will the wowsers win? And is it a contest anyway?


Two things have recently got me thinking about the future of wine. 1. plans by the federal government to explore minimum pricing for alcohol to presumably combat binge drinking and alcoholism and their related societal costs. 2. moves by the federal government to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes, a world first, again to presumably combat smoking and it’s related health/societal costs. There are so many areas to explore here – the legal and moral right [...continue this story]

December Vineyard Notes


I’ve just been out to have a look at some of our vineyard blocks pre-Christmas, and post 70mm downpour, to see how they’re fairing, how flowering and fruit set ended up, and check on disease pressure, given 2011 was such a high disease year and there is likely to be residual spores hanging around. Here’s how they’re looking as at 20/12/11:

Westgate Vineyard, Armstrong

Old block shiraz is through flowering and it seems like [...continue this story]

The Story Mailing List Tasting recap


A quick note of thanks to the 85 or so of you that came along to our recent new release tasting at Mr Wolf Bar, St. Kilda on 3rd December.

As usual the Wolf put on some great nibbles, pizzas, eggplant fingers, and other delicacies, and as usual, plenty of wine was ‘tasted’. The most popular wines on the day were the 2010 ‘Temperance’ Grampians Shiraz and the 2011 Henty Riesling, followed by the 2010 [...continue this story]

2010 Shiraz release and mailing list tasting


Saturday December 3rd, Mr Wolf Bar, 9/15 Inkerman St St Kilda Vic 3182 from 2-5pm is the time to taste the new wines – There are going to be 8 new wines to try from 2010 and a couple of 2011 whites as well, certainlly our biggest release to date and some cracking wines in there. The 2010 Shirazes have already received some great reviews from Australian and International press, even before release.



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