Friday, July 13, 2012

Penley Estate Aradia Chardonnay 2008

The objective of the winemaker has been to create a crisp, young style wine with soft fruit flavours so it can be consumed now, but the fine acid length and mellow French oak will aid bottle maturation (1-3 years from vintage date.)

The balance is a key feature in all Penley Wines. This ensures that Chardonnay will mature successfully in bottle, but with rich Australian flavours can be enjoyed now whilst the fruits are youthful. Quality new French oak, barrel fermentation, partial lees stirring and 20% Malo-lactic fermentation (MLF) all contribute to the style.

Crios Rose of Malbec ?

I love the Crios Malbec, but when I read about the Rose of Malbec I was curious and wanted a taste. A beautiful, deep, vibrant rosé color. Has a surprising amount of body for a rosé wine, and beautiful aromas of fresh, ripe wild strawberries. On the palate, the flavors of strawberries and young cherries come rushing in, accompanied by some spice notes and a clean, dry finish. This is the perfect chicken wine and a charming companion to mildly spicy Asian cuisine. Keep one in the fridge at all times and you’ll always have a delicious wine to enjoy with light snacks and cheeses. Best consumed in its youth.


Peaches on the nose with pink grapefruit, lime and gooseberry on the palate. This wine is a perfect cross between a Sancerre and a ripe Marlborough, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Good crisp acidity with mineral and stone fruit to balance. Blends nicely with shellfish, especially oysters, pasta salads, grilled shrimp or seared scallops.
These Sauvignon Blanc vines are planted in the cool plains with deep soil in the Western zone of the region known as “Océanique”. The have a southern exposure which ensures plenty of sunshine during the daytime. The cool microclimate of this area, with breezes all the way from the Atlantic Ocean, is perfect for the production of quality Sauvignon Blanc.
The soil is mainly clay with a high concentration of organic and mineral components. This maintains cool soil temperature and minimum levels of humidity.
These Sauvignon Blanc vines are about 15 years old and are pruned in the Guyot method. The shoots must be lifted up and attached to the upper wires to allow the grapes to breathe. Some defoliation is also required to permit effective ripening and avoid to much grassy character in the wine.
The grapes are hand picked when fully ripe. They are hand inspected and triaged on a vibrating table to select only the best. Whole grape pressing , cold soaking and cold maceration take place before alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Extended contact with the skins and lees contact bring out better concentration of flavours.
The cool weather during most of the summer offered a careful, slow maturation of the grapes. 2007 offered the best possible conditions for Sauvignon Blanc as it enhanced the exotic fruit characteristics and ripeness with a perfect balance of sugar and acidity.
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Residual sugar: 2.5 grams per litre PH: 3.4
Alcohol content: 13.5 %
Light pale yellow colour with a distinct kiwi nose followed by flavours of lime, melon and gooseberry with nice mineral overtones on the palate.
Chill to approximately 45 degrees Fahrenheit. This wine is crisp and vibrant and would be best serve with shellfish, especially oysters, pasta salads, grilled shrimp, seared scallops, a creamy goat cheese or grilled chicken.
The production system of the Anne de Joyeuse Winery is a Bureau Veritas Certified Environmentally Friendly French business. “Protect Planet” is a long-term sustainable wine-growing commitment that focuses on the following processes:
 Ecosystem management
 Water conservation
 Pollution control
 Producer and consumer health protection  Preserving the true taste of the wine

The six keys to success

1. Attitude
Bloom where you are planted. You have a choice to get back up after temporary set backs. Attitude is a small thing that makes a big difference!

2. Direction
If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there. Write your short term goals down on paper. I have discovered and continue to discover that putting your dreams and goals down on paper lock in or focus your belief that they can be achieved--even if you have to take a course correction in achieving your goals. Success comes in cans, failure comes in can'ts.

3. Values
Explore what is important to you. Maybe it is family, friends, your spirituality or working hard at any given task. I can assure you that your priorities will change as you grow older. Very important that you value yourself and treat yourself like the valuable gift from God that you are.

4. Interests
Birds of a feather flock together. This is to say that if you are hanging around winners or others with a "can do" mind- set, you'll likely adapt to this same kind of thinking. Remember--"SUCCESS LEAVES CLUES! 

5. Commitment
Feelings may change, commitments do not. "Success is getting up one more time than you fall." I have often wanted to give up, and then I must think to myself about what the consequences of giving up will be. Generally, this is more than enough of a motivation to make us stick to the task at hand even if we don't feel like it. When the task is achieved, Whow!--IT FEELS GREAT!

6. Encouragement
Be an encourager and comforter to friends that are feeling discouraged. I promise that you will not regret this as you will be encouraged by one, if not many, when you are feeling down. Encouragement and love are contagious qualities that can change the minds of the most stubborn and "hard-to-get- along-with" people you know. I have seen it happen over and over again.