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Most Admired Wine Brands 2015

"Once again Yalumba makes the cut, and is number 24 in the list of Most Admired Wine Brands in the world 2015. The list is compiled by a number of leading global trade members and journalists."

Drinks International, March 2015

Imbibe - Tasmania Panel Tasting

"A Tasmania focused panel tasting featured Jansz NV, Rose NV and Vintage 2008, Dalrymple Cave Block Chardonnay 2012, Pinot Noir 2013, Cottage Block Pinot Noir 2012, Single Site Coal River Valley 2012 and Single Site Bicheno 2012."

Favourite Things

"The legend that is Jane Ferrari, Yalumba's roving ambassador. We have been entertained by her both here in Portsmouth and the Barrosa Valley and there is never a dull moment. Don't expect to get a word in edgeways!"

David Moore, The Wine Merchant (Camber Wines - independent wine merchant), February 2015

Marlborough: The Fear of France?

A great piece on Méthode Marlborough by Matt Walls featuring Nautilus Estate (which finished third out of 12 sparkling wines/champagnes tasted blind) and quotes from Clive Jones. Click here to read article.

January New Products Yalumba The Tri-Centenary Grenache 2008

"Hand picked from just 820 gnarly old bush vines planted in 1889, their home is two acres of estate-owned sandy soil over yellow-brown clay in the heart of the Barossa Valley. Year after year these veteran vines are said to give up small quantities of exceptional grapes. Only 3,600 bottles were made."

Christian Davis, The Drinks Business, January 2015 Issue

Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz

December 2014


Click here to download the Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz video - A tasting with our senior winemaker Kevin Glastonbury.

December New Products Yalumba Tri-Centenary Grenache 2008

"Just 3,600 bottles of the 2008 vintage of Yalumba Tri-Centenary Grenache were made. The wine is made from Grenache grapes that were hand picked from 820 gnarly old bush vines plante din 1889 on two acres of sandy soil over yellow-brown clay in the heart of the Barossa Valley. The tiny yields equal quality grapes, with winemaker Louisa Rose describing the 2008 vintage as boasting "expansive aromas of roses, Turkish delight, black cherry, earthiness and hints of mushroom", meanwhile, the complex palate is "layered, vibrant, long, expressive and fresh". While drinking well now, it will reward cellaring. Yalumba recommends matching the wine with roasted pork belly with crunchy crackling and homemade fennel and caraway seed gravy."

Lucy Shaw, The Drinks Business, December Issue

For Your Cellar - Great Wines You Should Be Trying

Yalumba Tri-Centenary Grenache 2008

"A brand new release of a wine made from immensely old vines, planted in 1889, and there's no question that they've improved with age. The fruit's showing some complexity and development - dried cranberry and raisin, for example - but there's loads of life here too."

Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling 2008

"You cant' go wrong with Pewsey Vale, particularly at a price like this. Bright and fresh, but showing all the benefits of its age, with some light diesel notes on the nose."

Clinton Cawood, Imbibe, November / December Issue

Jim Barry The McRae Wood Museum Release Shiraz 1999

"...At last month's The Restaurant Show, sommeliers were also heavily backing elegant and thoughtful Australian wines. The Fat Ducks Isa Bal showcased a number of wines a the show, including the Jim Barry Museum Release McRae Wood Shiraz 1999. This is a real 'wow' of a wine - meltingly soft and seductive..."

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Jane Parkinson, Restaurant Magazine, December Issue

Australian wine increases lead over its rivals - interview with Simon Thorpe MW

"Australia continues to pull away from its closest rivals as the UK's favourite wine producer after value sales grew 2% to £1.1 billion (Nielsen, year to July 19). Volume sales were flat but its three closest rivals – Italy, the US and France – all suffered volume declines and second- placed Italy dropped 5% in value to £800 million...."

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Martin Green, www.offlicencenews.co.uk, 9 October 2014

Australian winemakers to join Negociants on tour of UK independents

"Negociants UK will be hitting the road later this month (September) as part of a nationwide tour of tasting focused on the independent and on-trade. Australian winemakers in attendance will include Louisa Rose from Yalumba, Barossa & Eden Valley; Simon Steele from Brokenwood; Virginia Willcock from Vasse Felix; Tom Barry from Jim Barry Wines, and from New Zealand Clive Jones from Nautilus Estate and Jeff Clarke from Ara..."

