Category Archives: Wine Events

Nov 11 2012

Cellarit Burgundy Dinner, 20 November 2012: A wonderful opportunity to sample the best of Burgundy’s boutique wines

Posted on November 11, 2012 | By merrill@cellarit.com

At the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Burgundy Masterclass in March the Burghound’s Allen Meadows talked about the revolution that has taken place in Burgundian viticulture and winemaking practices over the past 30 years.

You may well ask why one of the most renowned and historic wine districts in the world would need to radically shake up the way it did business? But in many respects Burgundy’s transformation was about rediscovering how it had originally forged its reputation as the best producer of chardonnay and pinot noir in the world.

In the 1980s and 90s an increasing number of family-owned growers decided to take control of their own destiny by making and bottling their own wines rather than selling the grapes to négociants. In the process they discovered that they could make vast improvements to the quality of their grapes by reviving traditional practices of nurturing the land. Artificial fertilisers and pesticides were replaced with organic and even biodynamic viticultural practices and, once again, the vines were meticulously hand-tended and hand-harvested.

The result of all this hard work both in the vineyard and the winery, where traditional practices like natural yeast fermentation have been complemented by state-of-the art modern winemaking equipment, are beautifully made, clean wines that truly express the nuances of Burgundy’s unique and fabled terroir.

Fortunately for Australians, over the past several years a group of winemakers and business people from the Hunter Valley have cultivated relationships with some of very best of these small grower-owned domaines. On Tuesday evening 20 November 2012, importer Denis Power from Domaine Burgundy will share his insights into Burgundy over dinner at Restaurant Atelier in Glebe. Top Burgundies from his portfolio will be expertly matched to fine French food.

According to wine consultant Mario Vinciguerra, who will also be on hand to guide us through the wines, one of the evening’s highlights will be the acclaimed Billaud-Simon Les Preuses Grand Cru 2009 (rrp $119.50). The grapes for this 100% stainless steel fermented Chablis hail from 80 year old vines in a tiny vineyard (only .4 of a hectare)… [Read More]

Mar 03 2011

The Return to Terroir Grand Tasting in Melbourne

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

In a week when a tragic natural disaster in Japan was compounded by the fear of a potential man-made nuclear disaster, I think many of us were grateful for the opportunity to attend the Return to The Terroir Grand Tasting in Melbourne. Here was a group of biodynamic winemakers, passionate about the benefits of working with the land’s natural rhythms and bio-systems, delighting our senses with superb wines and stimulating discussion.

Organised by Castagna Vineyard’s Julian Castagna, the tasting brought together 61 wine producers from around the world and more than 340 wines!.. [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

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

Pinot Week in October on the Mornington Peninsula

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

In the 2011 edition of the Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday argues that more Australian wine producers need to focus on single-vineyard and single-region wines if  “we are to fundamentally change the negative perceptions of domestic and (most significantly) export markets about the diversity, the quality and the style of our wines, and our aspirations for the future.”

Mornington Peninsula  is one region that has certainly made great strides over the past decade in establishing itself as synonymous with the single grape variety of pinot noir… [Read More]