Monthly Archives: March 2014

  • Welcome to Howard Park

    By Angela Mount

    Howard Park is an iconic name in Western Australia’s wine history. Founded back in 1986 by Jeff and Amy Burch, it’s now the largest family owned, boutique winery in Western Australia, and is producing handcrafterd, exquisite wines from its two sites, with vineyards both in Margaret River and the Great Southern.

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  • A special treat for all you Mum’s...

    Champagne Jacquart, Brut Mosaïque Rosé NV

    A special treat for all you Mum’s and I'm not talking about me, it's for anyone who just likes great fizz out there... a deliciously elegant, rounded, fruity style of Champagne with hints of cherry and wild strawberry. Its fine streams of bubbles enhance the delicate pale pink colour. Fresh and vibrant. Packed in an uber smart gift box, what a pressie.

  • Australian Wine - A World of Variation

    By Angela Mount

    It’s never easy knowing how much, or how little information wine drinkers want to know about the wines they’re buying; it can be confusing for many. The  incredible success of Australian wine is in someways a double-edged sword – the big brands did a great job, back in the 90s, of bringing Australian wines to the forefront of our wine drinking choices; however they simultaneously eroded much of the individuality and widely varying characteristics of this multi-faceted wine country, during the building of ‘Brand Australia’, at the expense of regionality.

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  • Easy drinking - Spring red to mark the equinox

    Château Laulerie Merlot 2012

    It's officially the start of Spring today (March 20th - according to the astronomical definition) So I've chosen a fantastic spring red from this family-run, Bergerac, property. Red berries, plum and spice this is a easy drinking Merlot that gives lots of pleasure. Bring on the warmer weather.

  • More good write ups from this weekends press

    The Observer - David Williams
    Heartland Stickleback Red, South Australia, 2009
    Sumptuous but not overbearing red-fruited blend


    The Guardian - Fiona Beckett
    Yealands Estate PGR 2013 
    Zippy freshness; exotic character


    Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith
    Peller Ice Wine Cuvee Sparkling NV, Canada
    Fruity, frothy, golden and glorious

  • Skillogalee - 25 Years On

    Owner Diana Palmer talks to Angela Mount

    Diana Palmer, co-owner of boutique South Australian winery, Skillogalee, and wife of maverick Dave, was recently in Bath to visit the team and customers at Great Western Wine.  I caught up with her on her travels, and found out a little bit more about the winery and the wines.

    The story is a textbook one – young English couple meet at Sterling University, fall in love, marry… and then create a legacy.  The Palmers have certainly had a nomadic lifestyle, living for 5 years in Canada, then 6 years in the challenging environment of Papua New Guinea, before settling on the north coast of Australia. It was here that their love affair with wine began. In 1989, they moved south and bought the Skillogalee estate, an 150 acre plot nestled on the steep hills of South Australia’s premium, cool climate, Clare Valley region. At the time, there were vineyards, a house and a small cellar door shop.

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  • Quinta do Crasto has mastered the art of making red Douro table wine a thing of beauty

    Quinta Do Crasto, Douro Red 2012

    We had a fantastic Crasto tasting this week - it was a real treat at every level. But my wine of the week was their Douro Red and I will borrow Oz Clarke to tell you about who writes it up much better than I ever could:

    "Quinta do Crasto has mastered the art of making red Douro table wine a thing of beauty, while its neighbours continue to overcomplicate and over-oak the stuff. This is an utter delight: scented with jasmine, bulging with ripe black plums, mulberry and blueberry fruit with the merest tug of chewy tannin, and as you swallow, back comes the jasmine."

    Oz Clarke Top Wines

    £11.50 £10.50 (£9.45 per dozen)

  • The Observer - Fine-wine makers going mainstream

    Domaine de la Janasse Côtes du Rhône, France 2012 (£11.50, Great Western WineAnother producer with a talent for making great wines at different prices is the never-less-than-superb Domaine de la Janasse. The brother and sister act of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon make some of my favourite Châteauneuf du Pape and have a knack for gorgeous wines for mere financial mortals. You could try the red blend and white (viognier), Vin de Pays de la Principauté d'Orange. But my pick is their red Côtes du Rhône, with its meat, herbs and sweet spice.

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  • The Cabernets from Clare Valley

    Skillogalee, Basket Pressed, The Cabernets 2009

    This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec is beautifully rich and very generous. We opened this for a Friday tasting last week and I had forgotten how good it was and great value for money. The Skillogalee tradition is freshness and purity, with intense colour and power, cool aromas and flavours. The wine is full and soft with leafy fruit flavours, elegant vanillin oak and light fine tannins on a lingering finish.

    Below is a picture of the amazing Dave Palmer from Skillogalee tending his vats.

    £18.95 £16.68 (£15.02 per dozen)

  • Wine by the Glass Machine - Shop




    2010 Credo Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch

    £15.95 per 75cl bottle, £1.00 per 25ml sample

    2012 Eruzione Bianco 1614 Carricante Planeta

    £17.50 per 75cl bottle, £1.20 per 25ml sample

    2011 Meursault Les Narvaux, Domaine Jobard-Morey

    £34.00 per 75cl bottle, £1.90 per 25ml sample

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