobhan Turner Executive Director

sturner@mastersofwine.org

 

Peter Csizmadia-Honigh Education Manager

peter@mastersofwine.org

Vasse Felix wins three trophies at 2009 Perth Royal Wine Show

September 2009

2007 Heytesbury and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon earn trophies, and Vasse Felix wins winery trophy. Read the details

The Anvil is evidence Beechworth is on the A List for Shiraz in Australia

September 2009


"This wine seems a world removed from the big ironstone and eucalyptus styles of earlier Redbank reds. These were, and still are, mostly sourced from the Pyrenees or King Valley, but Anvil suggests it didn't take long to realise a piece of dirt in Beechworth was a good idea. Beechworth is A-League for a number of grape varieties, producing power with complexity and structure. Very concentrated with deep black plum and chocolate notes, opening to pepper and orange peel, all top cool-climate Shiraz characters. The palate is lush and similarly concentrated, yet very nicely cut and shaped. I suspect as the vines get older subsequent releases of this wine will become even more significant."


David Ridge, The Adelaide Review (Aus), September 2009< p>

Jansz Tasmania's Natalie Fryar named a finalist for Winemaker of the Year

19 August 2009


Finalists for “Winemaker of the Year 2009” have been named by Gourmet Traveller WINE, and Jansz Tasmania's own Natalie Fryar is a finalist. The winner will be announced at a dinner in Melbourne on October 1, and featured in the October / November issue of Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine. Read what Gourmet Traveller WINE says about Natalie and her success with Jansz Tasmania.

Hill Smith Family Vineyards - "passion and foresight", says James Halliday

4 August 2009

 

“The Hill Smith family has passion and foresight to make wines that best represent a single vineyard site,” writes James Halliday. In his Australian Wine Companion 2010 Edition, he gives top marks to many wines produced from these exceptional vineyards, such as Jansz Tasmania, Heggies Vineyard, Pewsey Vale, Smith & Hooper and Oxford Landing. Read all about it here

Yalumba - the winery and the wines - earn 5 stars from James Halliday

4 August 2009

 

James Halliday rates Yalumba 5 stars: “Great vision - long term commitment to quality - serious player at top end of full-bodied Australian reds”. In his Australian Wine Companion 2010 Edition, he also give top marks to many Yalumba wines. Read all about it here

Robert Hill Smith, 5th Generation Vigneron and Yalumba proprietor, receives Leadership Award

29 July 2009

 

“Robert Hill Smith’s leadership and foresight has overseen an era of innovation and growth that has taken Yalumba from a solid family business operation into a significant, progressive international success.” Bruce Dick, CEO, Rabobank Australia

 

At an awards evening in Sydney on 23rd July 2009, Robert Hill Smith was named recipient of the 2009 Rabobank Leadership Award, which recognises his contributions made in the growth of Australasia’s food, beverage and agribusiness at an international level.

 

Announcing the award at the annual Rabobank Leadership Dinner, CEO Bruce Dick acknowledged Robert not only as a champion of quality Australian and New Zealand wine, but for his tireless efforts in positioning these fine wines on the world stage. “Under Robert stewardship, Yalumba has emerged as one of Australia’s greatest wine industry success stories ... his leadership and foresight has overseen an era of innovation and growth that has taken Yalumba from a solid family business operation into a significant, progressive international success.”

 

Robert is both honoured and humbled to receive the 2009 Rabobank Leadership Award. “This accolade is deserved by all at Yalumba. For us in coming into our 160th year, it’s doubly rewarding. We can all join in the celebrations as it’s something which reflects on the whole company,” he says.

 

Robert’s leadership award with Rabobank comes just nine months after receiving the ‘Len Evans Award for Leadership’ with Gourmet Traveller WINE in October 2008, chosen by his industry peers.

 

Rabobank Australia is a part of the international Rabobank Group, the world’s leading specialist in food and agribusiness banking. Rabobank has more than 110 years’ experience providing customised banking and finance solutions to businesses involved in all aspects of food and agribusiness. Rabobank is structured as a cooperative and has a AAA credit rating from Moody’s and Standard & Poor's. Rabobank operates in 43 countries, servicing the needs of more than nine million clients worldwide through a network of more than 1600 offices and branches. Rabobank Australia is one of the country's leading rural lenders and a significant provider of business and corporate banking and financial services to the Australian food and agribusiness sector. The bank has 51 branches throughout Australia.

