Wirra Wirra Spring Releases

Springtime in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia is always a glorious time. Blossoms burst from the trees, maggpies swooping, and vines begin their journey to vintage. The higher altitude of the Hills usually means mild days, and somewhat cool and frosty evenings. One day can be glorious sunshine, followed by torrential rain.

Wirra Wirra Adelaide Hills

Adelaide Hills

So with spring comes the new 2016 releases from many wineries. Wirra Wirra wines, based in McLaren Vale (which is just next door) have just released their Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Both of which are sourced from the Adelaide Hills wine region, and specifically the coolest sub-region of Lenswood.

Wirra Wirra 2016 Riesling

Wirra Wirra Riesling

Around South Australia there are many well known Riesling regions. Clare Valley has its intense citrus characters, Eden Valley in Barossa displays a little more slatey ‘minerality’ (whatever that means). But further along the Mt Lofty Ranges in Adelaide Hills, the Rieslings often have quite distinct perfumed floral characters.

With the 2016 Wirra Wirra Lost Watch Riesling it is this floral, old fashioned rose aroma, that leaps from the glass. This is rounded out with gorgeous turkish delight confectionery, not that its overt. Fresh red apples add more complexity.

On the palate there’s lots of lively acidity, and a bit of green apple crunch. Hint of citrus, but more of the lemon verbena herbal characters. The Wirra Wirra Lost Watch Riesling, is very typical of Adelaide Hills, and perfect for sping time enjoyment.

Alcohol: 12.5%
Price: $24
Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
Source: Provided by producer

Wirra Wirra 2016 Sauvignon Blanc

Wirra Wirra Sauvignon Blanc

One of the main varietals in Adelaide Hills is Sauvignon Blanc. Despite the sauvalanche of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc we see here, the Adelaide Hills and Tasmania provide some vigorous competition.

The Wirra Wirra Hiding Champion Sauvignon Blanc, shows vibrant citrus, lime zest and a little tropical zing. The palate has lots of acidity and quite intense flavours which last. Citrus and grapefruit flavours dominate, with a little dollop of grassiness.

And not a hint of ‘cats pee on a gooseberry bush’, like our kiwi friends.

Alcohol: 13%
Price: $24
Region: Adelaide Hills, SA
Source: Provided by producer

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Effervescence Tasmania

Effervescence Tasmania 2016 returns over four days from 3 – 6 November 2016, showcasing world-class sparkling wines, Michelin-starred chefs, award-winning winemakers and experts. This year, we’re privileged to have legendary chefs Tetsuya Wakuda and Jacques Reymond participating – Tetsuya in the Grand Degustation dinner and three-course local producer lunch, and Jacques in The Essence of Effervescence lunch at Quamby Estate.

Author and wine expert Tyson Stelzer will host a Champagne and Tasmanian Sparkling Wine dinner and masterclasses, and some of our leading winemakers, Dr Andrew Pirie (Apogee), Ed Carr (House of Arras) and Louisa Rose (Jansz) are on the pour. Add to that the Effervescence Tasmania festival’s decadent garden party, Bubbles and Beats event and food-matching masterclasses for the ultimate food and wine weekend.

More information at www.effervescencetasmania.com  

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Consumers Seek Inspiration & Credible Reviews When Purchasing A Holiday

Almost half of all holiday bookings are directly influenced by news media, a new report released by NewsMediaWorks has revealed.

Some 60% of holidaymakers recall seeing or hearing a specific travel ad in the early stages of buying their holiday, according to the Path to Purchase: Travel Report.  Yet, only 38% of holidaymakers have a specific destination in mind when they begin planning a holiday, which means that 3 in 5 consumers are open to persuasion.


To understand how to engage holidaymakers on their path to purchase, NewsMediaWorks collaborated with Research Now to develop one of Australia’s largest path to purchase projects. NewsMediaWorks is a not for profit industry body established to advocate the cultural influence and commercial value of print and digital news media in Australia. It was founded in 2006 by Fairfax Media, News Corp Australia, APN News & Media and Seven West Media (West Australian Newspapers).

Unlike similar studies, which retrospectively look at consumer behaviour, this study gathered information from buyers in real time at four distinct stages of their purchase journey: 1. recognising that they need a holiday; 2. researching options; 3. forming a shortlist and 4. booking a holiday.

Price is the most important factor in the ‘researching options’ phase of the path to purchase journey at 59%, followed by inspiration (55%), inclusions (47%), where to book and recommendations  (31% each) and reviews (26%). Holidaymakers turn to news media as a ‘one-stop shop’ for these six key pieces of information they require when booking a holiday. These information needs remain throughout the path to purchase, but their weighting changes at each stage. When booking a holiday, for example, reviews and recommendations become increasingly important.

