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Wine Of The Month

Winter has arrived in Australia and the weather has turned cold in Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart; with Brisbane, Perth and even Adelaide and Canberra still enjoying some warmer days. So we thought it was time to find a nice winter red wine to match the temperature around the country for this months Wine Of The Month Club.

2013 Cellar Exclusive Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Cellar Exclusive Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

We started looking at a number of wines and decided to narrow our search to a particular region. So Max said, “Why don’t we try the Margaret River in Western Australia? They’ve got around 150 wineries and make fantastic reds.”

The Margaret River has earned a well deserved reputation as one of the most famous wine growing regions in the world; built on what many believe are perfect conditions for premium wine making. For example there’s lots of Chardonnay award winners, Semillon Blancs, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, blends and more to choose from.

So when Max talks we listen. And not just because he’s the oldest, or as some would suggest has drank the most but because he usually knows what one needs to know about wine. And so we narrowed our search to Margaret River red wines and blends famous for their dense and fruit flavours, multi layered complexities and cellaring quality and selected Capel Vale wines, one of Margaret Rivers oldest wine makers.

Capel Vale Western Australia

Capel Vale Western Australia

Capel Vale has earned its reputation as a pioneer in the Western Australian wine industry after being one of the first to plant vines in 1974. And in 1979 built their first wine making facility and produced their first vintage in 1980.

Capel Vale has remained a family owned and operated wine business and in 2007 Peter and Elizabeth Pratten passed the Chief Executive Office role to Simon Pratten. However both Peter and Elizabeth are reported to be still active in the business aka ”wine making lifestyle” from vineyard to bottle.

So what did we select for this months Wine Of The Month from Capel Vale wines?
Drum role..The Capel Vale 2013 Cellar Exclusive Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon. RRP $32.95 on the Capel Vale website.

For more information about Capel Vale wine and this months Wine Of The Month selection go to the Capel Vale website.

 Looking for a gift?
Give someone a membership to the
Wine Of The Month Club
where members receive a different bottle
of wine month for 3, 6 or 12 months

 

New Penfolds Grange Released in October

The latest Penfolds Grange wine is usually released annually in May but this year will be released again in October just in time for Christmas gifts.

Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

And the good news is experts predict the quality of the wine will not be affected in any way. “”A lot of commercial wine is consumed within 48 hours of purchase but that’s not always the case with premium and icon wines,” said James Halliday, a famous Australian wine critic. “People will drink them young and enjoy them this way because they’re top quality, but the wine will be better if they cellar them for another five to 10 years.”

But don’t get too worried about putting a Penfolds Grange wine in the cellar because the wine is considered one of the best red wine varities in the world,  and proudly Australian made. Plus a lot of the Penfolds Grange wines have already spent 5 years or more in the cellar before hitting the shelves.

But its not cheap wine because the latest Penfolds 2009 vintage is selling for around $785 per bottle and a Penfolds Bin 389 from 2011 around $80 per bottle.

So from everyone at the Wine Of The Month Club we hope the new Penfolds Grange launch dates will help an Australian wine icon continue with incredible success in Australia and around the world.

Are you looking for Christmas gift ideas?
Try buying someone a membership to the Wine Of The Month Club where members receive a different bottle of wine every month from boutique wineries across Australia and the world.