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Local wines for teh win!

By johnboy - 11 August 2008 16

Andrew Barr has excitedly announced that local wines have done well in the latest edition of the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion:

    The region’s flagship producer Clonakilla achieved the 5 star rating; Mount Majura, Ravensworth, Helm, Lark Hill and Collector all achieved a 4.5 star rating. I congratulate all 15 wineries on this outstanding achievement.

    “This recognition by one of Australia’s leading wine publications is a credit to the ACT and region wine industry, an indicator of the quality wine and tourism product they provide and the contribution they make to our local economy

So when are they bringing out a Canberra branded cask wine?

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Local wines for teh win!
johnboy 9:59 am 12 Aug 08

Not saying it’s always the case but at least a couple of times I’ve bought wine from the cellar door only to discover it $5 a bottle cheaper in the grog shop in town.

peterh 9:50 am 12 Aug 08

johnboy said :

Local booze shops often do better deals than cellar doors in my (limited) experience,

By the time you’ve driven out to the vineyard, talked to the salesman and sampled the wares chances up you’re buying.

sorry, JB, my family all live near / on vineyards, in fact, my father used to run a little web business called webwines – this had to be shut down after the death of a local vintner, who was a very good friend and business partner. I spend a lot of time down on the fleurieu peninsula – got to go to the winery that makes royal reserve port…. could have wept. oh, the memories….

cleanskins that I picked up on that trip cost me between $2 & $15 a bottle. some are cellared, others have been consumed.

I have heard that the Snowy River Winery at berridale has re-opened, must take a trip up there soon.

Yass river winery is producing some good wines, but when we do the winery trip out there to that region, we are looking for cellar bottles. (and are prepared to pay)

For a really good white, not a local, mind you, try the cawarra range. not expensive, but a really good drop.

I believe that they have produced a red, must see how it stacks up.

captainwhorebags 5:22 pm 11 Aug 08

skidbladnir: my understanding is that cask wine has a shorter shelf life than bottled wine and usually keeps for about 12 months – not really destined for the cellar.

Once opened however, it does keep longer than bottled wine, making it really useful for using squirts here and there in cooking.

johnboy 5:17 pm 11 Aug 08

Local booze shops often do better deals than cellar doors in my (limited) experience,

By the time you’ve driven out to the vineyard, talked to the salesman and sampled the wares chances up you’re buying.

Danman 5:13 pm 11 Aug 08

1st choice liquor has a good range of cleanskins.

Skidbladnir 5:12 pm 11 Aug 08

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Skidbladnir 5:08 pm 11 Aug 08

Cask wine is the go for the budget conscious…

Its cheap for the volume of wine, and is more useful if you don’t mind showing off the box in the fridge\on the shelf.
Its still the same wine, just packaged differently and keeps for longer.
(Which is a factor when you don’t drink a copious quantity of wine)

peterh 4:57 pm 11 Aug 08

johnboy said :

Just something you’re going to have to overcome I’m afraid.

As for the casks it’s because I can’t afford that many bottles of $25 wine.

Canberra wine has a reputation for being of reasonable quality, but expensive compared to alternatives in the same range.

best to try visiting “the cellar doors” they usually don’t sell clean skins through the shops.

johnboy 4:46 pm 11 Aug 08

Just something you’re going to have to overcome I’m afraid.

As for the casks it’s because I can’t afford that many bottles of $25 wine.

Canberra wine has a reputation for being of reasonable quality, but expensive compared to alternatives in the same range.

astrojax 4:41 pm 11 Aug 08

q. hate to be critical, but did you mean “the” instead of “teh”?

a certainly did.

so, can you change it? pleeeeeeease?

…’s one of those ‘hep-netizen’ things that for some reason really really irks me – grateful if you could make it go away now… ; )

back to the question – why are casks invoked at news of quality? ‘s another thing seems to elude me today…

Danman 3:12 pm 11 Aug 08

Dunno – but if you ever had a good Cabernet Merlot you will see how well blends work 🙂

S4anta 2:56 pm 11 Aug 08

The Kamberra wines are blended and produced locally from ACT and outlying regions grapes, with a little help from the Barossa and Hunter Valleys suring lean years are they not?

johnboy 2:49 pm 11 Aug 08

certainly did.

peterh 2:46 pm 11 Aug 08

hate to be critical, but did you mean “the” instead of “teh”?

peterh 2:45 pm 11 Aug 08

cleanskin bottles are still a better option – chateau cardboard never makes me think it is any good – taste does change slightly.

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