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Message in the bottle.....

Looking for new discoveries.....find one from the Hunter!

January 19, 2015

Growing up on a vineyard and influenced by the family wine business Shannon Burgess-Moore found his passion for wine making and began to look for ways to put a twist on the daily tipple! And thus Grandis, Wines of Well Being, a unique Hunter Valley wine making project was born.  Infusing Panax Quinquefolious ginseng (American strand) with his Hunter Valley grapes, Shannon can afford to reduce the sulphur dioxide to produce a unique wine of natural earthy herbaceous aroma and complexity. Shannon recently took time out of a busy vintage to have a chat with us and answer some of our questions....I hope you enjoy learning about this unique wine making technique and exciting young winemaker!   Shannon, Can you...

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Barrels - are they just wooden tupperware?

November 13, 2014

If you were to look at the most prized (you can read expensive here if you like) wines in the world, you would see that at least the top 40-50 of them are aged in oak.  So if there this process is involved in the most sought after wines, then surely there must be something to this oak barrel thing that makes the wines particularly special, yes? So what is it that these barrels contribute to the process of wine maturation?  It starts with the young wines needing to settle for a period of time when they are first laid down.  In contemporary wine making this quite often occurs in ‘neutral’ containers such as stainless steel there is still a...

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