The Wrap

What? Seriously? How did we not write a pre (or a post) blog for Touché Rosé – could it be because Rowey and I have just recovered? Perhaps....

Anyway. What a night it was. Some 400+ attendees, over 65 Rosé’s from across the globe, a strangely pleasing mix of 90’s pop with some 80’s power ballads, a resounding ‘tick’ for dry, refreshing styles of wine and best of all, an amazing night. HUGE thanks to the wineries for taking the time to show off their wines, an even bigger thank you to all who attended  - I don’t think we could have put on a more wine focussed, rosé themed event if we tried!

Photos from the night can be found HERE

So… what have we been working on instead of writing blog posts? Our next event, a smaller, more intimate style night, similar to our first events (think Sparkling Soiree). 150 people, 25 wines, canapes, cheese, charcuterie and a take home Plumm wine glass. All centered around the theme of Spanish wine. In keeping with our attempts to give the events witty names, this one shall be known as ‘Vino Espanol’ – please note, no religious extremism will be allowed at the event, we will however allow extreme levels of wine enthusiasm.

In terms of the wine, we aren’t limiting it to Spanish only, we’re getting some of the best new world producers of Spanish varieties on board too!

What better way to spend the final night of autumn in Perth? Given that this event is strictly limited to 150 people, we’d suggest tickets will sell out fast. Tickets will be released in the next week or so, watch this space....

Musings from Crawfs

After the excitement of #Sneakypinot Rowey and I thought we were going to have the rest of the winter off so that we could (slowly) plan our next structured event. Suffice to say, we had a couple of learnings to take from the Pinot event to think about and factor in, one being the spacing of wines across a larger area. I believe that we had almost all other aspects pretty well covered including loads of staff, almost 7 Kg of cheese and a targeted spread of wines that each served to explain the Pinot story. It seems that the crowd liked all of the wines as there was a pretty even sales split across countries, producers and price points.

The mystery wine had people talking so we’ll definitely be incorporating that into our next event, maybe even two! Congrats to the winners of the Magnums that we gave away.

In my down time since #Sneakypinot (26 days), I’ve been sticking my head into every single wine event that I can and based on these, truly believe that you don’t need to have 100000 wines in a room to provide a great experience, I feel that a more targeted approach for the Unfiltered ‘themed’ tastings is exactly the kind of thing we want to be doing moving forward.

Conversely, for events with less direction provided by us and a greater spread of wines, we think that making the tastings short and sharp will mean that our attendees will actively seek out wines/wineries of interest and create their own agenda.

With that in mind, Trade Pass is almost upon us. Our first distributor event! Your very own chance to attend the exact same style of tasting that Perth’s top hospitality professionals are invited to.

This event is firmly in the ‘create your own agenda’ category. We’re bringing you excess of 140 wines from some of the best producers in the nation through our mates at Red and White and Mezzanine.

Furthermore, each Unfiltered attendee gets their very own Plumm vintage wine glass to take home after the event.

Jay from Old Bridge Cellars will be there to provide wise cracks and crazy pricing on all of the wines so those in need of a cellar-restock will be well looked after.

Finally, Rowey, Crawfs, our Pseudo-Canadian mate Zach (Sparkling Soiree and #Sneakypinot) and our very own British expat Tony (#Sneakypinot) will be roaming around throughout the night to talk booze and help out with any wine related queries that people may have.

There’s exactly 30 tickets remaining after having only been on sale for a week which leads me to believe that this will be the fastest sell out of one of our events to date.  You can grab one of the final tickets here.

Looking forward to seeing you there

Crawfs

x

Time Flies....

So…. It’s been 2 months since my last blog post. How time flies when you’re drinking wine.

 Anyway. The last 8 weeks have been absolutely insane. Rowey and I both went on wine junkets (him to South Australia, me to the US and Canada), we’ve had corporate events coming out of our ears and perhaps, most importantly, we’re finalising the plans for our next big event #Sneakypinot - http://unfilteredwineclub.com.au/sneakypinot/

Suffice to say that the response to an event focussed solely on Pinot Noir has been nothing short of amazing. We added an early bird ticket to this event and these were snapped up with in a matter of days from release. We’ve already had to increase the number of wines on offer again from our original plan due to the number of people who will be attending and we’re still over three weeks away!

