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.
Wine Australia has teamed up with the Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) to host the 2017 awards in London. As part of the event, Wine Australia will host a consumer tasting on 26 September between 6:30pm – 9pm in the Exhibition Hall of Australia House.
This unique event – the first of its kind – gives consumers the rare opportunity to meet Australia’s most prominent women in wine, taste their wines and hear their stories. It will be the world’s largest gathering of Australian women winemakers and winery principals.
Over 50 female winemakers and winery principals will be showcasing their wines and demonstrating the quality, diversity and innovation of Australian wine. Of these 50 winemakers we convinced the super talented but very humble Sue Trott of Five Geese to attend.
The line-up ranges from some of the country’s most iconic winemakers (and of course Sue Trott of Five Geese is under this category) to the most pioneering new kids on the block grouped into seven categories. These stars only rarely come to the UK en-masse, and having so many of them under one roof is a first.
The tasting includes bubbles and canapes, a welcome by Alexander Downer, the Australian High Commissioner to Britain, a panel discussion by MW Laura Jewell of Wine Australia.
This unique event – the first of its kind – gives the UK trade, press and consumers the opportunity to meet Australia’s most prominent women in wine, taste their wines and hear their stories. It will be the world’s largest gathering of Australian women winemakers and winery principals.
Over 50 female winemakers and winery principals will be showcasing their wines and demonstrating the quality, diversity and innovation of Australian wine.
The line-up ranges from some of the country’s most iconic winemakers (and of course Sue Trott of Five Geese is leading this category) to the most pioneering new kids on the block. These stars only rarely come to the UK en-masse, and having so many of them under one roof is a first.
Consumers have the rare opportunity to attend such an event, usually reserved for trade. The event takes place on September 26 6:30pm – 9pm. Tickets are available here.
McLaren Vale, Australia is cited an obvious location for growing the warm-climate grape of the southern Rhone and “Grenache recently overtook Chardonnay to become the region’s third most important grape.” (Jancis Robinson, 1st June).
Local winemakers such as Steve Pannell liken McLaren’s Grenache to Pinot Noir and goes on to reveal that the Grenache is high valued that the region’s Cabernet.
Jancis scored Five Geese ‘Indian File’ Grenache 2014 an excellent 17 points. Here is a a snippet of her review, “Lovely breadth on the palate and real vitality…Lots of grunt and life here. ” To read the full review please visit http://www.jancisrobinson.com/tastings/view/600683
Another of the wineries we represent is Samuel’s Gorge. Jancis actually reviewed the 2015 vintage Grenache, we currently have the 2014 vintage. I still think it is relevant to share her review and the score of 17 points, “Very sweet start. A bit like fermented strawberry jam, and by no means unpleasant!” To read the full review please visit http://www.jancisrobinson.com/tastings/view/600679
We could not be more pleased for one of our wines, Samuel’s Gorge Tempranillo 2015, to be included in Matthew Jukes’ Best 100 Australian Wines Report for 2017/2018.
Winemaker and owner Justin McNamee’s wines are very deserving to be included in this truly inspiring and awesome line up of Australia’s greatest wine superstars.
Matthew was already familiar with the Samuel’s Gorge winery when he met Justin in 2003 and was very excited to receive the news Tilley’s Wines had started to import Samuel’s Gorge’s wines in the autumn of 2016.
Discover yourself Samuel’s Gorge Tempranillo which Matthew Jukes’ described as “… a hedonistic pleasure unlike any other in this Report.”
The Report makes for a very good read, Matthew’s tasting notes are eloquent and precise and just make you want to drink wine! Please visit www.matthewjukes.com to find out how to purchase the full report.