In the November issue of Decanter the feature was dedicated to Italian wine stars. Italy is a big wine producing area so the competition is fierce. We were delighted to see one of our newest producers, Marengo Mauro, featured in the issue for their Barbera d’Alba 2016 and awarded 90 points.
Decanter’s Tasting Note: “Very oaky on the nose yet the ripe black fruits still shine through. Savoury and minty too. Fresh attack, concentrated and lively, with ample acidity and a dose of crunchy red as well as black fruits. This avoids too much density and fat…Quite long. Drink 2019-2023. ”
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Hugh Hamilton Wines was featured on BBC2’s Great Australian Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo on Saturday, 8th November at 20:00.
Michael visits Hugh Hamilton Wines, Australia’s oldest surviving family in the wine industry. The McLaren Vale grapes were planted by founding patriarch Richard Hamilton nearly two centuries ago.
Mary Hamilton, Richard’s great, great, great granddaughter reveals to Michael the murky past of her ancestor over a glass of their family Shiraz.
The programme showcases the much celebrated ‘The Bloodline Set‘; a beautiful tailor’s crate housing a trio of noteworthy wines smuggled beneath a limited edition cashmere throw.
We at Tilley’s Wines didn’t realise we had such a ghoulish bunch of wines until we put them together when planning our own spooky gathering.
We think Halloween kicks off the party season and to celebrate we are offering 20% off all our wicked wines.
Who will you be this Halloween: a Little Demon, pantomime Villain, Black Magic Woman perhaps? Does this time of year fill you with Superstition, are you polishing your Voodoo pins and do you have fickle tastes like Jekyll & Hyde?
Simply use the code HALLOWINE at the checkout to receive 20% off before 01.11.19. Please note this cannot be used in conjunction with other offers.
Tilley’s Wines have been long-time supporters of multi-generational winery, Hugh Hamilton Wines. We know first hand what it’s like to be run a Daughter and Father family business.
We have been importing wines from Hugh Hamilton in McLaren Vale for near on 20 years and have always admired Hugh’s experimental zeal for new plantings. He is known as the Black Sheep after all.
Speaking to The Weekend Australian Hugh Hamilton boss and daughter Mary Hamilton, explains how a grape planted by her father in 2000 has turned into Australia’s first Saperavi festival this summer and which has led to the duo creating the Australian Saperavi Association to take the message of Georgia’s most popular grape to local drinkers.
The 180 year old winery’s love affair with the Saperavi grape began only 20 years ago when Hugh met Georgian winemaker Lado Uzunashvil. Hugh’s excitement from meeting Lado led to him to begin to rip out his own vines:”We planted in 2000 and it was a little experimental patch and people said to dad that he was a nutter, because there were these really old and beautiful petit verdot vines he pulled our on a bit of an impulse to see what this exotic Georgian variety would do”.
Saperavi literally means “paint” or “dye” as the rich purplish black fruits would dye the hands of grape pickers. It is a big, bold, full-throttled wine, much like the full-bodied shiraz that Australia is well known for, and the Hamiltons believe palates will easily adopt the Georgian style.
Mary teases her Father that he pampers the grapes like a pedigree pet, even applying sun-screen to them to protect the berries in extreme heat.
A recent Fiona Beckett article ‘Why you should be drinking Riesling’ highlighted that ‘Riesling has an unfair reputation as an overly sweet wine’ and we think our selection of Rieslings will put the reputation to the test. Fiona recommends for Riesling virgins, fresh fruitiness is much more likely to appeal, so look for vintages from 2016-2018. Another useful tip if your worried if the wines will be sweet is look at the alcohol. If the ABV has reached 12%, all the sugar has been fermented into alcohol and the classification is a dry wine.
Mentioned in the article as one of the Rieslings that should win you round is the O’leary Walker, Polish Hill River Riesling from Clare Valley in Australia. Australia’s Clare Valley makes lusciously limey Rieslings that are easy to love. It’s pure lime and slate and it’s both up-front and reserved at once. It’s intense through the finish yet it feels watery and refreshing and cool minerality through the centre. It’s beautiful drinking but will cellar, too. Pair with Asian-style salads. Admittedly we have a slightly older vintage (2014) but it’s full of life and racy acidity.
