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insiderthe wine & spiritAUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALANDJuly/August 2016 Issue 148 THE WINE & SPIRIT INSIDER IS AIn this issue... PROMOTIONAL GUIDE FROM THE LIQUOR TRADE TO THE CONSUMER. Winestate Publishing ABN 56 088 226 411Organic Wines & New ReleasesBest Value Buys under $20

ORGANIC WINES139 TASTED53 AWARDEDORGANIC WINESsponsored by NASAAHow time flies. This is the third year of our look at organic wines as CHARDONNAY Salena Estatea specialty category. This year offered up some very good examples & BLENDS Organic SAacross all styles with the judges commenting on the quality fruit Chardonnaydelivery. However, if there is a criticism, the winemaking (whether 15 TASTED 2015 HHHlimited by requirements, or simply technique) left a little to be desired 4 AWARDED Intense aromas ofacross a number of wines, according to the judges. pineapple and bananas The judges agreed that and a well-roundedSPARKLING Tamburlaine Reserve Bassham Wines VBBAEULSYUTSE there were lots of \"on- palate with big ripe Hunter Semillon Riverland Petit the-edge\" wines here. flavours. $201 TASTED 2014 HHH1/2 Manseng Generally just having Whistling0 AWARDED Delicate citrus bouquet 2014 HHH one small thing holding Kite Vineyard with a touch of Subdued citrus/floral them back. Some were BiodynamicClose - but not quite capsicum. Bright acid nose and soft and fleshy short in flavour or lacking Riverlandthere! drive to the marmalade in the mouth with prickly varietal expression or Chardonnay flavoured palate. $33 acidity. $20 had overt character. 2012 HHH Overall there was not Nicely maturing wine the balance here. with smoky caramel aromas and toasty fruit flavours. Still alive and kicking! $25OTHER WHITE Ascella Hunter SAUVIGNON Robinvale CellarVARIETALS & Valley Semillon BLANC & Aged NW VictoriaBLENDS 2010 HHH1/2 BLENDS Chardonnay Toasty buttery maturity 2004 HHH12 TASTED obvious on the nose. 4 TASTED Still surprisingly fresh,7 AWARDED Palate is bright, balanced 1 AWARDED gleaming gold wine and long with slightly with lovely tropical fruitThe semillons are from savoury notes. $40 A neutral group in mellowness. $20multiple vintages and Demeter NW general.are not consistent. A Victoria Kerner ROSÉnumber could have 2008 HHH1/2 Spring Seed Forgetbeen better with more Toasty development on Me Not McLaren 2 TASTEDemphasis on varietal the nose and a grippy Vale Sauvignon 1 AWARDEDfruit rather than just palate with great varietal Blanc Semillonfocusing on acid expression. \"User 2015 HHH Two very different winesbalance. There is some friendly,\" said one judge. Flinty grassy aromas and - one a crowd-pleaserpotential here but more $20 nicely weighted palate - the other dull andwork needs to be done! Krinklewood with fruit flavours in the lifeless. Biodynamic green spectrum. $18Tamburlaine Reserve Vineyard Broke Tamburlaine VBBAEULSYUTSEHunter Verdelho Fordwich Semillon RIESLING OTG Orange2014 HHH1/2 2015 HHH Rosé 2015 HHHMusky perfumed Fresh grassy/cut hay 6 TASTED Horner Wines Family Delicate pink colour withfragrances with a hint of bouquet and intense and 0 AWARDED Reserve Hunter subtle cranberry aromassea spray and light lemony vibrant citrus flavours Valley Chardonnay and a fleshy palate withflavours. Nice freshness with searing acidity. $25 Disappointing group with 2015 HHHH balanced sweetness.and balance. $33 Krinklewood too many wines lacking \"Smells like a banana $20 Biodynamic vibrancy and showing cream pie,\" according to Vineyard Broke early development. one judge! Palate shows Fordwich Verdelho good intensity of melon 2015 HHH and peach fruit flavours. Reserved lemony $23.99 aromas and nicely textured palate with flavours of peaches. Good acid line. $25128 The Wine & Spirit INSIDER

OTHER RED Pure Vision South Switch Organic Wine feature tastingVARIETALS & Australia Merlot Flo PreservativeBLENDS 2014 HHH1/2 Free Currency Creek NASAA is proud to sponsor the “Organic Wine Nose is dusty and Tempranillo Joven of the Year Awards” once again .16 TASTED herbaceous with a firm 2015 HHH1/2 This is the 3rd year that NASAA has sponsored8 AWARDED and well-structured A very pretty nose - all the “Organic Wine of the Year Award” and it isA mixed bag of both tannic palate loaded with cherries, flowers and even more significant considering that this yearvarietals and styles. mulberries. Warming spice. Nice fruit attack is NASAA’s 30th Birthday celebration.\"Winemakers are finish. $15 on the palate with some The organic industry is a vibrant industrybeginning to work out spicy elements. $25 that continues to grow world wide at ratesthese varietals,\" said one Battle of Bosworth that have not been experienced by any otherjudge, \"And not making McLaren Vale GRENACHE & agricultural commodity.them just like a shiraz Touriga Nacional BLENDS For the past 30 years since NASAA’s inceptionanymore\". \"Some pretty 2015 HHH the association has been a leader in thelifted florals here,\" noted Dense purple wine with 7 TASTED development of the organic industry andanother judge. spicy fruit cake aromas 4 AWARDED organic certification.Whistling and a glossy bright In Australia the organic industry is valued atKite Vineyard palate. $25 A very good, very $1.7 billion with a 15% projected growth rate.Biodynamic solid group of wines. These growth rates are also reflective of theRiverland Petit Yangarra Estate \"Excellent restrained international figures recently released byVerdot 2014 HHHH Vineyard McLaren primary fruits showing IFOAM-Organics International.A lovely elegance here Vale Mourvedre freshness and vibrancy,\" The global organic market is now valued at USwith some serious 2014 HHH noted one judge. $80 billion with the largest market being thetannins but held up A medium weight US followed by Germany, France and China.well by the density and wine with good varietal Kalleske Wines These are exciting times for certified organicintensity of the varietal expression, grainy tannins Clarry's Barossa wine producers with strong demands forfruit. Fine acidity. $38 and smoky oak. $35 Valley G.S.M. exports of organic wines to Europe and China. 2015 HHHH The “Organic Wine of the Year” awards areTamburlaine Single Whistling A really good example promoted through WineState to the broaderVineyard Block 14 Kite Vineyard of a GSM. Generous wine industry which continues to build theOrange Malbec Biodynamic fruit showing nice level profile of the great organic wines produced by2015 HHH1/2 Riverland of spiciness. Attractive our winemakers.Pretty wine with dark Montepulciano aromatics and softness NASAA thanks all the winemakers who haveberry fruit showing a 2014 HHH in the mouth. $21 submitted their high quality wines for judging.lovely violet lift. Has Confectionery floral fruit Without your submissions the awards wouldsome earthiness and characters on the nose Gemtree Wines not be the success that they are.is wrapped in firm fine and \"uber\" grippy, nicely Cinnabar McLarentannins. $29 textured, palate. $38 Vale G.S.M. 2015 HHH1/2 919 Wines Reserve Subtle confectionery Riverland Durif fruit aromas with a touch 2013 HHH of wood. Good palate Fruit cake aromas and a weight with bright fruit massive palate intense and grippy tannins. $25 with sweet fruit and powerful tannins. $50 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Old Vine Lowe Wine Zinfandel McLaren Vale 2013 HHH Grenache Brambly fruit fragrances 2014 HHH1/2 and a porty sweet palate Dense for a grenache with hints of spice and with spicy raspberry lavender. $75 fruit and fine powdery tannins. Quite a high TEMPRANILLO level of alcohol. $35 & BLENDS Temple Bruer Wines 6 TASTED Huckleberry Hustle 1 AWARDED Preservative Free Loxton Grenache Quite disappointing! 2015 HHH \"These should be vibrant Bright cerise wine that's with berry/cherry fruit soft and pretty and very but there were too many approachable offering dried out and hard wines easy drinking. $25 here.\" The Wine & Spirit INSIDER 129

