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New Year’s Resolutions have never tasted so good!

Now that you’ve caught your breath after the whirlwind festive season, allow us to bring yourself up to speed on all the Wine Selectors updates and industry news, plus discover some of the greatest wines Australia has to offer. This month we’re shining the spotlight on Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio – two styles of the same variety that have recently soared in popularity. Also, learn how you could be in the running to win an amazing lifestyle package valued at $6,272. Finally, read all about Custom Case, which allows you to choose the wines you want and to have them delivered to your door. So sit back, raise a glass of your favourite wine and toast to a spectacular 2012.


Greg Walls

Greg Walls, Managing Director

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Lifting the veil on Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio
February 2012

There has been a remarkable surge in popularity for Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio over the past five years. Its vines can be found on more Australian slopes than Riesling and it performs exceptionally well in low vigour, cool climate regions like Mornington Peninsula, Great Western and Tasmania. But what is the difference between these two styles?

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Pinot Gris and Grigio are the same grape variety but are made in two different styles, resulting in a spectrum of diverse flavours. Gris is typically picked later and riper, and is rich, spicy and full bodied with a round, glossy texture. Grigio on the other hand, is light and crisp, with a restrained nose, good acid structure and a clean long finish. Both are wines of concentrated character, pioneered in Australia by Kathleen Queany and her husband, Kevin McCarthy of T’Gallant Wines in the 1980s.

Whichever style, both wines are incredibly flexible and pair well with a huge range of foods. Pinot Gris goes spectacularly well with spicy Thai dishes – the sugar content in the alcohol will cool down the chili, and the aroma will draw out the coriander and lemongrass flavours. Pinot Grigio on the other hand, is a great wine to match with seafood as its dry and subtle notes won’t overwhelm the delicacy of Tasmanian Scallops. Alternatively, try matching it with cheese platters or smoked meats.

Due to the newfound popularity there’s a huge range of the variety on the markets, so to help you with your wine experience we’re showcasing a few sublime examples for your enjoyment. The Mount Langi Ghiran Cliff Edge Pinot Gris is made from fruit grown on Australia’s oldest Pinot Gris vines and features a plush, soft palate with fresh pear flavours and a citrussy fruit core. Its terrific savoury texture is the result of barrel maturation. The Beelgara Black Label Pinot Grigio 2011 is pale to bronze in colour. Aromatic pear, apple and lemon juice lift from the glass with ripe, juicy and vibrant pear varietals on the palate. It’s a zesty wine with vibrant sorbet and a fruit tingles-like mouthfeel.

To enjoy these fantastic wines or to browse our range, visit To discover more about this unique variety, pick up a copy of the latest Selector magazine.

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Buy and Win!
February 2012

Don’t miss your chance to win an incredible lifestyle package, valued at over $6,272!

Shop with Wine Selectors to receive expertly chosen, quality guaranteed wines and the chance to win an amazing lifestyle package valued at $6,272!

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One very lucky winner will receive the Liebherr WK 4127 Single Zone refrigerated Wine Cellar valued at $2,699, the Kogan 42” LCD TV valued at $750, and a Schott Zwiesel entertainment pack including Villeroy & Boch crockery, Schott Zwiesel glassware and Couzon cutlery, valued at $2,823.

To be a part of this amazing opportunity, simply purchase 12 or more bottles of our wine online. It’s that easy! Plus, you will also be entered into the monthly draw to win an ultra premium Chairman’s Series 6-pack valued at $240 – congratulations to Heather Nash from the ACT, the first of our many winners!

Hurry, entries close 30 March, 2012 – visit to start shopping now.

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The outlook is looking good for the ACT and Emerging Regions
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It doesn’t take long for an up-and-coming region to capture the attention of worldwide wine enthusiasts, which is why heads are turning towards Canberra and Australia’s emerging regions thanks to ideal ripening conditions. There are great things happening in the Southern Highlands, the New England area, Tumbarumba, Canberra and Hilltops regions to look out for in 2012.

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The lead up to this vintage has been characterised by an unexpected cold snap, which may have dampened your Christmas day but holds your 2012 wines in very good steed. In the high elevation regions of Canberra and Tumbarumba, the temperature drop has been used to the winemakers’ advantage. Added soil moisture and the New Year humidity has resulted in a particularly slow and long ripening period resulting in full-flavoured fruit. From Sangiovese to Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz, you can expect great diversity within the styles.

