Taltarni Red Wine & Chicken


To celebrate our Estate Shiraz 2013 winning Best Shiraz of Show at the National Wine Show of Australia (and the fact that it’s a quadruple gold wine), Ben Milbourne has created a customised recipes to perfectly complement it.

We hope you enjoy key moments with friends and family while preparing and sharing this delicious meal. We know Ben did while creating it!

Taltarni Red Wine & Chicken

Prep time – 20 minutes
Cooking time – 30 minutes
Serves 4

2 chicken thighs
2 chicken drumsticks
½ cup plain flour
2 sticks of celery diced
1 rasher of bacon diced
1 knob of butter
5 button mushrooms whole
5 shallots whole
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp oregano
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 garlic clove finely chopped
½ bottle Taltarni Estate Shiraz
50g dark chocolate

Step 1 Place the chicken into a baking dish and dust with flour.

Step 2  Start your chicken in a cold pan, with a drizzle of oil, and bring it up to heat. Brown the    chicken and remove it from the pan and set aside.

Step 3  Add the celery, bacon, butter, mushrooms, and shallots into the pan, and allow these to colour until golden and the shallots are translucent.

Step 4  Add the spices, tomato paste, bay leaves, garlic and half the red wine.
Cook for approximately 5 minutes, return the chicken to the pan, and then simmer for approximately 1 hour.

Step 5 Add the chocolate and serve with a garnish of fresh chopped parsley.

About Ben Milbourne

Since being a contestant on MasterChef 2012, Ben Milbourne has put his chemistry-teaching career on hold to release two cookbooks, travel the world filming food exploits with MasterChef mate Andy Allen, host his own TV show, ‘Ben’s Menu’, and conduct ‘One Degree’ tours of Tasmania’s north-west coast, removing the degrees of separation between people, produce and producer.

Ben Milbourne has now added Brand Ambassador for Taltarni Vineyards to his impressive credentials.



Taltarni Taché 2011 Awarded Australia’s Best Sparkling Rosé


Taltarni Taché, Australia’s most popular sparkling rosé (Nielsen), is now also its best.

Taltarni Taché was awarded Australia’s Best Sparkling Rosé at The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2015. Competition founder Tom Stevenson and fellow judge Essi Avellan MW announced the award on September 2nd, 2015, at Vintners’ Hall in London, in front of over 100 international winemakers, producers and journalists.

Taltarni CEO Adam Torpy was extremely excited to receive news of the award back in Australia. “This is a fantastic result for the entire Taltarni team,” says Torpy, “It is our goal to craft some of the country’s finest sparkling wines, and this accolade is an acknowledgement that we’re definitely on the right track.”

Established in 1969, Taltarni Vineyards is one of the founding wineries of Australia’s Pyrenees wine region in Victoria. An Australian premier sparkling wine producer, Taltarni specialises in cool-climate, méthode-traditionnelle sparklings.

Taché is the French word for ‘stained’. At disgorging, Taltarni Taché is stained with a dosage liqueur of aged pinot noir, which imparts the unique taste and elegant salmon colour. Taltarni’s highly coveted Taché is a blend of the three classic champagne varieties: chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier.

The 2011 vintage was one of the best growing seasons for sparkling fruit Taltarni has experienced in its illustrious history. According to Chief Winemaker Robert Heywood, “We had an extended cool summer, with high rainfall, but little disease, which allowed the fruit to ripen slowly on the vine, creating complex and distinct varietal characters along with succulent natural acidity. The conditions were idyllic.”

Australia’s Best Sparkling Rosé is readily available via Dan Murphy’s or Taltarni’s website while stocks last – https://www.taltarni.com.au/buy/wine-online/sparkling-wines/sparkling-rose/taltarni-essence-tache-2011

For more information, samples and/or images please contact: Rosemary Shisler | Marketing Director | Taltarni Vineyards rshisler@goeletwineestates.com | + 61 437 396 637

It’s Coming Up Rosés For The Independents


Taltarni, one of the country’s premier sparkling wine producers, has crafted a méthode-traditionnelle sparkling rosé exclusively for the independent off-premise and on-premise trade. Taltarni Cuvée Rosé 2011 will launch in September, at the start of the festive period. 

“We’re providing these critically important channels with one of our very best sparkling rosés at a price point that isn’t going to be compromised,” explains Adam Torpy, Taltarni’s CEO. “We’ve pulled out all the stops with this wine, from the quality of the wine in bottle to its packaging, which is smart, sophisticated and contemporary, while remaining true to Taltarni’s trademark branding.” 

Chief winemaker Robert Heywood reiterates that the wine quality is exceptional. “It’s a traditional rosé,” says Heywood, “with time on skins producing the colour, as well as the addition of a Tasmanian pinot noir dosage. It has extended time on lees, at least three years, to add complexity. It’s a lighter rosé style, showing greater autolytic and yeast complexities. Our winemaking team is extremely proud of this wine.”

Taltarni’s cool-climate sparklings continue to go from strength to strength, collecting innumerable accolades from national and international shows and reviewers. This addition to Taltarni’s sparkling stable will no doubt reinforce Taltarni’s position as one of the country’s leading sparkling wine producers.

