Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Mimi Avery in South Africa

We arrived at Klein Constantia on a beautiful wind free day which they were very pleased about as wind can burn the grapes and although most of their harvest was finished the remaining grapes that we drying nicely and developing noble rot for their infamous sweet wine Vin de Constance. Also they had lost some of their potential in November due to strong winds funnelling through the vineyards and drought at flowering.

Rob Cameron of Invivo - New Zealand Vintage Report

After the much written about 2008 vintage followed by a fantastic 2009 the industry entered 2010 with some trepidation, both with quality and volume of the harvest. However on both fronts I’m pleased to say that New Zealand is back to dong what it does best – producing fantastic wines.

Marlborough experienced less typical weather conditions than usual with a cold Spring and relatively cool and wet Christmas giving us all a bit of a scare but as so often happens the vines catch up in February packing in two months worth of ripening in one.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

John Avery's 2009 Bordeaux Vintage Report

I have now returned from Bordeaux where Emma Roberts, Matthew Hemming, Aaron Rice and I tasted about 300 wines from the 2009 vintage which were on show at the various 'En Primeur' tastings.

Following the weather reports which I have already written about and my first impressions from the visit we made in January I was expecting to fine big, rich wines with great ripe fruit flavours and quite high alcohol levels. I remember when I first tasted the 1982 vintage in 1983 the comment I wrote following my first tasting was:
'California has come to Bordeaux' 

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Chateau Cissac returns!

We are delighted to offer you the 2009 vintage of Chateau Cissac, which has just been released. Cissac is a classic Medoc of great class that has always been a firm favourite with Averys customers and has a large following right across the UK.