 While all of this has been happening, I’ve been trying to train for a marathon. Because of this, I’ve obviously been tasting (drinking) loads to help me get through. I’ve had a couple of absolute standout wines recently and figured I’d actually write a semi-serious tasting note for a change about one in particular.

 2016 Alkoomi ‘Melaleuca’ Icon Riesling

Had a crack at this pre-release and holy smokes it’s so so good. The Frankland River was ravaged by sheets of hail just prior to the 2015 vintage and the bulk of vineyards in the region were absolutely decimated. The 2016 had no such complications and to tie in with the 40th anniversary of the original plantings on the estate, they’re released a new wine in the Icon range. This single vineyard Riesling isn’t your typical Frankland River limes/sherbet although these characters do exist, its more interesting than that. It has a nose like talcum powder/white minerals and those little white flowers your citrus tree shoots before fruit forms. The palate is ultra-complex with layers that start with citrus, move to refreshing acid, and then finish with this amazing phenolic texture that I’ve never seen in a Frankland Riesling before. If you can’t tell how much I enjoyed this wine by how verbose I’m being then I’ll put it clearly: IT’S AWESOME, plus, it’ll live in a decent cellar for years and years and years

 I’ll endeavour to have a new blog up more regularly with what I’ve been trying, and enjoying of late. Until then, looking forward to seeing our biggest ever crowd at a Sneakypinot on July 20th

 Cheers

 Crawfs

 

Done and dusted..

So…. A #sparklingsoiree is done and dusted. Just like that.

Given that I had the somewhat enviable task of pouring and talking about the wines (albeit one handed), it seems only fair that I provide a summary of the feedback about the wines that were offered.

I’ve abbreviated the wine names primarily because I'm going to get tempted to have a glass if I have to type them out in their entirety… and its only 11am….

Andreola ‘Verv’ Prosecco – probably the most popular wine on the night. Appealed to the broadest range of unfiltered guests and had the highest amount of retail sales by quite a significant margin. Why? Its delicious, fruit driven, lively but still a dry wine and Prosecco is oh so hot right now

Cloudy Bay Pelorus – I thought that this wine looked pretty awesome in the lineup. It was sweet vindication to see people recognising that cloudy bay is best known for Sauv Blanc but that a cooler climate like that of NZ should be A1 for growing sparkling base. A pretty great example of middle of the road sparkling, it wasn’t too rich or bready and certainly isn’t some little insipid acid bomb either. Good juice.

Segura Viudas Gran Reserva – This wine, alongside the Graham Beck probably didn't grab people’s attention as much as I would have expected. Perhaps its because we started strong with the Andreola, perhaps the unknown grape varieties, perhaps its because Cava hasn’t really marked out an identity for itself with Australian drinkers. Who knows. Safe to say that everybody enjoyed the wine, it just didn’t cause people to tip entire bottles all over their heads like Rowey does when he loves a wine.

Graham Beck Chard Pinot – Well well well… our South African Chard Pinot. This was always going to be a challenge because for whatever reason, it seems that Aussie drinkers are predisposed to see wines from SA (not south Australia) as of low quality. I liked the wine for the richness and the point of difference that we were able to show from a climatic point of view. Similar to the Cava, it was enjoyed, just not as much as some of the others.

Delamotte Brut – my favourite wine of the night and the second favourite of our lovely punters from their feedback. Not showing the pricing of the wines up front was probably a good thing as it allowed everybody to make an assessment of their favourite wine purely based on taste. I think the fineness and minerality of this wine really showed through and despite a bit of bready richness it really did show up on the night to highlight why the French wines command a higher price.

Smithbrook The Yilgarn – This was always going to be the black sheep in the line-up. Vintage, single varietal, local, completely unknown and shown at the end of a pretty broad range of wines. Interestingly this wine was purchased at a rate just behind that of the Andreola so obviously those who loved it, wanted it. It was starting to show some pretty funky, interesting developed characteristics which I really enjoyed. The crowd were a mixed bag on ‘digging the vibe’ or not.  Some were more than happy to move back to a more preferred option from earlier tasting while others stayed on the Yilgarn for the remainder of the night. As with all unfiltered events, there was ample booze to go around so second, third, fifth and fifteenth tastings weren’t out of the ordinary (all provided with the utmost adherence the responsible service of alcohol of course).

