Be cool… Drink tempranillo…

Posted by Kerri on December 3 2012 in: Stockists: Tempranillo: Wine Education

Welcome to eKT
G’day folks... or should I say Hola..Spain’s national grape Tempranillo is a true drink of Summer...
Regardless of if you call it Tinto Fino, Cencibel, Ull de Liebre or Tinta Roriz, (which are just some of the many pseudonyms that Tempranillo enjoys on the Iberian Peninsula), this festive season should become a little bit cooler with a glass of this succulent variety.

With the many styles that are available out there it should be easy! I’m now making three different wines from the
Tempranillo grapes I harvest; rosa, tinta & 5452 by KT red blend.
Tempranillo is full of all of the aromatic red berry fruits that we love to devour at this time of year and then with all of its mouthcoating savoury tannin is also deliciously refreshing.
Just like they do in Spain our summer lends itself to drinking our medium bodied reds slightly chilled and enjoyed with a plate full of cured meats and marinated olives. So when the mercury hits high this season folks, don’t be afraid to chill your reds down a little in an ice bucket next to your riesling and
rosa...we often tend to drink them too warm at this time of year and you’ll be amazed at how much more structural interest you’ll be appreciating.
For those of you keeping an eye out for some tempranillo to enjoy throughout holiday festivities, here’s a list of some of the cool spots that are supporting tempranillo by KT across the country...
SA - Press*, Melt Pizzeria, Giallo, Rob Roy, Terroir
Vic - Mo Vida, Coda, Casa Ciuccio, The Supper Club
NSW - Cafe Dov, The Bridge Room, Ms G’s, Jugemu & Shimbashi, Selah, Booth St Bistro
ACT - Aubergine
QLD - Brew Cafe & Bar, Cha Cha Char, Harvey’s
There’s even a tempranillo by KT special six pack offer here for those of you looking to splash some around at home...
I’ve enjoyed watching my mailing list customer base grow this year to become a really lovely extended family of wine friends. Thanks to everyone this year for your ongoing support. I’m so grateful and look forward to creating more great wines in 2013.
May this festive season be a safe and happy one for you all. 
Cheers, KT x

Springtime: The time for Riesling to flourish…

Posted by Kerri on September 1 2012 in: Churinga Vineyard: Peglidis Vineyard: Riesling: Specials & New Release Wines: Stockists: Vintage 2012: Wine Education

G’day much as I love to feel the different seasons, it’s time to shake off the winter chills and some welcome Spring sunshine brings with it the release of my new 2012 Rieslings;

Peglidis vineyard
Churinga vineyard
melva by KT
5452 by KT (a blend of both vineyards).

The 2012 harvest has been widely celebrated across the country affording winegrowers a great balance of crop, fruit health and intensity and it’s with much pleasure that I release my four new Rieslings with all the confidence that a strong vintage brings. Our season has certainly created wines that are full of fruit concentration and the Rieslings are balanced with a soft and juicy salivating acidity. I have every faith they will be long lived in the cellar - if of course you have the patience to hang onto them!

From 2012, Peglidis vineyard is typically fine and delicately floral with the firm tension that it often shows, whilst Churinga vineyard the more obviously citrus flavoured of the two, has solid fruit weight and concentration. 5452 by KT is the artist formerly known as Rizza (!) and has enjoyed a slight packaging change with the new release. This is the first time I’ve blended my two Riesling vineyards and love the punchy fruit flavour the special patches of dirt bring together. melva by KT is my wild fermented Riesling created from Peglidis Vineyard fruit that spends three months in ten year old barriques. This is a style of Riesling I really enjoy creating and just love to drink with all of its slippery textural quality.

I’ve recently returned from a successful promotional trip in Sydney where I held tastings and a dinner to showcase these new wines. Thanks to many of you who came along in support and for your wonderful feedback. I’m very proud to say that along with my 2008 aged release Peglidis Riesling, I am one of few producers across the country that have five different Rieslings currently available in my portfolio. I really am totally in love with it!

