Category Archives: Wine Awards

Oct 10 2014

What’s Making Wine News: Penfolds’ Peter Gago is named GTW Winemaker of the Year

Posted on October 10, 2014 | By merrill@cellarit.com

2014 is shaping up as a big year for Penfolds. Not only does 2014 mark the winery’s 170th anniversary, but for the first time the company released two vintages of Penfolds Grange – the 2009 and the 2010 – in the same year.

The 2010 Penfolds Grange is winning wide acclaim as one of the best vintages ever, and it comes hot on the heels of the 2008, which was given a rare 100 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

No wonder Peter Gago, Penfolds’ chief winemaker for the past 12 years, has just won Australian Gourmet Traveller’s Wine prestigious Winemaker of the Year award. He also picked up the Len Evans Award for Leadership – marking the first time both awards have been given to the same person in one year!

While the media spotlight inevitably falls on the release of the Grange, wine critic Huon Hooke observes that in 2014 Penfolds also released two of the greatest wines it has ever produced: The 2010 Bin 170 Kalimna Block 3C Limited Edition Shiraz and the 50-Year-Old Rare Tawny.  (Peter Gago named GWT Winemaker of the Year 2014 by Huon Hooke, Hooked on Wine, 18 October 2014)

The recommended retail prices for these two wines, $1,800 and $3,550 a bottle respectively, is audacious, but no-one disputes their calibre. They represent winemaking at its pinnacle and are truly a sign that Penfolds, under Gago’s inspiring leadership, has definitely come of age!

by Merrill Witt, Editor

 

Photo Credit: Drinkster

The 2010 Penfolds Grange and the 2008 Penfolds Grange are available on the Cellarit Wine Market.. [Read More]

May 05 2011

British Wine Critic gives Jim Barry Wines The Armagh Shiraz 2006 a rare perfect score!

Posted on May 05, 2011 | By merrill@cellarit.com

First Press reported this morning that Jim Barry Wines The Armagh Shiraz 2006 has received a rare 20/20 score from British wine critic Matthew Jukes: “With more truffles and well-hung game than a Piemontese banquet and so much latent power that it makes me feel bashful to even type its name, 2006 The Armagh is a perfect expression of its site and it is also an awe-inspiring encapsulation of the paradise that is the Clare Valley. For me this means that it is a rare 20/20 wine,” Jukes said.
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Mar 03 2011

Great Advice from the Wine Spectator’s Matt Kramer on Interpreting Wine Scores

Posted on March 03, 2011 | By merrill@cellarit.com

Matt Kramer of the Wine Spectator recently wrote an article about what he likes to tell people who are new to wine appreciation. (What Should Newbies Know? If you were teaching newcomers to wine, what would you tell them? by Matt Kramer, Wine Spectator, 15 March 2011) It’s a great read, and I thought I would share with you his advice on how to interpret wine scores because it struck a chord with me.

Deduct two points from any score over 90 and add three points to any score over 80... [Read More]

Nov 11 2010

Grenache: Standing Tall as a Single Variety Wine!

Posted on November 11, 2010 | By merrill@cellarit.com

Chateau Tanunda recently picked up the Single Estate Red Wine Trophy for The Everest Old Bushvine Grenache 2008 at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London. The IWSC is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world, so the trophy represented a big win for Chateau Tanunda. Here’s what the judges had to say about the wine:

Dark crimson purple to rim. Wow! What a seductive nose! The characters are almost decadent in their exotic power. Old vine complexity shines through here... [Read More]

Oct 10 2010

A Great Week for Wine Tasting!

Posted on October 10, 2010 | By merrill@cellarit.com

Wow! A great week for tasting wine!

On Wednesday night we joined friends for dinner at the Glebe Point Diner in Glebe Sydney. Great food and a very interesting wine list with lots of international wines.

First we tried the  Jed Malbec 2007, an Argentinian wine made by three young Aussie winemakers in the Mendoza region at the foot hills of the Andes. Malbec, a native of Bordeaux, is mainly used for blends in France, but in Argentina they have made it a specialty… [Read More]

Oct 10 2010

Wine of the Week: McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon 2005

Posted on October 10, 2010 | By merrill@cellarit.com

Wine of the Week profiles a wine that has recently been making news!

In Monday’s post, The Hunter Valley: Worth a Closer Look!, I talked about how The Hunter Valley has a long established reputation for making semillon in a style that is unique to Australia. Well, the last few weeks have proven big in the recognition stakes for Hunter Valley semillon, and especially for McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon 2005, rrp $65.

On Monday night, the Tempus Two Copper Zenith Semillon (Hunter Valley) 2003 rrp $55 was named 2010 NSW Wine of the Year[Read More]

Oct 10 2010

Wine of the Week: Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier

Posted on October 10, 2010 | By merrill@cellarit.com

In my previous post, Langton’s Updates its Classification of Australian Wine 30 September 2010, I mentioned that five wines had been elevated to the ‘exceptional’ category. Langton’s describes ‘exceptional’ wines, of which there are now 17, as “the most highly sought after and prized first-growth type Australian wine on the market.” Langtons: Our Classification Explained.

One of the standouts of this newly elevated group is Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier. According to Langton’s Fine Wine principal Andrew Caillard MW, “Tim Kirk’s ethereal Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier is perhaps one of the most important advances in the development of Australian shiraz since the release of 1952 Penfolds Grange.”.. [Read More]

Oct 10 2010

Orange: NSW’s ‘Coolest’ Wine Region!

Posted on October 10, 2010 | By merrill@cellarit.com

First Press reports that this year’s 2010 NSW Wine Awards is shaping up as a contest between the new emerging cool climate regions of NSW and the traditional regions of the Hunter Valley and the Riverina. The emerging cool climate regions of the Canberra district, Orange, Hilltops, Tumbarumba and the Southern Highlands took roughly half of the spots in the Top NSW 40 Wines, Cool-Climate Continues to Captivate Judges, First Press Newsletter 1 October 2010. The top 40 NSW wines were selected from over 800 entries by a panel of highly respected wine judges chaired by Huon Hooke… [Read More]

Sep 09 2010

Langton’s Updates its Classification of Australian Wine

Posted on September 09, 2010 | By merrill@cellarit.com

This week Langton’s released the fifth update to its internationally recognised Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine. First published in 1991 to create interest and build demand in the fledgling Australian secondary wine market, the classification is considered a ‘form guide’ of Australia’s best performing and most prized wines.

Langton’s Classification of Australian Wines V comprises 123 wines under four categories: Exceptional, Outstanding, Excellent and Distinguished. As Andrew Caillard MW of Langton’s explains, the rankings  “reflect the sentiment of a well-informed market rather than individual opinion.” To be considered,.. [Read More]