Penfold’s new Grange blend called g4

Stand by for the Treasury Estates marketing machine to grind up to full blast with the launch of the 2020 release of its Collection wines on August 6.

Adding to this year’s release, Penfolds will launch a new wine blended from four vintages of Grange, aptly named Penfolds g4. The blend entwines Grange DNA from the 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2016 vintages to create a completely new Penfolds flagship.

Only 2,500 bottles are available at A$3,500 (750ml) each.  Ummm. If you need someone to help you sample it, send me an email so I can do some tasting notes. Please!

The complete list of other wines to be released are as follows. Note these are RRP and of course shop around for a better deal. They don’t come any cheaper theses days do they?

• 2016 Grange $950.00
• 2018 Yattarna $175.00
• 2018 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon $650.00
• 2018 RWT Bin 798 Barossa Valley Shiraz $200.00
• 2018 Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon $360.00
• 2018 Magill Estate Shiraz $150.00
• 2017 St Henri Shiraz $135.00
• 2019 Reserve Bin A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay $125.00
• 2018 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz $100.00
• 2018 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon $110.00
• 2018 Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz $100.00
• 2018 Bin 28 Shiraz $50.00
• 2018 Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz $60.00
• 2018 Bin 138 Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache Mataro $60.00
• 2019 Bin 23 Pinot Noir $50.00
• 2019 Bin 311 Chardonnay $50.00
• 2020 Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling $40.00

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Australian Prosecco sales soar

Lets start this report with the news that a PINK Prosecco has been officially approved by the Italian Prosecco DOC members. Strange you may say because pink Prosecco has been made and on sale in Australia for at least 5 years!

Pink Prosecco will provide a sales boost for producers

According to the new Italian regulations rosé Prosecco must be made with a Glera base and blended with 10%-15% Pinot Nero.   The only two permitted styles will be a Brut natural and extra dry style. The wines are allowed to go on sale at the earliest only on 1 January 2021. Labels must be vintage dated with a minimum of 85% of the fruit coming from the stated vintage. The new regulations are going to be made national and European law on the Italian government’s Official Gazette and the EU’s Official Gazette. It was also announced on 20 July that the Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG has approved a decision by its members to reduce the yields for the 2020 harvest to mitigate the risk of oversupplying in the wake of the coronavirus.

View of the vineyards Valdobbiadene Hill harvested for the Prosecco sparkling wine

This is how the Italians go about things and why they are actively attempting through the courts to ban   the term Prosecco. The pink version allows the addition of a proportion of red grapes to the white to give it colour, or grape skins to give concentrated colour. Then the pink blend undergoes a second fermentation to produce sparkling rosé – the standard method used to make Prosecco.

Australian producers have constantly been doing their own thing and producing a pink Prosecco. Five years on the Italians are catching up. A few years ago a select group of Italian winemakers visited on a study trip to the King Valley saw, and tasted the regions pink Prosecco but only now are they themselves authorising a pink version.

 Also I have detailed the march to Canberra to lobby federal politicians to battle the European Union to allow Australia call the wine Prosecco, instead of the variety’s real name Glera. I suspect few people would buy a sparkling wine called “Glera”. But by its protected name of Prosecco it is the fastest growing sparkling wine style in the world.

The Victorian Government also gave the King Valley lobby group a $30,000 fighting fund to protect their use of the name. This fighting fund is also used to work with Wine Victoria and the King Valley inspired Prosecco Road initiative to drive domestic visitors to the King Valley region now that international tourists are many months away.

Anyhow instead of French Champagne I now opt for a King Valley Prosecco when I want to enjoy a refreshing sparkling wine. (Not the pink version). Readers of this Blog will recall I have touched on the ongoing controversy over the use of the name to describe the variety in Australia.

It is a grape variety indigenous to north-eastern Italy’s Veneto region. Prosecco DOC which is, in fact, the name of the region, which is why there’s the current controversy. Prosecco is the biggest-selling Italian wine in the world.

In Australia, Prosecco is the fastest growing category in the off-trade market. Sales are rapidly growing and have more than doubled in the last two years. Prosecco is now the second biggest sparkling wine category behind Chardonnay Pinor Noir blends. While most white grape varieties saw a decline in production volumes, Prosecco bucked the trend, moving it into the top 10 white varieties for the first time. Prosecco is now grown across 11 Australian regions. The majority is grown in the King Valley and Murray Darling-Swan Hill regions. Needless to say the quality also varies considerably as winemakers look to cash in on the brand.