It’s definitely coming up roses this festive season for trade and consumers alike who should, as the Taltarni Cuvée Rosé tagline suggests: celebrate with sparkling rosé!

Taltarni Cuvée Rose 2011 (RRP $24) is distributed by Oatley Fine Wine Merchants on the mainland (02 9433 3255) or available via Taltarni’s website – http://www.taltarni.com.au/buy/wine-online/sparkling-wines/sparkling-rose/Taltarni-Cuvee_Rose_2011 .

For more information, please contact:

Rosemary Shisler | Marketing Director | Taltarni Vineyards
rshisler@goeletwineestates.com  | +61 437 394 637

Ben Milbourne Celebrates Key Moments With Victorian and Tasmanian Wineries

Press Release | June 2015

MasterChef finalist Ben Milbourne will be celebrating key moments with Taltarni Vineyards and Clover Hill Wines as a brand ambassador for the renowned wineries in Victoria and Tasmania.
Since being a finalist on MasterChef in 2012, Ben put his chemistry teaching career on hold to release two cookbooks, travel the world filming food exploits with MasterChef mate Andy Allen, host his own TV show, ‘Ben’s Menu’, for which he has been shortlisted for a Logie, and conduct ‘One Degree’ tours of Tasmania’s north-west coast, removing the degrees of separation between people, produce and producer.
As a proud Tasmanian, Milbourne said, “It is an honour to be the brand ambassador for Clover Hill, a boutique Tasmanian sparkling house that crafts some of the country’s finest méthode-traditionnelle sparklings, as well as Taltarni Vineyards, one of the founding wineries of Victoria’s beautiful Pyrenees region.

“Both wine and food have played such an important part in the significant moments throughout my life. Good food and great wine were always an opportunity to share key moments with friends and family, and this philosophy is embodied by Taltarni and Clover Hill. Growing up in Tasmania, I was surrounded by an appreciation of the care and dedication that that is involved in creating world class produce and wine, and both Taltarni and Clover Hill are a testament to this philosophy.”

Ben Milbourne
As part of Ben’s ambassadorial role, he will be the celebrity chef at all of Taltarni’s upcoming Cellar Key Club events. In an attempt to better accommodate Taltarni’s growing membership base, this year’s annual sell-out club dinner at Taltarni Vineyards will be supported by additional club dinners in Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne.
Ben will also be creating tantalising recipes to complement all of Taltarni’s and Clover Hill’s wines, some of which will no doubt feature on Ben’s televised segments. Moreover, there will be exciting social media campaigns, including the opportunity for fans to be treated to an exclusive wine dinner with friends up at Taltarni’s Cellar Cave – prepared, of course, by Ben.

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Clover Hill Wines and Taltarni Vineyards are run by the same management team, led by CEO Adam Torpy, also a born-and-bred Tasmanian. “There are terrific synergies between Ben and our wineries,” said Adam. “We share similar philosophies on food and wine. To us, wine is about sharing key moments with friends and family, so first and foremost, wine must be food friendly. Ben’s recipes will bring out the best in our wines, and our wines will bring out the best in Ben’s recipes.”
With food by Ben and wines by Taltarni and Clover Hill, this ‘one-degree’ partnership is deliciously good news for those who are passionate about Australian food and wine.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Tom Hughes | Client Manager Dig&Fish | 03 9827 4466 | 0400 121 538 | tom.hughes@digandfish.com


Taltarni Vintage Report 2015

At the end of a consistently cooler-than-average summer, with below-average rainfall during winter and spring occurring at opportune times throughout the season, we began harvest early February.

With moderate yields in most blocks due to cool seasonal effects, we experienced lower fruitfulness from the previous season. This resulted in high-quality fruit with intense flavours. The varietal standouts are chardonnay and cabernet, both looking fantastic throughout ferment and in oak.

The Pyrenees is renowned for its cool-climate styles. This season has helped re-enforce these highly desirable traits, allowing us to make truly characteristic wines.

Despite the inevitable rush of harvest, the fruit was harvested within its desired specifications of flavour. The lack of surprises and perfect timing speak once again to the great skill and anticipation of the vineyard team.
Once again, we trialled a few new techniques in an effort to further improve on what we have done and to create some new and exciting wines. We have experienced some true successes this vintage.

With all fermentations finalised, and the barrel room full, it’s exciting to now watch how these wines will develop and refine with time.

Biggest Morning Tea
Moonambel Community has asked for your help in raising vital funds for Cancer Council Victoria, through Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. With your help, we can make this year’s event the biggest yet!   You can attend and donate in person:

ON: 28/05/2015, at 10am

AT: Taltarni Cellar door

Or you can make a tax-deductible donation online, even before the Morning Tea date listed above. Simply go to their online fundraising page: http://vic.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/MoonambelBiggestMorningTea.

Once you’ve donated, you will receive a tax deductible receipt via email.

Your donation will help fund Cancer Council Victoria’s research, prevention and support services. So raise your cup and together let’s do all we can to beat cancer.

Thanks for your support!

