Wine Showcase Magazine Review

18/09/2012
Great scores and reviews in this month’s September 2012 issue of the Australian Wine Showcase Magazine:2009 Chais Clarendon Shiraz – 91 POINTS
“Fruit aromas are lively and fresh. The wine on the palate is rich, rounded and mouth filling”
($40 to $50 US)2009 Chais Clarendon Cabernet Sauvignon – 90 POINTS
“Chocolaty leather aromas and fruit driven palate complete with nice chewy tannins”
($40 to $50 US)

2010 Bin C163 Shiraz – 90 POINTS
“Delicate oak characters give this stylish wine nice style. Some outstanding mouth filling varietal fruit underneath”
($15 to $20 US)

2010 Encounter Bay Cabernet Sauvignon – 92 POINTS
“Good aromas of chocolate and plum with a menthol fruit lift. Juicy palate with elegant style”
($15 to $20 US)

2011 Holbrooks Road Merlot – 90 POINTS
“Elegant, fruit driven wine with great nose and succulent spicy sweet, fruit palate.”
($10 to $15 US)

Exciting News From San Francisco!

03/07/2012

We have just been informed that we have picked up some more exciting medals at the 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition. We are over the moon to announce that the below wines were all awarded medals for their outstanding quality! Congratulations to the wine making team again on such a fantastic effort!

2010 Conquest Barossa Valley Shiraz
2011 Holbrooks Road Chardonnay
2011 Holbrooks Road Merlot
2011 Holbrooks Road Shiraz

Success in Shanghai!

15/06/2012

The Shanghai International Wine Challenge 2012 (SIWC) is the country’s premier independent and therefore most influential wine competition. Organised in association with international industry professionals, the SIWC is designed to award excellence and recognise quality in wines.
So, it is with great pleasure we would like to announce that our very own 2011 Holbrooks Road Chardonnay was awarded a SILVER medal, as well as our 2010 Conquest Shiraz also bringing home a medal.

If you are interesting in these award winning wines, jump onto our wines page for more information, or our order page to get some sent to your door today! Get in quick as stocks won’t last!

Normans dominates at the 2012 IWC London!

07/06/2012

More outstanding results in London this year at the 2012 International Wine Challenge (IWC)! The below wines were all awarded at this years event; fantastic results at such a highly acclaimed international wine challenge!

2011 Holbrooks Road Sauvignon Blanc
2011 Holbrooks Road Shiraz
2011 Holbrooks Road Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Holbrooks Road Merlot
2009 Chais Clarendon Shiraz
2009 Chais Clarendon Cabernet Sauvignon
2009 Old Vine Shiraz
2009 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
2009 Old Vine Grenache
2011 Encounter Bay Chardonnay
2010 Encounter Bay Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Encounter Bay Shiraz
2010 Conquest Shiraz

Decanter 2012 Results

The 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards results were officially announced on May 22nd at The London International Wine Fair.  With 14,119 wines tasted, this is the largest entry ever for the Decanter World Wine Awards, now in its 9th year.
We are very pleased to announce that the following wines were awarded at this prestigious event:

2010 Conquest Shiraz
2010 Encounter Bay Shiraz
2010 Encounter Bay Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Holbrooks Road Shiraz
2009 Old Vine Shiraz
2009 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon

International Acclaim!

15/05/2012

We are very excited to announce that the following wines were awarded highly at this years 2012 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles held in Guimarães, Portugal.

GOLD – 2009 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
SILVER  – 2009 Old Vine Grenache

The Concours Mondial is an international, professional competition whose aim is to reward the best wines and spirits produced worldwide. This year the competition featured 8,397 wines and spirits from across the globe.

WineState Domination!

14/05/2012

We have had some tremendous success in the newly released WineState Magazine this month (May/June 2012 issue). We are please to announce the following results/reviews:

2011 Holbrooks Road Pinot Gris – 3 1/2 STARS and ranked one of the top 40 best value wines of Australia and New Zealand, $20 and under!
True Gris style with broad pear aromas and long, flavoursome palate. Should improve with a couple of years in the bottle.