ORGANIC WINESPINOT NOIR CABERNET & Tamburlaine OTG Rosnay Organic Yangarra Estate BLENDS Orange Wines Freedom Vineyard PF -6 TASTED Cabernet VBBAEULSYUTSE Cowra Shiraz Preservative Free2 AWARDED 9 TASTED Sauvignon Mourvedre McLaren Vale Shiraz 5 AWARDED 2014 HHH1/2 2015 HHHH 2015 HHHHGenerally these wines A sweet, well-structured Spicy fruit cake aromas; Super dense darkwere surprisingly more Solid class. We did see and very satisfying attractive raspberry primary fruit bouquetvarietal than the judges typical cabernet varietal wine. Good length lift. Lovely deep and and a deeply flavouredexpected although there fruit although some and depth of dark fleshy palate with plum/raspberry fruitwere still some wines wines lacked opulence blackcurrant fruit and vibrant primary fruit and palate with somemore in the light dry on the palate. chocolaty oak. $20 balanced sweetness. powerful tannins. $25red category. \"Pleasing $19 Baileys ofto see some savoury Rawson's Retreat Glenrowan Organiccomplexity here,\" said Organic Glenrowan Paxton Wines AAA Glenrowan Shirazone judge. \"Pinot is just Cabernet Shiraz McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015 HHHHso unforgiving!\" Merlot 2015 HHH Grenache \"Not a complex wine but Great intensity of 2014 HHHH it delivers,\" accordingTemple Bruer Wines inky fragrances and Nicely structured mid- to one judge. DustyPreservative Free simple raspberry fruit weight wine - very dark fruit aromas and aEden Valley Pinot expression on the long pretty style with lovely well-structured raspberryNoir 2015 HHHH fresh palate. $12.60 concentration of the palate. $27.99A dense riper style with perfumed raspberry fruitnice combination of Pure Vision South running throughout. $22 919 Wines Reserveoak, cherry and floral Australia Cabernet Riverland Shirazfragrances. Bright fruit Sauvignon Horner Wines 2015 HHHHflavours balanced by the 2014 HHH Family Reserve A very pretty wineoak tannins. $20 Subdued earthy red fruit Hunter Valley Shiraz - \"Light on its feet\" characters with leafy/ Viognier 2015 HHH and somewhat acid- herbal notes and quite Creamy raspberry driven with lovely overt tannins. $15 aromas with a peppery concentration of lean hit. Slick and interesting fragrant raspberry fruitSpring Seed Aster Rosnay Organic Hedonist McLaren palate, not complex but characters. $42McLaren Vale Pinot Wines Garage No. Vale Cabernet delicious. $23.99Noir 2015 HHH 1 Cowra Cabernet SauvignonSpicy cherry aromas and Sauvignon 2014 HHH SHIRAZ 2015great fruit characters 2014 HHHH1/2 Subtle raspberry fruitwith candied notes on Very varietal with characters, a tannic grip, 9 TASTEDthe long light and fresh intense perfumed nice savoury notes and 6 AWARDEDpalate. $20 licorice and cassis restrained spiciness. aromas and a fleshy $20 A very solid and palate with excellent consistent class varietal flavours and SHIRAZ offering a snap shot of a prominent tannins. BLENDS potentially great vintage Powerful on the finish. for the variety. \"Nice 8 TASTED to see more spice and 3-5 $29 character rather than just 3 AWARDED sweetness,\" said one judge. No spectacular stand-out wines here but never- the-less a very drinkable group with good depth of character.JUDGES Wes Pearson Kate Giles Steve Warrick Senior scientist with the Director, Claritas Wine marketer with sensory group at the Marketing and Sales 20 years experience AWRI. Judged in 2015 at & Marketing Wine in McLaren Vale, Australian wine makers Consultant. Has Coonawarra, Adelaide show, associate judge vintaged in Italy and Hills and Margaret at SRWS and RAWS. judged at Tall Timbers River. Extensive wine Made wine in Canada wine show in Western judging experience at and France as well as Australia. the Adelaide, Hobart Australia. and McLaren Vale wine shows.130 The Wine & Spirit INSIDER

feature tastingMacaw Creek Mt SHIRAZ 2014 Pure Vision South Baileys of Hedonist ReserveLofty Shiraz Australia Shiraz Glenrowan Organic McLaren Vale Shiraz2015 HHH1/2 VBBAEULSYUTSE 19 TASTED 2014 HHH1/2 Glenrowan Shiraz 2012 HHHA lovely and very 7 AWARDED Nice concentration of 2014 HHH A big wine made in thedrinkable wine with dark raspberry fruit with Creamy raspberry old school style withbright cranberry fruit, A mixed group of wines. a confectionery nose aromas. Vibrant attack of good concentration offirm tannin, hints of Some showed settled-in and sweet satisfying lively bright plush fruit dark earthy fruit. $65violets and a touch of reductive characters. It is palate. $15 with warm spice notes.herbs. $17 a shame as many wines Gemtree Wines Well-balanced with good Hart of the Barossa here exhibited lovely Uncut McLaren Vale length. $27.99 Limited Release TheGardners Ground No fruit. \"We are seeing Shiraz 2014 HHH1/2 Faithful BarossaAdded Preservatives winemaking rather than Ripe brooding plum fruit SHIRAZ 2013 & Valley Old VineCentral Ranges grape growing issues nose and nicely layered OLDER Shiraz 2012 HHHShiraz 2015 HHH here,\" suggested one fruit palate with a high Bright and fresh withAn easy drinking, acid- judge. level of tannins - but 18 TASTED interesting aromas, gooddriven, wine with a blue very manageable. $25 3 AWARDED flavour concentrationfruit-like flavour profile. Hedonist McLaren Paxton Wines and grippy tannins. $79Some earthiness. $20 Vale Shiraz Quandong Farm 2014 HHHH McLaren Vale Shiraz SWEETTemple Bruer Wines Still holding up well with 2014 HHH1/2 The judges were WHITESPreservative Free plenty of intense blue/ Light red fruit aromatics disappointed with thisSouth Australia plum fruit left. Well- and bright fruit entry group. Age has not 1 TASTEDShiraz 2015 HHH structured palate. Spicy to the well-structured helped many of these 1 AWARDEDCreamy raspberry flavour concentration palate. Good acid and wines. However thosearomas and good and fine tannins. $23 tannin balance. $30 recommended had smallfrywinespersistence of red fruit Kalleske Wines retained their vibrancy Barossa Rieslingflavours. Has balance Gemtree Wines Johann Georg and character. \"Again the 2015 HHHand length. $20 Obsidian McLaren Barossa Valley fruit is not the problem, A sweet simple wine Vale Shiraz Shiraz 2014 HHH1/2 more needs to be done with reserved floral 2014 HHHH Supple and textured with on the winemaking fragrances and a sweet/ Intense red/purple wine slightly sweet mulberry front.\" sour palate. Well-handled - solid and dense with fruit, earthy notes and residual sweetness. $25 plenty of length of bright hints of savoury/bacon- plum/raspberry fruit. $75 like elements. $120 Em's Table Clare Valley Shiraz 2013 HHH VBBAEULSYUTSE Reserved plum fruit aromas and refreshingly vibrant juicy fruit flavours with a chocolaty finish. $19 Organically grown award winning wines specialising in alternative varieties. BASSHAM WINES • Phone: 08 85881480 • Mobile: 0417 883 706 Email: [email protected] • www.basshamwines.com The Wine & Spirit INSIDER 131

winestateadvertorial NASAA - Certified Organic Wine of the Year International markets for organic products have experienced rapid growth recently. The world organic market is now estimated to be worth around $91 billion, with the Australian market at about $1.7 billion and growing at an estimated 15% compounded year on year (AO Market Report 2014). NASAA – Australia’s First Organic Organisation The National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA) was formed in 1986 and soon developed its first set of organic standards, certification policies and systems/ workshops for organic inspectors. Today NASAA is based at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills and actively promotes the development of programs, which support growth and advocacy throughout the organic industry.