Throughout the holidaymakers’ path to purchase – which on average spans 22 weeks – news media consistently outperforms other paid media, when it comes to looking for information and reading reviews and recommendations of destinations.

“At the critical booking phase, people want reassurance that they are buying the right holiday. This is where news media is particularly strong – its travel content, independent advice, reviews and recommendations and quality journalism are more sought after by holidaymakers than any other paid channel. News media delivers at every stage of the path to purchase and enables travel destinations and airlines to connect with buyers when they are actively seeking information and making purchase decisions.” NewsMediaWorks CEO Mark Hollands said.

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The Espresso Martini Now Has its Own Festival

The espresso martini is a drink worth celebrating, which is why Mr Black Spirits Co, leaders in coffee and spirits, are throwing the world’s first espresso martini festival at Melbourne’s Meat Market on Saturday 05 November 2016.

The Mr Black Festival of The Espresso Martini will play host to hundreds of coffee-and-liquor loving Victorians. With caffeinated creations from some of Australia’s best specialty coffee roasters, bars and coffee shops, food trucks, tunes and coffee pong.  The Espresso Martini Festival will be a place for the people of Melbourne to taste, talk and get behind the legendary coffee industry.

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini (Image supplied)

Mr Black founder, Tom Baker said, “We know the people of Melbourne have a love affair with coffee, and the espresso martini is now one of the highest selling cocktails on lists everywhere. So we thought, why not come together to celebrate this shared love with the perfect pairing of coffee and booze.”

“Making a good espresso martini is not a hard task – It’s just three simple ingredients but our festival is a celebration of great drinks: espresso from leading speciality roasters, high-quality spirits, and of course the world’s best coffee liquor. We’re excited to get all our coffee and liquor friends in one place and have a cheeky coffee party”, he said.

Australia’s top coffee producers are on board for a day of caffeinated pleasure at the Espresso Martini Festival. Including: MILKLAB, Ketel One, Campos Coffee, Rushmore Coffee, The Kind Coffee Co, Beats Coffee and Two Birds Brewing.

Entry to Mr Black Festival of The Espresso Martini is $25pp which includes a Mr Black Coffee Liqueur shaken serve, free tastings and more to come.

WHAT: Mr Black Festival of The Espresso Martini
WHEN: Saturday 05 November, 2016. Hours are from 2PM-10PM
WHERE: Melbourne Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, Melbourne
TICKETS: $25 per person

Tickets are on sale now at the espressomartinifest.com.

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Great Eastern Wine Weekend in Tasmania

A wine weekend filled with special events, insider experiences and discount offers? Yes please! Join us on the east coast of Tasmania for the Great Eastern Wine Weekend on 10 – 11 September 2016 and celebrate the superb cool climate wines, fresh seafood and local fare.

Bruny Island Oysters (Image supplied by Tourism Tasmania)

Oysters (Image supplied by Tourism Tasmania)

During the Great Eastern Wine Weekend stop in at cellar doors and enjoy special offers, enjoy a spectacular Wineglass Bay Cruise with multi award winning wine maker Andrew Hood, or tuck into some Bubbles and Bivalves at Freycinet Marine Farm.

The full program is available at www.freycinetlodge.com.au/WineWeekend

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Vickery 2016 Riesling: Wine Review

John Vickery is the accepted doyen of Riesling in Australia, with an illustrious career covering fifty years and innumerable awards. The Vickery Rieslings he has crafted from Watervale and Eden Valley in South Australia are the epitome of this variety.

Vickery Rieslings are made in partnership with talented winemaker and family friend Phil Lehmann, so that John’s winemaking methods and knowledge will be preserved and passed on for generations to come, for the benefit of all lovers of classic Australian Riesling.

Vickery Eden Valley 2016 Riesling

Vickery Eden Valley Riesling

The Vickery Riesling from Eden Valley has lovely aromas of lime zest, and some floral prettiness. Palate is fresh and lively with lemon citrus, with a slately edge.

Flavours last and the mouthwatering acidity suggests some great cellaring potential for those who adore aged Rieslings.

Alcohol: 12.5%
Price: $23
Region: Eden Valley (Barossa), SA
Source: Trade tasting


Vickery Watervale Riesling

Vickery Watervale 2016 Riesling

The Vickery Riesling from Watervale shows the typical freshness on the nose, with some aromatic white floral characters.

The palate is similarly lively like the Eden Valley, and also with a steely component. Possibly a little fuller in the mouthfeel. Pure and delicious.

Alcohol: 12.5%
Price: $23
Region: Watervale (Clare Valley), SA
Source: Trade tasting

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