Why is Prosecco so popular?

Prosecco is more affordable and approachable than other sparkling wines, such as Champagne. It is easy to drink and sophisticated without the pretence that is sometimes associated with drinking Champagne. Champagne is too luxurious, heavy and unaffordable for a weekly treat or small event. Sales of cheap Prosecco in the domestic market are predominantly between $10 and $20 per bottle but for better quality brands look for $30 – $45. This price point has made drinking ‘bubbly’ a much more accessible experience and an everyday luxury. Prosecco is also appealing because it is a versatile sparkling alternative for all occasions. It can be enjoyed as it comes or mixed with Aperol for a refreshing spritz. I delight in making an Aperol Spritz as an aperitif.

Italian Proseccos

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Bellussi Prosecco di Valdobbiadene is a notable Italian Prosecco. Nice white floral overtones with notes of green apples alongside a creamy, long-lasting taste with just a touch of sweetness. A$22.00. Salatin Prosecco Extra Dry. The colour  was  yellow with greenish highlights  but there was an explosion of fruit and floral aromas with the distinctive fresh notes of green apple. Finished smooth and sweet. A$24.00. Porta Dante Prosecco can be found in major liquor chains at about A$16.00. Bright straw yellow hue leads to peach/apple fruits. Soft style and great for general drinking or for the Aperol!  Mionetto releases a number of Prosecco styles. Light straw colour with hints of honey and white peach. Nice acidity provides a fresh and lively mouthfeel with a clean dry finish. Use it to make cocktails. A$14.00.  Zonin Prosecco features a colourful label to attract the punters. Falls over from there. Taste was sweet with those yeasty overtones and citrus after tastes. A pleasant wine for the main market. A$14.00 from major chains. Valdo Marca Oro Prosecco Valdobbiadene-Veneto is exported to and recognised throughout the world. Delicate pale gold fruitful aromas of  golden delicious apples and a hint of honey. Balanced palate and the best of this lineup. A$21.00.

 Australian Proseccos

The Australian Prosecco brands here vary from large to boutique producers. There are also plenty of mediocre versions.

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I can’t talk about Australian Prosecco brands without mentioning Dal Zotto first.Dal Zotto owners: Winemaker Michael (left) and Christian Dal Zotto

Dal Zotto Prosecco PucinoDal Zotto is a pioneer of Prosecco in Australia. Twenty years ago, patriarch Otto Dal Zotto sourced Prosecco vine cuttings from the home of Prosecco and his home region of Veneto in north-eastern Italy, to plant at his home in King Valley.

Their NV Pucino Prosecco (opposite) accounts for 95% of all its Australian sales and no wonder why.

Pale straw colour, hints of fresh cut pear, citrus and touch of spice jump out on the bouquet; the palate is soft and with gentle bubbles provides maximum freshness.  $19.00 96/100

Australia’s biggest Prosecco producer, Brown Brothers, of the King Valley, is also worth noting. It has invested millions of dollars on planting Prosecco vines in the region and plans to develop a Prosecco packaging facility costing more than $20 million. De Bortoli and Pizzini are other popular producers from Australia’s home of Prosecco, the King Valley. Niccolò and Zaptung are a couple of boutique brands from South Australia. It’s also worth mentioning a couple of brands imported from Italy, but to my understanding created and positioned only for the domestic wine market: Mascareri and Ciao Bella. Finally, Freixenet is another import in a striking cut glass bottle – made to impress.

Finally consider Prosecco in cans. It is very appealing because of its versatility,  affordability and convenience. During the summer cans can be kept chilled and easily carried in portable eskys to the beach or around the pool.

My I can’t wait.

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James Halliday selling his rare wines

James Halliday in his cellar. Picture: Julian Kingma

It took half a century for James Halliday to accumulate his $1m collection of rare Burgundy wines. But at 82, he can’t drink them all. (Like many of us with cellars so full that they will never be drunk while we are alive). 