Through its certification subsidiary, Organic Production Market GrowthNCO (NASAA Certified Organic), ithas become one of Australia’s leading The principles of organic production In 2012, NASAA and the Organicorganic certifiers, both nationally and include: Federation of Australia supported ainternationally. NCO now operates out 1. Working positively within natural research project led by CQUniversityof 13 countries with over 12 million production systems and the University of Canberra tohectares of certified or in conversion 2. Maintaining and encouraging investigate consumer intentions aroundagricultural land, making NCO one of agricultural and natural biodiversity organic foods. The findings showed thatthe largest certifiers in the world. 3. Improving the long term productivity consumers are influenced by 3 factors:NCO certification and inspection of soil using renewable resources HEALTHservices assist in facilitating market Certified organic producers are The perception that organic productsaccess throughout Australia and the required to demonstrate or undergo are better for us/more nutritiousworld. a 36 month conversion management TASTE process. This ensures that conventional, The idea that organic products haveTruth in Labelling chemically derived inputs are phased more pleasurable effects on the palate out and effectively replaced with STATUSWhilst in Australia we often see organic alternatives. Certified organic The notion that buying organic indicatesproducts advertised as ‘Organic’, unlike products are made without the use more responsible/sustainable behaviourthe United States, we do not have any of Genetically Modified Organisms, Producers enter certification because oflegislation covering the use of this term. chemical additives, synthetic herbicides, ethical or sustainable reasons, as doesAnyone can apply the word organic to fungicides, insecticides and non-natural the consumer, demanding a certifieda product without the need to justify or fertilisers. product, which they know is verifiablydemonstrate that it meets a standard or In Australia, winemakers are allowed produced to their expectations.is indeed truly organic. to add sulphite up to 100ppm and still Whatever the reason, however, theThe term Certified Organic, is however, retain organic certification. In the US irrefutable evidence is that the demandlegislated in Australia. Under the sulphites are limited to less than 1 ppm for certified organic products, especiallyAustralian Consumer and Competition to retain organic Certification for the wines, continues to grow globally at anAct, certified organic product must be wine, although wines are often made incredible rate. Organic wine productionindependently audited and verified by with organic grapes and labelled as is growing as 24% per annum and ina third party certifier, like NCO, who such, regardless of the manufacturing the US, certified organic agriculture nowis accredited by the Department of process. represents over 5% of the market.Agriculture. These products must then At NASAA we love the organic winecomply with strict organic standards industry. We show our commitmentincluding displaying a certification logo by continuing to invest in the Certifiedand number. Organic Wine of the Year Awards –All wines produced and submitted for now in its third year. We hope that theOrganic Wine of the Year are certified industry will continue to invest in NCOorganic and offer the reassurance that and consider us as the best partner inall claims are verifiable and held in your organic journey.accordance with the expectation of themarket. Peter Hastie Operations Manager NASAA Left to right: Theresa Shaw-McMillan and friend guarding the cellar door. NCO Inspector Chris Penfold and Winemaker Richard Freebairn. 2014 Certified Organic Wine of the Year winners Anthony D'Onise and Vanessa Altman with NASAA Chairman Jan Denholm. Ben Paxton catches up with new NASAA General Manager Mark Anderson. The Wine & Spirit INSIDER 133

NEW RELEASES173 TASTED122 AWARDEDNEW RELEASESA very conservative result here from this new release judging. It Zonte's Footstep MoFro Winesshows that winemakers are getting it right in terms of delivering Doctoressa Di Lago Perricoota Semillonwines with few faults that we can confidently purchase. Beyond Adelaide Hills Pinot Chardonnaythat we have some wines that deliver more whether by better Grigio 2015 HHHH 2015 HHHfruit or better winemaking (or both). Then price becomes a factor. An elegant bouquet with Hay, peach skin andDon’t discount cheaper wines that have been recommended as an attractive lift of pear- some florals on the nosethese could become your regular house wines, saving the best for like characters. Simple, with a simple, pleasant,your in-law’s! long and well-balanced well-structured palate. palate with some peachy $15 notes. $18 Brygon Reserve Blackbilly Adelaide Wines Third Wheel Pinot Gris 2015 HHH Western Australia Delicate perfumed/ Semillon Sauvignon floral nose and a solid, Blanc 2014 HHH1/2 well-balanced palate - Floral nose with more typically gris. $23 of the greener semillonSPARKLING Zonte's Footstep coming through. A Ten Miles East Bolle Felici Fleurieu more serious palate Adelaide Hills Arneis8 TASTED Peninsula Prosecco than some. Good spicy 2015 HHH6 AWARDED NV HHH texture. $15.99 Subtle crunchy acid Bright simple nose and Rutherglen Estates aromas. Nice flavourA solid, if not spectacular, pleasant solid lemony Renaissance length with crisp acidgroup of nice quaffers. palate with a herbal lift. VRM Rutherglen structure and good $18 Viognier Roussanne spiciness. $28 MarsanneBrown Brothers Brygon Reserve VBBAEULSYUTSE 2014 HHH1/2 Brygon ReservePatricia Victoria Wines The Hints of tropical fruit Wines Lions LairSparkling Pinot Noir Bruce Blanc de and honeyed aromas. Western AustraliaChardonnay Blanc South East Toasted cashew oak Semillon Sauvignon2010 HHH1/2 Australia Sparkling influence on a well- Blanc 2014 HHHA complexity of yeast Chardonnay NV HHH structured floral/herbal \"Hits all the right notes.\"and fruit on the nose and A toasty honeyed palate. $32 Some grassiness witha soft palate with lots complexity to the nose. The Islander hints of asparagusof lees complexity and Soft well-balanced palate Estate Wally White but more herbal thanvibrant fruit. $47.15 with subtle flavours. Kangaroo Island tropical. $15.99Brygon Reserve $19.99 SemillonWines The Outlaws 2013 HHH1/2South East Australia OTHER WHITE Nose developing lovely Rutherglen VBBAEULSYUTSEMoscato NV HHH VARIETALS & toasty honeyed aromas EstatesA lift of gooseberries Hoggies Estate BLENDS with similar characters Shelley'sto the grassy green Wines Latest carrying through to the Block Rutherglenbouquet. Nice sweet Bottling Coonawarra 13 TASTED powerful oak palate. $35 Viognier Roussannestonefruit palate. Good Sparkling The Pond Northern Marsanne 2014 HHHacid structure. $12.99 Chardonnay Pinot 10 AWARDED Victoria Pinot Grigio Light green wine with Noir NV HHH Chardonnay a delicate bouquet and Talc-like characters to the 2015 HHH subtle peach blossom- nose, fine bead and very Subtle buttery bouquet like flavours. $18 approachable, rich rounded A lot of varieties and nice upfront flavour palate. $14.90 represented here without intensity on the long Burk Salter Wines a lot of varietal character. well-balanced palate. Riverland Sparkling \"There were a lot of $6.99 Ruby NV HHH nice elements to the Bright fruit bouquet and wines with good textural good spicy elements elements but most were to the slightly drying in the dry white category palate. $15 rather than showing their varietal distinction,\" said one judge.134 The Wine & Spirit INSIDER

