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New releases Plantagenet welcomes Cath Oats as winemaker Western Australia’s Plantagenet Wines has announced the appointment of Catherine Oates as chief Catherine Oates winemaker. Previously working in New Zealand as group winemaker at Mud House Wine Group and occupying many roles both nationally and internationally including judging at several international wine shows such as the Concours Mondial Sauvignon Blanc in Bordeaux, Cath now returns to her home state of WA. “We are delighted to welcome Cath to the Plantagenet team to lead winemaking into a new era for the winery”, said Jan Skrapac, general manager of Plantagenet Wines. “Cath will be the first female winemaker in our 38-year history, building on our founder Tony Smith’s vision of continuous evolution and excellence at Plantagenet. Cath’s local knowledge coupled with her international experience, particularly in the cool climate regions of New Zealand, is a great fit for our Great Southern wines”. “The Great Southern has a variety of microclimates and some fantastic old vineyards, with cool climate varieties that I’ve become attached to, plus my old favourites that I’ve missed making. It’s an exciting time in the brand’s evolution and I’m honoured to be part of the team writing the next chapter,” said Cath. SS&S launches new campaign New Marlon Brando in The Wild One; think glamorous outfits, exotic locations and a beefy Harley Davidson. It’s not aIt may sound like the story of a blockbuster Hollywood movie: The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland meets releases personalised service in mind, advertising agency kwp! created a series of ads that bring to life the personalitiesfilm though, it’s a new advertising campaign for fine wine merchant Samuel Smith & Son. “With this campaign wewanted to focus on our people. The knowledge, service and friendship provided by our people is what sets us apartfrom our competitors,” said Nick Waterman, director of strategy and trading at Samuel Smith & Son. With quality, of the real people behind the brand’s promise of personalised service and guaranteed next-day delivery. McGuigan releases New vintage release for Brand’s Laira Limited Edition Black Label Distributed by: McWilliam’s Wines RRP: $19.99 WINE $21.99 (Shiraz, Cabernet Merlot)RRP:$27.99 (Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon)2009 Brand’s Laira Shiraz: The vintage experienced generally cooler than average temperaturesthrough the ripening period which has produced a Shiraz with lovely spicy, blood plumnotes. “This vintage offers a more elegant, cooler climate style compared to the more Australian VintageMcGuigan Wines’iconic Black Label Distributed by: range has turned voluptuous flavours found in the warmer years,” said Peter Weinberg, winemaker. 20, and to mark this 2009 Brand’s Laira Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon: This wine is the signature of the achievement, a limited Brand’s Laira range. Reflecting the cooler vintage, Peter says the wine showcases a edition anniversary powerful yet elegant structure with generous red berry and blackcurrant flavours. bottle has been released 2010 Brand’s Laira Cabernet Merlot: The year 2010 was a warmer vintage than 2009 seeing to independent liquor the crafting of riper and plusher wines with dark, dense flavours “We make this wine with an stores nationally. The approachable style in mind, pure direct fruit, a perfumed nose and lovely fruit richness,” Peter said. 20th anniversary Black Label Reserve Shiraz Westend Three Bridges Durif Climbing Merlot 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon turns 10 is made with fruit sourced from the Distributed by: Cumulus Wines Barossa Valley and Limestone Coast Distributed by: Westend Estate, RRP: $23.95 in South Australia and is rich in flavour, NSW/ACT/QLD/NT; WestAust Liquor offering sweet berry fruit aromas Distributors, WA; Calabria Wines, Perfect winter warmers, the wines made from and supple tannins followed by a SA; Vintners Merchants, VIC; David the merlot grape can find very good varietal persistent, savoury finish. Available in Johnstone & Associates, TAS expressions in cool climate regions such as exclusive Black Label packaging, only RRP: $20-22 Orange, NSW. The 2010 Climbing Merlot is 7,500 cases of the Reserve Shiraz bright and luscious with elegant, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon wine have been The Three Bridges Durif, which was red fruit flavours. The wine is textured, with produced. “The Black Label range created by Bill Calabria in 2000, has supple tannins and some natural acidity and well- was created in 1992 to offer wine been building a reputation as one of integrated oak. “Orange is the perfect region drinkers quality, affordable wines that Australia’s most unique full-bodied to produce top quality merlot,” said senior could be enjoyed everyday,” said wines. Bill recognised the potential of winemaker Debbie Lauritz. “The high elevation Neil McGuigan, chief winemaker this alternative variety and started making this wine retains good natural acidity in the fruit and keeps McGuigan Wines. “Our Black Label in the Riverina region. After 10 years and many the wine bright and fresh and the slightly longer range is approachable and easy awards, the Calabria family is still producing this growing season with cool nights, allows for drinking, bursting with upfront fruit unique style and is celebrating the 10th vintage. tannin ripening, without jammy fruit characters”. flavours that wine drinkers enjoy.” Drink now or cellar for up to five years. drinks trade 83


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