For those of you who are keen to taste through these new releases I’m excited to tell you that my Spring release tasting will be held in Watervale on the Sunday 30th September of the long weekend. Bring your friends and family and come along for lunch and a game of bowls whilst enjoying a cheeky glass of Riesling at the Watervale Bowls Club. I think we’ll have some fun...
Look forward to seeing you there... Cheers, KT x

2008 aged release Riesling & a taste of 2010 Watervale reds - postcode 5452…

Posted by Kerri on July 23 2012 in: Riesling: Specials & New Release Wines: Stockists: Wine Education

G’day folks...An old(ish) girl is back!...and I’m certainly not referring to myself but to my just released 2008 Aged Release Peglidis Vineyard Watervale riesling. (33o56'36''S 138o38'09''E)

Over the last few weeks I’ve been busy preparing my 2012 rieslings for bottling (ready for Spring release) and I’m really loving tasting all of their punchy citrus zestiness and mouthwatering freshness. One of the joys of lively young riesling is dreaming how these characters will evolve over time, and there are few white wines which age as superbly as Watervale rieslings. So it’s also a delight to now release my 2008 Aged Release Peglidis Vineyard riesling. This carefully cellared selection, bottled back in August of 2008, has blossomed to show all of the gentle, toasty, lemon curd bottle aged characters that mature Watervale riesling is famous for. For those of you who have expressed interest in my 2012 riesling release (some of you already have stock on hold) you’ll need to hang on until September 1st. This past vintage was kind to me and I’ve been able to put some riesling aside to cellar for a future aged release. But that’s ages away so in the meantime you can enjoy the 2008 (so buy it now, otherwise you may be disappointed).

2010 5452 red has also recently been released and this particular vintage is a blend of shiraz, grenache, tempranillo and mataro. Sourced predominantly from Watervale Churinga Vineyard 33o56'05''S 138o38'39''E, 5452 red has plenty of vibrant fruit aromatics and plush juicy sweet mid concentration. 2010 reds have a lovely richness to them and this wine is already gathering quite the following. A big thanks to my friends Travis and Michelle from Cork Wine Bar in Adelaide who’ve already been great supporters.

To celebrate the release of these two wines, I’m offering mailing list customers an opportunity to purchase a special six pack. See the order form attached.

Thanks to those who have shown interest in my 2012 rieslings so keep an eye out for the Spring Release eKT in September and thanks everyone for the great feedback regarding the wines by KT features in both the recent Decanter and Qantas magazines.
Cheers, KT x

Vintage 2012: A healthy harvest means happy winegrowers…

Posted by Kerri on June 2 2012 in: Churinga Vineyard: Peglidis Vineyard: Specials & New Release Wines: Vintage 2012: Wine Education

Welcome to eKT
I’m in love again folks...and pinching myself since I’m so happy with my grapes from this year’s harvest. After the challenging vintage across much of South-Eastern Australia in 2011, it’s such a delight to see the vines in great health and to taste wines with such vibrancy. Our season has certainly created wines that are full of fruit intensity and balanced with a solid structural backbone; I really believe they will cellar well.

Speaking of cellars...after selling out of all of my 2011 riesling releases (thanks everyone for your support) it’s comforting to know that my wines have safely finished primary fermentation. As the season changes and we head in to the next phase of winemaking, which means preparing new riesling babies for bottling, I’m reminded of just how much has been achieved. Since the grapevines were so healthy this season I’ve purchased some more fruit and have enjoyed the biggest vintage for KT: a whopping 47 tonnes.!!! So you’d really be helping me out if you could all drink a little more this year...

At the moment in the winery I’m busy topping my 2012 red barrels as they tick through malolactic fermentation and starting to rack riesling off yeast lees. I’ve also been tweaking the 2010 5452 blend and after a number of taste trials, this release will be blended from shiraz (35%) grenache (31%) tempranillo (20%) and mataro (14%), showing all of the typical 5452 spice and celebrating the 2010 fruit concentration.
Along with that, I’m also heading out and showing off my new 2010 Churinga Vineyard shiraz and cabernet sauvignon wines that have been recently released. 2010 reds are crackers!

Some of the great (and welcome!) feedback from my customers....thanks to all...

