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Winestate Magazine

September October 2019

Launched in 1978, Winestate is one of the world’s longest running wine magazines, featuring over 140 pages on all things vinous from around the globe. Winestate tastes and rates over 10,000 wines a year, making Winestate the leading authority on Australian and New Zealand wines.

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Editor & Publisher Peter Simic E: editor@winestate.com.au Managing Editor Lara Simic E: lara@winestate.com.au NZ Editor Michael Cooper E: michaelcooper.wine@outlook.com Sub-editor Michael Bates Administration Vicki Bozsoki E: administration@winestate.com.au Graphic Designer Naomi Fry E: production@winestate.com.au Marketing Manager E: sales@winestate.com.au Tasting Coordinator Ashlea Lowke E: tasting@winestate.com.au Printing DAI Rubicon Winestate Web Site E: editor@winestate.com.au WINESTATE New Zealand Administration Kay Morganty Phone: (09) 479 1253 E: winestate@xtra.co.nz CONTRIBUTORS New South Wales Winsor Dobbin, Elisabeth King, Clive Hartley South Australia Skye Murtagh, Joy Walterfang, Nigel Hopkins, Dan Traucki Victoria Jeni Port, Hilary McNevin Western Australia Mike Zekulich Queensland Peter Scudamore-Smith MW, Andrew Corrigan MW, Lizzie Loel New Zealand Michael Cooper, Emma Jenkins MW, Jane Skilton MW National Travel Winsor Dobbin EUROPE André Pretorius, Giorgio Fragiacomo, Sally Easton MW ASIA Denis Gastin HONG KONG Lucy Jenkins…

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GREAT TO SEE in the media the other day showing new research that red wine relieves stress and is one of the great advantages of having a glass or two each day. I have said this forever. I can’t believe that this is never mentioned when the argument from the anti-alcohol lobby is put forward that wine drinking is bad for you. Their argument is always about the negative effects of binge drinking; the effects of alcohol for women, particularly in relation to fertility and pregnancy; drink driving and so on. Whilst these arguments are all valid to specific sets of people, the fact that there is no counterpoint to these opinions boggles the mind. It’s the classic case of using a shot gun to kill a fly. The over-arching argument for…

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SEASON OF CHANGE CHANGES are afoot at Elderton Wines in the Barossa Valley with the decision of the company’s co-founder Lorraine Ashmead to step down from the board and the departure of Elderton’s long-time winemaker Richard Langford. In light of their mother’s decision to step down, co-managing directors, Cameron and Allister Ashmead have taken the opportunity to extend the number of non-executive board members to include well-known New Zealand winemaker and founder of Craggy Range winery, Steve Smith, MW. The move of Langford to neighbouring Barossa maker Two Hands has opened up a new position of Head of Production for winemaker Julie Ashmead (nee Campbell) who is the daughter of the late Colin Campbell and fifth-generation winemaker at Campbells of Rutherglen. TURKISH DELIGHT AFTER years of experimentation and hard work, the Turkish red grape variety,…

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NZ WINE SOCIETY CLOSES AFTER 30 years in the local marketplace, direct sales retailer New Zealand Wine Society is being closed by its owner Woolworths. Though not a high volume dealer, the NZ Wine Society had developed a loyal following of members, many of whom had been purchasing wines chosen by long-time cellar director Vic Williams for decades. A pioneer at the time of its launch, the fast-changing retail landscape has seen numerous competitors emerge over the years. Woolworths also owns the Countdown range of supermarkets in NZ and its digital GM Sally Copland said it would be working with NZ Wine Society’s staff to find them “other opportunities within the wider business as appropriate.” Copland added: “This brings with it an opportunity to change and refresh our customer offer…we look…

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restoring reputations

IN the drive towards greater emphasis on terroir, sense and uniqueness of vinous place, many European regions have long been exploring and evolving ways to incorporate notions of differing quality and vineyard specificity into appellation structures that are now often a few or many decades old. Soave, in the north-east of Italy just east of Verona, is one such location that earlier this year announced, after a near 20-year viticultural research and zoning project, the recognition of 33 “crus,” or single vineyards, whittled down from a long list of around 60 possibles. Soave is one of those regions that expanded rapidly in the 1960s to meet rapidly increased demand, and stretched yields to make enough wine. Vineyards spilled off the defined - since 1927 - hilly, Classico heartland on to flatter,…

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fads and fashions

IN 1992 a paper presented at the annual Australian Society of Wine Educators Conference analysed the common aroma descriptors used by journalists. It looked at the major grape varieties - riesling, sauvignon blanc, semillon, chardonnay pinot noir, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. The list is a useful teaching tool to help novice tasters look for the right descriptors. But over time have these descriptors changed? What was fashionable in 1992 might not stack up in 2019. Recently I was reading the tasting notes of wine judges from a major Australian wine show over a three-year period so it was an opportunity to check if the aroma descriptors have changed. In 1992 the most common descriptors for chardonnay were melon, peach, fig, buttery and butterscotch, followed by honey, nutty, pineapple, toasty and mango.…