 

Huon Hooke crowns Pewsey Vale Prima Riesling 2008 'WINE OF THE WEEK' and 93/100! " Utterly delicious and a worthy follow-up to the '07 Prima"

21 July 2009

 

93/100. "This is the alter-ego to (the) regular Pewsey Vale riesling. It's a low-alcohol (9.5 per cent), early-harvested, slightly sweet style from the same Eden Valley vineyard that yields the regular Pewsey Vale and aged Contours rieslings. It's a respectful tilt at Germany's Mosel Valley styles. Tropical, herbal, lightly pineapple aromas are captivating while the taste is light but intense, gently off-dry rather than sweet, with great tension between fruit, sweetness and acidity. Utterly delicious and a worthy follow-up to the '07 Prima. Best drunk now or within a couple of years. Sealed with a glass Vino-Lok stopper."

 

Huon Hooke, Good Living - Sydney Morning Herald, 21 July 2009

 

The Essence of Viognier - a trio of reviews from The Wine Front

26 June 2009

 

Leading Australian wine review and information site, The Wine Front, independently shares some wise words on wine by leading scribes Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh. This week The Wine Front features a trio of Viognier wines by Yalumba, Australia's most influential producers of this exotic French variety.

 

Yalumba The Virgilius Eden Valley Viognier 2008

 

93 points - "Right then. We are now at the business end of the Viognier plane, perhaps even First Class - well at least Qantas first class anyway. Bearing in mind that I rarely like any Viognier, in anything, at any time, I'm very impressed by this. I'd not buy it mind you, but that's not the point. My tip for the day is never serve good Viognier cold, and while hell rarely freezes over, this should not be served with anything more than a light chill.

 

White flowers, spice, apricot kernel and little funkiness adding interest - expressive but not over-bearing. There's a good balance struck between varietal richness and restraint here - the oily beast whipped back into a cage gilt with honey, exotic spice, fine acidity and an almost grapefruity freshness. The length is excellent with the lightest of phenolic grip giving a little tweak on exit. Very impressive."

 

Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2008

 

86 points -"A little woolly sulphur with peach, pear, spice and lychee - white flowers too. A little more restrained in style than your usual Australian Viogner with its mid-weight palate, and while the flavour is good, it has a somewhat unyielding nature and a hardness that fails to win me over. The finish puts me in mind of slapping aftershave onto a well scrubbed face. It's OK and perfectly drinkable, but not much fun.The words may seem harsher than the score would indicate, but that's an attempt to strike a balance between the subjective and the objective."

 

Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2008

 

90 points - "There's a waft of sulphur but no problem and then the usual array of Viognier smells - honeysuckle, stonefruit, lychee, and at the price point there's no questioning the varietal integrity of this particular wine! It's warm and slippery but balanced and clean with abundant flavour and a little candied ginger spice thrown in for good measure. Sweetish and a little phenolic on the finish but grand value, all things considered."

 

Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au, 26 June 2009

 

“Yalumba and winemaker Louisa Rose are the future in Australian wine”

6-7 June 2009

 

Max Allen - prominent and established Australian journalist, is the co-wine writer for The Weekend Australian magazine with James Halliday. Allen’s feature ‘Grape Expectations’ in the 6-7 June 2009 issue focuses on six people who are shaping the future of Australian wine’.

 

Yalumba winemaker Louisa Rose is ‘the future’. Read on : -

‘Grape Expectations’ - Max Allen

 

“What ever the Next Big Thing turns out to be, Louisa Rose will probably be the one who makes it.

Yalumba has been at the forefront of introducing new wine styles to Australian drinkers over the past decade; perfumed white viognier and slinky, supple red tempranillo.

 

Soon, look out for crisp, dry whites made from other Mediterranean grapes, such as vermentino and fiano, and in a few years – if Rose gets her way – sauvignon blanc-like whites made from drought-tolerant verdejo.

 

Yalumba also leads the industry in environmental performance; reducing carbon emissions, increasing biodiversity and exploring organic viticulture. As well as looking to the future, it has been celebrating its 160-year-old Barossa heritage by developing an Old Vine charter, and releasing reds from ancient shiraz and grenache plants.

 

This inspirational formula works because Yalumba is a family-owned business. “We’re not trying to keep shareholders happy,” says Rose. ‘We have the freedom to play with new wine styles because we are creating out own future.”

