Annapurna Estate Receives Positive Reviews From James Halliday

Annapurna Estate received glowing reviews in the most recent James Halliday Wine Companion.   Eight of Annapurna Estate’s premium Cool Climate Wines are featured in the 2011 Edition with the following featured comments and rating as below; 

Highly recommended. Wines of great quality, style and character, worthy of a place in any cellar
Recommended. Wines of above-average quality, fault-free and with clear varietal expression.
Recommended. Wines of above-average quality, fault-free and with clear varietal expression.
Annapurna Estate Sparkling White 2005 Rating:  90
Cleaner and fresher than the Blanc De Noir; bottle-fermented and aged on lees (period undefined); fresh and lively; slight green fruit balance by dosage. Chardonnay/Pinot Noir. Diam.
Annapurna Estate Chardonnay 2005 Rating: 89
Pale but bright green; a delicate but well balanced Chardonnay; with touches of barrel ferment and MLF well controlled; the flavours are in a citrus and stonefruit spectrum; the acidity is still brisk. Screwcap.
Annapurna Estate Sparkling Pinot Noir 2005 Rating: 89
Spicy Plum flavours; good length and balance; has the touch of sweetness needed for balance. Pinot Noir. Diam.
Annapurna Estate Pinot Noir 2005 Rating: 89
Light, developed (not excessively so) colour; strong savory, spicy elements have developed in both bouquet and palate balanced by sweet plum and cherry fruit. Nice wine, ready now. Screwcap.
Annapurna Estate Pinot Gris 2008 Rating: 88
Very pale colour, still retains the freshness of a young wine, with sweet fruit (not residual sugar) flavours of pear and stonefruit and even an elusive touch of apricot; good acidity. Screwcap.
Annapurna Estate Merlot 2005 Rating: 86
Youthful purple; despite the alcohol, not heavy although there is a skein of sweetness through to the finish and aftertaste; guaranteed to charm cellar door visitors. Screwcap.


Annapurna Estate Gains Medal in French Chamber of Commerce Wine Show

Annapurna Estate has gained recognition as one of Victoria’s best premium Sparkling Wine producer, claiming third place in the highly acclaimed Sparkling Wine category with their 2004 Black Label Methode Classique . With over 45 entries from around the state and Annapurna up against names such as the prominent Domaine Chandon the medal win has delighted Winemaker Ezio Minutello.

The 19th Concours des Vins was proudly organised by the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry. This year, judging took place on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 November. The concours welcomed a group of five young French sommeliers who topped France’s annual competition for sommeliers students. The judging panel was led by renowned Rhône Valley winemaker Michel Chapoutier. Other highly esteemed judges included Christian Maier - Sommelier RACV Club, Dominique Portet - Dominique Portet Winery, Gilles Lapalus - Sutton Grange Winery and Adrien Etienne - Blason de Bourgogne.

The judging panel assessed the entries from the nine separate classes over two days. Judges tasted the wines blind and had no information about the entries, apart from the unidentified glasses placed in front them. Each judge scored individually and then scores were compiled using the 20-point international system (colour and clarity 3, bouquet 7, palate 10) with Annapurna placing a close third and taking out the Bronze medal in the Sparkling Wine category. The annual awards are a showcase of the diversity and quality of unique Victorian wines from over 120 wineries .

Annapurna Estate’s 2004 Black Label Methode Classique is available from selected retail outlets, via their online store or from Cellar Door for RRP $48.


Annapurna Estate Wines Rises High Above the Rest at Awards

Annapurna estate scooped up four awards at the Federation Square North East Victorian Showcase recently. Winemaker Ezio Minutello said he was particularly pleased by the Gold received by his Blanc de Noir.

“We’ve never entered the Blanc de Noir into any awards, and to come out gold first time was bloody marvellous, the results seem to be speaking for themselves. The Blanc de Noir is the only sparkling of ours that hadn’t received an award. What is really surprising is that it beat our premium Black Label Methode Classique which has previously received a raft of awards.”

The four sparkling wines entered each won awards. Ezio said Annapurna Estate’s sparkling red was a risqué entry into the very hotly contended dry reds category and still received a silver.

“There wasn’t a category for sparkling red, so we thought we’d give the dry reds a go, a bronze is great when you consider that reds are what Australia does best.”

The awards received were:

 Annapurna Estate Blanc de Noir   GOLD MEDAL RRP $38
 Annapurna Estate Black Label Methode Classique  (French wine challenge) BRONZE MEDAL RRP $48
 Annapurna Estate Pinot Gris  GOLD MEDAL RRP $20
 Annapurna Estate Sparkling White Pinot Chardonnay  SILVER MEDAL

RRP $38

  Annapurna Estate Sparkling Pinot Noir                                                                                                                                                            SILVER MEDAL                                                                  RRP $38