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Wine 1: Tim Adams, Foxlee Single Vineyard Riesling, Clare Valley, 2014

 

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The region

South Australia is the largest producing state in the country and Clare Valley is one of its most reputed sub-regions. It lies above the Barossa Valley and about 120 kilometres north of Adelaide. Its naturally warm climate is tempered by cool breezes that blow in the afternoon, as well as the high altitude, with some of its vineyards lying 570 metres above sea level. Clare Valley is famous for the riesling grape that was first planted here back in the 19th century by immigrants from Germany’s Silesia. The warm climate is no hindrance to a full expression of this variety which is more commonly grown in cooler places. Here it is aromatically expressive, whilst its keen acidity makes for a wine that will keep well for several years.

 

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Wine 1 : Domaine Chevrot, Cuvée des quatre Terroirs, Bourgogne Aligoté, 2014

 

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The appellation

With around 1500 hectares planted in Burgundy, Aligoté is something of a rare bird. Under its own name, as here, it can be produced anywhere in the region but it is particularly successful on hillside slopes in the southern part of Burgundy such as southern Côte de Beaune and the Chalonnais region.

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wine-closures

 

 

A while ago I wrote an article listing some of the inconveniences of solid cork closures in bottles of wine. This way of stopping up bottles dates from the 17th century and it has to be said that technology has moved on a bit since those days! So yes, there are several alternatives available today to wine producers. Each one has its advantages, and some disadvantages, so I suppose it is fair to say that there is no « perfect » closure system for all wines. Since the advantages and disadvantages are of different orders, let’s take a look at them for each case.

 

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