 

Max Allen, The Weekend Australian magazine, 6-7 June 2009< p>

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Wine Spectator names Oxford Landing Sauvignon Blanc 2008 BEST VALUE

January 2009

 

Oxford Landing Press Highlights 2008Wine Spectator's Harvey Steiman describes the Oxford Landing Sauvignon Blanc 2008 as "fresh and lively ... a juicy mouthful." And that's just one of the many rave reviews Oxford Landing wines received throughout 2008.

Read the 2008 USA press highlights.

 

 

 

 

When looking for a wine with "fidelity and versatility with food" choose Oxford Landing Sauvignon Blanc

20 July 2008

 

4 Stars - "Perhaps there have been better vintages of this Riverland dry white. After all, 2008 in South Australia has been a very difficult year. And yet, I quite like this basic dry white for its varietal fidelity and versatility with food, especially Asian cuisines. It shows mild citrus, grassy, nectarine and passionfruit characters with a nudge of fresh acidity. As expected with the Oxford Landing range, the price is right."

Paddy Kendler, Herald-Sun - Drinks (Aus), 20 July 2008

 

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Yalumba The Virgilius and Pewsey Vale The Contours – TROPHY SUCCESS @ International Wine Challenge, London

16 June 2008

 

Two of Australia’s ICON Eden Valley wines, Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier and Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling both take home trophies and gold medals from the world’s largest wine show, held in London.

Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier 2007 [eden valley] was awarded the INTERNATIONAL VIOGNIER TROPHY & GOLD MEDAL, and Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling 2002 [eden valley] received a trio of trophies and gold medals, winning the Australian White Wine TROPHY, South Australian White Wine TROPHY and the Eden Valley Wine TROPHY.

Winemaker Louisa Rose says, “Winning trophies at an International show of this scale, which brings together the very best judges, is testament to our work with the Viognier variety and the Pewsey Vale Vineyard.”

Rose continues, “Winning the top Viognier trophy (in the world) is fantastic recognition for Yalumba’s commitment in understanding this enchanting variety and sharing our wines with the world. Yalumba is a world leader in Viognier and The Virgilius, is our finest offering. The Contours goes without saying - it proves Pewsey’s provenance as a Riesling vineyard, and reinforces Riesling as the great white wine of Australia – not only as a young wine but with the ability to age gracefully.”

Now in it’s 25th year, the International Wine Challenge is judged by 400 plus, including 20 expert Panel Chairmen. The intensive program spans 2 weeks, tasting over 9000 wines from 40 different countries. Each wine is given the time and thought deserved to guarantee show results of the highest standard. The final analysis from the 5 Co-Chairmen ensures only the best wines succeed. The International Wine Challenge (IWC) has cemented its place as the best and biggest blind tasting in the world - and it only works through meticulous organisation.

What the judges had to say :

Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier 2007 [eden valley]

“Bright lemon green. Appealing fresh zesty nose of lime blossom and citrus. Fleshy yet fresh palate with balanced good length.”

Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling 2002 [eden valley]

“Lovely yellow colour. Lime juice and lanolin, with hints of bottle age and perfectly balanced acidity. Excellent structure - youthful, yet distinguished.”

How the wines are scored - At all stages, wines are marked out of 100, with the following points corresponding to the relevant award: Gold 95 – 100 / Silver 90 – 94 / Bronze 85 – 89 / Commended 80 – 84

The success of both Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier 2007 and Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling 2002 on this international scale is highly commendable.

Heggies Vineyard Eden Valley Chardonnay 2006

6 October 2007

 

Click here for more information on this wine"... two prestige high altitude Eden Valley vineyards, Pewsey Vale and Heggies, have been fabulous sources of riesling ever since the vines were planted in the 1960s and '70s. But reds proved poorly suited, especially at Pewsey, and even chardonnay was hard work. The lean hungry soils tend to suit aromatic whites, but red wines need richer dirt.

 

However, many years of hard work, trial-and-error and intelligent experimentation at Heggies have yielded success, with some seriously smart chardonnay beginning to emerge. Heggies viticulturist Darrell Kruger has settled on several of the so-called Bernard clones, which came out from Burgundy in France in recent years, grafted them to different rootstocks according to the variations in soil type in the vineyard, and chosen trellising methods that also suit the clone, rootstock and site. He uses hand-picking instead of machines so that all the grapes are gathered exactly when they're ready.

