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  • Q&A Ben Glaetzer 2015

    heartland-bannerWhat are the most important attributes you need to become a winemaker?

    The best ones, like me, are handsome, intelligent, witty and unquestionably charismatic. The others are generally just monkeys. Seriously though, the two big dangers are not taking the job seriously, and taking yourself too seriously. I try to avoid those traps.

    List three things you think about during a busy vintage?

    The Weather, the weather and the weather. Good weather is vital, Bad weather is not so much.

    What do you do to relax?

    Relax? What’s that? I very much enjoy growing grapes, making wine, eating and drinking…. I travel quite a bit to visit our customers all over the world, again involving eating and drinking. There’s not a great deal of time outside of this so I guess that’s what I do to relax.
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  • Ben Glaetzer from Glaetzer and Heartland Wines, Barossa Valley South Australia and Nick Keukenmeester from Heartland Wines visit Kennys and Home Delivery Wine

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    Ben Glaetzer from Glaetzer and Heartland Wines, Barossa Valley South Australia and Nick Keukenmeester from Heartland Wines visit Kennys and Home Delivery Wine in Magherafelt on Friday 4th Sept to taste a range of their wines from both stables. The two we focused on were the Heartland Directors Cut Cabernet sauvignon 2012 and the Heartland One 2013 (2nd Release)which is a Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz blend. Both wines are a very small production the later 500 x 6 packs for the world market. We do well with both stables both in stores and online. As there is a small allocation we recommend you buy now

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  • Wine ratings are they useful?

    wine-ratingLooking for a good bottle of Merlot, Pinot Grigio or Bordeaux? Ratings by experts may help narrow the choice but do they really make a difference?

    Wine experts say the scores and descriptions they give a vintage will differentiate a good bottle from a mediocre one but in a recent study consumers who tasted fine Bordeaux rated the wines lower than the experts.

    “The consumer can look at it (the rating) and say, ’OK a panel of experts has looked at this wine and evaluated it and I know it won’t be plonk,’” said Lisa Granik, who holds a Master of Wine (MW), one of the highest standards of expertise in the wine industry.

    Wine experts, magazines and judges in competitions give wine ratings, which are used as marketing tools by the vineyards. Competitions charge a fee for each product entered in the contest.
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  • A Delight at De Bortoli Vineyard

    de-bortoli-bannerThird stop was to De Bortoli, whose winemaking philosophy is that great wine begins in the vineyard. The belief is that sustainable vineyard practices will deliver exceptional fruit quality to the winery as well as real environmental benefits.

    The focus is on careful site selection, vine maturity and high input viticulture with a move towards biological farming principles. There is also increasing awareness of the importance of single vineyard wines. In the winery minimal interference, allowing the wine to 'make itself' and the mantra ‘it is harder to do nothing’ encapsulate this belief.

    'It's about site and season, making wines with detail, texture and minerality, charm and interest. Character and personality in wine comes from the imperfections of nature.' Steve Webber, Winemaker.
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  • Best Bits of Brown Brothers Vineyard

    delight-de-bortoli-vineyard-bannerMission 2 was a trip to Brown Brothers, with a history dating back to 1889, they are one of Australia’s most recognised and respected wine businesses.

    At just 18 years of age, John Francis Brown planted his first grapevines at Milawa, at the base of the Victorian Alps. A simple beginning that would soon grow to become the flourishing family enterprise that it is today.

    Over the years the family has gradually increased the number of vineyards to take advantage of different soils and climate. Located throughout Victoria and in Tasmania, they are as varied in their climatic conditions as the grape varieties grown at these properties. From their cool-climate Whitlands vineyard in the upper reaches of the King Valley to the sun-drenched Mystic Park vineyard in the Murray Valley region, these vineyards have been selected on the basis of suitable conditions for their desired wine styles.
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  • Welcome to Tahbilk

    talblikKenny is in Australia and visiting some of the best wine regions on a fact finding mission. Mission 1 was Tahbilk

    Established in 1860 Tahbilk is one of Australia's most beautiful & historic wineries. Located in the Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria (120kms north of Melbourne), one of Australia’s premium viticultural areas, the property comprises some 1,214 hectares of rich river flats with a frontage of 11 kms to the Goulburn River and 8 kms of permanent backwaters & creeks

    In 1993 the Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation set up a Geographical Indications Committee to identify and redefine viticultural regions throughout Australia.
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