Issue 64 | Winter 2013
OFF THE PRESS
GRIL L ADE | N EW V INTAG E W INE S | EV E NTS
W I N E RY
V I N E YA R D “S” stands for Semi-Sweet, and we all know what “Bella” means! This is an off-dry style of wine. It is not classed as a Sweet wine, and it is definitely not dry. Containing 35g/L of un-fermented sugar, this Semillon has mouth-watering freshness, the natural fruit sweetness is balanced with a lovely green apple acidity which gives the wine length and persistence. The sugar level means this wine also has low alcohol and a lovely smooth texture, which lends itself to being a great food wine, especially with soft cheeses, seafood and anything with a hint of spice.
Winter is here, which means vintage is over! Saying that, the work does not stop! Its now time to start preparing most of our 2013 Whites for bottle, bedding down the 2013 Reds and pulling out our 2012 Reds from oak, which includes the Big Bully, and the much anticipated Members Blend! Although many of you will start pulling out more reds over the Winter months, there are still plenty of White varieties that can be enjoyed through the cooler Months, including Chardonnay, aged Semillons and Pinot Gris. I have to make special mention to one wine that is in the pack this Month, which I believe can be enjoyed all year round, it is a new wine for the Briar Ridge family, and that is the S’Bella Semillon.
Cheers Scott – Winemaker
As the days become shorter and the nights
pruning, we first use a mechanical pruning
cooler, Autumn in the Hunter Valley is my
machine that is attached to a tractor that
favourite season of the year and is the
passes over the vines and mulches the
perfect time to visit the Hunter Valley, the
excess growth leaving enough wood that
madness of vintage is behind us and it’s
is then cut and thinned by a team of hand
now time to take a breath sit back with
a glass of Briar Ridge wine and plan the coming season whilst enjoying the cooler nights and beautiful sunny days.
When we have finished pruning the 65000 vines at Briar Ridge vineyard we then tie down the canes to the cordon wire
When the night time temperature has
and check that all the trellis that supports
dropped, the grape vines shut down and
the vines is tight and ready for the new
stop growing. Their leaves turn from bright
green to various shades of orange before
all be completed by September when the
falling off the vine.
vines will begin to shoot and the growing
Once the vines have become completely dormant the vineyard team will start
Hopefully this should
season begins. Cheers Belinda – Vineyard Manager
NEW RELEASE WINES With the first of the 2013 whites being bottled and some of our previous vintage reds, our new look labels are starting to appear on our bottles and we all think they look pretty swish! The new labels are a 100% tree free and are made from Stone! Stone-Paper. A natural product that is energy efficient and environmentally friendly. We hope you enjoy sampling some of our new release wines and like the new Briar Ridge look.
2013 Homestead Verdelho
2013 Cellar Reserve Gewurztraminer
2011 Cold Soaked Cabernet Sauvignon
A superb Hunter Valley vintage allows this wine to develop into a big fruit driven style. Fruity on the nose and crisp on the palate with a refreshing dry finish.
A rare variety in the Hunter Valley, this wine displays a hint of fruit sweetness that intensifies with rose petals and lychee characteristics. It is crisp and lively on the palate and will be a perfect accompaniment to spicy Asian style cuisine.
Our cold soaked cabernet is sourced from our Orange vineyard in an optimal cool climate area. The 2011 vintage exhibits intense plum and berry aromas with great length, back palate tannins and a soft vanillin oak finish.
