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Cellaring wine: no regrets

May 16, 2017 Jenny Semmler

How long should you cellar your wine? And how long can you keep it once opened? Here's a rough guide. Your mileage may vary according to the vintage and the brand. Wine type Style Example Cellaring Drink within White Off dry, aromatic Sauvignon blanc 2 years 48 hrs Dry, structured Chardonnay, Riesling 5-10 years 72 hours Sweet dessert Noble sémillon, late harvest to 10 years 24 hours Red Off dry Ella Semmler's Shiraz 2 years 24 hours Lighter bodied Sangiovese 3 years 24 hours Medium bodied, structured Touriga Nacional 8 years 72 hours Full bodied Shiraz, Tempranillo 10-15 years 48...


Many bottles of wine were sacrificed...

May 11, 2017 Jenny Semmler

We are often asked how 919 Wines got its name.   When we first decided to make wine for ourselves we were looking for a name that described its origin. The French word “terroir” is a bit cliche, and, well, French. Totally unsuitable for something as Australian as our vineyard.  The wine writer Max Allen likes the word “pangkarra” (place), however this word is not universal amongst the Aboriginal languages. Besides, winemaking is a European tradition, not an Australian tradition, and we are uncomfortable appropriating an Australian word for something that has contributed so much to the destruction of Aboriginal society. ...