Taltarni’s Matthew Bailey awarded ASVO Viticulturist of the Year

Taltarni Vineyards’ viticulturist, Matthew Bailey, was awarded the prestigious Viticulturist of the Year at last night’s Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology’s (ASVO) Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner in Adelaide.

The ASVO’s Viticulturist of the Year award honours an outstanding viticulturist involved in the development of a novel and significant viticultural innovation or introduction of a novel viticultural practice over the previous five years. Taltarni’s insectariums, the brainchild of Matthew Bailey, certainly fit this bill.

Matthew Bailey, a committed environmentalist, has been Taltarni’s viticulturist for just shy of a decade. Under his competent leadership and direction, Taltarni maintains three insectariums  (vegetation corridors), each containing around 2,000 native plants that provide a pollen and nectar source for a range of beneficial insects, greatly reducing the need for chemicals and other controls in the vineyards.

“Our insectariums,” explains Bailey, “are like insect holiday resorts – the insect ‘holidaymakers’, the good insects, eat the bad insects that eat the vines. Last night’s award recognised our efforts to innovatively reduce our climate change impacts. It was a huge and humbling honour.”

ASVO President Paul Petrie said it was significant that both winners (Sue Bell of Bellwether Wines & Matthew Bailey of Taltarni) had found ways to help build strong businesses – as well as make great wine – by caring for the environment.

“Environmental sustainability and good environmental management are prerequisites for the wine industry today, and Sue and Matthew are providing real leadership,” he said.

Taltarni’s CEO, Adam Torpy, is “delighted that Matthew’s hard work and dedication has been recognised. It is a great personal honour for Matthew and a great coup for Taltarni. Matthew’s incredible passion and vision, which lead to the successful implementation of our insectariums, has reduced our overall chemical usage by up to 75%, paving the way for the rest of the industry. We’re extremely proud of Matthew and his team.”

Taltarni’s insectariums place Taltarni at the very fore of integrated pest management (IPM). A well deserved congratulations to Matthew Bailey and his team at Taltarni.

ASVO 2014 Award Winners
Photo: The ASVO 2014 Award Winners
L – R:
Jason Smith – Best Viticultural Paper (National Wine and Grape Industry Centre)
Sue Bell – Winemaker of the Year (Bellwether Wine)
Richard Gawel – Best Oenology Paper (Australian Wine Research Institute)
Matthew Bailey – Viticulturist of the Year (Taltarni Vineyards)

Photo: A Taltarni Insectarium

For more information, please contact:
Rosemary Shisler | Marketing Manager Australia/Asia | Taltarni Vineyards
rshisler@goeletwineestates.com  | 0437 394 637
Alternatively, Matthew Bailey can be contacted directly on 03 5467 2357 or at matthewb@taltarni.com.au

To read more about Taltarni’s environmental initiatives, please visit http://www.taltarni.com.au/our-environment

Goelet Wine Estates | Smart New App & Website (Press Release)

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Press Release | 10/01/2014

Goelet Wine Estates – Smart New App & Website


Goelet Wine Estates (GWE), the umbrella company for Taltarni Vineyards and Clover Hill Wines here in Australia as well as the famous Clos Du Val in the Napa and Domaine de Nizas in the Languedoc region, has launched a smart new app and website for the trade.


GWE’s app provides a company overview, including information on each winery and its respective winemaker as well as each estate’s portfolio. There’s also a short engaging video and a dynamic “What’s New” section for all the latest and greatest GWE offerings.


This recently released app was designed to facilitate trade presentations by housing all the requisite information in the one easily accessible spot. It is updatable in real time, ensuring that GWE’s brand representatives have the most current information at their fingertips.


With the Clos Du Val and Domaine de Nizas wines becoming more prevalent within the Australian marketplace, it is a timely launch for these smart new all-encompassing GWE digital platforms.


To download GWE’s free app, please visit the Apple iTunes store and search for “Goelet Wine Estates”.

To view GWE’s new website, please visit www.goeletwineestates.com.

For more information, please contact:

Rosemary Shisler | Marketing Manager Australia/Asia | Goelet Wine Estates
rshisler@goeletwineestates.com | 0437 394 637

Goelet Wine Estates:
Four Brands. Three Continents. One Family. One Vision.

Taltarni Trumpets

There’s quite a bit we could trumpet about, which is a shameless trumpet unto itself, but given the season, we will limit it to those of the sparkling variety.

So, trumpets at the ready (or bugles for the less musically inclined) . . .

Taltarni Sparklings

Taltarni Sparklings

Taltarni Brut 2010

92 points – James Halliday

“The white fruits and citrus of chardonnay drive the cuvée, which has very good length and balance, and some spicy notes coming through on the finish.”

Taltarni Taché 2010

Silver – International Wine & Spirits Competition 2013

Commended – Decanter World Wine Awards 2013

(And, in case your attention has waned, here’s the requisite musical climax to recapture it . . . )

Taltarni Blanc de Blancs 2011

Gold at the Rutherglen Wine Show 2013

(Gold! Gold! Gold!)

Purchase an award-winning Taltarni sparkling now


silver   Taltarni Pyrenees Estate Shiraz 2009

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