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Richard Siddle, www.harpers.co.uk, 4 September 2014

The Proust Q&A - Louisa Rose - Yalumba

"One of Australia's top winemakers, Louisa Rose joined Yalumba in 1993, becoming chief winemaker in 2006. During her time at the Barossa Valley estate, she has put her faith in Viognier via the likes of The Virgilius Viognier, which has helped to put quality Australian Viognier on the map. Known for her attention to detail, Rose has also been instrumental in the development of Riesling at the estate..."

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Lucy Shaw, www.thedrinksbusiness.com, 1 August 2014

Oxford Landing targets Londoners in London Underground Advertising campaign

"Australian wine producer Oxford Landing Estates has lifted the lid on a major ad campaign across London Underground stations and black cabs using images of the winemaking team and the strapline: "Get to know a real South Australian". The campaign tells the story of Oxford Landing via its staff and landscapes. According to Simon Thorpe MW of Negociants UK, the work is a sign of Oxford Landing's long-term commitment to the UK market. "The wines have been popular since they were first introduced to the UK in 1992. Consumers are continually drawn to the brand's consistency in style, varietal flavour and excellent value," he said. "It's these consumers who have kept Oxford Landing the number-one Australian Sauvignon Blanc in the UK and a top 20 wine brand in this country for the past 10 years.""

Gabby Savage, The Drinks Business, July Issue

Australian Quality "Goes Unnoticed" - Robert Hill-Smith Interview, London Wine Fair 2014

"A leading figure in the Australian wine industry has hit out at what he perceives as an excessive focus by commentators on the country's supermarket performance, arguing that it distracts from the efforts of the vast majority of producers..."

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Gabby Savage, The Drinks Business, July Issue

Australia must continue to push its premium wines, says Negociants MD Simon Thorpe MW

""There will always be cheap wine in the market - that shouldn't detract or deviate the Australian wine industry from its premium message", says Negociants managing director Simon Thorpe MW. Australia's continuing strategy for the UK must be to push its premium stocks as entry level wine is "not a sustainable business model", Thorpe told Harpers.co.uk...."

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Gemma McKenna, www.harpers.co.uk, 24 June 2014

Oxford Landing's ad campaign demonstrates 'absolute' commitment to UK

"Australia's Oxford Landing wine brand is launching a 'significant' advertising campaign across London's underground stations, billboards and black cabs. The campaign, which has the strapline, 'Get to know real South Australian', is projected to reach an audience of 1.5 million over the next month..."

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Gemma McKenna, www.harpers.co.uk, 16 June 2014

IWC Results Two Paddocks - feature & Pewsey Vale Contours 2003 - Best Australian Riesling

"Sam Neill's Two Paddocks Winery picked up a trophy at this year's IWC. It was the first time Neill has won the highest awards in the competition since he started making wine in 1993"

"The Australian Riesling Trophy was awarded to the Pewsey Vale The Contours Museum Reserve 2003."

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Harpers Wine & Spirit, June Issue

Supermarket Bias Marks Aussie Progress Yalumba Fifth Generation Proprietor Robert Hill-Smith and Negociants UK Managing Director Simon Thorpe MW interview

"A leading figure in the Australian wine industry has hit out at what he perceives as an excessive focus by commentators on the country's supermarket performance, arguing that it distracts from the efforts of the vast majority of producers..."

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Gabriel Stone, www.thedrinksbusiness.com, 5 June 2014

Top 100 most influential people in trade 2014 - 39 Simon Thorpe MW

"Negociants may not be sitting on some of the blockbuster brands of its rivals in the Australian wine market, but the Yalumba-owned supplier has a £35 million seller in Oxford Landing and an increasingly impressive stable of premium brands from across the country, including Brokenwood, Jim Barry, Jansz, Pewsey Vale and Redbank. With an MW at the helm, it’s as much about the product as it is about hitting price points, reflected in an increasing focus on the specialist independent sector..."