FROM THE CELLAR DOOR with Charise Foulstone S`Bella is the new beautiful sweet addition to the Briar Ridge range, a wonderfully light and fruity off dry Semillon divinely easy to drink. With a bouquet of fruit salad and musk the new S`Bella is a delight to the senses. Chilled down on a hot summers afternoon there could not be a better way to consume this delightful wine. A pale straw colour with a fresh clean vibrant finish, the S`Bella displays abundant flavours of lemon blossom, green apple and lychees. With soft acidity and a light and delicate finish. S`Bella is a wonderfully low alcohol wine at 8.5%. It is a way too enjoy a few glasses of this fantastic wine without getting too tipsy. The S`Bella matches back perfectly with spicy Asian food, a decadent cheese platter or even as an aperitif so enjoy this addictively easy to drink wine with friends. 3
BRIAR GRILLADE Visit Briar Grillade for our Food & Wine fusion of the month. Every month Chef Peter Edmunds selects his favourite dish which is then matched with a premium Briar Ridge wine available by the glass or bottle. Our Current recommendations 2012 Hand Picked Chardonnay – enjoy with Warm goats cheese & artichoke tart, with a salad of fresh baby spinach, roasted tomatoes, walnuts, Spanish onion & orange dressing 2011 Old Vines Shiraz - enjoy with Char grilled eye fillet of beef served with potato gratin, asparagus and Old Vines Shiraz jus. Don’t forget to mention you’re a Vintage Club Member for your Briar Grillade discount.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY A Christmas inspired evening in the vines. Complimentary Canapés & Sparkling on arrival followed by a banquet feast. Briar Ridge Wines available to purchase on the evening. BYO welcome. Lucky Door Prize to be Won! 6PM SATURDAY 27TH JULY $60 PER PERSON BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL PHONE 02 4990 8601
FUNCTIONS AND EVENTS Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Brokenback mountain range, We offer a unique experience for you and your guests for any type of function. Whether you’re after a corporate dinner, engagement party, birthday celebration or Christmas cocktail party, our Briar Grillade Restaurant & Function Centre can cater to your every need and reduce the stress of organizing such an event.
Why not have your next function or event at Briar Grillade
OFF THE GRILL WITH PETE
Serves 4 12 lamb cutlets (frenched) 200g cous cous 1 red capsicum 1 green capsicum 1 red onion 200g semidried tomato 1/2 bunch parsley 50mL olive oil Moroccan Spice Mix 5g ground nutmeg 5g ground cumin 5g ground coriander 10g all spice 10g ground ginger 10g cayenne pepper 5g cinnamon Mix all together and store in airtight container.
Moroccan Spiced Lamb Cutlets with
Mediterranean cous cous and coriander yoghurt
Coriander Yoghurt 250mL Greek yoghurt 1/2 bunch of coriander 10g ground cumin Finely slice the coriander and mix with the yoghurt & cumin. Season to taste. Marinate the lamb cutlets in a small amount of olive oil and the Maroccan spice mix overnight. In a small heatproof bowl add the cous cous and enough boiling water to just cover. Set aside for 5 minutes. Dice all other ingredients and add to cous cous mixing with a fork. Add 10mLs of olive oil and salt and pepper. Sear the cutlets on both sides and cook to desire. Allow to rest in warm place for 2 minutes before serving. Serve with our 2011 Cold Soaked Cabernet Sauvignon
THE VINTAGE CLUB
2012 MEMBERS’ BLEND
At our Indulgence Day in March this year, a small group of Vintage Club Members’ took part in our first Members Blending exercise.
It’s almost time to get your hands on some of our Member’s Reserve Big Bully from Wrattonbully, South Australia.
With lots of different blends being created throughout the day by all teams, under the watchful eyes of our winemakers Scott & Karl. One blend stood out and was agreed upon by all involved which will now be bottled as our first ever 2012 Members Blend.
Be waiting for our phone call in August for your opportunity to take advantage of our next release of this very popular Big Gutsy Red!
This wine has been made in a very limited quantity and is only available exclusively to Vintage Club Members. Its arrival is imminent!
CLUB PACK NEWSLETTERS WILL BE GOING ELECTRONIC! Future newsletters will now be sent to your email address in the club pack months of March, June and October. Printed copies will still be available through the cellar door. If you wish to receive a printed copy with your club pack, Please contact the Vintage Club on 02 4990 3670 or email us at email@example.com
Wine Glasses – Karl Stockhausen With other wines, white and red, it is wise to not over-fill; the best level is usually where the glass is at its widest, which allows room in the glass to swirl the wine for greater enjoyment and flavour enhancement.