James Halliday tells the story…

More than half a century ago I went to wine appreciation lessons conducted by the great Len Evans and I introduced myself to him, with no idea what it would lead to. From 1965, when he was appointed national promotions executive of the Australian Wine Board, until his death in 2006, he towered over the Australian fine wine landscape like no one before or since. My relationship with him started as mutual friendship, but deepened to one of unconditional love.

In the late 1960s, relatively early in our ­friendship, I went to Len’s house in Greenwich on Sydney’s north shore for dinner and gave him a fly-casting lesson – I have a lifelong passion for fly-fishing – on the large lawn behind his house. The lesson over, he thrust a glass of red wine towards me. “What do you think of this?” he said.

I remember the following moments as clearly as if they happened yesterday. As I moved the glass towards my nose, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up, and as I started to fully inhale the aromas I was literally rooted to the spot. I had never imagined that any red (or other) wine could have such an exquisite bouquet, one that offered yet more joy each time I swirled the glass. I lost myself in that bouquet, forgetting to taste the wine, and then, shaking myself out of the reverie, I thought: I’m afraid to taste it, lest it is less magical – a reaction I have experienced many times since.

Instead, I took a sip, and experienced a cathedral of tastes beyond description; mere words are inadequate to do it justice. In a strangled voice, I asked: “What is it?” The answer: a 1962 La Tâche from the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, maker of the world’s greatest wines, and some of the rarest.

I have now been collecting (and consuming) wine for more than 60 years, initially with a focus on Australian wine, then expanding to experience the great wines of the world. I have written more than 70 books, and have judged wine in Australia, Europe and the US, with years as chair of the National Wine Show of Australia and at capital city wine shows. I first made wine in the Hunter Valley in 1973, as a co-founder of Brokenwood.

Throughout all these years, the jewel in the crown of my cellar has been the wines of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. I bought my first bottle of wine from the Domaine (the French equivalent of “winery”) in 1969 or 1970, and over the years have amassed a collection, stored in the cellar under my house, that has fluctuated but ­currently stands at 260 bottles.

While I have shared many bottles over the ­decades with friends who venerate the Domaine, I have never sold any of its wines – and the Domaine does not encourage it. As I approach my 82nd birthday, however, I have decided to sell my entire collection, which auctioneer Langton’s has given an estimated worth of upwards of $1 million.

The Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, located inBurgundy, northwest France, ­comprises six main vineyards, each with its own appellation – the smallest somewhat confusingly named “La Romanée-Conti”. Four vineyards date back to the 7th century, when the construction of the Abbey of Saint-Vivant de Vergy began. In 1760, Prince de Conti bought La Romanée-Conti for an ­exorbitant price and promptly reserved the entire production for himself. After the French Revolution there were several owners until 1869, when the core of the present day DRC was assembled.

The La Romanée-Conti vineyard was zealously protected from the scourge of phylloxera that swept Europe in the last quarter of the 19th century, but nevertheless the pest gradually affected yields on this hallowed ground; the 1945 vintage amounted to only 600 bottles so the vines were ripped out, the next ­vintage coming in 1952.

It’s hard to imagine now, but it was not until 1959 that DRC’s grape-growing and winemaking business created a profit, and the first small ­dividend was paid to family shareholders. When shareholders through much of the 19th century sold their holdings it was not because they made a profit by selling, but because they could not ­sustain the losses. In earlier centuries the wealth of the nobility made the losses immaterial, and for 500 years various orders of the Church had no such thing as a balance sheet to consider.

The value or price of a Domaine de la Romanée-Conti wine cannot be calculated by a simple price/earnings ratio. On the secondary market a price of $20,000 for a bottle of la Romanée-Conti is the minimum, and an average production of 5500 bottles per year gives rise to gross sales of $110 million a year. But such calculations are irrelevant. The families are not going to sell, period. The French Government would not condone a sale to a non-French bidder at any price. And now it is a case of the Domaine seeking to restrain prices. Highly sought after by collectors in the US, Japan, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and recently China, all the Domaine’s releases are on allocation: the ­distributors in various countries take what they are offered. Bottles are numbered, and the Domaine has made it clear to its distributors that if a wine is sold shortly after delivery, those responsible won’t be allocated wines the next year. Quiet cash sales that don’t create a ripple continue, of course.