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Christine Boggis, Off Licence News, 3 June 2014

Sam Neill and Nigel Greening on what makes a great Pinot Noir producer

"Two of New Zealand's leading Pinot Noir producers, Sam Neill of Two Paddocks and film star fame, and Nigel Greening of Felton Road, set out at a special tasting last week in London what it is that has drawn them in to trying to create award Pinot Noir from the Central Otago..."

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Anne Krebiehl MW, www.harpers.co.uk, 2 June 2014

About OLE Video

May 2014


Click here to download the "All you need to know about Oxford Landing" video

Budding winemaker Sam Neill scoops top accolades at International Wine Challenge

"Hollywood actor Sam Neill continues to build his reputation as a leading international winemaker by being awarded two Gold medals for the first time for wines produced from his Two Paddocks vineyard in Central Otago in New Zealand..."

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Richard Siddle, www.harpers.co.uk, 7 May 2014

Oxford Landing Winery Manager Ashley Ratcliff sets up 100km cancer challenge - Oxford2Oxford

"The Oxford to Oxford Charity Challenge (O2O) will take place on 10 and 11 October and is the brainchild of leading South Australian viticulturist Ashley Ratcliff. Starting from Oxford Landing Estates winery in the Barossa Valley, the 110km route will see individuals and teams cycle or jog their way past South Australia's vineyards, finishing at the Oxford Landing Vineyard near Waikerie..."

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Lauren May, The Drinks Business, 27 January 2014

Two Paddocks acquires Central Otago fourth vineyard

"The newly attained six-hectare Desert Heart Vineyard in Bannockburn will be entirely devoted to growing Pinot Noir. Sam Neill said: We've been quietly looking around for something good in this neck of the woods for quite a while now and we were very fortunate that the opportunity came up of buying a small vineyard that we've always admired - Dessert Heart..."

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Lauren May, The Drinks Business, 21 January 2014

Sam Neill's Two Paddocks acquires fourth Central Otago vineyard

"Actor-turned- winemaker, San Neill, has acquired a fourth vineyard in Central Otago, New Zealand, adding six additional hectares of Pinot Noir to his vineyard portfolio with the purchase of a Bannockburn estate called Desert Heart..."

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Erin Smith, www.harpers.co.uk, 20 January 2014

Products of the Month - Yalumba Eden Valley Roussanne 2012

"The 2012 Roussanne was sourced from two vineyards in the Eden Valley. Yalumba says mild conditions throughout 2011 allowed an even budburst with good shoot growth in spring followed by a good cropping level established at fruit set. Mild-summer conditions and cool nights helped develop the flavours and sugar-to-acid balance and a slightly higher than average rainfall from November through to harvest in March added to this, keeping the grapes fresh and the ripening even with no signs of disease. This wine is said to have aromas of wild pawpaw, white fleshed peach, vanilla custard, kumquat and hints of rose tea."

Christian Davis, Drinks International, January 2014

30 Winemakers Under 40 to Watch - 3: Tom Barry - Jim Barry Wines

"A third generation winemaker at Jim Barry Wines, Tom was named Young Winemaker of the Year at the Gourmet Traveller Wine Awards in Sydney last September."

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Lucy Shaw, The Drinks Business, 7 January 2014

Drinks News - Tasmania

"With a cool climate and reliable levels of sunshine, Tasmania has been lauded as Australia's most exciting wine region. The island state has been making greater inroads into the UK thanks to wineries like Dalrymple from Pipers River. Its range of four prime wines includes a sublime Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir."

Food & Travel, January 2014

Negociants UK to help widen distribution for Sam Neill’s Two Paddocks wines in the UK

24 October 2013

Negociants UK has taken on the widespread distribution for the premium Two Paddocks range of wines from Central Otago, New Zealand, produced by actor Sam Neill. Read more here.

