Merry Christmas from STOLaw, part of the Slater and Gordon Group

Wow! What an exciting and eventful year STOLaw, part of the Slater and Gordon Group has had.

We have been very privileged to have been able host and support a number of community events which have taken place throughout the year.  These include the Young Achievers Awards, Junior Team of the Week, monthly Surf Cheque award to local surf lifesaving clubs, Hot 91 Random Acts of Kindness, Wine Makers Masterclass in support of SunnyKids, BMW Gala Ball in support of Wishlist, , Race Across America in support of Montrose Access, Wishlist Row for Cancer, Wishlist Spring Racing Gala,  and to conclude the year – Christmas Carols at Kings Beach .

All of these events couldn’t have been made possible without the support of our great team, clients and other corporate partners.

We’d like to wish you all, a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year and look forward to working with you in 2016.

STO Law Winemakers Masterclass Lunch

STO Law Winemakers Masterclass Lunch in support of SunnyKids

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Carols on Kings, Caloundra

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Young Achievers Awards 2015 – Winners Tim & Sam Aitken

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Surf Cheque – December Winners Coolum Beach

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Wishlist Spring Racing Gala Committee

Georg Jensen Hallmark Cuvée

Georg Jensen Hallmark Cuvee by Heemskerk NVHigh end fashion meets Tasmanian elegance and finesse in the Georg Jensen Hallmark Cuvée that is currently on bottle shop shelves and taking sophistication to a whole new level.

Sold in a clean, dark, prestigious bottle with a sleek polished silver reusable closure, the influence and craft of Denmark’s leading designer makes this cuvée stand out from the crowd.  The silverware which adorns the neck like an expensive set of Paspaley pearls, enables the Georg Jensen bottle to epitomize grace and style, yet the winemaking team have managed to deliver a sparkling white that lives up to all of its marketing hype.

The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend is crafted from some of Heemskerk’s finest cool climate vineyards and shows citric nuances of lemon and lime zest across the palate with hints of dry toasted cashew and a finish of crisp minerality that makes it the perfect New Year’s Eve aperitif.  At a $35 to $40 price point, it’s less expensive than most of its French bubbly competitors and provides parochial Australians with a stylish tipple ideally suited to helping fizz lovers to see in 2016!

2013 Penfolds Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon

Penfolds Bin 9Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon, like the Shiraz and red wine blends, is renowned for its high quality, but notorious for its exorbitant price tag.  Their Bin 407 retails at close to $100.00 a bottle while its big brother, the Bin 707 sits in a Grange-esque range of around $300 to $500, depending on the vintage.

Against this background, we shouldn’t have been surprised when in 2012, the Penfolds winemaking team decided to attempt to corner a wider spectrum of the market by launching a more affordable Cabernet at around the $30 price point.

The Penfolds Bin 9 is currently sitting on the shelves as a 2013 vintage and like many Penfolds reds, has fruit sourced from a range of regions across South Australia.  The bottle is familiar but once in the glass, a leafy herbaceousness hits your nostrils like a Jeff Fenech uppercut, but given time to settle, the influence of McLaren Vale fruit provides a savoury current and cranberry picnic all wrapped up in an American oak blanket. It’s more elegant than fruit driven and shows all the charm and sophistication of its elder statesman siblings.  There’s a lovely balance between fruit and oak and while it’s a dry style and perhaps only medium in body, it will certainly develop if given time in the cellar.  If you’re a disciple to the Penfolds brand, you’ll undoubtedly find the Bin 9 to be one of the best value propositions in their stable.

Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir 2015

Bird-in-Hand-SparklingAs the festive season approaches, our thoughts turn to Christmas parties, entertaining and family reunions, and if mine is anything to go by, our palates tend to recalibrate themselves away from the heavy reds of winter in favour of cold, refreshing, crisp whites and at times, a salutary (and at times, celebratory) glass of bubbles. And if a sparkling white whets your whistle, you’ll find it hard to go past the Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir 2015 which is on the shelves of most major outlets and selling at around $25 to $30 a bottle. I’m told that it’s, in fact, Bird in Hand’s biggest selling wine and having tried the 2015 vintage, I can well understand why.

A short period of skin contact has made it a light, if not salmonesque, colour that seemingly blushes in the glass; perhaps it’s embarrassed that such a high quality drop should be priced so cheaply!

On the nose, the strawberry and cream aromas become more prominent before the tightly bound Pink Lady apple and cherry notes ingratiate themselves to the front palate and then give way to flavours of kiwifruit, blood orange and honeydew all wrapped up in a slightly citric finale.

It’s not the dry, yeasty style that can make some champagne’s less approachable, but it still retains enough natural acidity to enable it to finish cleanly and with Granny Smith crispness. Graced by a persistent fine bead, the fruit flavours keep coming at you from the first sip to the finish and make it an enjoyable apéritif, or even as a partner for any entrée that has a slightly sweet edge or conclusion.

Well balanced, well priced and very welcome at my Christmas table!