We are back from our travels through Victoria and Tasmania with a few new wines to showcase.  As they come in we will be revealing what we have found.

Vintage 2017 has started as a great year and new releases will be on their way soon.

In the meantime, make sure you have stocked up on your favourites or ask us how to cellar some of these great wines for you to enjoy in the future.

One of our new wines is the 2009 ILR Reserve Semillon:

Semillon of the Year, James Halliday Wine Companion 2016
8 Trophies / 9 Gold Medals / 5 Silver Medals

We also have the  2015 Brokenwood Semillon

Both of our Brokenwood selection will be on sale for this week only! Get in quick, and the first three months of cellaring will be on the house!!!

Here is a report from Ian Griggs, Chief Winemaker at Brokenwood in the Hunter Valley and how their Season has kicked off…


Winery & Vineyard Update
The Hunter Valley grapes were all off by 17th February and I can report the wines are fantastic. Whether it’s another 2014 for the reds or better is yet to be determined but it’s bloody close. Surprisingly given the heat, there were very good volumes as well.

Speaking of the weather, how did the vines survive? How did we survive? December had 20 days above 30C with 8 above 35C and the hottest day at 41.2C. Rain for December was 75mm. January had 19 days above 30C with 13 above 35C and the hottest day at 44C. Rainfall was 23mm on 2nd and 26mm on 25th. February had 18 days above 30C with 11 days above 35C and the hottest was actually a run of 3 days 44/47/46C on 10th to the 12th February. Not much rain at 42mm.

The vines survived in great condition thanks to the diligence of Katrina Barry and Stuart Hordern. Mid-year rain was pretty scarce, but we had full dams and subsoil from the 325mm in January 2016. The Tallawanta Vineyard responded to better management with great Semillon and Shiraz. The old vine Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, Verona Vineyard Shiraz and Mistress Block Shiraz all did well.

Hunter Valley Semillon, we’ll have 3, maybe 4 single vineyard bottlings of Trevena, Tallawanta, Draytons and Poppy’s from Marsh Estate.

Lower crops at Beechworth but excellent quality. We have picked up much needed Sauvignon Blanc (never thought I’d type those words) from Griffith.

McLaren Vale is a week or so off and Margaret River is nearly a month off.

Big thanks to Katrina Barry, Stuart Hordern, Kate Sturgess and a great vintage crew.

– Iain Riggs, Managing Director & Chief Winemaker



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