New wines round-up

09 November, 2020 by Andy Young

A range of new wines have been released recently from some of Australia’s iconic wineries, so here’s a look at what’s new in wine.

Brown & Co

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The Brown Family Wine Group launched a conscious label, Brown & Co.

Brown & Co.’s debut drops are A Little Sweet Rosé and A Little Dry Moscato, with both arriving just in time for summer.

Grown in sustainable vineyards, containing less sugar and made by a new gen of winemakers, Brown & Co is “seriously good wine that doesn’t take itself too seriously.”

“It’s all about breaking down barriers and helping people discover wine – our new conscious label Brown & Co. is crafted in response to the changing palates and shifting purchase drivers for young Australian adults,” said Katherine Brown, A Little Sweet Rosé maker, fourth generation and first female winemaker in the Brown Brothers family.

New additions to the Calabria Richland range

Calabria Family Wines has introduced two new varietals to its easy-drinking Richland range – the 2019 Riverina Durif and the 2020 Riverina Rosé.

Fruit for both wines is sourced from local Riverina family growers, with the rosé being 100% vegan-friendly – a first for the family’s wines.

“We’re excited to introduce these new varieties into our Richland range. With summer just around the corner, the new rosé will be the perfect pairing for outdoor entertaining,” third-generation Sales & Marketing Manager Andrew Calabria said.

“Durif has such a long and significant history to the Riverina wine region, and as champions of the variety, it was only natural that we brought it into our Richland range. It gives adventurous wine drinkers something new to explore at an affordable price.”

Devil’s Corner Pinot Noir Rosé

Ruby blush in colour, ultra-smooth, with bright floral notes, a hint of watermelon and subtle spice, this Pinot Noir Rosé is fruit-driven, delicate and dry.

Best served well chilled and consumed when it’s young and vibrant, the Devil’s Corner Pinot Noir Rosé complements a wide range of seafood dishes especially oysters and sashimi.

Devil’s Corner winemaker Tom Wallace says there is real excitement around releasing a Rosé that truly reflects the place in which it was produced.

“Tasmania is known for being one of the best places to grow Pinot Noir but we’re also at the mercy of nature in our wild little corner. Thankfully, we’ve learned to lean into the harsh Tassie elements and harness them, not fight them, to create our first-ever Pinot Noir Rosé that showcases both the wild and the tame and reflects who we are: bold in taste yet humble in character.”

Longview’s new Macclesfield range

Adelaide Hills winery Longview has celebrated its 20th vintage with a brand refresh and a range of wines.

Managing Director, Peter Saturno, said: “We have released a new group of small-batch fine wines, highlighting our unique terroirs. The inspiration for these Macclesfield wines is partly based on the vein of pink marble dotted under the ancient soils of these Southern Hills – we aspire to create wines of power, presence and provenance under this label.

“Our collection of premium, small-batch wines reflect the unique geology and climate of Macclesfield.”

The range launches with five wines: 2019 Syrah, 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2019 Chardonnay plus 2020 Riesling and 2020 Grüner Veltliner.

The Master returns

The ultimate Wolf Blass wine, The Master, has returned for a second time.

First launched in 2014 paying homage to Wolf Blass Founder, Wolfgang Blass, AM, the marked his 80th birthday and was a “reflection of his never-ending pursuit of perfection”.

Now in 2020, upholding Wolf’s legacy, the Wolf Blass winemakers have crafted ‘The Master’ again, by hand selecting and combining 2018’s finest parcels from different varieties and vineyard blocks they deemed to be outstanding.

“From a single vineyard on an amazing patch of ancient soil, and as unique as the man himself, this is a wine to be shared in celebration of life’s momentous occasions”, said Chief Winemaker, Chris Hatcher.

Drawn from a single vineyard in Greenock, Barossa Valley it celebrates the classic Australian blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, while Cabernet Sauvignon is the heart and soul of this wine, comprising 86 per cent of the blend.