 

Heggies winemaker Peter Gambetta says the wines are finer and better balanced, because the grapes are achieving full flavour ripeness at lower sugars. That means less alcoholic wines: the 2006 Heggies Chardonnay is spot-on at 13.5 per cent. It's a very fine wine with subtle underlying complexities of wheatmeal, crushed nuts and melon. It finishes clean dry and lingering - without alcohol heat. Eden Valley is not noted for great chardonnay as it is for riesling, but Heggies maybe in the process of changing that."

 

Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald - Good Weekend Magazine (Aus), 6 October 2007

 

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"Australian Riesling reinforces its status on the World Stage" at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2007

Decanter World Wine Awards Trophy10 September 2007

 

Yalumba 'Y Series' Riesling 2006 – Best International Riesling under £10 & Pewsey Vale 'The Contours' Eden Valley Riesling 2001 – Best International Riesling over £10.

 

Decanter World Wine Awards, 4 September 2007

 

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Share Yalumba, Share the Future

Share Yalumba, Share the Future1 May 2007

 

Yalumba recognised by the United States Environmental Protection Agency - a FIRST for the world wine industry.

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acknowledges Yalumba as the First Wine Company globally with a CLIMATE PROTECTION AWARD 2007.

 

This award recognises exceptional leadership, innovation, dedication, and achievements in protecting the environment.

 

"Thanks to the Yalumba Wine Company, wine lovers everywhere can enjoy the fruit of the earth and help protect the earth at the same time."
Kathleen Hogan
Director, EPA Climate Protection Partnerships Division

 

This is an honourable achievement for Yalumba, which follows the Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) recognition of Yalumba in 2005 as the first Australian company LEADER in Greenhouse Management.

 

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The Wine Advocate Review Summary

Review summary from The Wine Advocate by Robert M. Parker Jr.

November 2006

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Yalumba 'The Octavius' – AUSTRALIA'S BEST RED at World's Premier Wine Competition

Yalumba 'The Octavius' Barossa Old Vine Shiraz 2002 was successor of the 'Penfolds Trophy for Best Australian Red Wine' at the 2006 International Wine & Spirit Competition, judged in the United Kingdom.

October 2006

Yalumba named most Successful Winery of the Year

The 2006 Sydney International Wine Competition awarded Yalumba the Wine Society Perpetual Trophy for The Most Successful Winery.

25 February 2006

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Yalumba earns two trophies from Decanter

Australian red - Hand Picked Shiraz + Viognier 2002 - named best in the world for International Rhône Varietals Over £10 at the Decanter World Wine Awards.

27 September 2005

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Henschke - Wineries of the Year

Henschke is named in Wine & Spirits: Australia - Wineries of the Year.

Winter 2004

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Yalumba's Viognier queen gets her crown

Yalumba winemaker Louisa Rose wins 2004 Women in Wine Award.

October 2004

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Yalumba named Winery of the Year

Stuart Gregor honours Yalumba with the 2005 Winery of The Year award in his annual wine guide, "don't buy wine without me".

September 2004

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Golden week in London for Jim Barry Wines

The Lodge Hill Shiraz takes home a gold medal.

September 2004

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A revolution...
A new look for Oxford Landing

12 August 2004

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Yalumba's new vintage Rare and Fine wines are now available

10 August 2004

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"No company is making finer Cabernet Shiraz blends than Yalumba ..."

The Bulletin reviews The Signature 2000 (91 points) and The Reserve 1998 (96 points).

27 July 2004

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Australian Financial Review tastes 10 years of The Octavius

25-27 June 2004

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Australian Gourmet Traveller visits Jansz Tasmania

"With a bright new cellar door facility and wines to match, the powers that be at Jansz Tasmania have every reason to be bubbly..."

June/July 2004

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Yalumba named one of the International Wineries of the Year

24 February 2004

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A new look for Yalumba Barossa

29 January 2004

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Sparkling Tasmania's Jansz Premium Cuvee Vintage 1999 receives 'Australia Day Wine of the Year' honour

8 December 2003

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Pewsey Vale 2003: "the best Riesling year in decades for Eden Valley"

December 2003

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Yalumba makes Wine & Spirits 2003 International Wineries of the Year list

November 2003

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Gold for Yalumba The Menzies Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

November 2003

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The 11th Annual Negociants NZ Winemakers Tour 2003 - 13th to 17th October 2003

October 2003

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Yalumba The Octavius Barossa Old Vine Shiraz 1999 & 1998

"96 points" & "97 points" respectively. Wine Advocate (USA).

August 2003

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Yalumba The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 1998 & 1996

"98 points" & "96 points" respectively. Wine Advocate (USA).

August 2003

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