“The Melva....hmmmm - quite a revelation. I read of it in one of the newspapers and saw that it was available at Five Way. A delicious wine, and well worth the detour. Not that I'm an enemy of the bone dry lemon and lime juice bracing kind of style, but the pulpy texture of the Melva, and the different flavours (not much in the way of citrus, at least to my palate) made for a very engrossing drink. I loved it, and I'm looking forward greatly to the next vintage. All the best John Gunson Albury Victoria

“Hi Kerri,
It was lovely chatting to you on the phone earlier today. As discussed, we had your lovely 2011 Churinga Riesling wine at the Source Restaurant in Tasmania. We liked it so much.” Lisa Dawson Sydney NSW

“You will be pleased to know that I took four of my regular business lunch colleagues to lunch on Friday at Four in Hand, Paddington. I arrived early and ordered a bottle of the 2011 Churinga Watervale Riesling. I thought it was particularly good. However, I wasn't sure if it was just my natural bias towards your wines. So, when my guests arrived I quietly poured them a glass and waited for their reaction. The conversation suddenly stopped when one of them said "what's this wine, it's got great complexity, layers of flavour and a wonderfully refreshing finish". The conversation was then diverted to a round table discussion on the wine. I of course took the opportunity to give them a briefing on KT Wines and on how you have become one of my favourite winemakers. The overall verdict at the table was high praise.” Ron Phillips Sydney NSW

Evening Kerri, trust you are well.
Good for your business to see a very positive report on your baby Melva from James Halliday in the Australian on Saturday. Congratulations. Also enjoyable to drink your Tinta with a home-made pizza on Saturday night- very drinkable and smooth, but still solid.Thank you for that.All the best with the fermenting and yeasting and plunging and the hard work.
Wes Pickering Adelaide SA

For those of you who might fancy a glass of red as the nights are getting colder, I’m offering my mailing list customers a special six pack that includes all of my current red releases... they’re not quite hot off the press.. but they might just keep you warm...
Stay well everyone...
Cheers, KT xx

It’s the Summer of Tempranillo & Riesling fever…

Posted by Kerri on January 12 2012 in: Bastian Vineyard: Riesling: Specials & New Release Wines: Stockists: Tempranillo: Wine Education

Welcome to eKT
Happy New Year folks. I do hope that your festive season has been full of good cheer. I’m celebrating the start of 2012 with the release of my new wine, tinta by KT, an early (and easy) drinking Tempranillo made in a style the Spanish call ‘Joven’ (lit. youthful). The distinctive label was modelled on a tile I brought back with me from the Spanish town of Granada and it was made with beautiful grapes grown at the Bastian vineyard. I’ve loved pouring it to all of my wonderful wine friends who have visited through Watervale over the holidays. . . so thanks to everyone for including me in your travels. The KT roving tasting table has been lots of fun...

I’ve also got Riesling fever...

Summer of Riesling Program of Events*

Sunday 5th February 3-7pm Crown Lane East Sydney
Australian Riesling tasting including wines by KT

Monday 6th February 5:30-8pm Doltone House Pyrmont Sydney
Featuring as part of the Frankland Estate International Riesling Tasting, “Riesling Fever” is a tasting of Rieslings from around the world, hosted by over 40 producers where I’ll be pouring some of my Riesling babies including my unreleased 2008 Peglidis Vineyard Aged Release Riesling.

Wednesday 8th February after 6pm DeVine Food & Wine Sydney
wines by KT and DeVine join forces for a relaxed evening with Rieslings from around the world enjoyed with tasting platters. ph 0292626906 for bookings.

Thursday 9th February 5-8pm Five Way Cellars Paddington Sydney
wines by KT instore tasting including new release 2011 tinta by KT and unreleased 2010 Churinga Vineyard Shiraz and Churinga Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon..

Friday 10th February 5-8pm Australian Wine Centre The Quay Sydney
wines by KT instore tasting including new release 2011 tinta by KT and unreleased 2010 Churinga Vineyard Shiraz and Churinga Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon..

*I’m so excited about the Summer of Riesling week.. I’ll be spending time with a number of Riesling producers from around the world whose wines I really admire and more importantly love to drink! For ticket purchases and more information about these great events make sure you visit the websites. I’m looking forward to seeing you there... Cheers, KT | | |