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This month’s eNewsletter is jam packed with juicy industry news including a look at the premium producer Wynns of Coonawarra, winemaker Rory Lane’s recent achievement of receiving the People’s Choice Award at the 2011 Young Guns of Wine Awards, the hunt for the best Hunter Semillon, the launch of the Wine Selectors’ 2012 Calendar including 12 of Lyndey Milan’s delicious recipes and the reveal of the new Selector Magazine website and Festive Catalogue!

There are plenty of articles to sink your wine-loving teeth into, so grab a glass of vino and sit back and enjoy!

Cheers,

Greg Walls

Greg Walls, Managing Director

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The Wynn-ing formula
Red Wine Glasses

One of the Coonawarra’s premium producers, Wynns of Coonawarra, recently celebrated an important annual milestone. Wynnsday, held on the first Wednesday in August, sees the release of their new vintage wines. For 2011, this included two whites from this year alongside a range of reds from 2010, 2009 and 2008.

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The great history of Wynns Coonawarra Estate began when Scottish pioneer John Riddoch planted vineyards in 1891 and built the estate’s iconic triple-gabled winery five years later.But it wasn’t until 1951 that the Wynn family became involved, when they bought the winery and vineyard with the aim to utilise the region’s great potential to produce top-quality wines.

Fast forward 60 years and the vineyards have been painstakingly rejuvenated so that the resulting wines are, according to Wynns, “of great refinement to capture the true essence of Coonawarra – varietal character with finesse.”

Tasting Panel member Trent Mannell was lucky enough to attend this year’s Wynnsday and was overwhelmed with the quality of wines presented. One of his highlights was the V&A Lane Shiraz 2009, which is named after the long, straight road that runs across the middle of the region’s famous terra rossa strip. Trent describes this wine as having elegant spicy red fruit on a palate that’s tight now but with terrific acidity and ripe tannins that will ensure it has at least 5-10 years cellaring potential.

Members of the Chairman’s Series should look out for this incredible wine in one of their upcoming packs, while Winemakers’ Series Members have the privilege of sampling Wynns The Gables Cabernet Shiraz 2009, another one of Trent’s favourites, in a future selection.

Gunning for The Story
Red Wine Glass

If you’re a Regional Series Member you may have had the opportunity to sample The Story Shiraz by the talented winemaker Rory Lane. Well, it’s not only the Wine Selectors’ crew who thinks Rory is a man of great ability. He’s been given the People’s Choice Award at the 2011 Young Guns of Wine Awards!

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The award was decided after a public tasting showcasing two wines from each of the 11 featured winemakers, with the result based on people’s purchase decisions. Of the honour, Rory said, “It’s very humbling and gratifying to see people parting with their hard earned for our wines, and for small, independent producers in general.”

It wasn’t only the people who were impressed with Rory’s talents. Judge Max Allen described his Shiraz as “just awesome,” adding, “I love Rory’s blend of youthful enthusiasm and deep respect for an old, traditional Australian region like the Grampians. And I’m obviously not the only one!”

Congratulations Rory, this award confirms what Wine Selectors has known for a long time!

On the hunt for Semillon
Green Grapes

World-renowned wine writer Jancis Robinson famously announced, “Hunter Semillon is Australia’s unique gift to the wine world.” It came as no surprise then that the Best Dry White Wine of the Show at the 2011 Hunter Valley Wine Show went to the region’s most famous Semillon – Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon 2006.

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So what makes this region-variety combination so harmonious? This question was summed up by Ralph Kyte-Powell in a Selector magazine earlier this year. “The style was determined by the capricious climate of the Hunter Valley, where grapes had to be picked early to avoid the summer rains, resulting in only moderate levels of ripeness and high levels of acidity. Over the years, such circumstances meant Hunter Semillon evolved a unique personality, partly due to its improbable ability to build character and impact with long bottle age.”

This means that Hunter Valley Semillon holds immense appeal at both ends of the age spectrum. As a young wine it’s pale, crisp and dry with fresh lemon delicacy while with age it develops richness, complexity, smoothness and depth. This transformation can take place over any number of years from 5 to 20.

The other results of the Hunter Valley Wine Show also cemented Semillon as the region’s best performing white variety.

Current Vintage Dry White Wine: Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard The Ridge Semillon 2011

Premium Vintage Dry White Wine: Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon 2006

Museum Vintage Dry White Wine: Tempus Two Wines Zenith Semillon 2003

Dry White Wine Currently Available: Allandale Winery Semillon 2007

Best Named Vineyard Wine: Thomas Wines Cellar Reserve Braemore Semillon 2007

To try for yourself why the world loves Hunter Semillon click here to find a diverse range from the Hunter as well as other premium Australian regions to compare.

Make it a Wine Selectors festive event
Events

The festive season is slowly creeping up on us and many Members are planning to celebrate by attending a Christmas themed Wine Selectors event. We have two exciting events planned, one at the prestigious RACV Club in Melbourne's CBD and one at French bistro Baroque in The Rocks, Sydney.

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Melbourne Christmas Dinner 2 December 2011

Join our Wine Educator Chris Barnes for a night of fantastic food, wine and entertainment at the prestigious RACV Club in Melbourne's CBD. Positioned at the heart of bustling, cosmopolitan Melbourne, the five-star RACV Club will host our event and showcase a vibrant summer menu, complemented by some of the best wines we have uncovered this year, hand selected by our Tasting Panel.

Sydney Christmas Dinner 8 December 2011

Join our Wine Educator Michael Quirk for a night of fantastic food, wine and entertainment at French bistro Baroque. Nestled in The Rocks, Baroque offers relaxed dining in a prime position and is just a stone's throw to Sydney Harbour. We will be showcasing a vibrant summer themed menu, complemented by some of the best wines we have uncovered this year, hand selected by our Tasting Panel.

These events will sell out fast so book now

A year full of quality
2012 Calender

Pre-heat the oven, sharpen up your knives and tie up your apron – the Wine Selectors 2012 Calendar is here! Featuring delicious recipes from the talented Lyndey Milan, it will have you drooling all the year through.

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And don’t worry if you’re far from being a Masterchef, Lyndey has taken care to make sure her recipes are easy-to-follow but visually impressive meals to make entertaining or simply feeding your family a breeze. Plus, every dish has been expertly matched with a premium quality wine so you can be chief cook and sommelier too! You can purchase these 12 wines in the 2012 Calendar dozen online now

If you receive regular deliveries you’ll get your calendar in an upcoming delivery. Otherwise give our Customer Service Team a call on 1300 303 307 to purchase one and kick off the new year in gourmet style.

selector.com.au has had a facelift!
Selector Website

The Selector Magazine website has been revamped to make your browsing experience a whole lot smoother. Visit www.selectormagazine.com.au and you’ll still find a great choice of life+food+wine articles along with the latest news and event information.

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But what you’ll also notice is that you can navigate around the site with ease and find what you need in a flash. Plus you can sign up to the Selector enewsletter so you’ll be the first to find out what’s new with your favourite lifestyle magazine.

For all your festive wine needs
Bubbly Celebrations

Here’s a heads-up for the festive season: the Wine Selectors festive catalogue will be launched 8 November so keep your eyes peeled to make sure you secure the best wines for the celebratory season.

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On offer you’ll find a massive choice of red, white, Sparkling, Rosé and fortified wines, making this your one-stop festive wine shop. The food matching possibilities are endless, whether you enjoy a traditional roast dinner that needs a Chardonnay or hearty red, a seafood feast that calls out for light whites or an Aussie barbecue where a diverse choice of reds is essential.