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A White Wine Worthy of your Cellar – Marsanne

Marsanne Grape

Marsanne is the most widely planted white grape in Northern Rhone, but is a rare find with it only taking up roots in three other countries, Australia, America and Switzerland. What you may not realise is that Australia’s Tahbilk holds the largest and oldest single holding of the variety in the world. Although you won’t find a lot of this variety sitting on the shelves at your local bottle shops, it’s growing in popularity and is slowly building a name for itself in Australia.

You will often find Marsanne blended with Rousanne, but it is the Marsanne that adds character and depth to this richly coloured wine. This wine has flavours of honeydew melon, spice, nuts, pears and a silky exotic mouthfeel.

Marsanne is made for your wine cellar and will improve distinctly over time. While not many of today’s white wines are made to stand the test of time, Marsanne has a special place in your cellar right beside your Chardonnay and Riesling.

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Choosing The Right Wines For Your Cellar


There is a certain romantic allure surrounding drinking a really old wine. However most people don’t really know why the aged wine they are enjoying is any better than it was in the first year. What is the oldest wine you have tasted; did you like it or understand the differences of its age? It’s a question I’m often asked my new customers starting down the path of wine collection. Learning the answer to this question is half the fun of cellaring wines.

First, you need to stock your cellar with age worthy wines. You might be surprised to know that only 1% of the wines produced in the world are built to last the test of time. Most of the cellar worthy wines will actually have poorer ratings on release and only gain perfection with age.

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The Shires Only Wine Storage Cellar is Now Open

Kennards Wine Storage

We recognise a gap in the wine cellar market in the Sutherland Shire. Wine lovers in Southern Sydney deserve the same private cellaring options, so Kennards Wine Storage are excited to announce our new wine cellar at Miranda is now open and renting up fast!

The past five years has seen strong growth in the need for private wine cellars as the trend for collecting and cellaring wine grows. Wine lovers of Australia are calling out for more locations to store their wines and we are listening.

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Need Somewhere Discreet To Store The Grange?

Kennards Wine Storage Fyshwick 1 March 2017

We are excited to announce our new wine cellar at Fyshwick is now open and renting up fast! This is the only wine cellar offer available in the ACT and we are thrilled to provide this new service to Canberra wine lovers!

Kennards Wine Storage is proud to be a part of this wine cellaring experience. After entering the wine cellaring service in 1999, we have developed this specialist wine cellaring niche and ensure we are now specialists and leaders in wine cellaring.

The new wine cellars at Fyshwick are fitted out with sophisticated climate control systems to manage the temperature and humidity. Preserving and nurturing such wine investment is paramount. Our wine cellars provide the ideal environment to age wine; letting each bottles characteristics emerge.

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The Growing Australian Tribe of Wine Collectors


As the Australian tribe of wine lovers grows, the need for a space to cellar their wine is heating up.. or should I say cooling down in our climate controlled wine cellars!

Kennards Wine Storage is listening to our wine loving tribe and expanding our cellars into new neighborhoods around Australia. The past five years has seen strong growth in the need for private wine cellars as the trend for collecting and cellaring wine grows.

We are really excited about our new locations as they are opening up an offsite wine cellaring solution, previously unavailable to these areas. For example, Customers have been telling us for years that there is nothing available for them in the ACT region. So we listened to them and we are opening the first state of the art private wine cellar in Fyshwick this month. By opening this site we are allowing more wine lovers to join the game of collecting. This also helps the wine industry by increasing wine sales.

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Why Cellar Wine

With three new Kennards wine cellars opening soon in Miranda, Fyshwick and Hawthorn, we thought it was time to talk about why it’s so important to cellar wine correctly. The ageing of wine is an intricate process, requiring the harmonious balance of numerous interrelated factors. If this balance is neglected, an unfavourable combination of the components can adversely affect the quality of wine.


Wine cellars are like an eco-system, constantly in flux; it is susceptible to the environment that surrounds it. For those who appreciate the subtle nuance of drinking wine, storage is everything.

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Kennards Expands its Wine Portfolio in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra

Kennards Wine Storage is excited to announce the opening of three new state of the art Wine Cellars located at;

Kennards Self Storage Miranda 007

Miranda, Sydney – Opening January 2017

This will be the only wine cellar offer available in the Sutherland Shire. Our store at Miranda joined the portfolio of Kennards centres in 2013, located at 169 Port Hacking Road, Miranda NSW; it is hard not to miss this bright orange beacon!

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Penfolds to Increase Focus on Glass Closures


Penfold’s chief winemaker does not believe screwcaps are the future of closures, at least in the higher end of the market, revealing that the company is now investigating glass as the best alternative to cork for some of its bottles.

All of Penfolds’ white wines have been under screwcap since 2004, with screw-capped wines stretching back to 1971 providing a solid base for comparing their development. However its red wines are still closed with a mixture of cork, synthetic cork and screwcaps.

Gago said his main issue with screwcaps for red wines was not necessarily the ageing of the wines, as this has not yet been thoroughly tested over time, (the oldest Penfolds wine under screw cap dates from the late 1990s), but the fact that using a screwcap masks the impact of heat damage.

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The Five S’s of Wine Tasting


Start by observing the wine’s colour.

Red wine: Is it maroon, purple, ruby, garnet, red or even brownish?

White wine: Is it clear, straw-like, golden, light green, pale yellow, orange or brown?



Give it a little swirl. The swirling action helps aerate the wine, producing an oxidizing effect that helps enhance the wine’s flavour and natural aroma.


To get a good impression of your wine’s aroma, gently swirl your glass and then take a quick whiff to gain a first impression.

Do you smell Oak, Berry, Flowers, Vanilla, Mineral, Honey or Citrus?


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Your Tips For Good Wine Cellaring

Kennards Self Storage GlassYour wine is valuable and treasured aspect too important to risk being ruined by poor storage. Private cellars at Kennards Wine Storage are an ideal option for all wine collectors, investors, wine merchants, restaurants and boutique wineries. We have a range of sizes so you can grow (or shrink) your collection easily. From as little as 8 cases up to many hundreds, all collectors are catered for.

Temperature Stability – Wine will prematurely develop if stored in an environment that has large temperature variations, particularly if these occur frequently. Wine should never be stored in temperatures that are too cold (under 12ºC) as this will inhibit the development of the wine. Similarly, wine stored in temperatures that are too warm (over 19ºC) will cause overly rapid development of your wine. Our temperature control systems ensure the wine cellar temperature is very stable.

Suitable Humidity – If wine is stored in conditions that are too dry, the cork will shrink and cause leakage. Too moist, and mould and contamination may occur. Kennards Wine Storage maintains moderate humidity levels (55%-75%) to avoid these problems and assist in the optimum wine development conditions.

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