Importer Ned Brooks, of Brooks and Amos, says ‘I, as you know, used to work at Whole Bunch Wines who imported Pyramid Valley wines and through this I met Mike Weersing, one of the most inspirational people I've met in my life. Mike is a very inspirational person because every wine has a story, has [...]
A Californian White Wine, proudly states the label. It's worth having a look at some of winemaker Abe Schoener's musings on their website, www.scholiumwines.com , some pretty interesting reading and listening to be done here. A unique mind, no doubt, has brought about this verdelho dominant blend which sees seven other varieties brought into the fold. [...]
This wine comes from Guman Vineyard in the Napa Valley, known for its old vine chardonnay and pretty unique site. In the winery, winemaker Abe Schoener let a flor develop naturally on the top of the wine in old barrel. The vineyard is trained and pruned with great attention to detail in order to help, [...]
This the first Scholium Project wine made was The Prince In His Caves, from a low-yielding vineyard that was considered confusing to the viticulturist who, anecdotally, didn't know what to do with the fruit. Abe Schoener, winemaker and visionary of his opus, The Scholium Project, decided to take the fruit on, left it on skins [...]
From Amador County east of Sacramento, heading towards the Sierra Nevada foothills. From less than 1000 cases of wines winemaker Matthew Rorick makes up to 15 different cuvees, sourced from vineyards that interest him for one reason or other, usually for variety or neglect of interest in the site. Less-is-more winemaking, no new oak, no [...]
The winemaker is Matthew Rorick, winemaker at Dexter Lake, one of the ‘icon' Napa Valley producers. Here he takes small parcels of fruit for his Folorn Hope wine production, with an eye on a different version of Napa. Rorick, surfer dude-cum-Navy for the first Gulf War, hung out with his family who encouraged him into [...]
Bill Calabria presides over Westend Estate but his broader presence in the Riverina community has also been marked. An AM from the Governor General this year was given not only for services to winemaking, but his extracurricular work within the local area and its many charity, cultural and sporting groups. It caps off a pretty [...]
All for red wine blends without having to state the obvious on the bottle. Not sure why, but just kind of like it. A cuvee name, so to speak. This, Feral Farmer; though I expected more ‘feral grapes' than a blend of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. From the Clare Valley.
Arguably one of the most consistent sites in Australia for producing merlot of interest and quality, a vineyard that allows us (drinkers) to see legacy of winemaking and site hand-in-hand from the variety. A good thing.