Spring has sprung, which means its wine release season!

One of the first off the block this year with, their most popular Clare Valley classics, was Tim Adams and his winemaker Brett Schutz.

Off the back of a couple of smaller yielding vintages, Tim said “2016 is shaping up to be one of the best all round vintages in a decade”. 

He added: “The 2016 vintage has produced fruit rich styles of wine, with plenty of character. In many ways these three wines represent the corner stones of the Tim Adams quality winemaking philosophy and our commitment to traditional Clare Valley wine styles from a number of growers and vineyards throughout the entire Valley.”

And wow, are we excited!!

We tried:

2016 Tim Adams Riesling (RRP $22), 2016 Tim Adams Pinot Gris (RRP $22) and 2013 Tim Adams Shiraz (RRP $25).

And here is what we found.

2016 Tim Adams Riesling

Using only the free run juice at crushing, Tim, Brett and the team have managed to create a beautifully intense and aromatic Riesling which is delightfully zesty, and screaming springtime sunshine.

“The fruit for this Riesling has been sourced from five vineyards in the Clare Valley each with their own individual site characteristics and stories,” Tim said.

“One close to my heart is Skilly Ridge which Pam and I bought in 2014 and now call home. Many of you would remember when it was ‘Ingham’s Skilly Ridge’. We maintain the vineyard to the very high standard which the Ingham family established. The second is a site known as ‘Bayes’ named after district legend Roger Bayes.”

“The site sits 500m above sea level. The others include ‘Morrison’s’, near Penwortham owned by the Morrison family, Baum, owned by Anna Baum and Ireland’s another vineyard owned by Pam and myself,” he added.

2016 Tim Adams Pinot Gris

If Riesling isn’t your wine of choice, then this Pinot Gris will be right up your street.

It screams of lychee and peachy goodness wrapped up in a deliciously fresh wine with that sweet kick we all know and love in a Pinot Gris.

Released consecutively for 12 years, its now also claimed to be one of Australia’s leading Pinot Gris. Win!

2013 Tim Adams Shiraz

Tim Adams rounds out the trifecta with its delicious Shiraz. As a blend of three local vineyards, this wine is an excellent representation of a classic Clare Valley red. It’s rich, oaky and packed to the brim with plum and dark chocolate notes. Perfection for those colder evenings!

Thursday, 24 March 2016 03:47

Easter wines: The Wine Pig's hot picks

The lamb is in the oven, the Easter egg hunt has been set up, and now onto the most important part of the day: what to drink.

To help you on your way, The Wine Pig has put together a list of wines which should be gracing your dinner table this Easter weekend.

THE BUBBLES

Mayfield Vineyard, Orange – 2009 Pinot Noir Chardonnay sparkling
We should all start off the Easter weekend with a glass of bubbles.

And this one is up there with the best.

It has a soft berry-ish taste, which probably explains the slight pink-orange tinge. YUM. It’s a wonder they have any stock left!

Petersons House, Hunter Valley – pink blush rose
If pink is more your flavour, look no further than the Petersons Blush.

The soft bubbles and pale pink colour, combined with the slightly sweet but very fresh finish makes this wine a perfect pre-dinner celebration drink to share with friends, if you are feeling generous enough to share that is.

LOWE Wines, Mudgee – ‘Bobby Lowe’ organic sparkling merlot
For something a little different, definitely look for a great deep red sparkling to compliment all that lamb.

This is a perfect smooth and earthy sparkling red wine, also with the added benefit of being organic.

LOWE has made sure the wine has a low sugar level, meaning it’s really quite dry and fruity and lovers of ‘big’ reds will be excited to have a red sparkling with a bit more umpf.

THE WINES

Voyager Estate, Margaret River – 2014 Chenin Blanc

We all know lamb is the Easter dish of choice, so for those who aren’t ready to tackle a rich and bold red wine, a great Chenin Blanc should be on your list.

Voyager Estate have done a great job with this very easy drinking, early Chenin Blanc.

It’s got all the succulent and juicy tropical flavours with a hint of great sweetness while also being a fine full bodied white wine which is robust enough to stand up against all that meat.

Mount Pleasant, Hunter Valley – Singing in the Rain Rose

Picked early, specifically to make a rose, rather than using the juice that has been run off reds as an afterthought gives this wine a lot of its character. The Shiraz-based wine is pale salmon pink in colour has earthy and slightly floral undertones but with a powerfully juicy red berry finish. Perfect to enjoy with your Easter seafood entrée.

Two Hands, Barossa – Gnarly Dudes 2013 Shiraz
For those looking for something a little more traditional to go with your Easter feast, definitely keep an eye out for this Two Hands wine.

