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Good news! It's been a stellar 2021

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Jenny, Eric and the team at 919 Wines would like to thank you for your support and custom throughout 2021. 

This year we count our blessings: we have had a fantastic vintage, our cellar door has been open again, and our wines have been awarded well.

The vintage of 2021 was that rare unicorn where both quality and yield were exceptional. This was a great relief after we lost our 2020 Durif harvest. We have been extremely lucky and missed any serious damage from two recent hailstorms, and La Niña is bringing plenty of water down the river. We're hopeful that the 2022 vintage will be challenge free!

We have been expanding our team, and welcome Isaah to cellar door along with Seamus, Steve and Alona. The ongoing pandemic has given us the opportunity to change our cellar door experience - for the better we think! We now conduct our tastings out in our garden instead of in the cellar itself, making the most of our delightful Riverland weather. Visitors can still peek inside the cellar to get that authentic winery feeling.

We have also added LIPS ice creams to our menu, made by the Riverland's top chefs and featuring local and indigenous flavours such as quandong (santalum acuminatum), almond, blood orange, lemon and locally roasted coffee. Check out their Facebook page here! We recommend you try one at the end of your tasting for a real flavour-bomb.

Our wines have been very well received this year: our Classic Muscat and Classic Topaque are top 5 finalists with Winestate Magazine for Wine of the Year, and our Pale Dry Apera was shortlisted. our 2020 Limited Release Vintage Fortified, 2020 Shiraz, Classic Tawny and 2018 Touriga Nacional were all listed as Top in Category, and the Petit Manseng received 4 stars. We continue to submit our wines for review as this is a robust benchmarking activity that helps us to keep bringing you the best wines we can!

We have put together a 6-pack sampler of these stellar wines, and this will be available until the end of the year.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe, happy and healthy New Year and 2002. 

Eric, Jenny and the team at 919 Wines

 

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Good news! It's been a stellar 2021

Posted by Jenny Semmler on

Jenny, Eric and the team at 919 Wines would like to thank you for your support and custom throughout 2021. 

This year we count our blessings: we have had a fantastic vintage, our cellar door has been open again, and our wines have been awarded well.

The vintage of 2021 was that rare unicorn where both quality and yield were exceptional. This was a great relief after we lost our 2020 Durif harvest. We have been extremely lucky and missed any serious damage from two recent hailstorms, and La Niña is bringing plenty of water down the river. We're hopeful that the 2022 vintage will be challenge free!

We have been expanding our team, and welcome Isaah to cellar door along with Seamus, Steve and Alona. The ongoing pandemic has given us the opportunity to change our cellar door experience - for the better we think! We now conduct our tastings out in our garden instead of in the cellar itself, making the most of our delightful Riverland weather. Visitors can still peek inside the cellar to get that authentic winery feeling.

We have also added LIPS ice creams to our menu, made by the Riverland's top chefs and featuring local and indigenous flavours such as quandong (santalum acuminatum), almond, blood orange, lemon and locally roasted coffee. Check out their Facebook page here! We recommend you try one at the end of your tasting for a real flavour-bomb.

Our wines have been very well received this year: our Classic Muscat and Classic Topaque are top 5 finalists with Winestate Magazine for Wine of the Year, and our Pale Dry Apera was shortlisted. our 2020 Limited Release Vintage Fortified, 2020 Shiraz, Classic Tawny and 2018 Touriga Nacional were all listed as Top in Category, and the Petit Manseng received 4 stars. We continue to submit our wines for review as this is a robust benchmarking activity that helps us to keep bringing you the best wines we can!

We have put together a 6-pack sampler of these stellar wines, and this will be available until the end of the year.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe, happy and healthy New Year and 2002. 

Eric, Jenny and the team at 919 Wines

 

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Visit our winery cellar door in the Riverland for a unique tasting experience

Posted by Jenny Semmler on

We are now open and operating at regular trading hours, after running at reduced hours for several months due to Covid-19.

Our regular hours are 10am to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday, plus public holidays and by appointment. Book on 0408 855 272 or using the chat function at the bottom of your screen.

As of 1 September we are introducing a small tasting fee of $5. We know you will understand.

We are still operating under a Covid-19 Safety Plan.

