Tasting notes: 919 Wines

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919 Wines in South Australia's Riverland is a small, family-owned winery. Its simple ethos of sustainability is intrinsic to every aspect of the operation, hence its certified organic status.

Jenny and Eric Semmler believe in sustainable business, a philosophy which runs all the way from farm practices, through winemaking to the way they approach winemaking clients and 919 Wines' customers.

They specialise in crafting high quality wines and fortifieds from non-traditional varieties that are particularly suited to hotter climates. Minimal irrigation is used with indigenous/native vegetation used as blocks and buffers.

The first vineyard was planted in Glossup in 2002 and is the source of the Reserve Shiraz, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional and Durif and the grapes for the fortified wines.

A second vineyards was planted in Loxton in 2011 to produce the Reserve Sangiovese, Ella Semmler’s Orchard Chardonnay and Shiraz, and Latin Collection wines. There are also small lots of Durif, Tempranillo and Muscat here with some other varieties in the early stages of growth.

Read more about Jenny Semmler and 919 Wines in this interview with the Fabulous Ladies Wine Society »

Here are tasting notes for a slection of the Reserve range - all these wines are certified organic and made by Eric Semmler.


919 2016 Reserve Durif

Style: Rich, dry red wine.

Tasting notes: this wine is intense midnight purple in colour and has intense aromas of mulberry fruit and green leaf, violet, stewed plums and tobacco, with chocolate and cocoa, and a hint of vanilla.

On the palate you'll find powerful wine has chocolate and cocoa, mulberry fruit and green leaf, prunes, cherry and tobacco flavours, supported by
well integrated vanillin oak with a long palate and a dry finish.

Oak treatment: New, 2 and 3 hear old American hogsheads.

Vineyard: 919 Wines, Glossup, Riverland.

Vintage comments: good ripening giving rich fruit expression.

Awards: Shortlisted Winestate 2018 Organic Wine of the Year.

Alc/vol: 16%

RRP: A$:45.00 bottle (direct from winery).


919 2017 Reserve Sangiovese

Style: light aromatic red wine.

Tasting notes: this wine is bright cherry in colour with ruby tints. It's highly perfumed with liqueur cherry, watermelon and strawberry notes.

On the palate the wine is savoury with spicy vanilla, cherry strawberry and watermelon flavours. The palate is refreshing, with crisp, savoury fruit and very fine, tannins with a firm finish.

Oak treatment: older French and American oak.

Vineyard: 809, Loxton.

Vintage comments: the vintage in 2017 was long and cool, allowing fruit to mature slowly. The resultant wines have great texture and flavour development with firm tannins.

Awards: not yet shown.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

RRP: A$:42.00 bottle (direct from winery).


919 2017 Reserve Tempranillo

Style: dry red wine, "reserva" style

Tasting notes: this wine is brilliant in colour with an intense ruby hue. It has aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate, summer fruit, clove and nutmeg whilst the palate has black pepper and spice, black cherry, dark chocolate and savoury curry with youthful tannins.

Oak treatment: new and older American hogsheads.

Vineyard: 919 Wines, Glossup, Riverland.

Vintage comments: good ripening year. Elegant fruit with reserve richness.

Awards: Shortlisted organic wine of the year, Winestate Magazine 2018.  |  Top in category Winestate Italian & Spanish tasting 2018.

Food match: chicken molle, fiery Thai beef salad.

Cellaring: up to 15-20 years. Older wine may need to be decanted before serving. Serve at about 18ºC and consume within 48 hours of opening.


RRP: A$:42.00 bottle (direct from winery).


919 2016 Reserve Touriga Nacional

Style: med-full bodied.

Tasting notes: this is an inky dark wine with bright crimson hues. The aromas are expressive of this variety, this wine has aromas of smokey, minty
blackberry, blackcurrant and spice.

The palate is bright and full, beautifully balanced, harmonious and layered with rich pepper, cinnamon, coffee and dark chocolate notes, and hints of savoury rare roasted beef.

Oak treatment:  2 and 3 year old French barriques.

Vineyard: 919 ,Glossup

 Vintage comments: 2016 was a hot and compressed vintage requiring nimble viticultural and winemaking responses to bring out the best in the fruit. Wines from this year are full-bodied and bold.

Awards: Finalist, Winestate Wine of the Year 2017

Food match: Pepper-crusted rare roast beef with roasted winter vegetables or beetroot with orange sauce are perfect with this wine.

Cellaring: until 2018 to allow the tannins to soften a little. Should drink well until 2024. Older wine may need decanting to remove sediment. Allow to breathe after opening, and consume within 3 days.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

RRP: A$:42.00 bottle (direct from winery).




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