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SPRING 2014 NEWSLETTER

 

WELCOME BACK TO VICTORY POINT VINEYARD

Where the dry August has ended with a rush and the heavens are pouring down on our freshly pruned vines.

Spring is Coming

As I have had the "job" of spending more time down in Margaret River this year it’s been interesting to note the seasonal characteristics of our valley at Victory Point. Over winter, morning mists cover the creek line which we reforested, almost fifteen years ago, with native trees. Depending on the conditions, this mist lingers for part of the morning and indicates how cool the temperatures can get, away from the coastal influences. This provides the opportunity for the surrounding vines to completely "shut down" over the winter months.

Our viticulturists believe that achieving this true dormancy is one of the main factors behind the great fruit which is produced from this vineyard.

Victory Point Vineyard

Victory Point Vineyard in Spring

Our winter weeders have done a great job and are now gathered and heading off on their overseas cruise.

Fabulous Reviews for Victory Point Wines' Cabernet Sauvignon

The critics reviews were not available at the release of Victory Point's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon in the last newsletter, but knowing what a great vintage it was in Margaret River, your orders flowed in. Thanks to everyone who got in early, now you can compare your tasting notes with the "experts":

Reviews of Victory Point 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

James Halliday - 94 points

Mostly cabernet sauvignon with minor input from malbec, cabernet franc and petit verdot. Has mellowed out nicely while keeping its fruitiness intact. Chocolate, blackcurrant and lead pencil notes with leathery, developed characters about the edges. Firm with tannin. Drink: 2014.

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Ray Jordan - 93 points

This is a super concentrated cabernet sauvignon, with contributions from cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot. The nose is loaded with blackberry and liqueur chocolate overtones. The palate is deeply concentrated and powerfully structured. Masses of dark fruits with substantial oak. Best drinking: Now – 2024.

Decanter Magazine, June 2014 ed - 92 points

Showing sweetly fragrant blackcurrant fruit on the palate that’s just on the turn from primary to a more evolved, complex character. The generous and rich finish has a hint of chocolate. Drink: 2014 -2038

Attention Red Wine Lovers...

New Release: 2012 MALLEE ROOT

It's certainly been great red wine drinking weather and the 2011 Mallee Root sold out in record time! Luckily, the 2012 vintage has been settling quietly and is ready for release and drinking.

This new Mallee Root returns to the style of the first vintage (2005) being more cabernet franc and malbec dominant with only a small percentage of cabernet sauvignon being chosen in the final blend. This is the second vintage of Mallee Root made by our winemaker Mark Messenger. His talent in working with these varieties shows through in this subtle but flavoursome wine.

We wish Mark well, he is a finalist for Gourmet Traveller magazine "Winemaker of the Year" award.

Victory Point 2012 The Mallee Root - Tasting Notes:

Lovely dark red crimson colour leads to lifted aromas of blueberry, mulberry, cherry, black currant/cassis along with subtle oak characters of smoky vanilla, spice and chocolate. The palate is juicy with mixed berry fruit flavours and fleshy texture with balanced fine tannins and a bright crisp finish.

ORDER NOW

Visit our online store to place your wine order.

Orders received in August will receive a 15% discount by applying the code: "VNBFAI".
We are happy to package straight or mixed cases of any of our wines in 6 or 12 bottles cartons, with free delivery across Australia.

Food and Wine Match

Mallee Root and Kasundi muffins

The task of tasting red wines in the mornings can be arduous, but we made this amazing discovery recently when we hosted members of the Australian Wine Tasting Group at Victory Point, on the last day of their 5 day tour of the Margaret River wine region.

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The guys were looking a little travel weary, having spent four full days checking out around 20 wine producers – large and small, across the Margaret River region. We were thrilled to awaken their palates, firstly with our newly bottled Rosé, which really sparked their interest, and then with a couple of vintages of our stunning Chardonnay, which was tasting especially fine as we sat in the warm office, looking out across the vines on a sunny June day……wine was being swilled and tasted (not a lot spat out),….. notes were being taken,…… .a little sustenance was needed to keep the palates on track and my local foodie friend, Camilla, arrived with a basket of these warm Kasaundi muffins. The savoury flavours in these muffins really bring out the spicy characteristics of our Mallee Root wine and prepared the palate and sustained the tasters for the serious job of reviewing the Cabernet Sauvignon. As we often comment….its hard work, but someone has to do it!

