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Halloween Re-post: Return of the Living Red

30 Oct
vineyard zombies?  delicious!

vineyard zombies? delicious!

Mash Design, the marketing brains behind the labels for Mollydooker, Two Hands and Magpie Estate, is back with old friends Redheads Studio for this genius new brand. From the unmarked, wax-dipped bottle to the small envelope of crime files, vineyard zombies and disturbing photos, this packaging is utterly unique. The contents of the bottle (yet to be reviewed) is just as unique, blending the Portuguese variety Touriga Nacional with Cabernet Sauvignon from different regions and different vintages. Download this .pdf file for more. Scroll left-to-right to view all images.

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The attached package of medical images and eerie photos is more than mildly reminiscent of Pearl Jam's Vitalogy liner notes.

What Joe’s Digging: Aussie Grenache

6 Feb

Grenache Noir grapes

Every so often I get on these kicks where I get a bit obsessive about a particular grape or region or producer.  These days I can’t get enough Grenache. More specifically, I’ve been sipping a number of Australian Grenache wines – and enjoying them quite a bit.

While not considered a “Noble” variety, Grenache is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world and an integral part of wines from the Southern Rhone, especially Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas.  Grenache is also widely planted in Spain, where its known both as Garnacha and as Alicante, and also pops up in Italy as Cannonau.  Australia is the only New World wine region where Grenache has taken a serious hold, and where some of the world’s best examples are now produced.

In the glass, Aussie Grenache wines often take the appearance of Pinot Noir: pale strawberry-red with subtle violet hues.  Aromas, too, lean towards the light, and delicate.  Bright red berry, floral notes and hard candy are common.  The palate, however, is another story: big, rich mouthfeel is commonplace, and alcohol contents above 14% is the rule.  This dichotomy is what currently attracts me to these wines.  Light, bright and elegant for summer barbeques, but with enough fullness and complexity to stand up to grilled meats and the hardcore red-wine drinkers that eat the grilled meats. Continue reading

Aussie winery firesale

24 Feb

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Winemaking equipment at Goundrey

Western Australia’s Goundrey Wines is for sale. One lucky buyer can pick up the vineyards and winery (but not the Goundrey brand) from wine giant Constellation for a paltry $9M (AUD), drastically reduced from the $62.5M (AUD) paid by Canada’s Vincor for the brand and holdings back in 2002.  A lack of demand due to tough economic times is the main factor contributing to the price depreciation.  Stonehaven and Leasingham, two more Constellation-owned Aussie wineries, are also on the market.  Check out the Decanter article for more.

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Foster’s Group has announced it is selling 37 wine brands and three wineries.

Foster’s will retain the rights to the brands already produced at (two of) the wineries, including The Rothbury Estate and Jamiesons Run. But, crushing and processing will take place at Foster’s large, modernised facilities at the Rosemount Denman Estate winery and the Wynns winery.

from ap-foodtechnology.com

Shottesbrooke's McLaren Vale vineyards

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Also for sale is the small (10,000 case) and profitable McLaren Vale winery Shottesbrooke.  Shottesbrooke is on the market due to the impending retirement of founder Nick Holmes, as reported by Adelaide Now.

V I N O | V A L O R E {issue 4}

20 Feb
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in this issue: Domaine Gauby Cotes du Rousillon Rouges 2006 - 90 points

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Issue four is the biggest vino valore yet, with seven great wines reviewed and a report from the first IVSA tasting of the new year. Cheers!

~Joe Corkscrew

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