Tag Archives: Shiraz

• The World’s Next Big Wine Regions

The World’s Next Big Wine Regions

Eight hot spots producing your next great bottle. I’ve always been a wine-discovery junkie, constantly on the hunt for new grapes, new vintages, new winemakers, and especially new places where vines may never have been planted before. Thanks to ambitious vintners, rising demand from drinkers, a taste shift to lighter wine styles, and yes, even climate […]

• Oh dear. Another celeb wine. This time Eurythmics star.

Oh dear. Another celeb wine. This time Eurythmics star.

Former Eurythmics star Dave Stewart has become the latest celebrity vintner after teaming up with McLaren Vale estate Mollydooker on a limited edition bottling. Ringmaster General Shiraz 2010, named after the title of Stewart’s upcoming album, is priced at £78 a bottle. The 15.5% abv wine is a repackaged version of the Australian estate’s Carnival […]

• Iceland bans Motörhead wine…tsks naughty lifestyle

Iceland bans Motörhead wine…tsks naughty lifestyle

The State Alcohol and Tobacco Company of Iceland (ÁTVR), has banned sales of Motörhead Shiraz in the country because the name “Motörhead” is apparently a nod to amphetamine abuse. Launched by the British rock band’s frontman Lemmy Kilmister, ÁTVR has refused to sell the Australian wine in the 48 Vínbúðin off-licences it owns across the country. […]

• Aussie producers promise great wines from 2011

Aussie producers promise great wines from 2011

Despite record rains, Australia’s premium producers promise great results from the 2011 vintage. Speaking at a vertical tasting of Langi Shiraz in London yesterday, made from a 6 hectare “Old Block” single vineyard in the cool climate Victoria region, Mount Langi Ghiran’s chief winemaker Dan Buckle was upbeat about 2011’s prospects. “We’ve got parcels of […]

• Aussie wine auction breaks records

Aussie wine auction breaks records

An auction of Penfolds Grange last week saw a number of record prices achieved at auction for the famous Australian brand. Conducted by Australian auction house Langton’s, the sale involved 1,420 lots of Penfolds and one extremely rare half bottle of Auldana St Henri, Magil 1911. Auldana is the name of the former Penfolds winery […]

• Another Celeb Wine – Motörhead Shiraz

Another Celeb Wine – Motörhead Shiraz

Motörhead frontman Lemmy once famously sang the words: “If you like to gamble, I tell you I’m your man. You win some, lose some, it’s all the same to me.” Well, it seems he’s taken those words to heart as he takes on maybe the biggest gamble of his life – Motörhead Shiraz. Yes, the […]

• The Most Expensive Wine in Australia

The Most Expensive Wine in Australia

Australia’s most expensive wine — a recently released Shiraz with a perfect score from an influential wine publication — costs a hefty 700 Australian dollars to 800 Australian dollars (US$700 to US$800) a bottle. But nobody seems deterred by it. All 400 cases of the wine, called the Laird, have sold. The 2005 vintage of […]

• Texas team invents chemical process to distinguish winegrape varieties

Texas team invents chemical process to distinguish winegrape varieties

Texas team’s process mimics human sensory abilities to distinguish winegrape varieties. A decade of medical research at the University of Texas, Austin, unexpectedly resulted in a potentially valuable process for the wine industry. In an attempt to develop a technique to mimic the mammalian sense of taste, Dr. Eric Anslyn and his team of undergraduate […]

• Record Holiday Sales, Top 100 Wines For Wine.com

Record Holiday Sales, Top 100 Wines For Wine.com

Domestic Wine Tied Imports For First Time; Average Price Point Up 30 Percent Wine.com, the nation’s number one online wine retailer, today released its fourth annual Top 100. The Wine.com 100 reflects the top one percent of wine sold nationally on its site during 2010. In its fourth year of publication, the Wine.com 100 illustrates […]

• Minerality: Postmodern Enophile Confusion

Minerality: Postmodern Enophile Confusion

Some of you are already wincing. No topic has wrought more confusion and ruffled more feathers among dedicated enophiles than the incessant bandying about of the lofty sounding “M” word. For some (myself included), asking whether minerality exists is like asking whether the sky is blue. Yet for many, the term isn’t nailed down. The […]

• Wanna buy a vineyard in Australia? Penfolds Grange is up for sale

Wanna buy a vineyard in Australia? Penfolds Grange is up for sale

Clarendon Vineyard and Winery is up for sale for more than A$10m. The Australian vineyard, at the northern end of McLaren Vale, has supplied fruit for some of Australia’s most lauded wines, including Penfolds Grange and Eileen Hardy Shiraz. Also the source of the Clarendon Hills and Hickinbotham brands, it was featured by Robert Parker […]

• Australian Wines Win at International Wine & Spirits Competition

Australian Wines Win at International Wine & Spirits Competition

Australia’s mastery of winemaking was recognized worldwide with the announcing of the Southern Hemisphere medal winners of the International Wine & Spirits Competition. Five-hundred-and-sixty-eight medals in total were presented to Australia, including 27 Gold-Best in Class and six additional Gold-level awards. The nation has more gold medals than any other. Australian varietals Shiraz and Semillon […]