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Carlei Wines Featured at the Denver Botanic Gardens Fête des Fleurs

Carlei Sponsors Skyler Weekes - The Flying Sommelier

Skyler WeekesSheffield England: planetFear Dyno Competition - A Guinness World Record Competition with £1,000 prize money!

Skyler breaks his own Guiness World Dyno Record

See Skyler in action!

More on this year's event at cliffhanger.com.uk

Carlei Sponsors the Fight Cancer Foundation's Red Ball '08

From the site: "The Fight Cancer Foundation’s (the marketing arm of the Bone Marrow Donor Institute) signature annual fundraising event, the Red Ball, is one of Melbourne’s premier event attracting more than 1,000 guests including Australia’s most distinguished."

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Carlei at Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fund raiser

Our Winemaker Sergio Carlei is a leukemia survivor and both our Tre Bianchi and Tre Amici were recently featured in a cooking demo and wine tasting at a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fund raiser. The event was well attended and the menu focused on “Super Foods” in an effort to bring attention to their benefits:

  • Salmon Ceviche paired with Amani Sauvignon Blanc 2007
  • Quinoa, Walnut and Grape Salad paired with Carlei “Tre Bianchi” 2005
  • Baked Italian Chicken and Garlic Green Beans paired with Carlei “Tre Amici” 2005
  • Fresh Berries paired with Beach Head “Sunset Rose” 2007

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Carlei Wines and Turners Crossing Announce Joint Marketing Agreement

August 2007

Carlei Wines and Turners Crossing are proud to announce the formation of a joint marketing agreement for the two brands in Australia, effective from the 1st July 2007.

The two brands have always had a strong connection through their renowned winemaker Sergio Carlei and this agreement further cements Sergio’s commitment to the continued development of both Carlei Wines and Turners Crossing.

Sergio has been described by the media as “one of Victoria’s most exciting winemaking talents,” with his talent for combining traditional and modern winemaking techniques and expressing the best of Victorian terroir earning him critical acclaim from both his peers, trade customers and consumers.

“I’m really excited about the new agreement”, says Sergio, “Between Carlei and Turners I have an amazing variety of sites and grapes to work with and can’t wait to continue to craft wines that truly express the terroir of these exceptional vineyards.”

James Halliday’s 2008 Australian Wine Companion once again recognized the quality of both Carlei Wines and Turners Crossing, awarding them both five star ratings, with 10 wines scoring over the 90 points.

Both brands will continue to focus on the regions and varietals they know best – Carlei Wines with Shiraz from Heathcote, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Yarra Valley and aromatic varieties from the Cardinia Ranges. Turners Crossing will continue to produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Viognier from its vineyards in the Bendigo region.

Fesq and Company will maintain its distribution of both brands in Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland. In other states Wine Vault in Western Australia and Domaine Wine Shippers in South Australia will manage the brands. In Central Victoria, Turners Crossing wines are available through sales representative, Liam Carney.

Carlei Wines Press Release, 2007

Carlei Green Vineyards
best fruit + renowned regions = quality wines with personality

With the new vintage releases of Carlei Green Vineyards, Sergio Carlei has once again displayed his talent for sourcing the best parcels of fruit from within a specific region to produce wines of exceptional varietal character.

The Carlei Green Vineyards wines are about selecting regions in Victoria which Sergio believes best express the personalities of specific varieties; shiraz from Heathcote, cabernet s auvignon from the Upper Goulburn in Central Victoria and chardonnay from the Yarra Valley. With each wine Sergio takes fruit from a number of different vineyards to achieve what he believes is a true expression of both the local terroir and the vines themselves.

“By having access to a number of vineyards in each region we are able to craft quality wines with their own character, no matter what Mother Nature delivers,” says Sergio. “With these wines I have made a shiraz that is distinctly Heathcote, a chardonnay that reflects the elegance of the Yarra Valley and a classic Central Victorian cabernet. I want these wines to tell the story of where they are from.”