  • We will serve you seated at a table. Please book your table for priority service when we are operating close to capacity.
  • Our capacity is reduced. We are reserving tables for parties who have booked. Please be patient if we ask you to wait.
  • We are cleaning tables, chairs and facilities thoroughly between each party for your safety. You may be asked to wait while we clean.
  • You will receive a Tasting Tracker to help track your consumption, as we cannot provide a spittoon. 
  • Please follow the directions of the Covid-19 Marshal, who is there for the health and safety of our patrons and our staff.

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We are now open and operating at regular trading hours, after running at reduced hours for several months due to Covid-19.

Our regular hours are 10am to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday, plus public holidays and by appointment. Book on 0408 855 272 or using the chat function at the bottom of your screen.

As of 1 September we are introducing a small tasting fee of $5. We know you will understand.

We are still operating under a Covid-19 Safety Plan.

  • We will serve you seated at a table. Please book your table for priority service when we are operating close to capacity.
  • Our capacity is reduced. We are reserving tables for parties who have booked. Please be patient if we ask you to wait.
  • We are cleaning tables, chairs and facilities thoroughly between each party for your safety. You may be asked to wait while we clean.
  • You will receive a Tasting Tracker to help track your consumption, as we cannot provide a spittoon. 
  • Please follow the directions of the Covid-19 Marshal, who is there for the health and safety of our patrons and our staff.

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Welcome back to 919 Wines

Posted by Jenny Semmler on

We are now open from 10am-4pm Friday to Sunday, or by appointment, for tastings at our cellar door.

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Welcome back to 919 Wines

Posted by Jenny Semmler on

We are now open from 10am-4pm Friday to Sunday, or by appointment, for tastings at our cellar door.

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Small Winemakers Showcase a Big Success

Posted by Jenny Semmler on

Over 140 visitors attended the first Small Winemakers Showcase yesterday (Saturday 12th April 2019), which featured five of the smallest wine producers of the Riverland. The event attracted visitors from Adelaide, Melbourne, Mildura, Switzerland and Spain, as well as large number of the local community. 

Visitors were delighted with the quality of the wines in the showcase and intimacy of the setting which enabled them to meet the producers and hear their stories. They loved the diversity of the varieties, including new, rediscovered and old favourites. 

Rob Cordy of Mundoo Ridge Wines felt it was a really positive event. “It was great networking opportunity, and this created an atmosphere of collaboration and being able to grow tourism & business opportunities. There’s strength in working together and pooling ideas and resources. Everyone had something different to offer, and this created some real excitement for the visitors.” 

Chris Byrne of Riverland wine remarked that it was heartening to see so many of the community come out to support our up and coming smaller producers. 

“This illustrates just how many superb wines this region is producing. Mingling in the crowd it was encouraging to hear the comments from visitors from near and far remarking about the diversity, quality and enjoyment attributed to our Riverland small producers. Special thanks to Eric & Jenny Semmler of 919 Wines for this great initiative. Let’s hope that Riverland wineries can use this to build local pride, and a springboard for a new era. The Riverland is truly on the of verge of greatness.”

The participating wineries were 919 Wines, Junnare Wines, Mundoo Ridge, Spook Hill and top Block, each typically producing less than 20 tonnes per year. 

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Small Winemakers Showcase a Big Success

Posted by Jenny Semmler on

Over 140 visitors attended the first Small Winemakers Showcase yesterday (Saturday 12th April 2019), which featured five of the smallest wine producers of the Riverland. The event attracted visitors from Adelaide, Melbourne, Mildura, Switzerland and Spain, as well as large number of the local community. 

Visitors were delighted with the quality of the wines in the showcase and intimacy of the setting which enabled them to meet the producers and hear their stories. They loved the diversity of the varieties, including new, rediscovered and old favourites. 

Rob Cordy of Mundoo Ridge Wines felt it was a really positive event. “It was great networking opportunity, and this created an atmosphere of collaboration and being able to grow tourism & business opportunities. There’s strength in working together and pooling ideas and resources. Everyone had something different to offer, and this created some real excitement for the visitors.” 

Chris Byrne of Riverland wine remarked that it was heartening to see so many of the community come out to support our up and coming smaller producers. 

“This illustrates just how many superb wines this region is producing. Mingling in the crowd it was encouraging to hear the comments from visitors from near and far remarking about the diversity, quality and enjoyment attributed to our Riverland small producers. Special thanks to Eric & Jenny Semmler of 919 Wines for this great initiative. Let’s hope that Riverland wineries can use this to build local pride, and a springboard for a new era. The Riverland is truly on the of verge of greatness.”

