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Primo Estate
20 December 2010 | Primo Estate

Tony Love revies JOSEPH Sparkling Red, Pinot Grigio and La Biondina

Tony Love rates the JOSEPH Sparkling Red Top Class in last week's Adelaide Advertiser:

Totally decadent winemaking here crossing multiple vintages, a barrel of JOSEPH Moda from every year, blended with veteran fortifieds all mixing into a dark, gorgeous, wonderful wine. Worthwhile Luxury.

Food pairing:  Turkey, plum pudding.

Tony also mentioned the JOSEPH d'Elena Pinot Grigio and Primo Estate La Biondina Colombard:

JOSEPH d'Elena Pinot Grigio 2010 ticks all the crisp, acidity, minerality boxes or for something a little less complex, try the same producer's Primo Estate La Biondina Colombard.

To purchase any of these wines, visit our secure online ordering page,

Time Posted: 20/12/2010 at 6:07 PM Permalink to Tony Love revies JOSEPH Sparkling Red, Pinot Grigio and La Biondina Permalink
Primo Estate
10 December 2010 | Primo Estate

JOSEPH d'Elena Pinot Grigio Wine of the Week

Stewart Noble has reviewed the JOSEPH d'Elena Pinot Grigio 2010 as his wine of the week on

Still very much on the trail of great wines for summer I recently commented that Pinot Gris is considered an ‘In fashion’ wine this summer. What I forgot to mention is that Pinot Grigio is exactly the same grape variety and hence has to be just as fashionable with Gris being the French term and Grigio the Italian name. No surprises then that Primo Estate founders, the Grilli family, migrated from Italy and their wines often incorporate Italian wine making techniques learnt and passed down by founder, Primo Grilli, to his son and now head winemaker/owner, Joseph.

Named after Joseph’s daughter, whose birth in 1998 coincided with the planting of the vineyard used for growing Pinot Grigio, this wine has a classic pale straw like colour and an intriguing aroma. On the palate the wine sits somewhere between savoury and fruity and just so full of flavour it is one of the few Pinot Grigio’s I find tasty enough on its own, while always remaining a style made to enjoy with food.

To order the JOSEPH d'Elena Pinot Grigio, go to

Time Posted: 10/12/2010 at 7:02 PM Permalink to JOSEPH d'Elena Pinot Grigio Wine of the Week Permalink
Primo Estate
24 November 2010 | Primo Estate

Primo Estate La Biondina & JOSEPH d'Elena in Top 100

The 2010 Primo Estate La Biondina Colombard and 2010 JOSEPH d'Elena Pinot Grigio have both featured in the Advertiser Top 100 wines of 2010...


This is a perennial summer favourite with just a few drops of sauvignon blanc thrown in for a bit of zing, here showing up with a waft of passionfruit and pineapple fruit while hanging tightly to its lemon flower and zest core that provides a keen tension between fresh acidity and natural sweetness. Sunshine captured in a bottle. 93 points.


One of the most expressive PGs tasted this year with bergamot/Earl Grey and mandarins featuring in the aromatic profile driven by good minerally acidity, crunchy and fresh in the mouth, fulfilling its "grigio" naming convention, the cooler climate fruit coming mostly from a smart Clarendon vineyard. 94 points.

Both wines are available now from


Time Posted: 24/11/2010 at 7:29 PM Permalink to Primo Estate La Biondina & JOSEPH d'Elena in Top 100 Permalink
Primo Estate
21 October 2010 | Primo Estate

Moda Vintage Guide

Read Joe Grilli's tasting notes on the first 21 vintages of Moda to discover when you should be opening that special bottle. Click here now

Time Posted: 21/10/2010 at 4:34 PM Permalink to Moda Vintage Guide Permalink
Primo Estate
5 October 2010 | Primo Estate

Oz Clarke Ranks JOSEPH Moda in Best Wines of 2011


The 2008 JOSEPH Moda Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot has been rated the #2 wine in the world by top British critic Oz Clarke in his new book Oz Clarke's 250 Best Wines 2011.

