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Latest news from the winery.

Cellar door is suspended until the crisis has passed

Posted by Jenny Semmler on

Experience a unique virtual wine tasting with Shauna & Dave while cellar door is closed.

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Cellar door is suspended until the crisis has passed

Posted by Jenny Semmler on

Experience a unique virtual wine tasting with Shauna & Dave while cellar door is closed.

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Important guide to purchasing our wine during the Covid-19 pandemic

Posted by Jenny Semmler on

The World Health Organisation and the Australian Government have declared COVID-19 as a pandemic. Consequently we have made some important changes to our business so you can continue to enjoy our wine. 

We will be updating our product information with online video notes, and these will be uploaded over the next few days. If you wish to book a personalised video tasting using Skype or FaceTime, please send a message to Jenny on 0408 855 272 or an email to wine@919wines.com.au.

We ship using Australia Post. If you are unwell, or in self-isolation, please leave a note on the door. The driver will knock and call out if you are well. They are authorised to leave your parcel "unattended" and will sign on your behalf. Please consider the health of the delivery drivers. 

Our cellar door is still open, however this may change as circumstances warrant.

We have upgraded our cellar door sanitation programme. To assist us, please do not share your glass when you taste, and do not visit if you meet the criteria for high risk [fever, cough, contact with known patients or overseas trip]. 

 COVID-KARAOKE

We have added a Covid-19 playlist to our toilet and hand washing facilities to help make hand-washing fun! Please let us know if we are running low on soap, and use a paper towel to open the door when you've finished. Please feel free to belt out the following at top volume to maximise your 20 seconds of scrub.

Classic version.                Happy Birthday to you 9x2)

Children's version.           Twinkle twinkle little star

Country style.                   Jolene - chorus

Classic '70s.                     Stayin' alive - first verse & chorus

Shy & tin ear version.       4'33" by John Cage (Google it)

Kindergarten version.       If you're dirty & you know it wash your hands

Empire version.                 God save the Queen

Aussie legend.                  Forty miles to Saturday night

Declamatory version.       Lady Macbeth's monologue

Wham! Bam! Disco!         I will survive

To help you we have put the words and actions on the wall, and the selection will change daily.

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The World Health Organisation and the Australian Government have declared COVID-19 as a pandemic. Consequently we have made some important changes to our business so you can continue to enjoy our wine. 

We will be updating our product information with online video notes, and these will be uploaded over the next few days. If you wish to book a personalised video tasting using Skype or FaceTime, please send a message to Jenny on 0408 855 272 or an email to wine@919wines.com.au.

We ship using Australia Post. If you are unwell, or in self-isolation, please leave a note on the door. The driver will knock and call out if you are well. They are authorised to leave your parcel "unattended" and will sign on your behalf. Please consider the health of the delivery drivers. 

Our cellar door is still open, however this may change as circumstances warrant.

We have upgraded our cellar door sanitation programme. To assist us, please do not share your glass when you taste, and do not visit if you meet the criteria for high risk [fever, cough, contact with known patients or overseas trip]. 

 COVID-KARAOKE

We have added a Covid-19 playlist to our toilet and hand washing facilities to help make hand-washing fun! Please let us know if we are running low on soap, and use a paper towel to open the door when you've finished. Please feel free to belt out the following at top volume to maximise your 20 seconds of scrub.

Classic version.                Happy Birthday to you 9x2)

Children's version.           Twinkle twinkle little star

Country style.                   Jolene - chorus

Classic '70s.                     Stayin' alive - first verse & chorus

Shy & tin ear version.       4'33" by John Cage (Google it)

Kindergarten version.       If you're dirty & you know it wash your hands

Empire version.                 God save the Queen

Aussie legend.                  Forty miles to Saturday night

Declamatory version.       Lady Macbeth's monologue

Wham! Bam! Disco!         I will survive

To help you we have put the words and actions on the wall, and the selection will change daily.

Read more


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

Read more


Digging deep for drought relief

Posted by Jenny Semmler on

Digging deep for drought relief

Thank you for your generous donations.

