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Heathcote Victoria Australia



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Peregrine Ridge Wins Trophy and Gold at the 2013 Le Concours des Vins de Victoria

Peregrine Ridge’s Non-vintage Sparkling Shiraz shone again at the 2013 Le Concours des Vins de Victoria, taking out the prestigious “Coup de Coeur” Trophy.  The Chairman of Judges, M. Bernard Burtschy said that the wine stole his heart and so he had to award the “Coup de Coeur” to this beautiful wine.  “It showed richness of fruit, had all the finesse of a fine wine and was a true joy to drink” he said.

The Chairman of Judges, Bernard Burtschy is a wine writer at Le Figaro and member of the prestigious Grand Jury Européen.  He is also, and above all, a great wine lover, taster and much-published wine writer, notably as a columnist with the Revue du Vin de France.  Bernard Burtschy is a member of the European Grand Jury; a professor and teacher at Les Grains Nobles, the Paris School of Wine Tasting; and has been President of the Committee of Experts since 1992.  Bernard Burtschy has been recognised with numerous awards for his articles on wine.

The Concours des Vins started 23 years ago in 1990.  Run by the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, it is a meeting of two proud wine-producing cultures - French and Australian.  It is a place ‘where Victorian terroirs and aromas meet with the French palate’.

The 2013 Le Concours des Vins de Victoria showcased a fabulous line-up of more than 350 Victorian wines from 110 wineries.  The award ceremony and tasting extravaganza saw a large crowd of wine and food connoisseurs enjoying their favourite Victorian wines with beautiful French cheese, traditional French pâtés and charcuterie.

Our Non-Vintage Sparkling Shiraz is a great drink on any occasion but especially during the festive season.  It is suited to a range of foods including fruit mince pies, shortbread and fruit cake, turkey, duck and chocolate!

Award Ceremony for "Coup de Coeur" Trophy at the 2013 Le_Concours_des_Vins de Victoria

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Peregrine Ridge named Producer of the Week

Peregrine Ridge was named Producer of the Week in the Macedon Ranges Guardian in the lead up to Christmas.

The article explored, amongst other things, how our site helps us to produce Shiraz of great depth of flavour.  In summary, there are three key reasons - aspect, elevation and soil.

The high easterly aspect of our site maximises exposure to early morning sun and minimises exposure to the baking sun of the late afternoon in the summer months.  This means that our fruit ripens slowly and develops deep, complex flavours with high levels of natural acidity, as opposed to quick ripening fruit which tends to lose acid or lack flavour complexity.  It also means that our fruit is not 'cooked' on the vine during the hot summer days and so it does not develop the jammy characteristics often associated with warm climate fruit.  Our fruit retains high levels of natural acidity and a crispness often associated with cool climate wines.  This fruit structure is a key element of our wine making and enables us to produce wines of great finesse.

Our soil is over six metres deep and formed from rock from the cambrian era.  These soils are free draining but have very good moisture holding capability.  They are also full of many of the minerals required for healthy vine growth, the main mineral deficiency being potassium, which is adjusted for - ideally prior to planting.

So what does this mean?

Free draining soil means that the rain can penetrate deep into the soil profie rather than pooling on top or running away, like rain on sand.  So, the rain soaks into the soil and the moisture is retained through the soil profile, making the moisture readily available for our deep rooted vines to access.  Because our soil is so deep, our wines are able to form tremendously long root systems and the deep soil acts like a large moisture harbor for our vines roots to tap into.  This minimises water usage without compromising fruit quality and contributes to our philosophy of sustainable agriculture.

So, our vines grown high on the Mt Camel range are planted in some of the best soil for growing plants in Australia.  The trick is to work the vines hard but not over stress them!  To view the full article as it appeared in the Macedon Ranges Guardian, click here.

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Peregrine Ridge Wins Two Trophies at the Daylesford Wine Show

Peregrine Ridge won two trophies and two gold medals at the 2012 Daylesford Wine Show.

Peregrine Ridge won the trophy for Best Sparkling Wine with its Non-Vintage Sparkling Shiraz.  The sparkling wine class included both red and white sparkling wines and in what was a real coup, a sparkling red took out the trophy.  Sue Kerrison said “the style is inspired by the great sparkling burgundies of Australia.  It’s a great drink, especially as we lead into the festive season.  The wine is a perfect accompaniment to fruit mince pies, fruit cake and shortbread.”  The trophy for the Best Sparkling Wine was sponsored by Baird & McGregor, Lawyers, Daylesford.

The Non-Vintage Sparkling Shiraz also finished 3rd at the 2012 Australian Sparkling Wine Show. 

Peregrine Ridge make their Sparkling Shiraz in the traditional method and aim to keep their wines on lees for an extended period.  This wine style melds the bright Heathcote fruit with complexing bottle fermentation characteristics.

Sue & Graeme receive trophy from Miranda for the Best Sparkling Wine at the Daylesford Wine Show

Peregrine Ridge also won the trophy for the Best Shiraz or Shiraz Blend at the 2012 Daylesford Wine Show with its 2009 American Oak Blend Heathcote Shiraz.  The American Oak Blend showcases the use of fine grain American Oak and is a really delightful wine with great cellaring potential.  The trophy for the Best Shiraz or Shiraz Blend is sponsored by The Farmers Arms Hotel, Daylesford.  This wine has not yet been released.

Sue receives trophy for the Best Shiraz or Shiraz Blend at the Daylesford Wine Show

Our story was featured in The McIvor Times.  Click here to view the article. 

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Event Wrap - Fromage a Trois, Werribee Park - February 2014

Event Wrap - Fromage a Trois, Werribee Park - February 2014

Peregrine Ridge featured its wines at the inaugural Fromage a Trois in February at Werribee Park, in what can only be described as sweltering conditions!  Who would have thought that the day started with a heavy sea fog?

So what was Fromage a Trois?  It was an amazing cheese and cider event, with a touch of wine on the side.  There was a cider to suit everyone - from apple to pear to champagne, dry to sweet, even cider slushies!  There was also an amazing range of French and Australian cheese, including offerings from some of Victoria's finest small producers - L'Artisan Cheese and Goldfields Cheese.

There were great workshops too on a range of topics including cheese making, and cider making at home that caught there interest of the crowd, including me!

Those that did attend found umbrellas and trees to perch under and relax.  After all, what else would you do on an afternoon with temperatures soaring over 40 degrees!

Below are some snaps of the day...

Timboon Distillery at Fromage A Trois Cider Workshop at Fromage A Trois Peregrine Ridge at Fromage A Trois

Cheese Workshop at Fromage A Trois L'Artisan Cheese at Fromage A Trois

Relaxing in the shade at Fromage A Trois Kellybrook Champagne Cider at Fromage A Trois Apple Varieties at Fromage A Trois

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