This bold wine has a lovely medium but rich density and weight, which is full of flavour with ripe with berries, chocolate notes and a hint of smokiness.

This spiciness of this wine makes it worryingly and perfectly quaffable meaning we just can’t get enough of it in our mouths at once! Oink oink.

THE DESERTS

Pieter Van Gent, Mudgee – White Port

The original white port made in NSW’s Mudgee region, by the wonderful Pieter Van Gent, is smooth, silky and luscious with tinges of nectar notes. It is a fantastic accompaniment to your Easter chocolate desert feast, or simply with a hot cross bun on the side. It’s not too sticky, it’s not too sweet, it’s just right.

Josef Chromy, Tasmania – Ruby Pinot NV (Fortified)

If you’re looking to enjoy your Easter eggs with a more traditional style of port, then Josef Chromy’s Ruby Pinot is a great place to head to. It screams rich fruit cake with ripe and juicy dark cherry and plums. It’s silky, it’s vibrant and it’s delicious. Make sure to pour yourself a generous portion!

 Petersons, Mudgee – Cellar Port NV

If something a little heavier is more to your taste, Petersons of Mudgee make a spectacular Tawny Port which can really truly be described as Christmas in a glass. Ok, so we’re nine months out from the silly season, but you can’t have Easter without an amazing port, and you wouldn’t find The Wine Pig’s dinner table without a bottle, and healthy glass, of this one. Heaven in a bottle.

Thursday, 03 March 2016 09:45

The Wine Pig’s top 5 Aussie Shiraz

As Australia’s iconic wine, Shiraz continues to go from strength to strength. There are at least 25 different wine regions which produce the excellent varietal – from the infamous Barossa Valley in South Australia to Queensland’s Granite Belt or Tasmania’s Tamar Valley, the variations are huge.

This much-loved blockbuster wine is a mammoth export for Australia, shipping all over the world, is sometimes mistaken for being super-ripe and jammy when in reality, a fantastic Aussie Shiraz screams elegance in every aspect from the medium-bodied tannins to the spicy but smooth notes.

The Wine Pig wants to offer a huge congratulations our top 5 Shiraz wines, and their producers, which have all managed to blow us with their varied and equally delicious versions of what is truly an amazing wine.

For the Shiraz lover in all of us. 

 

Clonakilla – 2014 Hilltops Shiraz 

A February head wave in 2014 intensified the sugars, colours and flavours in the grapes in the Canberra region meaning the 2014 version of this delicious wine is the ripest and the blackest since the epic 2009 vintage.

But there is no complaining here!!

The wine is spicy and vibrant with black cherry notes yet mature, with its firm fine tannins and smooth structure.

 

Kaesler – ‘The Bogan’ Reserve Shiraz Vintage 2012 Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is famous for its big, bold reds, and Kaesler’s wines are no exception.

It’s full-bodied and brave with lashings of black cherry complemented by full ripe plums with a sprinkle of dark chocolate spiciness to keep your tastebuds standing to attention.

Anyone looking for a smooth, sophisticated Shiraz HAS to sample this beauty! 

 

Lou Miranda Estate – Golden Lion Shiraz, Vintage 2014 Barossa Valley

The very dark and intense purple colour was surprising at first, but also refreshing.

The robust spicy and peppery notes and full dark fruit quickly blew The Wine Pig away, as did the hints of rich dark licorice.

This wine was a sheer delight to drink, so much so that we made a conscious effort to sip slowly and really take in the deliciousness which is this great Shiraz.

It’s warm and inviting like a big hug by your favorite jumper on a cold day, and elegant enough to be a treat but smooth enough to be enjoyed on any occasion. Great work! 

 

Huntington Estate – 2009 Special Reserve Shiraz

The 2009 version of Huntington Estate’s Special Reserve Shiraz is right up there with the best of the rest – an amazing feat for a Mudgee-based vineyard!

It’s complex and exciting with strong purple-red hues – it’s juicy and deep with some earthy notes and smooth, fine tannins.

Huntington Estate themselves promise it’s excellent in the cellar, with the ability to age even further for another 15 or so years, or its beautiful to drink now.

 

Gemtree Vineyards – 2013 Ernest Allan McLaren Vale Shiraz

From Barossa’s smaller neighbor, McLaren Vale, this is everything a wine-lover could want in a Shiraz – punchy, fragrant, medium-bodied and delicious with a silky smooth finish.

And as if it could even get any better… ALL of Gemtree’s wines are organic and biodynamic.

And the name… Wait… what? Well we can vouch for Gemtree here, this wine is literally ernest, and we LOVE it!

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