Thank you for your generous donations towards the drought relief effort. You donated when you purchased wine from us or by being the successful bidder for a 6 pack of rare and exceptional wines.  A total of $362 has been forwarded to the CWA NSW for their drought relief effort. 

 

Fundraiser details

The dry is marching inexorably south from New South Wales and Queensland, and our fellow farmers there are in great distress. We can't sit idly by. We have two fund-raiser activities for drought relief. 
At 919 Wines we are connected to the land, and our hearts go out to those who have been in drought for several years now. Farmers and their families put the welfare of their stock and the local wildlife ahead of their own well-being in many circumstances, and as their financial resources dwindle the communities around them suffer.
All the money raised will be donated to the CWA/NSW branch Drought Aid Program, where it will be distributed to families for their household bills. We have specifically selected this organisation as the money will stay within communities and supplement those families who are putting the welfare of animals first. For more information on the Drought Aid Program, go to https://www.cwaofnsw.org.au/droughtaid.html 

  • Option 1: Place a bid on our case of rare wine. All the money raised will go to the relief effort.
  • Option 2: Purchase a case of wine on our web store. 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the relief effort.

 See below for details.

Rare & exceptional wine auction: winemaker's private cellar

We have dug deep into our private cellar, and have pulled out the very last bottle of 919 2010 Durif (the last time this was available it sold within 30 seconds of going online) and the last bottle in captivity of the 2012 Shiraz. We have added 4 of our most awarded wines to make up a six pack.
The pack contains:



BIDDING INSTRUCTIONS

Bidding opens on publication. Bids will be published anonymously on our web page as they are received (so check the highest bid before you text!). Highest bid at 7pm on Sunday 26th August 2018 will be the successful bidder.
TEXT YOUR BID to 0408 855 272.

See current high bid at top of page. 

Percentage of online sales

We will donate 20% from all sales made through our on-line ordering system until 7pm on Sunday 26th August 2018. We will publish your name and contribution on our website (unless you ask for an anonymous donation). No code is necessary, it will happen automatically. 919 Wines will pay all the taxes. 

 

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Digging deep for drought relief

Posted by Jenny Semmler on

Digging deep for drought relief

Thank you for your generous donations.

Thank you for your generous donations towards the drought relief effort. You donated when you purchased wine from us or by being the successful bidder for a 6 pack of rare and exceptional wines.  A total of $362 has been forwarded to the CWA NSW for their drought relief effort. 

 

Fundraiser details

The dry is marching inexorably south from New South Wales and Queensland, and our fellow farmers there are in great distress. We can't sit idly by. We have two fund-raiser activities for drought relief. 
At 919 Wines we are connected to the land, and our hearts go out to those who have been in drought for several years now. Farmers and their families put the welfare of their stock and the local wildlife ahead of their own well-being in many circumstances, and as their financial resources dwindle the communities around them suffer.
All the money raised will be donated to the CWA/NSW branch Drought Aid Program, where it will be distributed to families for their household bills. We have specifically selected this organisation as the money will stay within communities and supplement those families who are putting the welfare of animals first. For more information on the Drought Aid Program, go to https://www.cwaofnsw.org.au/droughtaid.html 

  • Option 1: Place a bid on our case of rare wine. All the money raised will go to the relief effort.
  • Option 2: Purchase a case of wine on our web store. 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the relief effort.

 See below for details.

Rare & exceptional wine auction: winemaker's private cellar

We have dug deep into our private cellar, and have pulled out the very last bottle of 919 2010 Durif (the last time this was available it sold within 30 seconds of going online) and the last bottle in captivity of the 2012 Shiraz. We have added 4 of our most awarded wines to make up a six pack.
The pack contains:



BIDDING INSTRUCTIONS

Bidding opens on publication. Bids will be published anonymously on our web page as they are received (so check the highest bid before you text!). Highest bid at 7pm on Sunday 26th August 2018 will be the successful bidder.
TEXT YOUR BID to 0408 855 272.

See current high bid at top of page. 

Percentage of online sales

We will donate 20% from all sales made through our on-line ordering system until 7pm on Sunday 26th August 2018. We will publish your name and contribution on our website (unless you ask for an anonymous donation). No code is necessary, it will happen automatically. 919 Wines will pay all the taxes. 

 

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