OMG, Tastings, Turn out


OMG, are we halfway through 2018 already?



What a great time we are having this year with a variety of European offerings, two great Hawkes bay producers and a possible iconic Barossa label closer to Christmas, just to name a few.

Turn out

A great turn out expected for Saigon Van, good orders from the Unison tasting and more fun ahead.

I am really looking forward to the second half of 2018

Robin Semmens

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Elderton and the Barossa – Keith Tibble – Eurovintage – August 2016

condolences-dinner-elderton-wines577e19462ed7cWe (your committee that is) felt that this was a good evening but the turnout was disappointing. The possible reasons for this low turnout of 23 members and one guest, were that it was predominantly a “red (wine) night”, and we were tasting a lesser known label from the Barossa. There is the added issue that it was a cool evening and we can strike a lower turn-out at during the winter months when the weather is not the best.

Keith was an excellent speaker and his talk about the Barossa and the winery was interesting and insightful. Keith is very knowledgeable about the Barossa and he knows how to pitch to the club. The wines presented were very nice.

Elderton Wines – August 2016

condolences-dinner-elderton-wines577e19462ed7cWe were expecting Peter Lehmann but don’t you hate it when work gets in the way of a good tasting. Sadly our presenter for August has been summoned to attend an out of town company conference and so we have had to come up with a Plan B.

We are staying with an Australian theme, with the focus on the Barossa and Elderton Wines in particular. Whilst maybe not as high profile as Peter Lehmann, Elderton have some of the oldest wines in the Barossa and seeing what age can do to well-made Aussie reds is, I’m sure, going to provide us with some delightful surprises. Presenter for this evening will be Keith Tibble, a long-time friend of the club, and he will begin the tasting with a couple of Barossa whites to appease those club members who have a preference for those styles of wine. Here are some milestones for Elderton Wines

  • 1894 Vineyard planted on banks of North Para River, Scholz Family
  • 1979 Ashmead family purchased property and began vineyard restoration
  • 2000 World’s Best Shiraz Trophy, International Wine & Spirits Competition
  • 2005 Elderton named in Top 100 Wineries in the World, Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • 2015 Silver for Cellar Doors, South Australian Tourism Awards

As for that Lehmann tasting, we will try and see if we can reschedule it for 2017.

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Condolences, Dinner, Elderton Wines


The Cellar Club would like to express its deepest sympathies to Dennis Mann and his family on the passing of his wife Junette last weekend. I understand several of Dennis’ close club friends will be around to support Dennis, and we look forward to welcoming him back to tastings when he feels up to it.


condolences-dinner-elderton-wines577e19462ed7cGreat response for the dinner this month, clearly a good choice. I am sure we will all enjoy the event.


Please note the programme change for August. While we might be disappointed to miss Peter Lehmann at this time, I have it on good authority that Elderton produce some really fine wines and will be a very suitable replacement, after all it is the Barossa. (Having said that one of the very few wines I was unable to drink was produced in the Barossa Valley, but that’s another story)

Robin Semmens, Editor

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Jacob’s Creek double barrel release – From the Editor – July 2015


jacobs-creek-boublebarrel-shirazWinter is clearly upon us, some snow on the lawn when we woke yesterday morning. Why have we not organised a holiday in a warm climate, I ask? Can’t even resort to wine as Patricia and I are doing the Dry July thing, but we will be buying a “Pass” for the Dinner. Never mind, it will soon be spring.

From time to time members send me little items of interest, and where possible I am happy to include them. I would encourage members if they find items of wine interest to let me know. It is always helpful. The item below attracted Evelyn Dawson’s attention.

Bernard Hickin, chief winemaker for Jacob’s Creek, talks about the company’s newest double barrel release.

“Having worked with Jacob’s Creek since its official launch in 1976, chief winemaker Bernard Hickin knows a thing or two about good grapes. And this year, he is taking the Australian company to new heights with the release of a special new wine range into the Antipodean markets: Double Barrel, a collection of premium red wines finished in aged whisky barrels. “The double barrel technique … imparts additional layers of complexity, beautifully integrated tannins and an incredibly smooth mouthfeel,” says Hickin of the Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Barossa Shiraz 2012.”

Robin Semmens, Editor

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From the Editor: Feb 2014

2014 – And before you know where you are, it’s February. Your committee would like to wish all members, and others with an association to the Cellar Club, all the best in health and happiness for 2014.

If you thought 2013 was a great year then we are sure you are going to enjoy 2014. We have worked hard to get a cross section of tastings and events to please our members. We are starting the year with Wrights from Gisborne, with the promise of an intriguing evening from a recognised organic producer, who is also dabbling with low and no alcohol wines. Makes for an interesting conversation topic, is it a wine or just a fruit juice. Come along and discuss.

Other offerings for the year are planned to include Alpha Domus (Hawkes Bay), Penfolds Bin Releases (Barossa), Wooing Tree (Central Otago), Moana Park (Hawkes Bay), Milton Estate (Gisborne), Rod McDonald Wines (HB again), and hopefully one from Martinborough later in the year. Working on the usual Festives Wines and two dinners as well.

So a full and interesting year in prospect and we trust you will fully enjoy the tastings and activities arranged.

Robin Semmens, Editor