Australia VS. Australia
The Australian wine industry is the world’s fourth largest exporter of wine with approximately 750 million litres a year to the international export market with only about 40% of production consumed domestically. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism. Wine is produced in every state, with more than 60 designated wine regions totalling approximately 160,000 hectares; however Australia’s wine regions are mainly in the southern, cooler parts of the country, with vineyards located in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland. The wine regions in each of these states produce different wine varieties and styles that take advantage of the particular Terroir such as: climatic differences, topography and soil types. The major varieties are predominantly Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Semillon, Pinot noir, Riesling, and Sauvignon blanc. This week two wineries will be showing off two of their favorite wines. Tait Wines and Wildberry will be in store to show us what Australia is all about!
A family owned winery located in the famous Barossa Valley, in South Australia. The Tait name has been involved in the wine industry for more than 100 years, practising the art of cooperage. Tait Wines is continuing this involvement by producing premium quality wines.
The owners of the winery are brothers Michael and Bruno Tait, and Bruno’s wife, Michelle. They purchased the property in 1994 with the purpose of continuing their family’s involvement in the winemaking industry. Although fairly new to the winemaking aspect of the industry, the Tait family has long established roots in the South Australian wine industry. Their father, Giovanni Tait (1927-1997), migrated to Australia from Italy in 1957 to take up work as a cooper in the Barossa.
The Tait winemaking style is to produce hand crafted wines that are rich in colour, aroma and flavour. It is our philosophy that all quality wine starts in the vineyard. The Barossa fruit used is always very low yielding and produces highly concentrated flavours and aromas. All of the wines are handcrafted using traditional winemaking methods including open fermentation, extended maceration and basket pressing. To ensure quality and consistency, all wine is produced and matured on site. We feel our wines display our uncompromising pursuit of excellence.
Ball Buster, Shiraz/Cab/Merlot :: Reg $24 Sale $21
A consistent 11 year running 90 point wine this blend of 80% Shiraz, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Merlot was aged in old American and French oak for 12 months. It offers a dense purple color in addition to a big, rich perfume of blackberries, plums, chocolate syrup, and subtle wood in the background. Powerful and rich with loads of glycerin as well as hefty alcohol (15.8%), it is a classic example of an opulent, full-throttle Barossa red to consume over the next 4-5 years.
Wild Ride, Shiraz/Grenache/Carignan:: Reg $24 Sale $21
90 points in 2014 Wine Advocate The Barossa fruit they use is always very low-yielding and produces highly concentrated flavors and aromas. The grapes used to make Tait Wines are all grown in the Barossa Valley, either by Michael and Bruno or by partnering grape growers who have the same winemaking philosophy as they do. Wood treatment: Combination of new (20%) and 1-2 year old American (80%) oak. Length of barrel maturation: 12 months.
The Wildberry team are mostly surfers and fishermen spending the early hours of every day in the sea, then to be called to their other passion—growing grapes of the highest quality in the world famous Margaret River wine region. Winemaking all starts with the quality of the fruit. In 1969, Dr John Gladstone (UCLA) identified the Margaret River region as “the most perfect place on earth to grow premium grapes. It is blessed with generous winter rains and gravely soils with the benefit of cool ocean breezes guarded by tall karri, jarrah and peppermint forests.” Being only a few kilometres inland from the Indian Ocean , and with Geographe Bay just to our North East the winery is surrounded by water. This has a maritime effect on climatic conditions which in turn has a stabilizing effect on grapes as they grow and ripen.
Two Passions Chard :: Reg $22 Sale $18
88 points Wine Advocate 2015; The 2015 Chardonnay offers notes of ripe peaches, spiced apples and fresh melon with hints of ginger and crushed stones. Medium-bodied, nicely balanced, pure and uncomplicated on the palate, this is a great value Chardonnay that ticks all the varietal boxes and finishes with a lovely savory edge
Reserve Cab :: Reg $34 Sale $30
Deep Crimson. Nose: The wine opens with classic aromas of Mulberry, Cassis and Cedar. Palate: The palate is rich and powerful showing generous red currant, mulberry and dark chocolate flavors. A soft and supple backbone of tannin gives this Cabernet a long and precise evolution through the palate. Cellaring: 10-12 years. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon opens with a spicy, cinnamon stick and incense scented nose over a core of crushed blackberries, blueberries and plums with cigar boxes and bay leaves going on in the background. Medium-bodied with commendable elegance and sophistication, there’s a good mid-palate here of ripe fruit and firm, grainy tannins leading into a long earth and spice laced finish.
Saturday Tasting, Don Ciccio Cocktails
Don Ciccio & Figili Share the rich history of artisanal liqueur making from the amalfi coast to the United States through a series of time-tested recipes handed down from generation to generation. In 1883 my great-grandfather, Vincenzo “N’Gioletto” Amodeo, first started producing our liqueurs in a small house located in Atrani, one of the moan towns of the Amalfi Coast. His true passion was artisanal liqueur making, so with the help of Giovanni Porpora, my other grandfather a true ‘Falegname’, wood worker, they built a small distillery on the hills of furore located in the coastal region in the south of Italy near Positano and Capri. Don Ciccio & Figli started expanding our family tradition in 2012, in Washington DC, offering a glimpse of the pat with a nod to the future.
We start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4pm. Hope you can make it! Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl and #Neverabadbottle so we can CHEERS!
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