wine & spirit insider tastingSAUVIGNON Hoggies Estate RIESLING Byrne Vineyards Von 3 Oceans Winery TheBLANC & Wines No 2 Bottling Rieben SA Riesling Explorers MargaretBLENDS Coonawarra 8 TASTED 2015 HHH River Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc 4 AWARDED Floral fragrances with 2015 HHHH8 TASTED 2015 HHHH With some exceptions, some secondary notes Fresh and citrussy on5 AWARDED A more complex tropical the judges were and a light palate with the nose with a solidSome interesting bouquet with hints of disappointed with this pretty varietal flavours. floral/citrus palatediversity here with honeydew melon. The group, expecting more $15 showing balancing oak,Aussie, Kiwi and German crisp austere palate has lime/citrus characters good texture and nicestyles represented. But more of the tropical and that few showed. But CHARDONNAY line of acid. $34.99too many light, simple melon fruit. $14.90 there were a handful of Indigo Vineyardwines with a few offering wines worthy of drinking. 26 TASTED McNamara Alpinegood quaffing. Umamu Estate Bream Creek 18 AWARDED Valley Beechworth Margaret River Vineyard Tasmania ChardonnayNeve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Riesling 2015 HHHH \"Moderately solid,\" said 2015 HHHHSauvignon Blanc Semillon Loads of character here one judge. The best Subtle fruit bouquet2015 HHHH 2010 HHHH with both floral and wines showed good and nice toastiness toA good pungent punch Interesting honeyed/toasty tropical-like aromas and integration of fine oak the bright palate withto the tropical nose fruit characters developing on flavours with slightly and varietal character. hints of hazelnuts andwith the vibrant tropical/ the nose and generous spicy/herbal notes. Touch \"But there were more very good varietal fruitmelon flavours mingling palate that has a lovely sweet on the palate. $26 dry white styles rather characters. $35with the crisp acidity. integration between fruit than varietal wines Sandalford$6.95 and age. $22 Hoggies Estate with a decent use of Prendiville Reserve Wines Coonawarra oak but the excess acid Margaret River Zonte's Footstep Riesling 2014 HHHH detracting,\" noted one Chardonnay Excalibur Adelaide Lovely elegant aged judge. 2015 HHHH Hills Sauvignon varietal that has Great commercial style Blanc 2015 HHH maintained its vibrancy Brown Brothers of chardonnay with a Subtle, subdued grassy with lifted spicy lemon Patricia Victoria slight tropical nose and aromas. Crisp acid and lime aromas. Chardonnay well-structured honeyed palate with a balance Mineral line to the crisp 2011 HHHH1/2 citrus palate with good of herbaceous flavours. palate. $14.90 Lovely floral perfumed acidity. $60 $18 Stage Door Wine varietal fruit bouquet Island Brook Estate Co. The Green Room with a bright melon lift. Single Vineyard Brygon Reserve VBBAEULSYUTSE Eden Valley Riesling The palate has a rich Margaret River Wines Bin 848 2015 HHH1/2 generosity of creamy, Chardonnay Margaret River Light melon nose with toasty, nutty characters 2014 HHHH Sauvignon Blanc a slight savoury edge. and a good acid Simple melon/ 2014 HHH The dry, crisp acid backbone. $41.90 peach bouquet and Subtle well-integrated palate offers plenty of citrus-driven palate varietal nose and mouthfilling flavours. $25 Deep Woods Estate with cashew-like generous palate with Margaret River development. It has Chardonnay length, texture and 2015 HHHH balance. $24 Oak-driven style with Craggy Range layered complexity and Gimblett Gravels nicely developed nose Vineyard Hawke's and palate showing a Bay Chardonnay nice flintiness and good 2015 HHH1/2 oily texture. $20 Tight light oaky nose and a warm and creamy Taylors Winemakers palate with some citrus Project Clare Valley characters and good use Chardonnay of oak. $31.95 2015 HHHH Indigo Vineyard Toasty oak nose; slight Alpine Valleys quince-like characters. Chardonnay Great cheesecake-like 2015 HHH1/2 palate with hint of Starting to develop with preserved lemon and a floral lift to the citrus some spiciness. $25 aromas and very good palate texture. Fruit a soft slightly aged little subdued; good flavours. $19.99 oak. $36 The Wine & Spirit INSIDER 135

NEW RELEASESBrygon Reserve Tomich Woodside Sirromet Wines Geoff Merrill Cilento Rutherglen EstatesWines Martha's Vineyard Adelaide Signature Collection McLaren Vale Rutherglen DurifLane Adelaide Hills Hills Chardonnay Granite Belt Sangiovese 2014 HHHChardonnay 2015 HHH Chardonnay 2011 HHHH A huge inky wine -2012 HHH1/2 Very subtle, shy, aromas. 2014 HHH Very nice spicy herbal typical durif. PowerfulNose has pleasant Slight oiliness to a very Estery tropical aromas bouquet; typically varietal aromas and intensetoasty buttery developed interesting palate. \"An and well-balanced spicy, with similar characters on flavours. \"Needs loin ofnotes mingling with the honest wine.\" $25 oak-driven palate with a palate that has a long mastodon!\" $24stonefruit which carries Capel Vale Black nice mouthfeel. $35 tannic finish. A good foodthrough to the palate. Label Margaret River wine. $25 Calabria 3 Bridges$14.99 Chardonnay ROSÉ Fox Gordon The Dark Riverina DurifUmamu Estate Macs 2015 HHH Prince Adelaide Hills 2014 HHHMargaret River Perfumed peachy nose; 2 TASTED Nero D'Avola Rich and generousChardonnay nice oak - doesn't 0 AWARDED 2015 HHH1/2 with masses of grippy2010 HHH1/2 overpower. Good solid Interesting roast lamb/ tannins, charry oak andButtery nutty old school line of acid on citrussy These wines lacked in rosemary aromas plump varietal fruit. $25style - lots of oak with palate. $34.95 freshness and vibrancy with perfumed lift.fruit starting to recede. to make the grade. Very different spicy/ Zonte's FootstepGood palate texture with Hoggies Estate confectionery/medicinal Violet Beauregardnice complexity. $25 Wines Coonawarra OTHER RED fruit palate. $24.95 Langhorne CreekThe Wishing Chardonnay VARIETALS & Sanguine Estate Malbec 2014 HHHTree Adelaide 2014 HHH BLENDS Heathcote Dense, inky licorice-likeChardonnay Nose seems almost Tempranillo aromas; youthful upfront2015 HHH semillon-like. Has a 15 TASTED 2015 HHH1/2 herbal/violet flavours.A solid commercial style musky/candied peel 10 AWARDED Spicy savoury herbal Firm tannin structure.with a dusty fruit nose palate with some nice nose and nice fruitand rounded creamy spiciness. $14.90 A solid group with sweetness to the 3-5 $25palate with melon most wines being pleasant soft youthfulflavours. $15 recommended. \"Very palate. Drinking well Ten Miles EastOxenberry Farm interesting class with now. $29.95 Adelaide HillsThe Sermon Tree lots to like and lots of Zonte's Footstep Z Saperavi 2014 HHHMcLaren Vale promise for the future,\" Force McLaren Vale Distinctive sweet/herbalChardonnay noted one judge. Petit Sirah nose and lovely depth2015 HHH 2013 HHH1/2 of rich youthful herbalAromas in the pungent Mr Riggs Yacca Good depth of spicy/ varietal fruit flavours. $40tropical spectrum with Paddock Adelaide cedary oak on the nosea lighter sweet/sour Hills Tempranillo and a firm grippy tannic PINOT NOIRpalate; nice acidity. 2014 HHHH palate with intense$20 Complex and fruit flavours. A keeper. 13 TASTEDCapel Vale Regional concentrated wine with 9 AWARDEDSeries Margaret a shy nose and nicely 3-5 $49.95River Chardonnay balanced youthful Casella Family \"These wines generally2015 HHH palate with good Brands Young Brute lacked the aromatic fruitHints of pineapple on combination of oak and Wrattonbully Red lift we were looking for,\"the nose with subtle oak fruit. 3-5 $30 Blend 2014 HHH said one judge. \"Someinfluence. Strong oak \"It is what it says - a red winemakers are stillpalate; some citrus and blend,\" with dark fruits, making dry reds ratherpeach. $24.95 charry oak and firm than pinot varietals.\" The tannins. Needs a BBQ! better wines showed $19.99 more length and palate weight than the rest.JUDGES - DAY 1 Kate Giles Matt Rechner Director, Claritas Owner/winemaker John Ashwell Marketing and Sales of Ekhidna Wines in Winemaker, Wolf Blass & Marketing Wine McLaren Vale for the Wines for the past seven Consultant. Has past 16 years. Formerly years. Has judged at the vintaged in Italy and winemaker for Tatachilla Amateur wine show. Has judged at Tall Timbers Wines. Has previously completed vintages with wine show in Western vintaged in Sonoma, Beringer & Geyser Peak Australia. California with Daryl in the US and also in the Groom. Hunter and Yarra Valleys.136 The Wine & Spirit INSIDER