Richard Siddle, Harpers Wine & Spirit, 24 October 2013

Louisa Rose flying the flag for Viognier – but wants others to join in

23 October 2013

Louisa Rose, chief winemaker of Yalumba in the Barossa Valley, has admitted that she would like to see more producers getting behind Viognier. Read more here

Lucy Shaw, The Drinks Business, 23 October 2013

Harpers Wine & Spirit “Reinventing Australia”

October 2013

The Australian wine industry continues to change in front of our eyes. To help determine what it could be doing better in the UK, Harpers teamed up with Negociants UK to ask the view of a leading group of UK independent and multiple buyers. Click here to download full article.

Sarah Ahmed – 1938 Australian Riesling & more: Yalumba Museum Tasting

30th September 2013

Established in 1849, Barossa-based Yalumba lays claim to being Australia’s oldest family-owned winery. So perhaps it’s unsurprising that they have developed a tradition of museum tastings to showcase their history. ... Read more at The Wine Detective

Cold Rush: Cool climate regions to watch

29th September 2013

"Though Adelaide Hills, Eden Valley, Mornington Peninsula and (to a point) Margaret River are relatively cool, the most exciting region for cool climate wines is Tasmania. Try Jansz, Stoney Rise and Tolpuddle Vineyard."

Matt Walls TimAtkin.com, 29th September 2013

Tom Barry named Gourmet Traveller WINE, Young Winemaker of the Year

25th September 2013

Third generation winemaker at Jim Barry Wines, Tom Barry, was named Young Winemaker of the Year at the prestigious Gourmet Traveller WINE awards in Sydney. Click here to download press release.

Major award wins for Oxford Landing viticulturist

20th Sepetmber 2013

Oxford Landing Estates Winery Manager Ashley Ratcliff has won two major agricultural awards within the one week – being named Horticultural Grower of the Year and taking out the Riverland Wine Industry Award. Click here to download full article.

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

26 September 2012

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

19 June 2012

"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

6 June 2012


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.

Success at the Decanter World Wine Awards & International Wine Challenge 2012

We are pleased to share with you Negociants UK terrific success at the Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine Challenge.


Decanter World Wine Awards 2012


Gold - Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz 2009, Jim Barry The Armagh 2007 & Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2010. Click here to download presenter.


Regional Trophies for Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon 2006 & Jansz Tasmania Premium NV Cuvée. Click here to download presenter.


Silver Awards - Click here to download presenter.


International Wine Challenge 2012


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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:


WCA Wine Communicator of the Year


WCA Digital Wine Communicator of the Year


Gourmet Traveller WINE/WCA New Wine Writer

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.

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

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.


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.


Yalumba scholarship for Masters of Wine Students Now Open for Applications

August 2010


The Institute of Masters of Wine and Yalumba, Australia's oldest family-owned winery, are delighted to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2010/11 Yalumba Scholarship. This generous scholarship is awarded annually to one second-year student in the Institute?s education programme, who is based outside Australia or New Zealand, and enables the recipient to attend the Institute annual Australasian education seminar and to visit the Yalumba vineyards and winery.


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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

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 UK:


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 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

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 Prima Riesling 2009 [Eden Valley]

Rated 88+ points - "Love the packaging, and loved the inaugural vintage (2007), although I’ve not been so keen on the vintages that followed. I tasted this alongside some German and Central Otago numbers and it looked deficient in length, but in particular lacked that tension between acidity and sweetness that’s so vital when making an off-dry style. Others may well disagree…. It smells of limes and kaffir lime leaf, a light petrol/mineral smell and spice - all excellent and beguiling. It hits the mouth with a blast of limey flavour and acidity which is left hanging in the air due to insufficient sweetness to smooth it out. Finishes short with squeezed lime acidity and some petrolly flavours. It’s not a bad wine by any means, but it’s a half way house stylistically - I’d rather have dry and classic, or the tension between sugar and acid. May very well improve with some bottle age."


Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au, 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

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).

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Ringbolt gets the vote from The Times' Jane MacQuitty


Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

"The 2007 Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon from Western Australia's pretty and prime Margaret River region, with its sweet, inky, green pepper palate, gets my £8.49 vote".

