A massive grin and more awards than he can hold - Joe's face tells it all!
We were thrilled to see our 2014 JOSEPH Extra Virgin Olive Oils scooping up a host of awards at Fleurieu Fiesta Olive Awards.
Our newly released 2014 JOSEPH Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil won:
- Gold Medal
- Punter's Pick Award at Willunga Farmer's Market
- Punter's Pick Award at Victor Harbor Farmer's Market
'Complex nose of green banana, salad leaves and earthy notes. Excellent fruit length, fleshy mouthfeel with robust yet balanced bitterness and pungency. A classic robust style that has it all.' - Judges' Tasting Note from the 2014 Fiesta Olive Awards
Meanwhile our 2014 JOSEPH First Run Extra Virgin Olive Oil won a silver medal with the judges describing it as:
'Fragrant floral, artichoke and salad leaves. Moderate fruit intensity, balanced bitterness and pungeny and nice peppery spice. Fresh and versatile robust style.'
We were thrilled to see our 2014 Merlesco Merlot singled out for the Adelaide Review Hot 100 list. With 1,400 wines entered in the tasting our 'little Merlot' made the final selection with a fabulous note from the judges: 'Bright, complex aromatics with vibrant red and black forest berry fruit underneath. Has slinky, satiny texture with a subtle spritz that ebbs away. Vibrant, youthful, bouncy and pretty. Dangerously drinkable and wonderful young wine expression' said the judges.
Winemaker Daniel Zuzolo was delighted to be called on stage to collect the 5th place award in the 2014 Adelaide Review Hot 100 Wines, beating 1,395 other wines to make the top five in this prestigious list. The judges wrote: 'A beautifully sweet dessert-style wine. Super bright green and gold hue that shows the virility of youth juxtaposed with complexity, spice and wisdom of a wine beyond its age.'
1 loaf of ciabatta bread
300 g fresh shelled peas
300 g peeled broad beans
100 ml goats curd
100 ml natural yoghurt
50 ml JOSEPH First Run Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 handful of mint leaves
2 pinches of sea salt
1 clove of garlic, peeled and cut in half
Blanch peas and broad beans for 30 seconds in saltrd boiling water. Strain and rinse in cold water to refresh.
Pound peas, broadbeans, mint and sea salt in a mortar and pestle (aiming for a rough mixture rather than a smooth paste). Add goats curd, olive oil and yoghurt, stirring through until everything combines and a vibrant green colour is acheived. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cut ciabatta into 1cm slices and grill (if you are a perfectionist use a griddle to get diagional charred stripes). Glently rub the grilled bread with half a cut clove of garlic, drizzle with olive oil and add the topping before serving with one last drizzle of JOSEPH oil over the top, because as Joe says 'too much olive oil can only be good for you!'.
With thanks to our friends at La Dolce Vita Catering for sharing their delicious recipe.
Mark your diaries Sydneysiders: Mark, Richard and George are bringing our McLaren Vale cellar door experience into the heart of Sydney running three days of JOSEPH Experience tastings and a Primo Estate tasting bar at the foodie hot spot of Kitchen by Mike in Rosebery. Featuring our classic JOSEPH Experience tasting plus all your favourite Primo Estate wines there will be some very special offers on the day allowing you to stock up for Christmas.
Come down to say hello, taste the new vintages, pick up some wine and make a day of it with some of Sydney's hippest seasonal, locally sourced cusine. Kitchen by Mike is a seasonal canteen with a brunch and lunch menu that changes daily, they don't take bookings but come on down to see what treats they have in store, we can't wait to see you there:
Kitchen by Mike, 85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery, NSW 2018
Friday 31st October 2014, 11am - 4pm
Saturday 1st November 2014, 11am - 4pm
Sunday 2nd November 2014, 11am - 4pm
To book your JOSEPH Experience tasting please ring the Primo Team on 08 8323 6800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (please note that Kitchen by Mike will not be taking cellar door bookings).
Any order of 12 Primo Estate, Primo & Co or JOSEPH bottles, straight or mixed, has always enjoyed free shipping and a free 250ml bottle of Primo Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Now we are delighted to announce that we have slashed our old interstate shipping rate of $20 down to just $10 per order for those of you wanting to purchase just a few special bottles. Our dear friends in South Australia still enjoy an unbeatable $6 shipping charge when ordering less than a dozen bottles from us
We were thrilled to see this great write-up from Tony Love in SA Weekend last week:
'Hidden within the Langton’s Classification VI announced last week was the return to the list of Joe Grilli’s Primo Estate Joseph Moda Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. The four-yearly updated classification recognises the top echelon of Australian wines collected and traded via the leading Langton's auction market.
The Joseph Moda coincidentally is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the release of the latest (2012) vintage, and to look back at its vinous history Joe recently opened up every one of them. The collection is a testament to the ageing ability of cabernet sauvignon (albeit in a blend with merlot), and also a fascintating glimpse into the unusual “amarone’ technique Joe employs in the drying of the grapes before they go into the winery. The drying allows flexibility to pick grapes earlier and retain their natural fruit brightness, but also prompts with age a complex array of flavours that appear like beef stock through to roasted walnuts and panforte.
One thing Joe is convinced about is cabernet sauvignon’s suitability.
“It’s a tough little berry that can withstand the more challenging years,” he says. “You get the sun-filled Australianness of the raisins, as well as an Italian aged, earthy red character which comes around the seven-year mark.” If you’re a collector and have 2010, 2004, 2002, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1994, 1991, and even the 1989 and 1988 experimentals as Joe started out on this journey, then there are wonderful thrills to be had in your cellar.'
Watch our video of Joe making JOSEPH Moda - click here to view