The star of 'Oz and James' Big Wine Adventure' writes:

"I remember moaning a few years ago that I only ever drank young Moda, yet the quality and flavour were so full of promise I just knew it would be better with age. The message got through. Earlier this year a box arrived on my doorstep with a clutch of Moda bottles going back to 1992. I was so excited I opened them all to drink during the England-Ireland rugby game - a feast for all senses, I hoped. The rugby was dull, the wines heavenly, the earlier Modas did need aging to soften up and open out, but there's been a sea change in grape sources and style in the past few years and, although they will age brilliantly, they're simply fantastic to drink at two or three years old.

The 2008 is as dense as wine can be, thrillingly bitter-sweet as only the best dark chocolate can manage and yet the bitterness shares space with coconut scented with chocolate dust and ripe black plums half way to syrup. But the syrup is black treacle swirled together with licorice and resinous herbs. The bitterness. The sweetness. The fundamental excellence."

Order the 2008 JOSEPH Moda here. Don't miss Oz and James' Big Wine Adventure coming soon to ABC and check out Oz's new book.

Oz Clarke's 250 Best Wines 2011

Time Posted: 05/10/2010 at 4:51 PM Permalink to Oz Clarke Ranks JOSEPH Moda in Best Wines of 2011 Permalink
Primo Estate
16 September 2010 | Primo Estate

NEW! 2010 JOSEPH COld Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Fresh from the press the new season oil has arrived! The 21st release of JOSEPH Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil confirms this Australian gourmet icon as the ultimate gourmet treat. Order today and enjoy it while it is cloudy and fresh over the summer.

Time Posted: 16/09/2010 at 9:49 PM Permalink to NEW! 2010 JOSEPH COld Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil Permalink
Primo Estate
1 September 2010 | Primo Estate

Huon Hooke Picks the Venetion

Sydney Morning Herald's esteemed wine critic Huon Hooke selected the 2009 Primo & Co The Venetian as 'Best Import' in a recent column. Huon writes 'It has some smoky, struck-flint aromas that add interest while the taste is light, delicate and refined. Just 12 per cent alcohol, Drink young paired with stuffed zucchini flowers. 89/100'

Buy the last few cases of the 2009 Venetian here

Time Posted: 01/09/2010 at 4:54 AM Permalink to Huon Hooke Picks the Venetion Permalink
Primo Estate
21 July 2010 | Primo Estate

91 Points for the JOSEPH Moda

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar has awarded the 2008 JOSEPH Moda 91 points. The esteemed US critic wrote: 'Inky ruby. Deeply scented aromas of blackberry, blueberry and vanilla with a subtle smoky quality and a hint of incense. Deep, chewy cherry-vanilla and dark berry preserve flavours are firmed by slow-building tannins and enlivened by gentle acidity. Open-knit, round and quite sweet, finishing with excellent breadth and sappy persistence. This calls for a piece of strongly flavoured red meat.'

Time Posted: 21/07/2010 at 5:46 PM Permalink to 91 Points for the JOSEPH Moda Permalink
Primo Estate
3 June 2010 | Primo Estate

Free $99 Decanter

To celebrate the first ever JOSEPH red wine release under screwcap we are giving a free limited edition Italian crystal decanter to everyone who orders a case of our 2008 reds.

Joe says ‘I love the romance of pulling a cork but when an Amici Primo opens a treasured bottle they have lain down for years I want to guarantee it will be perfect’. Click here to order your wines today.

Time Posted: 03/06/2010 at 9:04 PM Permalink to Free $99 Decanter Permalink
Primo Estate
3 June 2010 | Primo Estate

First Run 2010 Arrives

Fresh from the press the 2010 JOSEPH First Run Extra Virgin Olive Oil is arrived in cellar door.

This bright green oil is so delicious the team used the entire first bottle in just two days! 2010 is the 21st release of our oils so they are really coming of age. Joe set off with a ladder in the back of his ute 21 years ago to knock on some doors and ask ‘are you going to do anything with those olives?’. What a difference 21 years makes, our oils are now an Australian gourmet icon and Matt Moran says ‘I love the JOSEPH First Run Olive Oil every year and it’s my first choice for Aria’. Click here for some great olive oil recipes from Dina Grilli

Time Posted: 03/06/2010 at 9:01 PM Permalink to First Run 2010 Arrives Permalink