wine & spirit insider tastingAkarua Tomich Duck VBBAEULSYUTSE K1 by Geoff Hardy GRENACHE & Claymore WinesBannockburn and Weave Adelaide Hills Pinot BLENDS You'll Never WalkCentral Otago Pinot Adelaide Hills Noir 2015 HHH Alone Clare ValleyNoir 2014 HHHH Pinot Noir Commercial style; simple 7 TASTED G.S.M. 2015 HHHHDark plum and cassis- 2015 HHH dusty nose and some 6 AWARDED A lovely vibrant noselike fruit with nutmeg Jubey red fruit aromas fruit flavours with toasty with the spicy oaknotes and good use and silky smooth palate peppery notes. $35 A very consistent dominating. Generousof oak. Gentle palate with good fruit weight Indigo Vineyard class; again grenache fruit layered palate hasstructure with some and soft tannins. $18 Beechworth Pinot performs well. \"The lots of oak and softalcohol heat. $42.99 NZ Noir 2015 HHH tannin structure here is chewy tannins. $22Paringa Estate GMH Adelaide Hills Subtle fruit nose and very good with a great Zonte's FootstepEstate Mornington Pinot Noir nicely structured palate marriage between the Peacock's FanPeninsula Pinot Noir 2015 HHH with good tannin grip silky oak and varietal McLaren Vale2013 HHHH Stalky dried berry-like and hint of bitumen. $36 fruit,\" said one judge. GrenacheEarthy red fruit nose bouquet and medicinal- Ten Miles East \"These are young wines 2014 HHH1/2with more earthy like dark fruit flavours. Adelaide Hills Pinot that offer interesting A great example of thecharacters on the spicy Good line of acid. $20 Noir 2014 HHH spicy overtones.\" variety with attractiveplum palate. Starting to Candied aromas and strawberry and cherrydevelop and has very Tomich Woodside lightweight palate with aromas and generousgood tannins. $60 Vineyard Adelaide strong herbal characters upfront fruit flavours. $25Tomich Icons of Hills Pinot Noir and confectionery Grant BurgeWoodside I777 2015 HHH nuances. $45 Virtuoso BarossaAdelaide Hills Pinot Briary-like varietal fruit G.S.M. 2015 HHHNoir 2015 HHH1/2 with a violet lift and Ripe red berry lift toEarthy strawberry lighter fruit flavours on a the nose. Light simplebouquet and a full- drying palate. $30 palate with very primarybodied palate with flavours and chewygood underlying spicy tannins. $19.95fruit. Very nice velvetymouthfeel. $60 The Wine & Spirit INSIDER 137

NEW RELEASESRojomama Red Richard Hamilton CABERNET 3 Oceans Winery TheArt Barossa Valley Lot 148 McLaren SAUVIGNON Explorers MargaretGrenache 2015 HHH Vale Merlot River CabernetClosed subdued nose 2014 HHH 17 TASTED Sauvignonand smooth palate with Closed nose; hints of 12 AWARDED 2013 HHHHberry and stonefruit spicy berries. Generous A big, tight and cleanflavours and silky rich berry fruit palate; A strong group - good youth with lovelytannins. $30 good acid and firm wines across the board chocolaty bouquet and tannins. $21 with some good vintages sweet oak/ripe rich fruitEkhidna She VBBAEULSYUTSE on show. Generally flavours wrapped inViper McLaren Leconfield the judges liked the firmish tannins. $34.99Vale G.S.M. Coonawarra Merlot appropriate use of oak Chain of Ponds2014 HHH 2014 HHH rather than the over-the- Amadeus AdelaideA nicely integrated spicy Powerful oak influence top examples in the past. Hills Cabernetherbal blend with good here with plum-like Cabernets like to age. Sauvignonflavour length. Nice fruit and chalky tannins. 2012 HHHHquaffer. $19.95 Palate has a drying Zonte's Footstep A touch porty on the finish. $26 Avalon Tree Fleurieu nose and good depthMr Riggs The Ironwood Peninsula Cabernet and generosity ofMagnet McLaren Estate Wines CABERNET Sauvignon varietal fruit flavoursVale Grenache Great Southern BLENDS 2014 HHHH1/2 with retained vibrancy2014 HHH Porongurup Merlot Soft fruit/oak nose with and ripe tannins. $38Sweet porty nose and 2014 HHHH 5 TASTED a light savoury edge and Stage Door Winefirm tannic palate with Pleasant, elegant 2 AWARDED an excellent integration Co. Full House Edengood fruit intensity. fruit-driven style with of generous sweet fruit Valley CabernetDeveloping nicely. $30 generous vibrant and Borderline wines with a and oak flavours with Sauvignon refreshing flavours couple making the grade good acidity and grippy 2014 HHH1/2MERLOT supported by silky showing decent oak and tannins. \"Well done!\" $25 Velvety cassis fruit tannins. A keeper. fruit balance. aromas with Ribena6 TASTED Brown Brothers notes and a firm tannic4 AWARDED 5+ $25 Capel Vale Regional Patricia Victoria palate with delicious fruit Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon cake-like flavours. $25Some interesting Cabernet Merlot 2010 HHHH1/2 Taylors Promisedexamples to be had here. 2014 HHH Smoky aged fruit Land South Australia Medium weight wine bouquet with some Cabernet Sauvignon Brygon Reserve with firm tannins, good minty brightness. A full 2015 HHH Wines Lions Lair depth of dark fruits and and complex palate still Slightly porty cassis/ Western Australia plenty of oak. $26.95 showing some primary blackcurrant bouquet Merlot 2014 HHH fruit and firm tannins. and generous sweet Powerful dense oak Springton Hills \"Travelling well now - fruit flavours with firm nose; minty overtones. Wines Harvey's drink soon.\" $61.60 tannins. $13 Firm, austere and tannic Blend Eden Valley palate with dark fruit Cabernet Grenache Ironwood length. $15.99 Montepulciano Estate Wines 2012 HHH Great Southern Savoury style; rich with Yarrawood Estate Porongurup dried berry fruit, spicy/ Barrel Select Yarra Cabernet Sauvignon herbal elements and Valley Cabernet 2014 HHH grippy tannins. $33 Sauvignon Nice integration of fruit 2014 HHHH and oak on the nose Dusty oak dominates and excellent balance of the nose with licorice varietal flavours. $20 notes. Excellent mid- weight palate. Sweet, upfront cherry flavours. Good use of oak. $48JUDGES - DAY 2 Pat Connors Steve Warrick Winemaker Rawsons Wine marketer with Bill Hardy Retreat Wines, part of 20 years experience Corporate oenologist for the Treasury Group. Has in McLaren Vale, Accolade Wines (formerly completed the AWEC Coonawarra, Constellation). 28 years’ advanced assessment Adelaide Hills and winemaking experience in course. Has travelled Margaret River. places such as McLaren Vale, internationally as Extensive wine Western Australia and France. processor for the judging experience Has judged internationally Penfolds recorking at the Adelaide, (France and Japan), and clinics and Rewards Hobart and McLaren been an associate or senior of Patience tasting Vale wine shows. judge at more than 20 state implementation. and regional wine shows in Australia.138 The Wine & Spirit INSIDER