2011 Holbrooks Road Chardonnay – 3 STARS and ranked one of the top 40 best value wines of Australia and New Zealand, $20 and under!
Subtle musky confectionery aromas and light, elegant palate with dry white flavours.

2011 Holbrooks Road Merlot – 3 STARS and ranked one of the top 40 best value wines of Australia and New Zealand, $20 and under!
Ripe red berry aromas with a lift of lilacs and simple, spicy palate with firm tannins.

2010 Encounter Bay Cabernet Sauvignon – 3 STARS and ranked one of the top 40 best value wines of Australia and New Zealand, $20 and under!
Vibrant red current varietal fruit, nice herbaceous edge, seamlessly integrated with the oak.

2009 Chais Clarendon Cabernet Sauvignon – 4 STARS:
Lighter, greener, berry aromas with lovely subtle oak influence. Well structured palate with classic Cabernet fruit and some silky tannins.

2009 Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon – 3 STARS:
A huge, soft wine, ripe and rich with layers of flavours and a slightly drying finish.

2009 Chais Clarendon Shiraz – 3 1/2 STARS:
Spicy, dark fruit nose with nice nutty oak and a vibrant fruit palate with lovely floral, spice and licorice elements.

2009 Old Vine Shiraz – 3 STARS:
Seamless integration of sweet, ripe, raisined fruit and tarry oak with a drying finish.

Fantastic Reviews!

06/03/2012

The reviews are in and we are delighted to have been recognised by the World’s most influential wine writer, Robert Parker Jr’s Wine Advocate:

Normans Conquest Barossa Shiraz 2009 85 Pts Source eRobertParker.com #199 Feb 2012 Reviewer Lisa Perrotti-Brown Rating 85 Points Maturity  Drink: 2012 – 2014  Current (Release) Cost $20
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 Conquest Shiraz offers evolving aromas of mulberries and warm plums with hints of leather, tobacco and Chinese five spice. Mature and drinking well now, it has a medium to full body and a good amount of spiced warm berry flavors supported by crisp acid and a low to medium level of powdery tannins, finishing medium to long. Drinking well now, it should remain good to 2014.

Normans Conquest McLaren Vale Chardonnay 2010 85 Pts
Source eRobertParker.com #199 Feb 2012 Reviewer Lisa Perrotti-Brown Rating 85 Points Maturity  Drink: 2012 – 2014  Current (Release) Cost $20
The 2010 Conquest Chardonnay gives notes of ripe apples, warm pears and honeydew melons over touches of cream and toast. Clean and refreshing in the mouth, it has a light to medium body and just enough apple and pear flavors, lingering medium to long in the finish. Drink it now to 2014.

Sydney Wine Show Results

29/02/2012

Once again we have come up trumps with more wine show success, this time at the 2012 Royal Sydney Wine Show Competition! A panel of wine experts judged 2,241 entries this year from around 300 exhibitors in 60 different classes, ensuring the winners received recognition and a valuable opportunity to shine the spot light on their wines. This year, one of our all time favourites and perhaps our most awarded product over the years – the Normans Old Vine McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010 was awarded another SILVER MEDAL backing up its effort at the National Wine Show of Australia! We are also happy to announce that the Normans Holbrooks Road Merlot also picked up a medal highlighting our commitment of over delivering in quality at all price points.

SILVER Medal Success!

18/01/2012

Normans Wines have again proved themselves at one of Australia’s premier National Wine Shows by taking home a SILVER medal for the 2010 McLaren Vale Old Vine Shiraz at the Dan Murphy’s National Wine Show in Canberra 2011. The Show invites entries from across Australia in premium, commercial and aged classes for table, sparkling and fortified wines, and brandy. The purpose of the show is to judge and promote the best of the best Australian Wine.


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