WA wines, August 2021

Our Aussie evening with Keith Tibble (and his Manager Nick), from EuroVintage, was information filled and a great voyage of discovery of the three Western Australian vineyards – Sandalford, Xanadu and Moss Wood.

Our intrigue was sated, and the tasting was a really good experience of the different vineyards and the different categories of wines on offer.

As a reminder the vineyards we were introduced to were:

  • Sandalford
  • Xanadu
  • Moss Wood

Wines presented include:

  • 2018 Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon
  • 2019 Xanadu Exmoor Chardonnay
  • 2018 Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay
  • 2018 Sandalford Margaret River Shiraz
  • 2018 Xanadu DJL Shiraz
  • 2017 Sandalford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2017 Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

We had good numbers attend, 44 in total and orders were excellent.

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An Aussie evening with Keith Tibble from Eurovintage

Western Australian Wines – Sandalford, Xanadu and Moss Wood Vineyards

Keith will let us know that Western Australian wine is more than just the Margaret River wine we are aware of. He is featuring three vineyards in the wider area on the night.

  • Sandalford – establishing estate at Caversham, Swan Valley had its genesis in
    1840 and coincided with both European settlement in the burgeoning colony of Perth and the birth of Western Australia’s world-famous wine industry. In one of Australia’s most sustainable wineries at Caversham, Swan Valley, Sandalford creates today’s collection of Prendiville, Estate Reserve, Margaret River Range and Element award-winning wines from its two fertile vineyards.
  • Xanadu – Just 4km from Margaret River’s town centre and an equal distance from the magnificent coastline, Xanadu is one of the first vineyards to have been established in the region with a long history of crafting outstanding wines that embody all the region has to offer. Established by Dr John Lagan, an Irishman who arrived in Margaret River in 1968 with his wife Eithne and was inspired by the pioneering spirit of the region.
  • Moss Wood – situated in Wilyabrup in the Margaret River wine region, has the highest concentration of premium wine producers in the region. Planted in 1969 Moss Wood is an important, founding estate of the Margaret River wine region. Clare & Keith Mugford winemakers, viticulturalists and proprietors have been making wine and tending the vineyard since 1984 and 1979, respectively.

This will be an evening to taste Australian wines from entry-level through to upmarket expressions, so come along and taste the variations for yourself!

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Rugby World Cup – Keith Tibble – Eurovintage, Oct 2019

The Rugby World Cup might not have panned out as we would have hoped but this did not include our October tasting.

It was great to have Keith Tibble presenting again. Keith has been a valuable contact for our club and has been responsible for a number of great tastings over the years.

I don’t have a list of the wines that were tasted but my information is that as usual Keith was easy to deal with and came up with a format for the evening that worked well. A Gin and Tonic was the quaffer to represent Ireland and England. Feedback received from one member indicated that it was the best tasting in years. It was lots of fun as attendees turned up in their rugby gear. Having a similar theme tasting for the Olympics in 2020 could be a great idea for the committee to consider.

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The year in retrospec

Our year

It is usual at this time to review our year. As ever we began with our summer BBQ at the end of January. The usual excellent occasion and thanks to Derek for making his premises available. It is an excellent facility. Our first tasting was the Rosė tasting presented by Will Brunel-Morven from Maison Vauron. Rosės are becoming increasingly popular, particularly as a summer wine.March was the time for Ata Rangi and was followed in April by our Quiz Night. An enjoyable and fun occasion. As usual, May was AGM time, June highlighted Giesen’s Wines and July was dinner at Bistro 52. August had us enjoying Seifried’s offerings and then in September the interesting and unique Aged Wines tasting. October was Stonecroft and last month was the festive tasting of Spanish wines. A great programme which will be nicely rounded off by our December Dinner.

Spanish tasting

It is interesting to note that EuroVintage had great orders from the Spanish tasting, and were blown away by the response. Well done everyone.

Cheers
Robin Semmens, Editor

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Eurovintage, showcase presenters

2016-06-3-5751105912f05Apologies to those of you who ordered wines after the Eurovintage Barossa evening. Unfortunately, there has been a glitch in the wines reaching me. Keith is doing his best to get the balance of wines to me, but he is the only Eurovintage representative in this part of the country and is covering business across the lower North Island. I am expecting to be able to complete deliveries this coming weekend.

The next two months showcases two wineries that have been trailblazers in their way. Gavin Yortt has been producing wines in the Gimblett Gravels since the early 1980s while Jane Hunter has likewise been in the industry for a similar period and is the icon of Marlborough wineries. With such well-established presenters, the meetings are full of promise.

Cheers
Robin Semmens, Editor

Presenting Grant Burge

grant-burgeDate: Wednesday 9 October, 2013

Time: 7.45 pm for 8.00 pm start

Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 – Directions.

Charge: Members $12 Guests $16

“I am a romantic, and I have a real sense of my family history, of my father and grandfather, and what they achieved.” Grant Burge

Tonight Keith presented some of the iconic Grant Burge brand wines and a port. Over five generations Grant Burge Wines have brought together the finest vineyards and hands-on techniques with modern winemaking to express the classic Barossa Valley. Share their passion for great wine. A Grant Burge label is your guarantee of quality and integrity. An all red night but what reds.

The selection will included:

  • 2007 Te Mata Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2012 Grant Burge Benchmark Shiraz
  • 2010 Grant Burge Miamba Shiraz
  • 2011 Grant Burge Filsell (Shiraz)
  • 2010 Grant Burge Cameron Vale (Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 2010 Grant Burge The Holy Trinity G.S.M (Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre)
  • Grant Burge Aged Tawny

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October with Grant Burge

October with Grant Burge

grant-burgeWednesday 9 September 2013, 7.45 for 8 pm start.

Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 – Directions.

Members: $12, Guests: $16

Presenter: Keith Tibble, Eurovintage Account Manager, Wellington

Not even Hawaii will keep me from this tasting. The presentation is arranged by Eurovintage. Independent and privately owned, they have been in the wine distribution business for over 20 years, and are extremely proud of their premium portfolio which includes some of the most exciting brands and estates from New Zealand and around the world. Keith Tibble is not unknown to the Cellar Club having presented in the past, albeit not recently. He has been in the Liquor Industry for over 25 years having worked for Penfolds New Zealand, New Zealand Wines & Spirits, Hancocks, Burleigh Trading, Vintage Wines and Spirits and now EuroVintage since its inception in 2010.

Tonight Keith will be presenting some of the iconic Grant Burge brand wines and a port. Over five generations Grant Burge Wines have brought together the finest vineyards and hands-on techniques with modern winemaking to express the classic Barossa Valley. Share their passion for great wine. A Grant Burge label is your guarantee of quality and integrity. An all red night but what reds.

The selection will include:

  • Quaffer – something light and elegant arranged by Eurovintage
  • 2012 Grant Burge Benchmark Shiraz
  • 2010 Grant Burge Miamba Shiraz
  • 2011 Grant Burge Filsell (Shiraz)
  • 2010 Grant Burge Cameron Vale (Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 2010 Grant Burge The Holy Trinity G.S.M (Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre)
  • Grant Burge Aged Tawny