Jane MacQuitty, The Times, 19 December 2009

The Independent puts The Scribbler at #2 on its list of 50 wines for Christmas


Yalumba The Scribbler Cabernet/Shiraz 2007

"In this Barossa Valley blend of roughly two-thirds cab sauv and a third shiraz, Yalumba winemaker Kevin Glastonbury has crafted a brilliant Aussie red whose garrique-like rosemary and mint brings complexity to the wine's vibrantly succulent red fruit and plum concentration".

The Independent 'Information' supplement, 19 December 2009

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



Peter Csizmadia-Honigh Education Manager


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

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 - Sunday Morning Herald (Aus), 21 July 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



Robert Joseph encounters Pewsey Vale Riesling - "brilliantly youthful"

March 2009

"I remember a number of thought-provoking moments. There was the encounter with a brilliantly youthful 25 -years, screwcap- sealed Pewsey Vale, Eden Valley Riesling which proved that that white wine, at least, could age perfectly well without a cork."

Robert Joseph, Decanter magazine (UK), March 2009

Nothing but terroir

September 2008


"Louisa Rose was at Roseworthy in 1991/92, just after David Guimarens. But her journey had been made in the opposite direction, to the Viognier vineyards of the Rhône, even though she never heard of Viognier in the whole time she was at Roseworthy. 'It was never talked of once,' she says.

By the time Rose went to France, she was part of the white-winemaking team at Yalumba and already working on Viognier. 'They weren't doing anything particularly different [in the Rhône],' she says. 'We were already working on wild ferments and fermenting in oak; there were small things that were different. But it was inspiring to see that we were heading down the right trail. And what gave me confidence, too, was to see so many young vineyards' - giving the lie to the idea that only old vines make great wines.

In 2001, Rose was there again, to visit Guigal and Domaines Yves Cuilleron, and André Perret, both of Condrieu. 'It was a really good contrast to what I was used to. André Perret was making finer, more long-term styles for bottle ageing; Yves Cuilleron was making big wines with character and new oak. He was also making a botrytised sweet wine like one we'd just started, and that helped to foment our ideas.'

The other inspiration Rose found in the Rhone was her first sight of eau de vie de Viognier. She came home, dug out an ancient pot still and set to work. First, she made a bit just for fun, using wine rather than marc, expecting to put it aside and look at it again in 10 years or so; but it was beautiful young. Now Yalumba is selling its own version, V de Vie, though so far on the domestic market only. If you happen to be in Australia, it would make a better souvenir than a T-shirt..."

Decanter (UK), September 2008

Australia's place in the UK market

September 2008


"News that Australia's wine exports dropped last year signalled the possibility that, one day, Australia might lose her crown in the UK. This was the first decrease in volume and value for the country's wine exports in 14 years; in the UK, imports dropped 5.7% by volume and 10.1% by value. The drop, said insiders, was due to the fall in bulk wine shipments after a relatively light harvest in 2007. But is this more than a supply-and-demand issue?

YES: 'The real question is whether Australia has momentum in quality and quantity. That has been the case over the past decade and with the better mix of cooler climate fruit and emerging varietals, I reckon Australia still has that advantage.' Brenton Fry, director of Negociants UK (the export arm of Yalumba)

NO: 'I don't want to knock Australia, but when the times were good they could have done more to diversify their range and styles. Australian wines were good but simplistic and more sophisticated consumers were not being drawn.' John McLaren, director, UK branch of the Wine Institute of California"

Decanter (UK), September 2008

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 Organic Viognier takes home the TROPHY AND GOLD

July 2008


The Australia & New Zealand Organic Wine Show 2008 announced Yalumba Organic Riverland Viognier 2007 the Trophy and Gold Medal Winner for Best White Wine, Class 4 – Other White Varietals. Winemaker Louisa Rose says “for our Organic Viognier to be recognised amongst such peers is testament to the dedication and foresight of growers Tony and Sue Barich, who established their Viognier vineyard in Loxton more than ten years ago, which is certified organic.”

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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.

Negociants at the London Wine Trade Fair 2008

May 2008

Negociants UK, Australian and New Zealand fine wine specialists will be showcasing a number of exciting new release and new vintage wines at the London Wine Trade Fair this year. Drop past our stand and taste a host of pre-release wines from the fine wine regions of the Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, Tasmania and Margaret River and of course a jewel in our crown, Nautilus Estate from Marlborough, New Zealand.