Check out the extensive tasting and touring notes on their website (Margaret River Tour Diaries - The Wrap 2014). We were thrilled that Victory Point Wines were rated third overall – just behind our friends at Juniper and Moss Wood! If you are visiting the region, please call beforehand and we’d love to arrange a wine tasting out at the vineyard.

Camilla's Kasundi Muffins Recipe

Ingredients:
Self raising flour 2 cups
baking powder 2 teaspoon
eggs 2 beaten
milk 1/2 cup
olive oil 4 tablespoons
salt and pepper to taste
nigella seeds 2 tablespoons
fetta cubes 3/4 cup
spinach 1 cup
peas 1/2 cup
grated carrot 1/2 cup
eggplant kasaundi – (I use Goan Cuisine brand) 2 tablespoons

Victory Point Groupshot

Method:

Mix flour and baking powder and nigella seeds together in a large mixing bowl, make a well in the centre.
add vegetables, stir together.
Make a well again and add eggs, milk, kasaundi and olive oil. stir until combined. If necessary, add a little more milk to season to taste. Let the mix sit for about 30 minutes before putting into muffin tray.
Place mix into greased muffin tray and fill to 2/3 full.
Bake for about 35 minutes in a 200 degree oven or until browned and cooked through.
Let the muffins cool slightly before turning out.

Aboriginal Heritage

In our last newsletter, we shared the story of the six seasons according to the Wardandi people, who are the traditional custodians of this region. We are now coming to the end of the Makkuru season, which has been:

  • The time of cold fronts.
  • Time to wear buka (cloaks).
  • Time to catch wetji (eagle) on his nest.

It is fascinating to share their culture and next time you are visiting the region, a visit to the Wardan Aboriginal Cultural Centre is a must: www.wardan.com.au.

So as we (hopefully) move out of this cold wet season, its perfect timing to stock up on our New Release 2014 Rosé.

Victory Point 2014 Rosé

NEW RELEASE!

2014 Rose

In the tradition of the great dry Rosé from the south west of France, we have created the 2014 Victory Point Rosé from the cabernet franc and malbec varieties.

Sporting a new label, which showcases the artwork of our talented friend and fellow vigneron Bronwen Newbury (checkout Phillips Brook Wines), this delicious wine was recently served at the opening of her solo exhibition, at Gallows Gallery in Mosman Park, WA.

The response at the Gallery confirmed our view that this is our best vintage to date!!

Tasting Notes:

Raspberry salmon in colour, this attractive and serious Rosé shows raspberry, strawberry, blackcurrant, blueberry and a touch of spice and floral notes in the mix on the nose. The palate has a creamy texture and lively fruit characters of red forest fruits with balancing fine mineral like acidity leading to a long lingering and refreshing red berry finish. It is a good aperitif style as well as having the structure and texture to go with a range of Mediterranean food styles.

Previous vintages of Rosé have sold out fast, to avoid disappointment please send in your order.

ORDER NOW

Visit our online store to place your wine order.

Orders received in August will receive a 15% discount by applying the code: "VNBFAI".

Victory Point Club Members

Spring Offer

Victory Point Wine Club members receive two cases of carefully selected wines each year. This Spring’s collection celebrates the evolution of our "Mallee Root" wine. We have raided the Museum stocks and found a bottle or two from each vintage produced, and made up the case with the new release 2012 and some Rosé - for Spring.

Wine Selection - The Mallee Root

20051 bottle 
20072 bottles 
20082 bottles 
20112 bottles 
20122 bottles 
 9 bottles @ $26$234
2014 Rosé3 bottles @ $20$60
 RRP$294

The selected case is offered at the special price of $220 to Wine Club members.

If you would like to join the Victory Point Wine Club and received twice yearly delivery of our wines, as well as 25% discount on all cases ordered, please visit the Victory Point Wines website.

ph 0417 954 655 | jberson@bigpond.net.au | www.victorypointwines.com

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