Twelve Australian family-owned wineries covering 16 regions and 5000 hectares of vineyards formed an association to emphasize how relatively small-sized establishments with philosophies that value quality above all else.
All members of the association visit Toronto and Montreal bi-annually to pour their wines to an eager public who value quality more than quantity and low prices.
This year, they poured their wines to the trade and wine writers in teh afternoon, to the public in the evening.
Trade and wine writers were poured mainly the same products, but the public tasting included few more upscale wines.
The following brands were impressive:
Patricia Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Brown Bros., King Valley, Victoria
A stunning, well-extracted,flavourful, powerful and balanced wine aged for 17 months in french oak barrels. Expertly balanced with a fine mouth feel and long aftertaste.
The Ironstone Pressings, D’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, South Australia
A grenache based (70 per cent) wine with shiraz (25) and mourvedre (5).
This aromatic (berries) and powerful (14 ½ ABV) wine drinks well now. Would benefit for two to three years of cellaring for more elegance and refinement. 90/100
Noble One Botrytis Semillon, 2011, De Bortoli, New South Wales
De Bortoli’s botrytis semillon always tastes great. It is aromatic/floral, sweet, but never cloying, with a long finish. Enjoy with seasonal naturally ripened fruits or fruit-based desserts.
Hill Of Grace, Henschke, Eden Vale, South Australia
Henschke is known for his superbly crafted wines. The Hill Of Grace, (100 per cent shiraz) from pre-phylloxera vines may be considered a masterpiece for its elegance, purity of fruit, balance and refinement.
Mount Edelstone 60th Anniversary Vintage, Henschke, Eden Vale, South Australia
From a vineyard planted in 1912 exclusively to shiraz, this dark red, superbly crafted and powerful wine will gladden your heart. One sip, and you will instantly realize how outstanding this wine is.
Porongurup Riesling, 2014, Howard Park, Porongurup, Western Australia
From a high-altitude vineyard in Western Australia, this fragrant riesling proves the perfect suitability of this region’s terroir for viticulture.
Well balanced with a moderate acidity and deep flavour.
Abercombie Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Howard Park, Margaret River and Mount Baker, Western Australia
A two-vineyard blend that displays everything you expect from cabernet sauvignon. Deep red colour, fruits (berries), pencil shavings, balance, and bull body.
The Armagh Shiraz, 2006, Jim Barry, Clare Valley, South Australia
An absolutely delightful, fruity, powerful, and expertly balanced wine, ready to enjoy with deeply flavoured foods.
Tumbarumba Chardonnay, 2013, McWilliam’s, Tumbarumba, New South Wales
The fruit was grown on vineyards located 500 – 800 metres above sea level. For each 100 metres of elevation, the temperature drops by .6 degrees, hence this chardonnay offers apple/pear aromas, is medium-bodied, refreshing and wonderfully balanced for seafood and vegetarian dishes, pastas flavoured with salmon, or shrimp.
Vat 47 Chardonnay, Tyrellè’s Wines, New South Wales
This well-established winery (1858) is better known for its semillon wines. This vintage chardonnay from hand-harvested, and basket-pressed fruit tastes absolutely stunning. It smells of appels/pears, is medium to full bodied weight, and is beautifully balanced.
St. Andrewès Shiraz, Wakefield, 2012, Clare Valley, South Australia
Brilliant red colour. Ripe berry aromas waft out of the glass. In the mouth, the intensity and complexity of this wine evolve. Long and memorable finish
Cellar for three to five years for more complexity.
The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Wakefield, Clare Valley, South Australia
An exceptional cabernet sauvignon from an old vineyard, this wine will provide immense pleasure when paired with medium-rare grilled steaks, or game stews, or roast rack of venison.
FDR1A Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz, 2005, Yalumba Family Vignerons, Barossa and Eden Valley, South Australia,
This outstanding brilliant crimson coloured wine from possibly the oldest winery in Australia (founded 1848), will please any Australian, or any red wine aficionado with its generous fruit, extract and outstanding flavour. Long and profound aftertaste,