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Zoe Crittenden
 
12 September 2022 | Zoe Crittenden

Halliday Article in The Weekend Australian Magazine

This year we are celebrating 40 years in the wine industry. On a blustery weekend in September we gathered a bunch of unsuspecting friends and family and convinced them to spend two days planting five acres of vines. Their payment? A lunch provided by matriarch Marg, plus the satisfaction of being a part of something that would be the source of much pleasure for years to come; both for those who enjoy Crittenden wines but also for the now extended family and wider team who are a part of the operation. 

It was by pure coincidence that on the actual weekend, quite literally, an article appeared in The Weekend Australian Magazine by James Halliday. James reflected on the evolution of Crittenden since 1982 and captured our spirit of change and sustainability beautifully.

He also provided three impressive wine reviews, including 96 points for the new 2020 Cri de Coeur Pinot Noir. You can read each wine review below:

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Click here to view a copy of the article or read the full article via subscription here

Time Posted: 12/09/2022 at 11:02 AM Permalink to Halliday Article in The Weekend Australian Magazine Permalink
Zoe Crittenden
 
30 August 2022 | Zoe Crittenden

Taste Our New Cri de Coeur Wines With Rollo & Matt

If you were unable to make it to the Crittenden Wine Centre for the Cri de Coeur Wine Release Masterclass, you can now taste through each wine with our winemakers, Rollo Crittenden and Matt Campbell online via the video below.

Once you've purchased the latest release Cri de Coeur wines, open them up, pour a glass and even share a glass with your favourite wine people at home as you take a journey through each wine.

Rollo and Matt will tell you about how they made the wine, some of the challenges they encountered during the growing season and what inspired them to make each Cri de Coeur wine.

You can also see if you can smell and taste the same flavours as Rollo and Matt identify in each wine. And do feel free to let us know your thoughts about each wine on our Youtube channel, via email or in the comments on this page.

Happy tasting!

Time Posted: 30/08/2022 at 4:47 PM Permalink to Taste Our New Cri de Coeur Wines With Rollo & Matt Permalink
Zoe Crittenden
 
9 August 2022 | Zoe Crittenden

Taste the Jura at Frédéric

Join Rollo Crittenden & Australian Culinary Legend, Jacques Reymond for Dinner or Lunch at Frédéric.

You're invited to a very special dining experience at Frédéric, in Cremorne, Melbourne for dinner on 16 August or lunch on 21 August.

Jacques Reymond will return to the kitchen to serve a menu true to his place of birth in the Jura mountains of France.

The food is designed to pair perfectly with Crittenden's savagnin wines & yet-to-be releases Cri de Coeur Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines, plus a selection of Jura wines to highlight the unique characteristics of this lesser known part of France.

Rollo will guide you through the wines & flavours as he reveals Crittenden's own journey with the Jura & the evolution of our savagnin wines.

If you had the chance to read Max Allen's review of the Cri de Coeur wines, which he enjoyed over lunch at Frederic, you'll know this will be a dining experience you won't want to miss.

Tuesday, 16 August 2022
From 7pm
$195.00 per person
Six courses with matching wines

Sunday, 21 August 2022
From 12.30pm
$195.00 per person
Six courses with matching wines


The Menu

Marinated Mountain River Trout with Savagnin and juniper berries, crème fraîche aux herbes
2013 Crittenden Cri de Coeur Savagnin
2017 Crittenden Cri de Coeur Savagnin
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Fricassée of snails in Savagnin court bouillon and Morteau smoked sausage, walnuts, comté, pâtes de Savoie
Vol au vent chicken au vin jaune, truffes noires
2016 Crittenden Cri de Coeur Savagnin 
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La Pôchouse au Chardonnay and sorrel
2020 Crittenden Cri de Coeur Chardonnay
2019 Frederic Puffeney ‘Tradition’ Chardonnay
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Mustard crust spatchcock and embeurrée of savoy cabbage, verjus
2020 Crittenden Cri de Coeur Pinot Noir
2019 Domiane Mouillard Trousseau
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Pain grillé, vache qui rit, aged Comté, roasted hazelnuts, honey du Jura
 
