WINE TALK Winter 2023



As we approach our busiest time of year, we are completing all our new additions to the range and preparing for our Christmas Tasting. We have added wines from over all over the world, but I have chosen to feature a few new additions from Australia in this edition. There seems to be a bit more interest in Australia this year and we have added some great new wines.

We will be showing many of our new wines at our Christmas Tasting which takes place on Saturday 18th November, 6-9pm at Cirencester Baptist Church. Tickets are £20, redeemable against a purchase of a case of 12 wines on the night. We have lots of new fabulous wines to show on the night. Tickets are still available online or from the shop. We look forward to seeing many of you there.

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We hope to see you soon.

Best wishes

Simon and the Talking Wines Team

Taking a New Look at Australia

Australia featured prominently in our range ten years ago, but a combination of exchange moves and changing tastes reduced the importance of Australia in recent years. Winemaking has evolved however with more diverse styles being produced to suit more tastes.

Heartland Wines was formed as a collaboration between a few winemakers in the 1990s who identified Langhorne Creek in South Australia as an opportunity to make some outstanding wines. The cool climate with its old vines provides owner and winemaker Ben Glaetzer some great fruit with which to apply his craft.

Stickleback Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz with a touch of Lagrein. Rich and full with black fruits, spice and well rounded tannins with good structure. Directors Cut is Heartland's most powerful expression of Langhorne Creek's classic varietals. The dark purple colour is a clear indication of the intensity that awaits in your glass. The nose has berry compote and fresh berries with a hint of spice. The palate offers juicy plums and chocolate dipped dried fruits. There are hints of oregano and thyme and the finish is long and the freshness unmistakable. We have been admirers of Ben Glaetzer's wines and for a number of years have stocked two fantastic Shiraz from Glaetzer Wines in Barossa Valley - Amon-Ra and The Bishop. The Heartland wines are great additions to our range.

Another recent addition to our Australian range is Robert Oakley Wildflower Cabernet Sauvignon from Western Australia. It is a beautifully balanced Cabernet from a vineyard surrounded by the wildflowers of Western Australia and influenced by the cool coastal breeze. Abundant black berry, cassis and plum fruit. Smooth with a rich, long finish.

Another recent favourite is Alpha Box & Dice Enigma Barbera made by an unconventional team in Adelaide Hills. They have taken Barbera of Piemonte fame and given it an Aussie makeover. Rich and concentrated yet balanced by freshness with fleshy red berry fruit. Intense, intriguing and satisfying.

Along with many others, our range demonstrates the diverse style of wines from Australia and are worth a look to discover some new gems.

New Wines

Robert Oakley Wildflower Cabernet Sauvignon, Western Australia £15.95

Heartland Stickleback Red, South Australia £16.99

Heartland Directors Cut Shiraz, Langhorne Creek, Australia £32.00

Resonance Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Oregon, USA £33.00

Ontanon Vetiver Rioja Blanco, Spain £12.50

Torroxal Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain £15.95

Road Green Siegerrebe, North Nibley, Gloucestershire £17.99

Felline I Monili Primitivo, Puglia £11.99

Coterie by Wildeberg Grenache Syrah, Coastal region, South Africa £13.99

Chateau la Petite Roque Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux, France £14.99

Chateau Bellegrave Medoc Cru Bourgeois, Bordeaux, France £17.99

Chateau Grand-Pey-Lescours St-Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France £35