As collecting swelled my cellar – eventually to 10,000 bottles – I was constantly on the lookout for bottles from the Domaine. But even in the early years they were seldom, if ever, to be found on retailers’ shelves. I have bought DRCs at ­Christie’s auctions in London, from Negociants (the Australian distributors since 1984) and direct from the Domaine. The oldest bottles were from 1942, some notable vintages being 1948, 1962, 1971 and (my all-time favourite) 1978.

In 1998, my wife and I were among a group of wine friends, led by Gary Steel, founder/owner of Domaine Wine Shippers, who bought a house in the tiny town of Monthélie, France. Our visits have always been in May, and the most important of the numerous visits to the foremost Burgundy domaines was to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. These days, the booming global interest in fine wine means it is virtually impossible to arrange a visit, especially if it is the first, and it’s now necessary for even longstanding clients to arrange a visit months before the event.

James Halliday’s cellar. Picture: Julian Kingma James Hallidays cellar. pix Julian Kingman

Over the decades I have staged or been to many great dinners featuring great Bordeaux, ­Burgundies and some of Australia’s rarest wines, dating from the 19th century. In 2005, a year before Len Evans’ death, a Single Bottle Club ­dinner had a magnum of 1929 Romanée-Conti as its ­highlight, purchased from a Belgian cellar for $60,000. Sixteen of the 27 wines were from 1929, and therein lies a song. Len was born in August 1930, a dreadful vintage across France; 1929, on the other hand, was a great vintage, and the year of his ­conception. So it was this we celebrated.

I have given freely of the greatest wines in my cellar for such occasions, because I absolutely believe these wines should be shared with those who understand and appreciate them. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti wines have ­usually been my contribution. Yet I have never sat down at home and opened a bottle of DRC to drink at dinner. Don’t get me wrong: if the occasion at home is a special one, I do not hesitate to open memorable bottles.

If anyone says, “But they’re so expensive/valuable”, my response is that it doesn’t cost me anything to bring them up out of the ­cellar. At one stage in the not-so-distant past I had more than half a dozen bottles of La Romanée-Conti – the most highly prized of all DRC wines – but haven’t been replenishing the stock because the market demand from all corners of the globe has taken the price to stratospheric levels.

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti gave me so much joy for so many years; it became central to my wine life. The joy has been enhanced by the pleasure, verging on a sense of awe, it has aroused in those who have shared the wines with me. I have the tasting notes and the menus from most of the 100 or so great dinners featuring DRC wines I have been to over the past 50-plus years.

My heart is deeply saddened by this sale, but I hope it will be the opportunity for the many wine lovers around the world to start or add to a ­collection of these wines. And my sadness has been assuaged by the knowledge that my memories of the wines will never fade.

Almost 60 years after it was made, that 1962 La Tâche is still a beautiful wine.

The Langton’s auction will be online and open from May 30 to June 28.

THE VINEYARDS

Echézeaux: A vineyard that produces highly expressive wines, with a seductive floral bouquet and a sweet red fruit palate, the tannins silky.

Grands-Echézeaux: Within the Domaine, this is simply known as The Grand, a clear endorsement of its quality. Its wines are richer and more structured than those of Echézeaux, with darker fruits and a hint of game (in the best sense).

Romanée-St-Vivant: I have always loved wines from this vineyard, even before the many improvements made in its management since the Domaine purchased it outright. It manages to be intense yet gloriously fragrant and fine as silk. I rank it third behind La Romanée-Conti and La Tâche.

Richebourg: Many devotees of the Domaine rate this vineyard second to La Romanée-Conti, pointing to the velvety power of its wines. I think Richebourg wines need longer to open up, and arguably emerge close to the best.

La Tâche: It has been said many times and proved many times that for the first 20 years or so, wines from La Tâche and La Romanée-Conti are difficult to tell apart. It is easy to rate La Tâche best because of the incredible fragrance of its wines and the prodigious length of their palate and aftertaste.

La Romanée-Conti: I’ve had more than my fair share of La Romanée-Conti wines over the years; the most compelling was a 1956, served blind in the Domaine’s cellars. The vines were barely 10 years old, yet it was a truly extraordinary wine from an appalling vintage.

