The characteristics of American Oak and French oak are explained here.
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Australia Day Long Weekend Feature Tasting
Australia Day = Australian Wine and for us our quintessentially Australian style is our American Oak Blend.
So, we thought, why not put up the 2013 American Oak Blend against its French Oak counterpart, our 2013 Limited Release. The growing conditions were identical for each wine, as was the time on oak – 22 months. We will even open the same closure for this tasting – both wines under screw cap.
The only difference is the type of oak the wine was matured in. Why not come along and see for yourself what a difference oak makes!
Taste them blind if you like!
Will you side with Sue (American Oak fan) or Graeme (French Oak buff)?
Peregrine Ridge Wins Julian West Memorial Trophy at the 2018 Daylesford Wine Show
Peregrine Ridge was honoured to win the 2018 Julian West Memorial Trophy, which is the trophy for the Best Winery at the Daylesford Wine Show.
Whilst we didn’t know Julian, he is remembered as an early pioneer in winemaking in the Macedon Ranges. The trophy is awarded to a small winery which makes its own wine, on the basis of scores for their top three wines in the show.
On receiving the trophy we were flattered to learn that we had received a medal for each of the six wines that we entered into the 2018 Daylesford Wine Show and apparently, this is the first time that the winner of this trophy has had such wine show success.
Peregrine Ridge Wins Battle of the Vines
Who makes the best Heathcote Shiraz?
The Battle of the Vines film crew arrived at the Heathcote Wine and Food Festival to find out.
In a packed marquee, tension rose as the contenders for the iconic award battled it out. About 40 different Heathcote Shiraz were entered into the competition from a large cross-section of Heathcote producers. They went head to head against each other in a knock out competition, two at a time, to get down to the final two.
Peregrine Ridge went head to head against Heathcote Winery in the Grand Final of the Battle of the Vines.
The two wines toughing it out were the Peregrine Ridge 2006 Winemaker’s Reserve Shiraz and the Heathcote Winery 2016 Slaughterhouse Paddock Shiraz.
Peregrine Ridge went on to win the gong for the producer of the best Heathcote Shiraz.
A decade apart, it is interesting that the old wine could take on such a beauty as the 2016 Slaughterhouse Paddock and win! It says a lot about the aging potential of Heathcote Shiraz.
Tellurian and Hennings made it to the semi-finals. It was good to see the Mount Camel range being over-represented in the top selection of Heathcote Shiraz wines, as judged by Battle of the Vines sommeliers and members of the general public.
This was the first time the Battle of the Vines has come to Heathcote.
Peregrine Ridge will appear in Series 2 of the Battle of the Vines which will air on SBS in mid 2019.
Next Major Event
Heathcote Wine & Food Festival – 5 & 6 October 2019
Peregrine Ridge is proud to be presenting its wines at the Heathcote Wine and Food Festival. The event is being held at the Heathcote Showgrounds, Chauncey Street, Heathcote from 10.30am each day.
The Heathcote Wine and Food Festival is one of the flagship events of Heathcote where around 40 of Heathcote’s wine producers showcase some of Australia’s best Shiraz and exciting alternative varieties in one place over one great weekend. This year we will be releasing our 2013 “Limited Release” Heathcote Shiraz.
Clare Burder will be hosting tasting seminars throughout the festival. There are a broad range of seminars available ranging from “Sparkling and Rose” to “Shiraz Heaven” and you can select your topic of interest when you book your ticket. They cost $25 each.
Tickets cost $40 per day / $65 Weekend and include a tasting glass. You can even go up market this year with a Golden Ticket for $99 per day /$175 Weekend. This gives you express entry to the Festival, tasting glass & HWFF wine carrier, lunch box showcasing local produce, access to priority seating, toilets and exclusive wine bar selling Heathcote Wine Show Gold-medal winning wines. Pop online and have a look. You can even book a bus from Melbourne or Bendigo at the same time!
We will be tasting American Oak versus French Oak matured Shiraz from our 2013 vintage. It is not often that the different oak matured wines go head to head, so come and taste the difference that oak makes! Will you side with Graeme or Sue?
As always, there will be fabulous food and regional produce, live music and entertainment for the children.
We look forward to seeing you at the festival. It must be Shiraz Heaven!
Heathcote on Show – Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend – June 2019
Peregrine Ridge will be participating in Heathcote on Show over the June long weekend. You will find us at the Mechanics Institute, 121 High Street, Heathcote offering tastings in the Guide Hall between 10am and 5pm each day.
As always, there will be some great tastings to complement our usual tasting fare:
Saturday: Screw Cap vs Cork featuring our 2009 Limited Release “French Oak” Heathcote Shiraz.
Sunday: Vertical tasting of our Limited Release “French Oak” Heathcote Shiraz range featuring wines from six vintages: 2005 (museum release, and winner of Double Gold at the 2014 China Wine and Spirits Competition); 2006 (Trophy for the Best Open Class Shiraz and Trophy for Best Red Wine in Show at the 2014 Le Concours des Vins de Victoria); 2007; 2008 (Trophy for Best Aged Red Wine at the 2014 Daylesford Wine Show); 2009; 2012.
Every day: American Oak versus French Oak. If you’ve heard the statement “oak matters” and you want to hone your understanding of the difference oak makes, don’t miss this one!
We are also celebrating the long weekend with tastings of our Sparkling Shiraz. We will have on tasting our 2006 Winemaker’s Reserve Sparkling Shiraz Late Disgorge which won the trophy for the Best Sparkling Red at the 2014 Australian Sparkling Wine Show.
We look forward to sharing our wines with you over the June long weekend. Limited quantities of museum releases and back vintages will be available for sale during Heathcote on Show.