So, what does it all mean? Prosecco is still appealing to a predominantly female audience? French Champagne still commands its position at the top of the tree? Cava is a potential undiscovered gem? Are these all potentially completely ignorant statements? Quite possibly! However I’m only a chap trying to give a wrap up of what was a really successful event.

Now. On to the most serious of matters…. Pinot Noir.

I love Pinot as much as Rowey loves RomComs (and that is saying a WHOLE lot). I pretty regularly try and subtly sneak him a glass of Pinot when he comes over for a meal and drag him away from his unashamed love of Margaret River Cabernet. Thus, a #sneakypinot will be the next event.

Pinot is the great divider in my opinion, there’s people who are wild for it (me) and people who are yet to be convinced (Rowey). We’re starting to put the wheels in motion about a bigger event, with more wine, battles both across and within countries, a quick discovery into the ‘Cru’ system in France and as always, loads of canapes created to complement the wines.

We’re always looking for more ways to make the unfiltered experience as good as it can possibly be and would welcome feedback from a #sparklingsoiree or ideas about a #sneakypinot.

Given that Rowey is the reliable one, direct emails to him at info@unfilteredwc.om or sling us a line on facebook.

Finally, these events don’t happen without our fantastic guests, we love doing these events and will continue to do so while we have such fantastic responses from attendees. A massive massive thank you to all who were involved and all who came along.

Til a #sneakypinot, take care

Crawfs

x

Why Fizzy Wine?

After making a cider with some winemaker mates this year, we tried a couple of different techniques to obtain fizziness. We gassed the cider as a still product – similar to many of the commercial products available around the traps. We also made a small portion in a more ‘méthode traditionelle‘ way, allowing the juice to fully undergo initial ferment and then adding sugar before bottling. When I took the samples of both styles around to show my mates, none of them had any idea that you could produce bubbles in a cider/wine in any other way than just ‘adding gas’. They were however able to taste the differences between the two and had a mixed opinion on which they preferred. This got the cogs ticking about a potential unfiltered event but I let it slide at the time, probably owing to the fact that the cider was almost 13% ABV.

6 months down the track, I’ve been getting asked why we’ve decided to run an event dedicated solely to sparkling wines. There’s a couple of good reasons:

1.       I love champagne. Its increasingly becoming my wine of choice for any occasion of merit.

2.       Most people that I speak to aren’t aware that there are multiple ways to create ‘bubbles’ in a wine – surprisingly, the Wikipedia article on ways to obtain fizz in wine is actually pretty solid - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparkling_wine_production

3.       Sparkling wine sales are growing in Australia and drinkers are pretty eager to explore wines from producers other than the multinationals - http://m.goodfood.com.au/good-food/drink/australia-is-importing-a-recordbreaking-amount-of-champagne-20160310-gnflnm.html#ixzz42XfRwt8s

4.       The variation across the category is profound and often ignored. People seem to focus on the idea that a wine is sparkling and then ignore variety, region, vintage etc

So, with these points in mind, the #sparklingsoiree idea was born. The plan is to show sparkling wines from around the world in an attempt to highlight the differences in a sparkling wine based on variety, region, vintage/non-vintage and most interestingly (I think) the method in which the bubbles are made.

We’re going to show less wines than our WA Cabernet event to allow us to really focus on high quality wines that express the particular attributes that we’re trying to highlight.

We’re going to periodically release the names of the producers/wines that we’ll be showing. Rowey has already let the cat out of the bag on the countries and a couple of the wines. Stay tuned to the Instagram and Facebook pages for the most recent updates:

Andreola ‘Verv’ Prosecco Extra Dry NV

Smithbrook ’Yilgarn’ Blanc de Blanc 2011

Segura Viudas Gran Cuvee Reserva  NV -

Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV

Graham Beck Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut NV

Delamotte Brut NV 

Cheers and see you soon

Crawfs