Gratin of silverbeet, potato, pork belly and Morbier cheese
2019 Domaine Rolet Poulsard
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Crème brulée au Macvin and vanilla
Crittenden NV Macvin #3
Tissot Macvin du Jura

 

If you have any questions about the menu, wines or your booking please contact Federic directly. You can book online at frederic.com.au or please phone (03) 9089 7224 / email hello@frederic.com.au

Time Posted: 09/08/2022 at 6:06 PM Permalink to Taste the Jura at Frédéric Permalink
Zoe Crittenden
 
9 August 2022 | Zoe Crittenden

Halliday Wine Companion 2023 Results & Reviews

The Halliday Wine Companion 2023 was released on 4 August 2022.

The Halliday Wine Companion 2023 was released on 4 August 2022 and we were thrilled to learn we had retained our Red Five Star Winery Rating and achieved five gold medal scores and eight silver medal scores.

This year wines from the Mornington Peninsula region were reviewed by Jane Faulkner for the 2023 companion. The  Cri de Coeur wines featured will be available to purchase from 27 August 2022.

Here are some of the highlights...
 

2017 Crittenden Cri de Coeur Savagnin Sous Voile - 97 Points, Gold
Bearing witness to a wine’s creation – as in tasting all since its inception in 2011 and understanding the story behind sous voile – allows a picture to form. Winemaker Matt Campbell is credited with kickstarting the revolution à la Jura at Crittenden Estate and all I can say is, thank you. Oh and ’17, the finest to date. Spending nearly 4 years under flor and matched to an excellent vintage has created a complex, savoury and utterly compelling wine. Expect a harmony of grilled almonds, toffee praline, salted lemons, poached quince with mouth-watering, heady aldehydes. The palate is incredibly silky and long, yet has lots of tangy acidity too; it’s elegant and importantly, ultra-fresh and alive. What a wine. Alas, just 800 bottles made.

 

Crittenden Cri de Coeur Macvin #3 - 96 Points, Gold

The 3rd rendition is created with a blend of 50% flor-aged savagnin from the excellent 2017 vintage and savagnin grape juice from 2021, fortified with grape spirit then left in barrel for 10 months. It’s come together superbly. An enticing amber hue with dried pears, toast and honey, then pear juice and toasted pain d’épice flavours tantalise. The palate is luscious and sweet yet balanced with acidity; there's a fine if slippery texture across the palate. Hard to put the glass down.

 

 

2020 Crittenden Cri de Coeur Chardonnay - 95 Points, Gold

Whole-bunch pressed to French oak barriques (60% new) for wild ferment, 80% undergoing mlf, and 11 months' aging. I can only imagine how tight and linear this would be without the mlf and new oak, as it’s still taut and bristling with nervous energy. It needs more time to add some flesh to its fine shape. A hint of grilled nuts and creamy lees bind to the lemon and white nectarine flavours. Racy across the palate thanks to the acidity, which keeps this bright and the finish long.

 

 

2021 Crittenden Estate Pinot Gris - 95 Points, Gold

It’s always a go-to gris, because aside from the varietal inputs, it’s a terrific drink. Honeysuckle, ginger spice, nashi pear and lemon-cream tart. Luscious across the palate, yet finishes with a gentle acid freshness.

 

 


 

2021 Crittenden OGGI - 95 Points, Gold

Oggi, (Italian for 'today'), can be made to the whim of the winemakers, experimenting with different varieties and/or techniques each vintage – small-batch winemaking, really. For ’21, it is a blend of 62/38% pinot grigio/white muscat, vinified separately, on skins for 2 weeks, fermented wild, aged in used barriques for 10 months, mlf, then blended just before bottling. It’s a coppery orange colour and so fragrant (via the muscat) with honeysuckle, musk, lychee and a burst of spices. The palate has plenty of grip, a sway of phenolics adding texture and intrigue, plus flavours of blood orange and Angostura bitters. It's super-dry. A fabulous aperitif style. Bravo.

 

Time Posted: 09/08/2022 at 2:49 PM Permalink to Halliday Wine Companion 2023 Results & Reviews Permalink

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