Footnotes ANZAC Edition

A newsletter from the team at Nardone Baker Wines       ANZAC DAY Edition 005   April 2006

AUSTRALIAN SOIL ... European Heritage


Our new Riesling is ready to ship - and it's a corker, without the cork!

Riesling 2005 - it's hereThe long, lonely wait of our Chardonnay is over as it now has a fellow white wine to accompany it in the Nardone Baker range.

Long, tall and proud, this Riesling does live up to the title of "king" of the white wine varieties. And our king is crowned with the latest in closures - a screw cap, stelvin, to ensure you enjoy the right, royal flavours that wine's hard-working subjects (our winemaking team) have crafted.

Once again, McLaren Vale's seaside soils have yielded fresh, sprightly fruit, which has been carefully transformed into a Riesling boasting citrus-floral tones and a hint of the mineral characteristics one expects of this variety.

Nardone Baker partner, Patrick Baker, is a mad fan of Riesling and has long been advocating a Riesling for the company range. He believes this new release is an excellent exponent of McLaren Vale Riesling.

"Wine lovers around the world will enjoy this drop," says Patrick, "but my hope is that South Australians, who tend to rely on Clare Valley for their Rieslings, will lift their gazes and glasses and try this cracker drop with its coastal influences and limey zing."

We recommend pairing this 2005 Riesling with any seafood feasts you might be planning, especially if they will feature salmon, shrimp/prawns, crab and other shellfish. It will also accompany lighter style Chicken dishes and Asian stir fries. Or keep things simple, just chill it and enjoy as a long, cool summer drink.

Grapes - the king of white wine Introducing Riesling - the "king" of the whites

Riesling has been cultivated in its homeland of Germany since the 1400s or earlier. In South Australia, Riesling has been produced in McLaren Vale since the late 1890s.
Riesling vines are particularly hard-wooded and tolerant of cold weather and they bud late, so are well-suited to the coldest wine-growing climes. Hillside microclimates, such as those in McLaren Vale which provide cool climates and at the same time plenty of sun exposure, are of paramount importance to quality Riesling. 
Riesling has a powerful and distinctive floral and apple-like aroma that frequently mixes in mineral elements from its vineyard source and is often described as "racy." Its high natural level of Tartaric acid enables it to balance even high levels of residual sugar. 
Please try our first-ever Riesling, and share your feedback. Cheers.
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Lest we forget - ANZAC Day 2006
Simpson and his donkeyANZAC Day - 25 April - is probably Australia's most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. When war broke out in 1914 Australia had been a federal commonwealth for only fourteen years. In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula to open the way to the Black Sea for the allied navies. They landed at Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Turkish defenders. The campaign dragged on for eight months and at the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers were killed. News of the landing at Gallipoli made a profound impact on Australians at home and 25 April quickly became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who had died in war.
In the picture, above, is the legendary "Man with the Donkey", Private John Simpson (right). Simpson landed with the Field Ambulance early on the 25th April, but by the following day had established himself as virtually an independent unit, leading a donkey carrying wounded from the front down Monash and Shrapnel Valleys to the beach. In the first three weeks of the campaign he became a familiar sight, always cheerful and oblivious of danger. He was killed by machine-gun fire near Steele's Post on 19 May.

Read full story in the News section of our website

Nardone Baker Wines - worth singing about!

Co-opera - coming soon to BuonaseraCo-Opera is a South Australian opera company celebrating 15 years of continuous performance activity. The secret to their longevity is that they take opera to the people, and have performed in such venues as large tents at showgrounds, schools and plazas. Their latest venture involves special, intimate evenings in one of Adelaide's intimate, Italian restaurants, Buonasera.
Restaurateur Ilario Nesci has long been a fervent supporter of Nardone Baker wines and a lover of classical opera. Five such events are planned for 2006, with the next scheduled for Monday night, May 29.
The image, above, is from the Co-Opera program, and features performers, Jessica Dean and Pelham Andrews.
No matter where you live in the world, please contact us if you would like help locating Nardone Baker wines in your area. We can't promise you that every encounter with Nardone Baker wines will be as passionate as the Co-Opera events, but we do hope you will be suitably impressed enough to sing our wine's praises among your friends.

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Ph: +618 8445 8100
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McLaren Vale SA 5171

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Kilkenny SA 5009

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