KT new Riesling Release tasting at Ed Cellars…

Posted by Kerri on August 28 2013 in: Churinga Vineyard: Peglidis Vineyard: Riesling: Specials & New Release Wines: Stockists: Vintage 2013: Wine Education

Hiya Folks... another tasting date for the diary.. for those of you in Adelaide I'll be splashing my new 2013 Rieslings around at Edinburgh Cellars on Saturday 19th October. 

Don't forget for those of you in Brisbane I'll be showing the wines on Monday 2nd September at Craft Wine Store in Red Hill from 4:30 til 6pm. 

Look forward to seeing you sometime soon. 

Cheers, KT x

KT new Riesling Releases…

Posted by Kerri on August 21 2013 in: Churinga Vineyard: Peglidis Vineyard: Riesling: Specials & New Release Wines: Vintage 2013

Hiya Folks.. am super excited after returning from a really successful (and gloriously sunny) Sydney promotional trip showing off my new Riesling releases. Thanks to all of my customers who came along to Five Way Cellars and to Cremorne Cellars last week to taste my new babies.. for those of you in Brisbane here's another tasting date for the diary;

KT new Riesling releases - Craft Wine Store Monday 2nd September from 4:30 - 6:00 pm.

Would be great to see you.

I'm currently in the process of organising some other tastings around the traps and so will keep you all informed..  

Stay well all.. Cheers, KT x

The Churinga Vineyard tasting table…

Posted by Kerri on July 9 2013 in: Churinga Vineyard: Riesling: Specials & New Release Wines: Vintage 2013

G'day folks... 

I am very excited to say that all of my new 2013 Rieslings are safe and sound in bottle now.. and so they'll be waiting patiently for their September 1st springtime release.. for those of you who are keen to secure them before release you are able to do so through the new online purchasing area.. I shall be sending out a newsletter with vintage details at the time of release.. the 2013 vintage has been very good to us.. happy drinking!.. Cheers, KT x

Cabernet & Chocolate - a rich relationship…

Posted by Kerri on May 27 2013 in: Wine Education

G’day folks...
I was plunging my new 2013 Churinga Vineyard Cabernet ferment today and was intoxicated by the intense perfume as all of the purple froth bubbled over the skins. Have you ever used the term chocolate as a wine descriptor? I could smell chocolate and taste it as well. As it turns out cabernet sauvignon and chocolate are inextricably linked.
After further investigation, and thanks to Tim White (Australian Financial Review) and Harold McGee (McGee on Food & Cooking) I’m now dripping with chocolate info.

Did you know that chocolate, or at least the cacao bean goes through a fermentation process? As I was reading I was transported back to my university Roseworthy days in one of my wine lectures. I was reading about fermentation, rich and complex flavours, astringent phenolics and anthocyanin pigments (which incidentally, give wine their textural qualities and colour respectively), lactic acid bacteria, acetic acid and pyrazines. Now after I relaxed and realised I didn’t need to hand in homework - I refocussed on pyrazines. Simply put, pyrazines are the compounds that give the Sauvignon family their spicy herbal notes. If chocolate contains pyrazines and so does my Cabernet, then there’s little wonder that I’m using them together when describing my new ferment.
The Clare Valley has a rich history with Cabernet Sauvignon and in fact some of the great old wines I’ve enjoyed over the years were lovely mature Cabernet from producers such as Wendouree, Mitchell's, Skillogalee and the old Leasingham Bin range wines. Their structural tannin backbone make them long lived in the cellar. Cabernet is also celebrated in other famous wine growing regions around the world like the Napa Valley in California, Bolgheri of Tuscany and of course the left bank of Bordeaux are considered some of the most noble of all. Closer to home we celebrate the great Margaret River and Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. The best of our beloved Clare Valley are certainly in good company.
I’m excited to say that my Churinga Vineyard Cabernet is enjoying some strong support and is now being poured in some great restaurants around the country. Keep an eye out at Press* Food & Wine & The Victory Hotel in SA, MoVida & Casa Ciuccio in Vic and in NSW head to Otto, Rockpool Bar & Grill and Aria. During my recent pre harvest trip to Tasmania I was lucky enough to enjoy a wonderfully hearty T bone at the Black Cow Bistro in Launceston. I’m happy to say that you too can now do the same partnered with my Cabernet when you’re there.
So during Easter time, when you’re thinking of Easter eggs, also think of Easter reds and how Cabernet descriptors really are perfect for this time of year. It’s chocolate for adults...
Happy Easter all..
Cheers, KT x

vintage 2013 is oh so hot right now…

Posted by Kerri on January 20 2013 in: Vintage 2013

Welcome to a blog by KT...

G’day folks... Happy New Year to you all and of course I do hope you all ate as much Christmas ham as I did.... extended waistband anyone??!... The start of a new year represents so many exciting new frontiers for us all and for many this year across the country it’s meant being on deck and fighting fires. Let me take this opportunity to thank all of our brilliant CFS workers and volunteers who work tirelessly and help save lives. We are all so grateful.

Riesling is a very resilient grape variety. With its tight bunches and strong skins, Riesling can survive in the rockiest and hungriest of soils and continue to thrive. In Watervale with all of our lovely limestone filled soils which have great water holding capacity, our Riesling copes well. After what was such a good wet winter in the Clare Valley, the vineyards have had a solid foundation of healthy, vigorous canopy with good soil moisture and thank goodness they have - our Summer thus far has been hot and dry.

From New Year’s day parts of the Clare Valley have been ablaze with fires and thanks to the CFS for saving everyone and all properties from serious harm. We are thankful that our friends are still here. A reminder that at this time of year when the lure of the coast and beach life is great, those winegrowers and custodians of property need to be on fire watch and ready for action. This was a great lesson I was recently reminded of from my fabulous growers Bunny and Yvonne Peglidis.

So after what was a pressure filled week for many in the district we are excited about what is looking like a strong vintage, with average crops (perhaps slightly less for Riesling) and with bets on for an earlier than usual start. Those vineyards with strong canopies that have protected their delicate Riesling berries well from direct sun exposure will be rewarded. Fingers crossed that the weather remains free from extremes for the next month and we’re on track for a flavour filled harvest.

For those of you keen to get amongst the Summer of Riesling festivities... check out these spots for some of the fun events... you’ll certainly find some of my Riesling babies there!...
Stay cool folks.. KT xx