wine & spirit insider tastingRichard Hamilton SHIRAZ & Deep Woods VBBAEULSYUTSE The Islander EstateHut Block McLaren BLENDS Estate Shiraz The Red SouthVale Cabernet 2015-2014 Et Al Margaret Australia ShirazSauvignon River Shiraz 2014 HHHH2014 HHH 28 TASTED 2014 HHHH1/2 Interesting nose - smellsLovely elegant 26 AWARDED An elegant nose layered of cloves and anise.integration of fine oak with rich concentration The zippy palate is freshand blueberry fruit Very strong class. of oak and fruit. Very and simple with slightlywith supporting chalky \"Overall the quality here generous palate weight jubey fruit and goodtannins. $21 was both consistent and with warm spicy cassis toasty oak. $20Yarrawood Estate of a high quality,\" said flavours and nice tanninTall Tales Yarra Valley one judge. \"Some great persistence. $20Cabernet Sauvignon examples of the variety2014 HHH with virtually no faults.\" Zonte's Footstep MollydookerLeafy varietal nose Shiraz continues to be Lake Doctor Velvet Glovewith mocha overtones one of the \"go-to-reds\" Langhorneand upfront sweet fruit when in any doubt with Creek Shirazflavours. Good acidity. $28 selecting wines. 2014 HHHH1/2Leconfield Tobacco and spice lift offCoonawarra McLaren Vale III the nose and the long,Cabernet Sauvignon Associates Squid well-balanced palate2014 HHH Ink McLaren Vale has a lovely roundnessNose a little closed with Shiraz 2014 HHHHH with good fruit cake-likejust a suggestion of A lovely deep purple flavours with a slightherbs. Dry red flavours wine with an attractive leafiness. $25with silky tannins. $35 lift of rich cedary oakGralyn Estate Black aromas and leading to a Paulmara Estates McLaren Vale ShirazLabel Margaret River long, dense raspberry- Limited Release 2014 HHHH1/2Cabernet Sauvignon driven palate beautifully Syna Barossa Shiraz Very appealing spice2011 HHH balanced by loads of 2014 HHHH1/2 driven, purple hued,A leafy varietal maturing velvety tannins. $55 Nice display of fruit on wine with an array ofbeautifully. Well the nose with a dusty warm persistent spicyintegrated aromas and Curtis Cavaliere character. Very solid oak characters sitting onflavours. At its peak! $60 McLaren Vale Shiraz palate, lovely mouthfeel top of the fruit with fine 2014 HHHH1/2 and intense leafy berry tannins. $185 Almost black in colour. flavours showing a floral Totino Estate Fleshy fruit fragrances lift. $60 Adelaide Hills Shiraz with a subtle touch of Byrne Vineyards 2014 HHHH oak. Very complex silky Scotts Creek Retreat Great length of pretty smooth palate, loads of SA Shiraz lifted red fruits here fig and cassis fruit and 2015 HHHH exhibiting an attractive good tannins. $70 Subtle aromas with herbal edge. A simple muted leafiness and nose and a soft palate some cloves. Warm structure. $23.95 solid palate, nice weight of jubey berry flavours with obvious spiciness. $18 38 38 is the number of days this wine spends on its skins in fermentation. Most wines are just 8 or IMPORTANT less. The extra 30 days of very slow fermentation increases the extraction and integration of skin DAYS tannins giving a greater depth of structure and lifting the savoury characteristics. The practicalities and costs of this process dictated that only two tonnes of grapes be fermented, and that means just 1536 bottles. 38 DAYS 2012 vintage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. It will cellar very well but if you are looking at a slow cooked leg of hogget perhaps you shouldn’t wait. Send us an email and we will let you know where you can buy 38 DAYS. [email protected] The Wine & Spirit INSIDER 139

NEW RELEASESStage Door Wine Co. The Wishing Tree MoFro Wines SHIRAZ & Umamu EstateFront & Centre Eden Adelaide Shiraz Perricoota Shiraz BLENDS Margaret RiverValley Shiraz 2014 HHH1/2 2014 HHH 2013 & OLDER Shiraz 2009 HHH1/22014 HHHH Leafy red fruit aromas Earthy tobacco leaf Savoury oak-driven noseGreat colour here. A nice and nice palate with aromas and a slightly 16 TASTED and a decent palate withfloral element to the flavours of dried plums, green/leafy palate with 9 AWARDED the varietal fruit holdingnose. Good solid herbal herbs and roast meats. soft tannins. $15 up well and balanced bypalate with firm, well Decent tannin length. Ironwood A mixed bag. Some the cedary oak. $34contained, tannins and $15 Estate Wines wines were showing Scarpantoni Estatedrying finish. $25 Taylors Clare Valley Great Southern their age - particularly Block 3 McLarenZonte's Footstep Shiraz 2015 HHH Porongurup Shiraz the 2011s with others Vale ShirazChocolate Factory Dense rich nose and a 2014 HHH having old oak issues. 2013 HHHMcLaren Vale Shiraz fruit choc-like palate with Old school style with \"The best had good spice Slightly dusty bouquet2014 HHHH a high acid persistence. subtle earthy nose and tannins with varietal and persistent darkDeep purple wine nice $19 and good upfront tarry overtones and retained fleshy fruit flavours withrichness to the nose Zonte's Footstep flavours with fresh freshness,\" said one good tannin support. $30and a rich, seamlessly Baron Von Nemesis acidity. $20 judge. The Islanderbalanced palate, good Barossa Valley Richard Hamilton Estate Old Rowleydepth of fruit flavours. Shiraz 2015 HHH McLaren Vale Shiraz Brown Brothers Kangaroo IslandSome tannic grip. $25 Nice oak component to 2014 HHH Patricia Victoria Shiraz GrenacheMr Riggs Piebald the nose. Good spicy Vivid purple wine with Shiraz 2012 HHHHH 2013 HHHAdelaide Syrah notes to the varietal fruit a dusty fruit nose and A nose of pepper and Green varietal nose with2014 HHHH flavours. $30 simple, smooth, well- spice and red berries. a spicy lift and simple,A menthol, eucalypt-like Curtis Limited balanced palate. $21 Rich generous palate well-structured, funkylift to the oaky nose and Series McLaren Vale Calabria 3 Bridges has good secondary meaty palate. $35a solid, gamey, chocolaty Shiraz 2014 HHH Barossa Shiraz characters developing The Old Faithfulpalate with a good Nose has oak sitting on 2014 HHH with well-balanced fruit/ Top of the Hilltannic grip and delicate top of red berry fruit. Oak-driven nose which oak flavours and silky McLaren Valeacid lift. $30 Dark fruit on the palate carries through to the tannins. Still young and Shiraz 2012 HHHCraggy Range with overt tannins. $100 treacley palate with its tight. $58.70 A balanced lighter styleGimblett Gravels dark fruit flavours. $25 with slightly greenVineyard Hawke's Hoggies Estate Sirromet Wines Geoff Merrill Bush aromas and peppery/Bay Syrah Wines No 2 Bottling Signature Collection Vine McLaren Vale smoked meat palate. $502014 HHHH Australia Shiraz Granite Belt Shiraz Shiraz Grenache Geoff Merrill Jacko'sA dense but very 2014 HHH Viognier 2014 HHH Mourvedre McLaren Vale Shirazapproachable style. Lovely lifted red berry Very pretty floral fruit 2011 HHHH 2011 HHHInteresting clove-like bouquet and a fresh with an apricot lift. Soft Layers of oaky aromas Greener leafy bouquetcharacters to the nose jubey fruit palate with in the mouth with good on the nose and a palate and good weightwhich carry through good level of tannins. flavour length. $35 that is rich and dense and persistence ofto the grippy blue fruit $14.90 Mr Riggs McLaren with pretty cranberry upfront Christmas cakepalate. $31.95 Vale Shiraz fruit flavours. Good oak flavours. $30Richard Hamilton 2014 HHH back-up. $25Centurion 122 Year Quite a medicinal nose SWEETOld Vine McLaren and well-structured Ekhidna Linchpin WHITESVale Shiraz meaty palate with a McLaren Vale Shiraz2014 HHHH drying tannic grip. $50 2013 HHH1/2 1 TASTEDA rich generous shiraz Plums and prunes on the 1 AWARDEDwith weight, length and nose. Nicely balancedbalance and a lingering spicy fruit palate. Good oak Brown Brotherspersistence of tarry/ balance, warming alcohol Patricia Victoriameaty-like varietal and solid finish. $40 Noble Riesling 2013characters. $80 (250ml) HHHHTaylors Promised Paringa Estate Clean aged rieslingLand South Estate Mornington aromas with honeyed/Australia Shiraz Peninsula Shiraz apricot botrytis overtones.2015 HHH1/2 2013 HHH1/2 Delicious 'slurpy' richGood commercial style Subtle berry bouquet citrus marmalade palatewith a bright berry and seamlessly with elegant flavourbouquet and nice palate balanced savoury palate profile. $36.70weight with lovely jubey with bright red fruitplum freshness. $13 notes. It has weight and balance. $50140 The Wine & Spirit INSIDER