Grateful thanks to James Halliday and the Weekend Australian Magazine to allow me to reproduce this article.
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$50 million six star hotel for the Barossa

The architecture firm behind the $50million (£25million) design insists it has been influenced by the art of wine barrel-making.

Cop this stunning $50 million vineyard hotel planned to be ‘the Sydney Opera House’ of South Australia.  Hotel Oscar Seppeltsfield is set ot open in 2022 and will be situated in the heart of the historic Seppeltsfield vineyard.

It will consist 70 rooms all with suites and and each one will boast a private balcony. I’m not kidding!

On first sight, you you might think this eye opening curvaceous structure looks like an elongated boot, but the architecture firm behind the $50 million design say it has been influenced by the art of wine barrel making.
 
The design philosophy was borne watching the experienced craftsmen wield their tools, as they contort and convex each timber stave into an iconic, recognisable form – the barrel. This icon represents the many facets and complexities of Seppeltsfield history the architects say.

The tranquil Seppeltsfield vineyard is 60 kms north of Adelaide and is one of the most historic in the country, dating back to 1851 

The 12-storey building will be positioned right in the middle of the Great Terraced Vineyard

The hotel is named after one of its former directors, the late master winemaker Oscar Benno Seppelt (1873–1963), who helped revolutionise the Australian wine industry.

The 12-storey building will be positioned right in the middle of the Great Terraced Vineyard, surrounded by century-old bush vines and only a short walking distance to the Seppeltsfield tourism village.

There will be a sky bar on the top level with 360-degree sweeping views of the Barossa. The ground floor will have a wellness day spa that includes private entry to a relaxation space and infinity pool. The hotel will also offer a world-class restaurant, private dining room and boardroom all six star.

The hotel will be a joint venture, funded by a company called Luxury Hotels Australia. Lets hope the price to stay are not six star as well. 

The d’Arenberg Cube looks silently on. Who says theres not money in wine!

BUT THATS NOT ALL!

A new $1.8 million venue at the Langhorne Creek Lake Breeze winery will be ready to start hosting weddings by October this year, despite current COVID-19 restrictions.

Lake Breeze has been planning the upgrade for more than three years, with a $300,000 Regional Development Grant pledged to the project by the State Government in 2018 on its way.

Despite the current closure of the winery’s cellar door and restaurant, and a freeze on most of its wine exports, Lake Breeze is continuing to employ staff and will take advantage of the quiet period to construct the new facility.

The new event space will allow for 25 weddings per year — more than double what the winery currently holds — while also catering for additional conferences and gatherings. The venue will have capacity for up to 200 people.

In the past functions have been hosted in their barrel sheds at the back of the winery, but that space is unavailable during vintage. This mean’t no functions  through February, March or April.

Located just an hour south-east of Adelaide, Lake Breeze has already started taking bookings for the new space.

Designed by architect Trisia Kwong, the new structure will feature original limestone and sandstone mixed with industrial galvanised steel, with large glass windows to take in the surrounding scenery of the 90ha vineyard run by the Follett family.

Yarra Valley and Mornington over to you! 

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A Guide to buying wine on the Internet

Online: Cyber Cellar

The Coronavirus has had a dramatic impact to the way we live particularly to those who are house bound and love their wine.

But it is not all bad because why not use the internet and order wine online?

Now, you can easily find, order and get wine sent to your door from the comfort of your own home. But, there are certain ways to go about it and obstacles you will face. Heres a guide to help buy wine on the web.

When to Buy Online

Shopping for wine online is best suited to buying fine wine and bottles that are a little harder to find. If you’re looking for $10 bottles of wine, it doesn’t make as much sense to buy online. However, if you’re looking more along the lines of $30, $40, $50, $100 a bottle, then the price of freight becomes a smaller percentage of your overall purchase.

Shipping wine to your home is expensive for the seller because it’s heavy, so it’s always a good idea is to average out the cost of freight against the bottle cost. It may well end up more expensive than waiting for the liquor stores to re open. (Another example is visiting wineries and making an impulse decision to buy a case only to discover it was cheaper at a liquor chain 100 metres from your house).  Ensure if FREE freight is offered you are still getting a good deal and the cost of freight has not been built into the unit cost of the wine.

