Matches made in heaven

TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 

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It seems like only yesterday that we recovered from our Christmas food coma, but we’re about to embark on another festive feast – Easter.

A seafood smorgasbord awaits us on Good Friday, while on Easter Sunday the table is likely to be weighed down by roast pork or lamb, loads of vegetables and fresh seasonal salads.
If there’s any room left - and who doesn’t have a second stomach for dessert - the sweets are rolled out. And of course a tonne of chocolate is consumed throughout the fest.

Of course, any celebratory meal isn’t complete without some fabulous wines. The Collective Wine Company’s Impressionist Range offers a broad selection for matching with any Easter meal.

“From Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay to match the shellfish and fish of Good Friday, to the Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo to match the pork, lamb and beef – there’s almost certainly a wine to match any Easter banquet,” says Collective Wine Company’s Sales Manager Scott Clarke.

The eight varieties of the Impressionist Range are produced from grapes grown in South Australia’s picturesque Eden Valley. The Collective Wine Company’s vineyard at Mt Crawford is located about 500 metres above sea level and enjoys slightly cooler temperatures than the region’s northern growing area.

This makes it ideal for producing Shiraz and Riesling, which are the signature varieties of the Eden Valley, says Clarke. He adds that Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay “of great character” also originate there.

“Here grapes ripen at a slower pace … and due to cooler ripening temperatures, our Eden Valley wines are distinctive,” he says. “They display elegance, complexity and finesse.”

The Impressionist range, in particular the Riesling, has won several awards, including Melbourne International Wine Competition 2017 and International Wine & Spirits Competition in London 2017, making it The Collective Wine Company’s most awarded selection.

“We’ve won 12 gold as well as silver and bronze medals since the range was released so we’re delighted with its performance at national and international wine shows,” says Clarke.

The current vintage of Riesling (2015, the first produced under the brand) was also named Eden Valley Riesling of the Year for 2017 at the Melbourne International Wine Competition.

“It was up against all other Eden Valley Rieslings of higher price points so that’s something we’re very proud of,” says Clarke.The Riesling balances crisp acidity with generous citrus flavours and appeals to both Riesling lovers and those new to the category.

The Impressionist Range is available at independent liquor stores at prices ranging from $14 to $18 a bottle. At this price, Clarke says, the range over-delivers and competes well with older, more established brands. “With this in mind we have branded twin packs available so consumers can give a special gift of two wines from our extensive range,” says Clarke.

“With white wines as crisp as an Eden Valley morning to red wines as full, rich and warming as a valley afternoon, we believe that our wines will leave a positive impression.”

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Roberta Marchesini