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Join Peter Simic, Editor/Publisher of Winestate magazine and Travelrite International for the ITALYTHE BEST OF WINE & FOOD TOUR September 17 to October 4, 2016 Explore the best wine & food regions of Italy with Peter Simic. Outstanding locations – visits to Rome, Tuscany (Siena & Florence), Emilia-Romagna (Bologna & Parma), Piedmont (Alba) and Milan, plus Cinque Terre (Portofino).MAGAZINE

ITALYTHE BEST OF WINE & FOOD TOURTour leadership by Peter Simic Great fun exploring and discovering the fine food and wine regions ofPeter Simic, your tour guide, is an ideal host for Italy with Winestate’s Peter Simicthis trip. With a background in publishing andwine education over 25 years, his wine knowledgeis vast. In addition to being the founding editor/publisher of Winestate, Peter was formerly thefounding publisher of Wine & Spirit (US), managerof the SA Wine Information Bureau, and wineeducator with SA Regency College. He is also aregular wine commentator in newspapers and onradio and television in all states. Peter has led anumber of highly successful wine tours, includingtours to France, a QE2 wine cruise and tours toItaly, Spain and Portugal.Tour Itinerary Day 5 Wednesday September 21, 2016 Siena, Tuscany Following breakfast we travel south to the most famous wine area in southern Tuscany, Montalcino, home of Brunello di Montalcino. The wine is producedDay 1 Saturday September 17, 2016 Departure from sangiovese grosso, involving a long period of maturing in the barrelTour members depart Australian capital cities and travel on Singapore and then in the bottle. We will visit local producers and sample a range ofAirlines overnight services to Rome. It will be possible for tour members to wines. There will be time to explore the pleasant town of Montalcino.depart Australia on an earlier day – accommodation will be offered at the In the evening we will enjoy a celebration dinner at a noted Michelin-starredRome hotel for clients arriving early. Please call for details. restaurant in Siena. An impressive menu will be served with a range of top-Day 2 Sunday September 18, 2016 Rome ranking local wines selected by Peter Simic.On arrival, early morning at Rome airport, the tour group will be met by a Day 6 Thursday September 22, 2016 Florenceprivate coach and travel to central Rome for a sightseeing tour with a local Today is market day in Siena – the local market is one of the best in Italy.guide before checking into the tour’s centrally located four-star hotel. Rome, There will be time to explore the market before we travel north for a vineyardthe capital of the Ancient Roman empire, is rich in monuments of its ancient visit in the well-known Chianti region located between Siena and Florence.history. It is a lively modern city that offers a wealth of great experiences to Sangiovese is the essential variety in Chianti with many of the best producersvisitors. The tour group will come together for welcome drinks with Peter using it exclusively. We will visit a top vineyard and enjoy structured tastings.Simic before dinner. A good value local restaurant will be recommended Late afternoon we will travel on to our centrally located Florence hotel for afor dinner. two-night stay. Good quality restaurants will be recommended for dinner.Day 3 Monday September 19, 2016 Siena, Tuscany Day 7 Friday September 23, 2016 FlorenceAfter breakfast we will travel north by private coach to Siena in Tuscany for After breakfast we will enjoy a short walking tour of Florence with a localour first wine visit. We will make a stop in the Orvieto region with a visit guide. We will see the Duomo, the Piazza della Signoria, the Ponte Vecchioto a top producer. White wine is produced using trebbiano, grechetto, and this remarkable city’s other main sights. There will be free time for lunchdrupeggio and malvasia toscana. We will see the vineyards, tour the cellars at leisure before we depart for an afternoon vineyard visit in Chianti. Thereand enjoy structured tastings with Peter Simic. We will arrive in historic Siena will be time for shopping.late afternoon for an evening at leisure. This evening we will enjoy a celebration dinner at a noted Michelin-starred restaurant in Florence. Fine local food will be served with a range of localDay 4 Tuesday September 20, 2016 Siena, Tuscany wines selected by Peter Simic.This morning we join our private coach to travel east to Montepulciano, a Day 8 Saturday September 24, 2016 Parmagreat Tuscan hill town. It is the home of one of Italy’s most famous red wines,Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, produced from sangiovese and local varieties After breakfast we travel north to Bologna, the food capital of Italy. Onsuch as canaiolo and mammolo. We will visit key producers, enjoy vineyard arrival we will visit the Bologna Earth Market. More than thirty farmers fromand cellar tours, meet the winemakers and sample a range of wines with the surrounding area sell their seasonal products. The market is organisedguidance from Peter Simic. There will be free time for an al fresco lunch, by the Slow Food Network to sell fruits, vegetables, bread, biscuits, milk,when we will be able to sample the local food and wine. We will arrive in yogurt, eggs, salami and other produce. Mid-afternoon we continue ourSiena late afternoon. Restaurants will be recommended for dinner. journey north through the Emilia-Romagna wine region. The region covers

