Whiskey Gully is a registered Trade Mark of The Media Mill Pty Ltd. 

Whiskey Gully Wines is a registered Trading Name of The Media Mill Pty Ltd 

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News from The Gully, May 2018

May 16, 2018

Wine improves with age. I improve with wine

 

In this Edition ...

  • Harvest Dinner

  • New Wine Releases

  • Mothers Day Special

  • Don't Miss Grazing The Granite Belt

  • Join Our Wine Club For Great Value

  • Girraween Gallery

  • Harvest Dinner Menu​

Harvest Dinner

 

The Harvest dinner in April saw a group of our members and friends sample five vertical tastings of the wines we've produced since we established more than 20 years ago.

 

 

 

Above: Harvest Dinner revellers. Left: the 2002 Leaping Lizard Colombard was a star of the night.

 

The oldest wine consumed was a 1999 Beverley Chardonnay, the first wine we ever produced. The youngest was the 2017 Blush, our new lightly fortified Black Muscat, of which more later.

 

We're pleased to report all but one of bottles we opened were in excellent nick, some of them spectacularly so. Stand-outs were the 2010 Upper House Cabernet, 2002 Reserve Chardonnay, 2014 Yes Minister and 2002 Leaping Lizard Colombard, which, as an aromatic, we would not normally expect to be so wonderful after 16 years cellaring.

 

Our colombards seemingly age rather like rieslings do, i.e. getting fuller, smoother and increasingly graceful. Yay!

 

The 2004 Nectar let us down - closed with a cork, it was oxidised, a pity. All the chardonnays were lovely; even the 1999, closed with a cork, retained an amazing amount of fruit which balanced well with American oak - a barrique barrel that had been brand new 19 years ago. We remember it well, our first.

New Releases

 

We have just released three new wines. A fourth remains in the winery - we’ll have to wait until November for that one.    

 

Both wines are in short supply.  They remain on our current list but if you wish to purchase some, get in quick.

 

Bright Eyes Sparkling Colombard

Finally, we have included a museum wine. A few dozen of our 2000 Rep Red were among the surplus museum wines we discovered  in last year’s stocktake. Robert Channon and I opened a bottle the other night and imbibed its soothing richness and velvet finish.

 

Finally, we have included a museum wine. A few dozen of our 2000 Rep Red were among the surplus museum wines we discovered  in last year’s stocktake. Robert Channon and I opened a bottle the other night and imbibed its soothing richness and velvet finish.

 

The 2004 Nectar let us down - closed with a cork, it was oxidised, a pity. All the chardonnays were lovely; even the 1999, closed with a cork, retained an amazing amount of fruit which balanced well with American oak - a barrique barrel that had been brand new 19 years ago. We remember it well, our first. 


Rest this wine upright for 12 hours and decant four hours before serving.

 

Mothers Day Special

 

Bring our bubbles to meet your Mum... Buy six or more bottles of Bright Eyes for Mothers

Day at the super special price of $26 each. We'll gift wrap the pack and charge just

$10 freight to southeast Queensland. Contact Denice on denice@whiskeygullywines.com.au 


Bright Eyes Sparkling Colombard

Crisp and refreshing with a mature, yeasty nose, citrus and apple palate and a wonderful fine bead resulting from prolonged maturation on lees. Welcome to the world, Bright Eyes.

 

There they rested... and rested... and rested. John confesses that several times during those years he walked past and thought "I really must do something with them."

 

After seven years came and went he finally got around to it. So finally it was off to Petersen House in Pokolbin, which is a specialty facility for disgorging and completing sparklers. It came home in April.

 

Holding a sparkling wine on its lees is a good thing. It ensures the bead (bubbles) will be tiny and lasting. It also allows the yeasty flavours to integrate with the wine to produce something really quite special, unique to the méthode champenoise.

 

Bright Eyes is crisp and refreshing with a mature, yeasty nose and a long palate showing citrus and apples.

 

 

Welcome to the world, Bright Eyes.Introductory offer $28 per bottle ($8 off RRP)

 

 

 

2015 Pangloss Colombard Chardonnay

Pangloss was named for Dr Pangloss, the hero’s ever optimistic tutor in Voltaire’s famous novel Candide. was intended as a late harvest Colombard.

 

However, measuring the sugar levels of dehydrating fruit on a vine is a tricky thing when it gets very dry. It becomes hit and miss.Consequently we found ourselves with a fermentation that, even after the fruit had soaked, bubbled away painfully slowly, the sugar levels so huge they impeded fermentation.

 

We eventually diluted the ferment with chardonnay.It stabilised and the ferment finished some three months after it started.Quite a bit of optimism was required to bring it into the world. (375 mL, $25 RRP)


 
 

 

Blush Black Muscat
Blush is our first Black Muscat wine. While it is a table grape variety, we’ve always wanted to make a lightly fortified wine with it.

 

In 2017 we decided to do that - pressing the grapes and fermenting the juice, as we would for a rosé, then stopping the ferment with the addition of neutral spirit.

 

The distinctive rose water fragrance of Blush was a surprise; so good with a spicy, fruity palate characteristic of Black Muscat grapes. It’s like drinking Turkish Delight.

 

It is proving popular and our decision to skip this year to make another may prove unwise, given that we have fewer than 1000 bottles left.

 

Drink it straight or use with mixers such as tonic water or sparkling spring water. We like it with gin and tonic, and we substitute the lemon slice with a mint leaf. Lots of good feedback about this. (500 mL, $25 RRP).

 

 

Events

 

Grazing the Granite Belt May 19/20
It's officially a sell-out but you can still come if you haven't booked. Grazing the Granite Belt is a chance to match food and wines at participating wineries around the district.

 

While the buses taking people around are booked out, you can self-drive if you wish to and simply pay for food and wine as you go.

 

We have great tapas-style dishes planned and matched to our wine range.

 

This is one of our very favourite events and it's popularity is growing every year.

 

It's going to be very busy so make sure you let us know in advance when you are planning to arrive. We look forward to seeing you.

 

 

 

Join the Club

 

Wine Club members receive two tasting six-packs per year for just $120 each and free freight to south east Queensland.

 

They represent remarkable value and often contain treats such as access to back vintages. Feedback we get suggests members really appreciate the packs.

Club members get excellent discounts on wine purchases, plus special access and prices to events that we hold, including the annual Harvest Dinner mentioned above.

If you would like to join then please click this link
denice@whiskeygullywines.com.au to email Denice and she will sign you up.

 

There's no charge to join and new members agree to receive two of our tasting packs in the first year.

 

 

Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/whiskeygullywines. If you LIKE our Facebook page we'll give you 10% off your next wine purchase with us. Our Girraween Gallery photo is below.

 

Cheers.
 

 

 

Many years ago John discovered a boulder near the junction of Girraween and Bald Rock Creeks that had indentations in it. He was amazed to find that a little brown frog had made one of these Swiss Cheese holes its home. On a recent visit the hole was still inhabited. You'd like to think it was the same frog but it probably wasn't. John said "Hey again" to it anyway. ©John Arlidge 2018

 

 

 

 

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