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Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2007

20 January 2008

"Talking of bargains, Yalumba Y Series Riesling 2007 continues its reign as one of our best-value buys... expect to find classic riesling that knits rich citrus fruit from the Barossa Valley together with the kind of tight steely structure that often defines Eden Valley's best examples. Grab some whilst it lasts."

Matt Skinner, Sunday Telegraph Magazine (Aus), 20 January 2008

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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Matt Skinner show support for Yalumba & the environment

3 June 2007

Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2005 

"...closer to home, Yalumba has created an energy-efficient winery, producing 98 per cent of packaging from recyclable materials, and is allocating 54ha to preserving the area's local wildlife. Support their efforts and try Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2005. It ticks all the boxes for lovers of full-bodied dry whites..."

Matt Skinner, Sunday Magazine (Aus), 3 June 2007


Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2005

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Trophy WIN for Pewsey Vale The Contours Eden Valley Riesling 2001

31 May 2007


In London - Pewsey Vale 'The Contours' Eden Valley Riesling 2001 has won the Regional Australian Riesling Over £10 Trophy at the Decanter World Wine Awards.


An event which reviews over 7500 entries each year, the Decanter World Wine Awards celebrate the diversity of wine by focusing on regional styles and the influence of terroir. Wines are judged on a regional level to promote a sense of origin over international homogenised styles. Whether your wine is red, white, rosé, still, sparkling, sweet or fortified, they will all be tasted in regional flights in the first round to find outstanding examples of their type. If successful they will move forward to compete for an international trophy.


This award adds yet another trophy to the Pewsey Vale cabinet, sitting alongside four trophies, 3 top gold and 6 gold medals awarded to the 2001 Pewsey Vale 'The Contours' Eden Valley Riesling on the Australian and International wine show circuit.


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Gold medal success for Heggies Vineyard Chardonnay in the United Kingdom

31 May 2007


In London – Heggies Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 has been awarded GOLD at both the Decanter World Wine Awards and The International Wine Challenge.


An event which reviews over 7500 entries each year, the 2007 Decanter World Wine Awards celebrate the diversity of wine by focusing on regional styles and the influence of terroir. Wines are judged on a regional level to promote a sense of origin over international homogenised styles.


The 2007 International Wine Challenge (IWC) judged over 9,358 wines with only 260 entries being awarded Gold. What sets the IWC apart from other competitions is the number of times wines are tasted to earn their awards. At every stage, results are checked to ensure that justice is done to the wines entered, and that an even and consistent standard is applied to the judging of all wines. The IWC Trophy winning wines will be announced at Vinexpo, held in Bordeaux on Monday 18th June 2007.


Both of these Gold Medals are well deserved for this single estate premium Australian Chardonnay – a long way away from its home in the cool region of Eden Valley.


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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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Yalumba Hand Picked TGV: Blended for Bliss

With Tempranillo taking off in Australia, Huon Hooke takes a look at Yalumba Hand Picked TGV and rates it 'excellent'.

"... Yalumba also makes a three-way tempranillo-dominant blended red, know as TGV. That's tempranillo, grenache and viognier, under the Hand Picked label, an excellent red with bright cherry-pip, spice, blackberry aromas and a hint of mint. The viognier adds a faintly floral edge to the nose."

Huon Hooke, Good Living, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 February 2007

Christmas Cheers

Terms and Conditions - BBC Good Food Magazine December Issue.

November-December 2006

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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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The Wine Advocate Review Summary

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

October 2005

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Yalumba earns two trophies from Decanter

Decanter Awards 2005 Martin Strachan photoAustralian red - Hand Picked Shiraz + Viognier 2002 - named best in the world for International Rhône Varietals Over £10 at the Decanter World Wine Awards. Left, Decanter's Steven Spurrier presents the trophy to Martin Strachan of Negociants UK, importers of Yalumba.

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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The Mattew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2005.

Top wines from Negociants UK in Mattew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines for 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 at The International Wine & Spirit Competition in London

October 2004

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Golden week in London for Jim Barry Wines

Jim Barry 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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"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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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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