Typified by its continental climate, cool winters and high levels of rain fall, this weather pattern is nothing new to the Hilltops region. At an altitude of 450 to 600 metres above sea level, the rich terra rossa soils are already in the high diurnal temperature range. As a result, you can expect a good variety of wines coming out of this area, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Semillon and Pinot Gris.

2012 is looking very good for the ACT and the Emerging Regions, so visit to view our incredible range of delicious wines.

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Rain, hail or shine – the Hunter Valley triumphs
Green Grapes

Distinguished by premier producer wineries like Tyrrell’s and Mount Pleasant, the Hunter Valley is also home to outstanding boutiques such as Petersons and The Little Wine Company. From international legends to independent gems, all of the wineries in the region are performing very well, especially given the unpredictable weather pattern over the past six months. As a result the forecast is looking delicious for our Hunter Valley Series Members.

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The 2011 to 2012 growing season has been characterised by an unexpected cold snap, which is good news for a spectrum of white wines. In particular you can soon expect some delicious Chardonnays with fresh acidity coming your way, and if the weather holds out there will be exceptional wines with classic long term ageing possibilities in the pipeline.

The red grapes are showing good early colour and the above average rainfall over the Christmas period has protected them against the otherwise harsh summer sun. The fruit is in prime health and is expected to be soft and round with good concentration come picking time, which bodes well for those who appreciate a good bottle of Hunter Shiraz.

The Hunter Valley outlook for 2012 is very positive, with hopes that this could be a vintage to match 2007. Visit to view our incredible range from Australia’s oldest wine region.

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Recipe Highlight

This delicious meal is the perfect reason to invite great friends to dinner and enjoy a crisp refreshing white.


  • 6 Atlantic salmon steaks
  • 1 cup (250ml) blood orange juice
  • 2 tbsp virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 bunches asparagus
  • 4 medium Desiree potatoes, peeled and grated
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Pinch of salt and cracked pepper
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  • Pour orange juice into a saucepan and reduce by two thirds, leaving approximately 80ml of liquid. Pour into a large bowl to cool slightly, before whisking in the oil, salt and cracked pepper.
  • Peel and grate potatoes and mix through the chopped dill.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large non-stick fry pan until hot, measure a third of a cup portion of the rated potato and flatten down with an egg lifter. Cook on a medium heat, 2-3 minutes on each side, until a deep golden colour and crisp. Cook in two batches. Put potato cakes onto absorbent paper and keep warm.
  • Trim and steam asparagus until just tender.
  • Season Atlantic salmon with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a large non-stick fry pan over a high heat, add one tablespoon of olive oil to pan and cook salmon on both sides for 2 minutes each side, until medium rare.
  • To serve, place potato cake on a warm plate, top with salmon and spears of asparagus, drizzle with vinaigrette and garnish with a few sprigs of dill. ?Note: The vinaigrette can be made in advance. You can also make and cook the potato cakes and warm them up in the oven before serving. If blood oranges are out of season, use a good, juicy, navel orange instead; you just won’t get such an intense colour.

Looking for some great wine suggestions to go with this recipe? Visit

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A hidden treasure right under your nose!
Decanter of Red

Every so often a wine comes along that deserves some special attention, like the amazing Umamu Estate Chardonnay 2006. Winemaker Bruce Dukes has over 20 years of experience to his credit and his viticultural talent is showcased in this perfectly aged wine, which left a strong impression on our Tasting Panel.

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Crafted from prestigious Margaret River vines and produced by 5-star James Halliday rated winery, this Chardonnay is bright gold in the glass. Unearth this hidden treasure to enjoy a nose of developed stonefruit, preserved lemon and grilled nuts. Fully developed and beautifully rich, the palate has varietal peach and melon flavours, with delicious, secondary characters plus high-quality oak adding extra layers of complexity.

This alluring wine will appeal to traditional fans of the variety and newcomers alike. Enjoy a chilled glass today with a plate of hazelnut-crusted chicken breast, served in a prosciutto, mushroom and spinach cream sauce.

To purchase a bottle of this amazing wine or to see our range of more hidden treasures, visit

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Customise your next selection!
Custom Case

While the Wine Selectors Tasting Panel puts together some fantastic mixed selections, perhaps you have a few favourites you’d like to combine or maybe you’re choosing for a loved one with very specific tastes. Whatever the reason, the ability to pick your own case is now at your fingertips. Simply choose from our huge range of straight wines – once you’ve decided you can make any combination of 6-pack or dozen and save up to 20%!

Buy online or call Customer Service on 1300 303 307 today and have fun!