In order to preserve the individual characters of the fruit selected, Sergio uses a combination of ‘old world’ tradition and new world technology in the winery, combined with his own intuition to allow the personalities of the wines to shine through. In his own words, “I see myself as a caretaker of what the vineyard has given me; my role is to nurture each wine with natural winemaking techniques and to respect the individual nuances of each region.”

Fruit in the 2005 Green Vineyards Chardonnay comes from low yielding vines and is sourced from four different locations in the Yarra Valley. The various parcels of fruit are processed separately, with some gently whole bunch pressed and the remainder basket pressed and oxidatively handled. Each barrel is treated individually, with some undergoing partial malo-lactic fermentation for added complexity with the final blend created after twelve months maturation in new and seasoned French oak. The resulting wine shows lifted stone fruits, citrus and nutty aromatics and has an elegant creamy texture with finesse and balance. It has the potential to age and develop further complexity in the bottle.

Sergio has been at the forefront of defining the modern Heathcote shiraz style and the 2004 Green Vineyards Shiraz is no exception, with fruit sourced from a number of sites spanning the north and south of the region. The grapes were de-stemmed but not crushed and then enjoyed an extended period of 20 to 30 days maceration, before being transferred to new and older French and Hungarian oak to mature for 24 months. The resulting wine is rich, spicy and complex, but balanced by minerally acidity with soft but persistent tannins. It displays the structure and intensity of the classic Cambrian terroir and has the potential to cellar for eight to 10 years.

The 2004 Carlei Green Vineyards Cabernet S auvignon completes the range and is also made with minimal intervention to produce a wine with lifted aromas of blue and blackberry fruits, cedary notes and classic varietal leafiness. The decomposed granitic soils the fruit was grown on add a minerally and earthy complexity to this elegant cabernet, which is balanced by well integrated acidity and fine tannins.

The Carlei Green Vineyards range is available nationally at leading rest aurants and quality independent retailers.

Carlei Wines Press Release, 2007

The Weekend Australian Magazine

Sergio Carlei has been growing grapes biodynamically for 10 years at his vineyard on the southeast fringe of Melbourne. Since 2006, Burgundy-based biodynamic wine consultant Pascal Marchand has visited Carlei each vintage, helping him to expand his biodynamic thinking. A lot of biodynamic farmers time their activities by the moon - believing, for example, that when it is passing through a "fire" constellation such as Leo, the fruity aspects of a plant are favoured, so it's a good time to, say, pick grapes. By contrast, when the moon is in an "earth" (or "root") constellation such as Virgo, it's a good time to plant carrots - or, if you're a biodynamic winemaker trying to make "earthier" wines, a better time, perhaps, to pick your grapes.

A couple of months ago, Carlei and Marchand tested this theory by picking and fermenting shiraz grapes from a biodynamic vineyard in Heathcote at different times: some in the morning, when it was a "fruit day", and some a few hours later, when the moon had shifted and it had become a "root day".

At the winery recently, I tasted the two wines without knowing which was which ... and bugger me if there wasn't an amazing difference: the "root day" wine was firm and savoury, while the "fruit day" wine was brighter, juicier and, well, fruitier.

By Max Allen - Wine, Edition 1, SAT 12 MAY 2007, Page 037

Surging ahead
The name is Italian, but the product is not only dinki-di Australian, it’s outstanding to boot, Rick Allen writes.

A winery that is really making some fabulous wine is Carlei Estate in the Yarra Valley. I thought they were one of the standouts at Wine Australia earlier this year, right across the range. Winemaker Sergio Carlei, a passionate Italian who loves a chat, started making wine in his suburban garage before progressing to his own organic, biodynamic vineyard. He’s come a long way. The wines come in two levels – the Carlei Green Vineyards range at around $28, and the more complex Estate range at $49. No, they’re not cheap, but they’re invariably very good and, in some cases, superb. The range includes chardonnay, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and a white blend (Tre Bianchi – sauvignon blanc, semillon and chardonnay) and a red blend (Tre Rossi – shiraz, barbera and nebbiolo). What’s his secret? “Only boring people make boring wine,” he said. Easy as that!

Ciao, Sydney – November, 2006

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