The good folks at Claymore, Clare Valley, Australia, one of our favourite and most popular wineries, are known for their top value, regionally expressive wines that deliver at all price points, and their three Rieslings are definitely no exception:
First up is their super approachable Joshua Tree Riesling. It’s made from a blend of parcels drawn from their three Riesling sites and crafted using only free run juice and cool fermentation. It delivers a classic Watervale Riesling (or Rizza if from Down Under) with that forward fruit lift and delicate floral elements. This is our go-to white which we always have in the fridge to help us fight a (UK) heatwave!
Their Claymore, God is a DJ, 2017 is a single vineyard offering. The 2017 juice is a fragrant, zesty little number. Concentrated with purity and poise, it displays those classic Riesling characteristics of lemon and lime, as well as juicy nectarines, resulting in a delicate white that’ll get any party started. It also pulled Gold at Decanter, just saying.
Last but not least is Claymore’s Superstition Reserve Riesling 2017. This is when Riesling gets serious. The wine is languishily captivating. It shows a length and complexity that continues for some time and will only get better as it ages. In its youth it has a pent up energy with a squeaky clean minerality that will unfold in the years to come. It will cellar for years (if you can wait that long!) 100% free run juice, hand-picked grapes from old vines.
Riesling promotion is running the month of July in the UK. Why, Wines of Germany even had a stand at Latitude Festival this year but at £14 for a glass of Riesling in a plastic cup I don’t think they would have sold much! You don’t need to spend the earth but do give it a try.
Save the date for the biggest, brightest and most diverse showcase of Australian wine in Europe.
The Tilley’s family have long celebrated Australia Day (26th January) as most of our rellies (relatives for us poms) live Down Under. It’s a special day to reflect on Australian history of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip, and to celebrate contemporary Australian culture, and bring together everyone who calls Australia home from all corners of the earth.
The event will give you a taste of Australia’s exciting and diverse styles of wine, from classic to contemporary, rogue to the refined. Some of the wineries you may be familiar with, others might be new discoveries.
Australian winemakers are proud creators and innovators and we are lucky to have their make high quality, bold wine, on Tilley’s table. Their wines express the passion and diversity of the people who craft them and the unique regional characteristics of their origins. This is your opportunity to meet the people behind the wines. A number of winemakers and winery owners will be flying over from Australia to pour their wines and share their exciting stories.
The tastings are enhanced by themed focus tables and master classes, ensuring that you have a full and exciting day of immersion into Australian wine
When: Tuesday 22nd January 11am – 6pm
Where: B1, Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4DA – View on Google Maps
Here at Tilley’s HQ will are busy packing your wine orders to ensure they arrive in time for Christmas. All online orders received by midnight on Tuesday 18th December will arrive in time for the big day.
For local deliveries with an NN prefixed postcode, we can extend last order dates to midnight on Wednesday 19th December.
All is left is to wish all our lovely customers a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
It was great fun to hold a Claymore tasting at Slurp’s new Banbury store. The retail space is over 170 square metres boasting an exciting and constantly evolving range of wines, spirits and beers. There are over 900 wines, 100 Whiskies, 75 Gins and a wide selection of Craft Beers.
Carissa Major, the GM of Claymore Wines Clare Valley, Australia was only too pleased to spread the delights of her winery. She successfully converted the tasters to the beauty of Clare Valley Riesling (Joshua Tree Riesling and Superstition Riesling). The biggest hit of the evening was Skinny Love Viognier and with the promise of spring around the corner, this is such a refreshing choice.
The Tilley’s family have long celebrated Australia Day (26th January) as most of our rellies (relatives for us poms) live Down Under. It’s a special day to reflect on Australian history, to celebrate contemporary Australian culture, and bring together everyone who calls Australia home from all corners of the earth.
Wine Australia’s yearly Australia Day Tasting is on 23rd Jan and a range of themed events across the UK, this month is a good excuse to beef up your Aussie wine list.
Tilley’s Wines will be exhibiting at their ADT trade event in London for the first time.
When: Tuesday 23 January 10am – 5pm
Where: B1, Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4DA – View on Google Maps
Claymore Wines are a passionate bunch and apart from their first love of wine, they indulge their passions of both music and Liverpool Football Club.
Claymore’s owner Anura Nitchingham spent 15 years in Liverpool where he began his medical studies and is very fond of the City and how it welcomed him and one he still calls his second home.
To celebrate Claymore’s Australian partnership with Liverpool Football Club, Claymore crafted three wines under the Never Walk Alone label, namely: You’ll Never Walk Alone Sauvignon Blanc, You’ll Never Walk Alone Grenache, Shiraz, Mataro and You’ll Never Walk Alone, The Boot Room Shiraz.
The wines are available to purchase here.