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Wine: Baptism of Fire En Primeur

Hi guys! Some of you might be aware I am currently producing my own wine for a winemaking competition called Wine Baptism of Fire. Michael and I are one of six teams. We are up against some pretty big players and kind of need your support to win the competition!

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Our wine is a single vineyard, hand picked, hand made 100% Shiraz from the Yarra Valley. We have a tasting event coming up in a couple of weeks and would love it if you could come along. Details are below RSVP Essential. 

imageCommon Union is the wine which defines the Yarra Valley. It is the result of the three champions of the region: Timo Mayer, William Downie and Mac Forbes. With the shiraz varietal boasting the care and respect of Downie’s Thousand Candles viticulture, Common Union has been directed with the bold expertise of Mayer at the Mac Forbes winery.

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Facilitated by Ricky Sam and Michael Smith for Wine: Baptism of Fire 2014, the philosophy behind Common Union is one of social re-enagement and rediscovering a common union between one another. It is about emphasising the importance of establishing a foundation of friendship in an environment seemingly dominated by personal agendas and technology.
  • whole-bunch fermentation 
  • malolactic fermentation
  • organic ferment
Common Union will exclusively be available to consumer’s at the auction.
When:  Monday, 4 August 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (AEST)
Where: The Savoy Tavern, 677 Bourke St, Melbourne.

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If you are in the industry or looking at purchasing higher volumes, please email me directly at ricky@rickysam.com or check out the trade event or more details at http://winebof.com
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Disclaimer: Invited by owner for review
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