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 |


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:

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  | 0437 394 637
Alternatively, Matthew Bailey can be contacted directly on 03 5467 2357 or at

To read more about Taltarni’s environmental initiatives, please visit

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

For more information, please contact:

Rosemary Shisler | Marketing Manager Australia/Asia | Goelet Wine Estates | 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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Taltarni Wine Club Dinner

The 2013 Taltarni Wine Club Dinner can only be described as a huge success. Club members were met at the entry with a glass of sparkling and had their photo taken under the arch on the red carpet. Entering the room they were greeted by a beautiful candle-lit area with round tables, cane centrepieces, dance floor. We enjoyed Tracey’s magnificent cooking once again matched up with a great selection of Taltarni, Clover Hill, Clos Du Val & Domaine de Nizas wines.Robert opened a back-vintage Cabernet Sauvignon 15 litre “Nebuchadnezzar” and we danced the night away.







Please visit Taltarni Wine Club for more information.

Seduction By Tastebuds at Taltarni

Seduction by Tastebuds 2013

Taltarni Pyrenees Estate Shiraz 2009

Taltarni Pyrenees Estate Shiraz 2009

 93+ Points!

“Easy to forget that Taltarni have some length of history having been established in 1969. I do anyway. Likewise, this shiraz has been produced since 1977, in various guises and styles I imagine. Still has a cork in it too. Historical, in some respects also.

“Mmm, spicy. Pure and lifted fruit expression in the bouquet, much more floral and fruity and fresh than expected with a liberal dusting of sweet cinnamon sugar spice. Super form in the palate – a bolting, slender, luscious slit of red and dark fruits given a dose of pepper with silky but enlivening acidity and ripe, supple tannins. Great shape, in your face, for immediately appreciated drinking, even with the fortitude of pencil-shavings-oak-with-nougat-sweetness. Finishes again with pencil shaving kind of smoky savouriness and a touch of eucalyptus. Stood out in a long bracket. Personality.”

Rated : 93+ Points
Tasted : AUG12  Alcohol : 14%  Price : $40  Closure : Cork  Drink : 2012 – 2032

- Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

Click here to purchase Taltarni Pyrenees Estate Shiraz 2009

Taltarni Pyrenees Estate Shiraz 2009