Have you ever been in a situation where there was a bottle of wine on the table but no wine glasses anywhere? Many years ago I had been. Well, you would think that the taste of a wine is very simply the same irrespective of the container from which you sip it.
I am not saying all this to make you go out and buy heaps of glasses, by all means do if you feel so inclined; but basically you choose the shape and size of glass from which you prefer to drink your wine.
At least to my palate, that is not so. If you don’t believe me, try tasting a wine from a cup. In my opinion, wine just has to be drunk from a glass, preferably a wine glass.
One other thought, if you like to enjoy the colour of the wine, as I do, don’t use coloured glasses.
Mr George Riedel of the Riedel Wine Glass Company would tell you that it is just as important that the glass has the right shape for the varietal wine you are enjoying. A delicate white wine like Riesling would be served in a reasonably small glass with narrow opening to avoid too much air contact, whereas a deeper flavoured wine like oaked Chardonnay would benefit from a bigger glass allowing more air to get to the wine, especially when you can swirl the wine in the glass. Red wine glasses are the biggest, they have more surface area for the wine to aerate more which will promote greater flavour enhancement. The large round bowl of the Burgundy glasses are better for holding the subtle aromas of medium bodied reds such as Pinot Noir. For Shiraz and Cabernet the Bordeaux glass is recommended for its more oval shape. Sparkling wines are best served in Champagne flutes, tall and narrow, which keep the wine bubbly for longer. This is for me the only wine where the glass can be reasonably full. 6
MEMBER EVENTS Members’ New Release tasting & Canapés on the Wharf Friday 19th July – Sydney Dance Lounge, Walsh Bay Join us at the Sydney Dance Lounge - Walsh Bay as we bring to you our new release wines for your enjoyment whilst indulging in some scrumptious canapés on the wharf overlooking the Harbour. 6.30pm Friday 19th July Dress Smart Casual $60 per person To book call the Vintage Club on 02 4990 3670
SAXANOVA DINNER Friday 2nd August – Rocksalt Restaurant, Newcastle Enjoy an evening of Fine Food & Premium Briar Ridge Wines at Rocksalt Restaurant Newcastle. Live entertainment by the Jazz, Funk, Rock & Soul Groovers – Saxanova. 6.45pm Friday 2nd August Dress Smart Casual $85 per person To Book Contact Rocksalt Restaurant on 02 4961 1676
SPRING INDULGENCE DINNER Saturday 14th September – Briar Grillade On arrival at Briar Grillade, indulge in a glass of Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay with mouthwatering canapés followed by an Indulgent four course menu prepared by chef Peter Edmunds. Enjoy a premium selection of Briar Ridge Wines selected to enhance your dining experience. Entertainment provided on the evening by our very own Hunter Valley Piano Man - Stuart Hamilton. Free return shuttle bus transfer from your accommodation in the Mount View/Cessnock/Pokolbin Area. 6.30pm Saturday 14th September Dress Smart Casual $125 per person Bookings are essential Please contact the Vintage Club on 02 4990 3670
WINTER CLUB PACK WINES 2012 White Trio WD
2011 Red Trio R6 RD
Vintage Club Price $15
Vintage Club Price $15
A harmonious blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon & Chardonnay, creating a light refreshing early drinking style. Vibrant aromas of passionfruit, lemon and fresh grass are highlighted from the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon elements while the Chardonnay adds complexity and balance.
A harmonious blend of three red varieties. The shiraz provides pepper spice, Cabernet Sauvignon for blackberry and firm tannin structure and Merlot for soft plums and smooth finish. Enjoy with friends and food.
2013 Homestead Verdelho W6 WD M6 MD
2011 Cold Soaked Cabernet R6 RD M6 MD
Vintage Club Price $19.50
Vintage Club Price $18
Our Cold Soaked Cabernet is sourced from our Orange Vineyard in an optimal cool climate area. The 2011 vintage exhibits intense plum and berry aromas with great length, back palate tannins and a soft vanillin oak finish.
