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Journeys : June July 2008
Perfect Pinot Noir T he International Royal Agricultural Wine Show in Hobart has become an icon award of Pinot Noir producers in Tasmania, mainland Australia and New Zealand. The Qantas trophy is not only sought after for its prize of a return trip to France for the winning winemaker but also for the status of being declared one of the best Pinot Noirs in Australasia. Competition has been very strong between Tasmanian producers and New Zealand producers with until last year New Zealand holding the edge over Tasmania. The RACT Wine Club is offering you your opportunity to compare and taste Pinot Noir from two renowned vineyards from Tasmania and New Zealand in the Feature Selection Dozen. From Tasmania we have selected three bottles each of the icon 2005 Freycinet Vineyard Pinot Noir (although not named the Reserve Pinot Noir it is considered by many in that status) and the 2005 Freycinet Louis Pinot Noir. Experience in cellaring the Freycinet Pinot Noir shows that while it can be drunk when it’s young, that is at two to three years of age, its best years are often between five and ten years. A recent tasting of the 1988 Freycinet Pinot Noir showed that wines from good vintages can live exceedingly well for up to twenty years. The Freycinet Vineyard Pinot Noir is regarded by many wine critics as one of the best Pinot Noirs in Australia. The 2005 Freycinet Louis Pinot Noir, can be considered by some to be a second label. However this wine can also hold its head high amongst its peers showing supple length, soft tannins and balanced acidity. Like the Freycinet Vineyard in Tasmania, the Mud House Vineyard in Marlborough New Zealand is a family owned enterprise. The top of the range Pinot Noir (Swan) from Mud House is considered to be their reserve wine made from the highest quality grapes sourced from different regions in New Zealand. The Mud House Swan Pinot Noir consistently does well at wine shows. Similar to Freycinet Louis Pinot Noir the Mud House winery produces another Pinot Noir. In both instances it is unfair to describe them as second labels as both are excellent wines in their own right. David Johnstone, SJW Senior Judge of Wine RACT WINE CLUB Order Form Offer valid until 31 July 2008. While stocks last. If stock becomes unavailable we may elect to make an alternative offer available to RACT Wine Club Members. Orders not accepted from persons under 18 years of age. I certify that I am over 18 years of age. Signed: Name: RACT Membership No: Delivery Address: Pcode: Phone: (B/H) Phone (A/H) Delivery Instructions (e.g. If not home, leave at back door etc.): Payment details: Bankcard Visa Mastercard Amex Cheque (Payable to RACT Wine Club) Credit Card Number Expiry Date: Name on Card: Signature: 40 June / July 08 Quantity Date Product Quaffer’s Dozen Connoisseur’s Dozen Boutique Dozen Feature Selection – Pinot Noir Free delivery within Tasmania. For other areas, please contact us. How often would you like to receive wines? Just this once Monthly Bi-monthly Email Address: PHONE ORDERS: 6234 8003 (9.00am – 6.00pm Monday – Saturday, message service available) FAX ORDERS: 6234 9977 POSTAL ORDERS: 201 Collins Street, Hobart. 7000 Quaffer’s Dozen $89.00 - Save $37.20 Affordable, approachable wines for your everyday drinking pleasure. Two bottles each of: 2005 Bethany Riesling, 2007 Beelgara Estate Chardonnay, 2006 Beelgara Estate Shiraz Cabernet, 2007 Westend Outback Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, 2006 Westend Outback Cabernet Merlot, 2004 RACT Shiraz Connoisseur’s Dozen $149.00 - Save $30.00 Famous Great Western winery Best’s is renowned for its well made wines. Both wines have depth of flavour and can be enjoyed now or cellared for up to 3-5 years. Six bottles each of: 2007 Best’s Riesling, 2004 Best’s Cabernet Merlot Order any dozen bottles of wine from the RACT Wine Club before 16 December 2008 and you could win ten dozen wines worth approximately $3000 for your cellar. The winner will be drawn on Thursday 17 December 2008. Boutique Dozen $219.00 - Save $30.00 Highly credentialed winery producing award winning wines under the guidance of Chief Winemaker and Senior Judge of Wine, Steve Goodwin. Six bottles each of: 2006 Witchmount Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Witchmount Cabernet Sauvignon Feature Selection Pinot Noir $390.00 - Save $65.00 A fascinating bracket of Pinot Noir including two medal winning New Zealand wines, and two wines from Tasmania’s icon winery, Freycinet. Three bottles each of: 2005 Freycinet Pinot Noir, 2005 Freycinet Louis Pinot Noir, 2007 Mudhouse Pinot Noir and 2006 Mudhouse Swan Pinot Noir Price / Dozen Total $89 $149 $219 $390 Grand Total $ Quarterly. Would you like to receive a monthly RACT Wine Club email newsletter, detailing offers and events? Win
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