Another reason to buy online is if you’re looking for a specific wine—say, for a special occasion or to give as a gift. Odds are you won’t be able to find that locally. The Internet is your oyster for this scenario. For example, Vinfolio.com, which specializes in fine wines sourced directly from producers, offers 6,000 to 9,000 selections spanning blue-chips from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Italy, Champagne and California.

Tips for Searching Online

Start with outlining your goals. Are you looking for something specific or are you just browsing? If the former, the first thing to do is a simple Google search for the wine you want. This will bring up results from retailers that carry the product.

Along with Vinfolo.com, I use WineSearcher.com and Wine.com to search for wines that may be available at retailers in my state or area. You may recall that in an earlier post on this site reviewing the 2013 Mas La Planta from Spain. It was one of the top 10 searches on WineSearcher.com in 2019.

There are others of course but make sure the sellers you’re finding through these searches are reliable. Look up how long they’ve been around and if there are mentions of them on other sites. There are a lot of sites selling wine out there! If you have your heart set on a particular wine but can’t find it immediately, you can create a Google alert for it and you will receive an email if it becomes available somewhere.

Using the internet will also allow you to shop around for the best price on that special wine. You have a great advantage now because there’s real price transparency.

If you’re searching more generally, start with a specific retailer that has a selection that matches your taste. Perhaps you already have your favourites from previous shopping experiences or recommendations from friends and family.

The vast majority of online liquor retailers actually have brick-and-mortar stores and most keep their online inventory up to date in real time. Use their search criteria on the website to narrow down your search. Are you looking for wines from a certain country? Region? Grape variety? Vintage? Chances are the retailer’s website allows you to search using those parameters.

Of course if you have a favourite wine such as Central Otago Two Degrees pinot noir go direct and cut out the middle man.

Some online sellers also offer searches that are set up to emulate the most popular wines that buyers purchase. At Wine.com, for example, you can locate what wines and what products are popular. Surprisingly people buy that wine, because everyone else is but then what happens is a popular wine stays popular and up front and you won’t get a chance to see a special wine. It always pays to conduct a search and ignore what the site is pushing.

Build a Virtual Relationship

Another option is to be part of the cellar door experience from the comfort of your own home. For instance Wine Yarra Valley is bringing virtual cellar door tours to you online on every Thursday afternoons.

The online experience is live-streamed through Wine Yarra Valley’s Instagram page with the chance for people to sit and chat with a winemaker over a glass of wine.

You will have the option to purchase from two different curated mixed six-packs from different Yarra Valley producers on the Wine Yarra Valley website delivered free to your door.

Tune into the @WineYarraValley Instagram account at 5 pm AEST on Thursday afternoons to tour one of these cellar doors and have a drink with the winemakers on live-stream. The ‘Pick Your Own Pack’ allows you to customise a mixed six-pack from a selection of over 40 different Yarra Valley wines. Great idea!

Look, shopping for wine online can’t be the same as having an interaction with a person in a retail shop and building a relationship with them. Online and digital programs are extensions of a company’s  brick-and-mortar operation and in these unusual times is vital to keep sales moving.

Good retailers and wineries will provide a lot of information on their websites about wines you are considering buying. This can include technical sheets for a particular wine with information on the winemaking, region, producer and regional profiles with staff tasting notes as well as scores and reviews from all and sundry. This is much more than what a producer can put on their front and back labels.

If you really like a retailer or winery subscribe to their marketing emails. They will inform you of special deals and new arrivals. Some retailers with more robust digital operations can tailor these emails to your preferences. I advise you not do what I do and subscribe to scores of them as the emails can come at you like a machine gun blast!

The Lowdown on Freight.

Always check and see if it’s FREE freight or freight is extra. Usually if it is extra a drop down box will provide the freight cost to your postcode, and it can vary substantially and can be expensive, often adding $1.50 to each bottle by the case of 12.

Ask online if they have a delivery heat policy? Most wineries do but rarely liquor chains so resist ordering when there is a succession of very hot days. Always give precise delivery instructions too. You don’t want wine plonked on the verandah or at the front door exposed to the searing sun. Why not down the side of the house or inside the garage? Less likely to be nicked by a passerby.

The option of signature or not is important as well. If yes and you are not home a card should be left which will mean a trip to pick it up and if not Aust Post it could be kilometres away. That’s why the options above are so important.

So there you have it, relax and start searching!

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