The participating wineries were 919 Wines, Junnare Wines, Mundoo Ridge, Spook Hill and top Block, each typically producing less than 20 tonnes per year. 

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A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

Posted by Jenny Semmler on

Australians love their varietal wines - Shiraz, Cabernet, Riesling, Merlot. Not all wines can be labelled by variety however, because they are made from complex blends or are represented by a style name, such as Champagne, Port, Sherry, Lambrusco and so on. However a number of these terms are protected for Europe under trade agreements, so the term "Burgundy" has disappeared from Australian wines and has been replaced by "Pinot Noir", the main variety in Burgundy wines.

We' re often asked for a "Port" or a "Sherry", which are Portuguese and Spanish styles respectively. In Australia, we haven't been able to use these terms for over a decade for our fortified wines. Our wines include the fresher, earlier drinking styles, a white fortified we have named "Lambada" (because it is made from Latin varieties), the Ruby (based on the fresh youthful Ruby Port style), the Vintage (the highest quality only made in exceptional years) and the Tawny, the familiar barrel-aged style that Australians love so much. 

The term "Sherry" has disappeared too, as this is a designated Spanish style originating from the town of Jerez de la Frontera . In Australia, the term Apera is now used to designate a fresh, savoury style with an intense aroma of nuts and apples. The terms designating the different grades (fino, amontillado, oloroso, palo cortada) are also restricted, as is the term Manzanilla (literally "Camomile") which designates a super-fine style from the town of Sanlúcar de la Barrameda. 

Our Pale Dry Apera is a fine, intensely aromatic style made from Palomino grapes, picked early and with neutral flavours and aroma. We ferment the juice to dryness, then lightly fortify it with fine spirit. The wine is then transferred to aged oak barrels containing a creamy thick layer of yeast that floats on the surface, giving the wine the appearance of a garden of camomile flowers. After 4-6 years the wine has developed its characteristic nutty and apple aroma, and a full but finely textured palate. We blend and bottle this style twice a year so that our bottled stock remains fresh and vibrant. 

We love to drink the Pale Dry Apera, affectionately known at 919 as PDA, chilled, as the sun goes down after a warm day.

You can find cocktail recipes on our blog post here

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A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

Posted by Jenny Semmler on

Australians love their varietal wines - Shiraz, Cabernet, Riesling, Merlot. Not all wines can be labelled by variety however, because they are made from complex blends or are represented by a style name, such as Champagne, Port, Sherry, Lambrusco and so on. However a number of these terms are protected for Europe under trade agreements, so the term "Burgundy" has disappeared from Australian wines and has been replaced by "Pinot Noir", the main variety in Burgundy wines.

We' re often asked for a "Port" or a "Sherry", which are Portuguese and Spanish styles respectively. In Australia, we haven't been able to use these terms for over a decade for our fortified wines. Our wines include the fresher, earlier drinking styles, a white fortified we have named "Lambada" (because it is made from Latin varieties), the Ruby (based on the fresh youthful Ruby Port style), the Vintage (the highest quality only made in exceptional years) and the Tawny, the familiar barrel-aged style that Australians love so much. 

The term "Sherry" has disappeared too, as this is a designated Spanish style originating from the town of Jerez de la Frontera . In Australia, the term Apera is now used to designate a fresh, savoury style with an intense aroma of nuts and apples. The terms designating the different grades (fino, amontillado, oloroso, palo cortada) are also restricted, as is the term Manzanilla (literally "Camomile") which designates a super-fine style from the town of Sanlúcar de la Barrameda. 

Our Pale Dry Apera is a fine, intensely aromatic style made from Palomino grapes, picked early and with neutral flavours and aroma. We ferment the juice to dryness, then lightly fortify it with fine spirit. The wine is then transferred to aged oak barrels containing a creamy thick layer of yeast that floats on the surface, giving the wine the appearance of a garden of camomile flowers. After 4-6 years the wine has developed its characteristic nutty and apple aroma, and a full but finely textured palate. We blend and bottle this style twice a year so that our bottled stock remains fresh and vibrant. 

We love to drink the Pale Dry Apera, affectionately known at 919 as PDA, chilled, as the sun goes down after a warm day.

You can find cocktail recipes on our blog post here

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