A superb 2013 Hunter Valley vintage allows this wine to develop into a big fruit driven style. Fruity on the nose and crisp on the palate with a refreshing dry finish.
2013 Sâ€™bella Off-Dry Semillon W6 WD M6 MD New Release Vintage Club Price $20 Our new S'bella Semillon displays lovely natural fruit sweetness, crisp green apple characters with great length and a persistent finish. A perfect aperitif!
2011 Signature Karl Stockhausen Semillon WD M6 Vintage Club Price $22 Brilliant pale straw colour with green tinged hues. Lifted lemon blossom and citrus aromas typical of the variety. The palate displays refreshing citrus acidity with a crisp but delicate structure. The finish is persistent with lingering lime zest characters adding great length to the wine. Drinking well now or will develop very rewarding toasty, honey characters with careful cellaring, 6-8 years.
2010 Cellar Reserve Orange Shiraz RD Member Exclusive Vintage Club Price $22 This medium bodied wine displays excellent line and length with a lovely mix of red berry fruit flavours balanced by savoury tannins and fine grain French oak. Whilst approachable now this wine will benefit and blossom with medium to long term cellaring.
2010 Cellar Reserve Orange Cabernet Sauvignon RD Member Exclusive Vintage Club Price $22 This wine displays aromas of blackberry, hints of mint and cigar box. Full bodied with moderate tannin and good palate structure, weight and length. Consume up till 2018.
2010 Black Label Signature Karl Stockhausen Semillon W6 WD
2012 Signature Karl Stockhausen Shiraz R6 RD M6 MD
Vintage Club Price $22
Vintage Club Price $22
Sourced from some of the best fruit from our Mount View vineyard, this Semillon developed fast with intense and long lime characteristics that sees this wine aging nicely right now. Due to the long and hot daylight hours that this vintage was subjected to, this wine has tight acidity and great length of flavour on the palate with a nose of lemon and slightly sweet aromas. Drink now until 2014.
Sourced from parcels of fruit from the Tallawanta vineyard in the Hunter Valley, this wine is some of the best shiraz that the 2012 vintage produced. Hot and wet conditions saw the bulk of the hunter fruit go to waste, except our vineyard. This wine exhibits intense ripe fruit characteristics on the nose and palate with a hit of sweet dark berry flavours and long and lean tannins. Ideal now until 2016.
2011 Karl Stockhausen Signature Chardonnay W6 WD Vintage Club Price $22
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This wine is rich and flavoursome displaying refreshing melon and citrus characters supported by vanillin oak. The palate is soft and creamy with a lingering finish. Consume now or drink through till 2016.
W6 White Six Pack R6 Red Six Pack M6 Mixed Six Pack
WD White Dozen RD Red Dozen MD Mixed Dozen
VINEYARD & VARIETY
White Trio (CLUB PACK)
Red Trio (CLUB PACK)
Early Harvest Semillon
Homestead Verdelho (CLUB PACK)
Hand Picked Chardonnay
Old Vines Shiraz
Cold Soaked Cabernet Sauvignon (CLUB PACK)
S’bella Off-Dry Semillon (CLUB PACK)
Cellar Reserve Gewurztraminer
Cellar Reserve Hunter Valley Merlot
Cellar Reserve Orange Cabernet Sauvignon
Signature Karl Stockhausen Semillon
Signature Karl Stockhausen Chardonnay (CLUB PACK)
Signature Karl Stockhausen Shiraz
WINTER SPECIALS Trio Range Dozen Cold Soaked Cabernet - 6 pack Trio Range – 6 pack SPARKLING Pinot Chardonnay TRIO RANGE
SIGNATURE & RESERVE RANGE
SINGLE VINEYARD RANGE Single Vineyard Dairy Hill Semillon
Single Vineyard Briar Hill Chardonnay
Single Vineyard Dairy Hill Shiraz
DESSERT & FORTIFIED WINES Botrytis Semillon
Liqueur Muscat 500mL
Grillade Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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