Very Special Experiences Great Food and WineFollowing the great success of previous wine tours to France, Italy We have found that tour members get a lot more out ofand Spain, Peter Simic has arranged a series of very special visits in their holiday if they are free to select their own lunch andthe historic and impressive fine food and wine areas of Italy. We will dinner arrangements on some of the tour days. It givesvisit great Michelin-starred restaurants and vineyards that are rarely tour members the opportunity to try out local restaurantsopen to the public. We will enjoy fine food and sample special – essential if they are to get to know the locals – and to eatvintages and meet people responsible for their skillful production. lightly or informally on some occasions. Peter Simic andIt will be a unique time to meet the characters and expand our the tour manager will recommend restaurants for each ofknowledge in most enjoyable and pleasant surroundings. these flexible-eating meals. Full continental breakfast daily and four special celebration lunches/dinners are included in the tour package. The celebration lunches/dinners will be occasions at which we celebrate the food and wine of each region of Italy visited. Very Comfortable Tour Hotels We have carefully selected well-located four-star hotels (top class or very comfortable Michelin ratings) that provide good value for money. All the hotels have clean, comfortable rooms with private facilities. Some of the hotels will provide an enjoyable experience of hotels “European style”, rather than the uniformity of standardised modern hotels.an area from south of Bologna to north of Parma. Interesting quality wines most prestigious red wines, barolo and barbaresco, are made exclusivelyare produced from a range of grape varieties including sangiovese, barbera, from nebbiolo and are the region’s highlight wines. A vineyard visit willcroatina, sauvignon blanc, trebbiano and many more. commence after lunch.Parma is an important market town that was the birthplace of Toscanini. Parmais famous for two of Italy’s best-known culinary delights: Parmesan cheese Day 13 Thursday September 29, 2016 Albaand dry-cured ham. Local restaurants will be recommended for dinner. After breakfast we continue exploring the fine wines of Piedmont. We head north to the Novara and Vercelli Hills region, notable for the bold reds:Day 9 Sunday September 25, 2016 Parma gattinara and ghemme, produced from nebbiolo. We will enjoy cellar toursToday we will travel to Modena home of balsamic vinegar. We first visit and structured tasting sessions led by Peter Simic.Mercator Albinelli, opened in 1931. Built in the art deco style, it is itself a work Day 14 Friday September 30, 2016 Albaof art. We will see a vast array of produce. We will enjoy a tour of a small A morning to relax in Alba. After lunch at leisure we will visit a notable wineryfamily run balsamic vinegar producer. We see how the vinegar is aged in a for a tour and tastings with Peter Simic.series of wooden barrels for a minimum of twelve years. The tour concludes This evening we will enjoy a celebration dinner at a local Michelin-starredwith a tasting of the different varieties of balsamic vinegar, including one restaurant. It will be a wonderful opportunity to sample great food based onthat sells for 110 Euro. local produce – we will ensure that in-season white truffles are on the menu.This evening we will delight in the food and wine of Emilia Romagna with a Peter Simic will expertly match wines for the evening.celebration dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Parma. Peter Simic will Day 15 Saturday October 1, 2016 Milanchoose a range of top-quality Italian wines that will match a fine menu. This morning we travel on to the grand city of Milan for a two-night stay.Day 10 Monday September 26, 2016 Santa Margherita Ligure Milan is Italy’s second largest city and the country’s financial hub. After lunchToday we head south-west to beautifully situated Santa Margherita Ligure on we will enjoy a tour of the main sights of Milan with a local guide. Milan hasthe Portofino coast, where we will enjoy a two-night stay. Santa MargheritaLigure is a sophisticated resort that overlooks the sparkling Mediterranean many fine restaurants and this evening the tour group will come together forclose to Portofino and the Cinque Terre. Restaurants will be recommendedfor dinner. a farewell celebration dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant. The food will be great, Peter will serve a range of outstanding wines as we celebrate our time exploring the food and wine of Italy.Day 11 Tuesday September 27, 2016 Santa Margherita Ligure Day 16 Sunday October 2, 2016 MilanAfter breakfast the group will travel by boat around the peninsula to the A free day to enjoy the many delights of Milan. Good-quality restaurants willsmall and beautiful village of Portofino. Lunch will be at leisure in Portofinoand the group will return to Santa Margherita Ligure mid-afternoon. be recommended for dinner.Day 12 Wednesday September 28, 2016 Alba Day 17 Monday October 3, 2016After breakfast we travel north to the Piedmont region and the delightful After breakfast the tour group will be transferred to Milan’s Malpensa Airport to join Singapore Airlines flights to Australia.town of Alba, famous for its white truffles, where we will stay for three nights. Day 18 Tuesday October 4, 2016 AustraliaThe region produces a large amount of high quality DOC and DOCG wines, Arrival in Australia and the tour concludes.with barbera, dolcetto and nebbiolo the most common varieties. Italy’s

ITALYTHE BEST OF The tour hotels are:WINE & FOOD TOUR Rome – Metropole 4-star Siena – Excelsior Jolly 4-star September 17 to October 4, 2016 Florence – Croce di Malta 4-star Parma – Du Parc 4-star Santa Margherita Ligure – Continental 4-star Alba – I Castelli 4-star Milan – Doria Hotel 4-starThe price for the 15-night tour is $ 9,500 per person twin-shareInternational and general travel taxesand fuel surcharges as at 1 November 2015 are $ 950 per personTotal $10,450 per person twin-shareThe land-only price for the tour (no flights) is $ 8,375 per person twin-shareSingle supplement is $ 1,350 per personPlease call for Business Class upgrade costIncluded in the tour price: Not included in the tour price:• Return economy-class air travel from east coast Australian capitals to Rome • Passport and visa fees. and return from Milan. Please call for other departure cities. • International airport and general travel taxes. Passengers will be able to extend their stay in Europe at minimal extra airfare. • Travel insurance. • Sightseeing and general expenses not specified in the itinerary.• Accommodation in four-star hotels with private facilities. Hotel taxes and • Items of a personal nature. service charges. • Additional travel arrangements – these will be quoted for separately.• A full continental breakfast daily and four special celebration lunches or dinners with outstanding food and wine.• Entry, tasting fees and special services at vineyards in each of the regions visited. Sightseeing and general entry fees as detailed in the itinerary.• Tour leadership by Peter Simic, editor/publisher of Winestate magazine.• Tour management by Travelrite International Pty Ltd, with an experienced staff member meeting the group in Rome.• A Travelrite International travel bag.General information and booking conditionsInternational touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stairclimbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have alevel of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without theneed of assistance from others.TOUR OPERATOR: Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 REFUNDS: The tour is based on arrangements that use by the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute005 817 078) is the tour operator. do not allow for any refunds in respect of sightseeing, the sole contract between the transportation companies accommodation, meals, airfare or other services not or firms and the purchasers of these tours. Baggage is atTOUR PRICES: The tour prices are based on airfare, utilized after the tour has commenced. owners risk throughout the tour. The contract betweengeneral transport, accommodation and other costs at passenger and Travelrite International shall be construedforeign exchange rates at 1 November 2015. Travelrite TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: All passengers will need to be in in accordance with the laws of the State of Victoria. AnyInternational reserves the right to alter the tour price or possession of a valid passport. Passengers holding other action must be brought in the State of Victoria.modify the tour if any of these factors change, giving any than an Australian passport should check requirementspassenger who has booked the right to withdraw with a with Travelrite International. HOW TO BOOK: Bookings can be made by completing afull refund of monies paid. No alteration to the tour price booking form and sending it with a deposit of $750 perwill be made within 60 days of departure from Australia. BAGGAGE: Economy class passengers qualify for a 23kg. person to: airline baggage allowance.DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS: A deposit of $750 per person Travelrite International Pty Ltdis required at the time of booking. Full payment will be CHANGES TO THE TOUR ITINERARY: Travelrite 423 Whitehorse Roadrequired 60 days before departure. International reserves the right to make changes to the Balwyn, Victoria 3103 tour itinerary to fit in with operational requirements.CHANGES: After confirmation of travel arrangements, one Any change to the itinerary will be replaced with similar Further information can be obtained by telephoningchange to travel arrangements will be provided free of arrangements with an equal or greater value.charge. Subsequent changes to travel arrangements will Toll free: 1800 630 343incur a fee of $ 25.00 for each change. RESPONSIBILITY: Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN Phone: (03) 8803 6868 64 005 817 078), is the tour organiser. Neither Nationwide Fax: (03) 9836 8068CANCELLATIONS: Cancellation advised more than 62 News Pty Limited nor any of its subsidiaries, nor any of its Email: [email protected] from the date of departure from Australia will incur newspapers have any involvement in the tour, and have www.travelrite.com.aua cancellation fee of $ 300.00 per person. Cancellations no liability of any kind to any person in relation to theadvised 62 days or less from the date of departure from tour. Travelrite International acts only as agent in making ABOUT TRAVELRITE INTERNATIONAL: Travelrite Inter-Australia will result in the loss of all monies paid. Travel arrangements with carriers, hoteliers and others for the national Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-establishedinsurance is strongly recommended to cover the cost tour. As a result, we cannot accept liability for any act or travel company which has been marketing throughoutof cancellation fees that could result from a death in the omission whatsoever, whether negligent or otherwise of Australia for over 30 years. It has two ATAS No A10538family, illness, etc. those carriers, hoteliers or other persons providing services accredited offices at Balwyn and Heathmont which are in connection with the tour over whom we have no direct also accredited with IATA. As such they directly representMINIMUM TOUR NUMBERS: The tour has been priced or exclusive control. We do not accept responsibility the major airlines of the world and all major domestic andon the basis of a minimum number of passengers having for any injury, damage, loss, delay, change of schedule, international hotel, tour and transport operators. Travelritebooked on the tour 62 days prior to departure. Travelrite or any other events that are beyond our direct control, International Pty Ltd is a full member of the AustralianInternational reserves the right to cancel the tour if such as, but not limited to, war, terrorism, flood, fire. Civil Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.insufficient passengers have booked by 62 days prior to disturbance, acts of God, acts of Government, or anydeparture, giving a full refund of all monies paid, or offering other authorities, accidents to or failure of machinery orarrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified price. equipment, or industrial actions. The passage contract in


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