Celebration Collection | Australia's First Families of Wine
Few can set the stage for a celebration quite like Australia’s First Families of Wine – and now you can join them at their festive tables with the exclusive Celebration Collection from Wine Selectors, available for a limited time only!
It’s been quite a year, and to help us see it off in style some of Australia’s foremost winemaking families – including d’Arenberg, Howard Park, Tahbilk, Taylor’s, Tyrrell’s and Yalumba – have popped into their cellars to present the perfect accompaniments to your festive gatherings in the Celebration Collection, exclusive to Wine Selectors.
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Not only that, the families have also been gracious enough to share with us all their plans for their own festive celebrations, in a sumptuously designed 32-page book featured as part of the collection, brimming over with Q&A’s with the winemakers and their families, as well as tips for planning your celebrations and a host of mouth-watering festive feast recipes.
For Chester Osborn of d’Arenberg, bon vivant and winemaker extraordinaire, year’s end is set to be a particularly momentous time. “We’re having Christmas in our home in McLaren Vale with my father [the legendary d’Arry Osborn], my partner Kath and her family,” says Chester. “This year we’ll also have the girls’ partners there also, as well as their families.”
Yet as special as Christmas is, there’s another occasion for the family to honour. “The day after Boxing Day is my father d’Arry’s birthday,” says Chester, “so we’ll also be celebrating his 95th year at d’Arry’s Verandah!” Happy birthday, d’Arry – certainly a milestone worth raising a glass to!
Above: d'Arry and Chester Osborn of d'Arenberg
It’ll be a big year for the Purbrick family of Tahbilk as well, with the spectacular grounds of the impeccably preserved Tahbilk Winery as the backdrop for their festivities.
“Rosa and I will be hosting over 50 family and friends in the Homestead garden for a lazy lunch,” says Alister Purbrick, CEO and fourth-generation winemaker of Tahbilk. “Given the last two years of challenges, I think I can safely predict this Christmas will be a very upbeat, rowdy, and over-indulgent celebration!”
A JUG OF WINE, A LEG OF LAMB, AND THOU BESIDE ME!
Accompanying the lazy lunches and luscious dinners of the families will, of course, be wine in abundance. For the Taylor family, according to third-generation winemaker Mitchell Taylor, it usually involves a visit to dad Bill’s cellar. “We’ll wander in to see what little treasures we can sneak out to cap off the night,” he says.
It’s a similar story to Natalie Burch of Howard Park, whose parents Jeff and Amy are hosting the Burch family Christmas. “Jeff tends to bring out some special wines from his cellar, so there are often some Howard Park wines of special significance,” says Natalie. “That’s why we prefer lunch, because it can stretch into dinner!”
FROM OUR FAMILIES, TO YOURS…
The Celebration Collection brings together a dozen great wines from these cherished winemaking families, with the included book featuring some exceptional festive recipes to enjoy alongside them – from a succulent barbequed tomahawk steak and cherry tomato compote to Christmas pavlova and tantalising New Year’s Eve appetisers – making planning your own festive feast a simple proposition.
Featured families and wines include:
The d’Arenberg The Witches Berry Chardonnay 2019 and the d’Arenberg The Custodian Grenache 2018
“The Witches Berry is part of our organic range and has a lovely lemon flavour, but is slightly rounded with very good oak integration,” says Chester. “The Custodian is made from very old Grenache that is quite low-yielding and produces concentrated, spicy Grenache that we pick not too ripe, not too fat, and has strong aromatics and length with a good amount of spicy and earthy tannins.”
The Howard Park Leston Shiraz 2017 and the Howard Park Miamup Rosé 2021
“All of our fondest memories involve our grandfather, Leston Burch,” says Natalie. “He was a kind, humble man and is greatly missed. He loved Shiraz, and this wine and the vineyard it’s from is named in his honour.” The Rosé, meanwhile, is a simply delicious summer sipper, sure to please!
The Tahbilk Shiraz 2017 and the Tahbilk Coueslant Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV
“We love the Rhône Valley varieties at Tahbilk, and Shiraz perfectly reflects the best of the Rhône,” says Alister. “The 2017 Shiraz is an elegant but powerful red… and if black pepper, spice and savoury flavours are your thing, this wine won’t disappoint.” And the Sparkling? “The Coueslant Sparkling wine is made from estate-grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, and left on lees for 6 months prior to blending and bottling, which has resulted in zesty peach and perfumed flavours which are perfect for any celebration.”
The Taylors Winemaker’s Project Pinot Grigio 2021 and the Taylors Winemaker’s Project Shiraz 2019
“The 2021 Pinot Grigio is a zesty wine that’s incredibly light on the palate… it’ll pair beautifully with any holiday feast,” says Mitch. For the red, Taylors has aimed for something special. “While we’ve relied on our beautifully elegant Clare Valley Shiraz for a small portion of this wine, we’ve also blended fruit from the Limestone Coast as the base,” he observes. “It’ll be a fresh, full-bodied red for the festive table, or something to tuck away in the cellar for later enjoyment.”
The Tyrrell’s Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz 2019 and the Tyrrell’s Hunter Valley Late Harvest Semillon 2021
A Hunter Valley living legend, Bruce Tyrrell is particularly excited for the wines Tyrrell’s has brought to the table for this collection. “The Heathcote Shiraz, despite having some bigness, is also fine enough to drink through the hot summer,” says Bruce. “And the late-picked Semillon is new for us – it’s really fine and fresh, perfect for the summer.”
The Yalumba Samuel’s Collection Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2018 and the Yalumba Samuel’s Collection Viognier 2018
“I chose these wines as they’re wines I’d feel like drinking over the festive season,” says Yalumba’s Jessica Hill-Smith. “With the variety of different food people enjoy over this period, these wines are versatile with many different dishes – Viognier is wonderfully aromatic and textural, and the GSM is the perfect summer red.”
With a roster of wines like that, as well as a collectible book featuring personal reflections from key figures in Australian wine of Christmases past and present, you’re invited to celebrate in style this festive season with the sure-to-sell-fast Celebration Collection.
There’s simply no better showcase of the versatility of Australian wine for marking life’s special occasions, and the depth of expertise that these families are heirs to. Season’s best to all, from all of us here at Wine Selectors and from Australia’s First Families of Wine!