08/01 2021

WA storms the bastions: Best NZ and Australian sauvignon blancs of 2020

WA storms the bastions: Best NZ and Australian sauvignon blancs of 2020

Watching rioters storm Capitol Hill this week brought sauvignon blanc to mind. Is it the Donald Trump of grape varieties? Loved by some, tolerated by many but hated by others sauvignon blanc has surely become Australia’s most polarising wine. By now this might be because of sauvvy’s ubiquity as much as its distinctive flavours of […]

21/12 2020

Age shall not weary them: 2020’s best sparkling wines

Age shall not weary them: 2020’s best sparkling wines

No Country For Old Men, the Coen brothers’ 2007 thriller, recasts the American Western genre as a grisly modern intrigue of drugs, stolen money and psychopathic murderers. The movie’s menacing tone is set by the superbly cast Javier Bardem whose opening scene involves the use of  gas-powered bolt-gun to the forehead of a passing Good […]

01/12 2020

At First Blush: The Best Pink Wines of 2020

At First Blush: The Best Pink Wines of 2020

So wine is all about the grapes. Or the land. Or the winemaker. Or whatever. It’s really not. According to dozens of studies, wine’s primary driver of consumer satisfaction is price – if you know it. The more expensive it is, the more you’ll enjoy it. If you don’t know the price, consumer perceptions are […]

27/04 2020

Vale McLaren; Barossa claims Australia’s grenache crown

Vale McLaren; Barossa claims Australia’s grenache crown

Maybe it’s boredom after weeks of pandemic-related confinement. Maybe it’s the change in season. Either way, the thought of following the script with another list drawn from the wine show categories just wasn’t lighting a fire under your correspondent’s keyboard this week. Time for something different, we thought. A wine delicate enough to see out […]

06/04 2020

Pricey Pinot: Head South for Pinot Noir’s Best Buys

Pricey Pinot: Head South for Pinot Noir’s Best Buys

Writing about Australia’s most expensive wine variety at a time when the world wallows in its darkest moments seems almost disrespectful if not entirely irrelevant. Wine writers and fans of the black grape wax lyrical about the qualities of pinot noir. It drinks well when young, adds beguiling complexity with age and assaults the nose […]

15/11 2019

The Golden West: Australia’s Top 20 Chardonnays

The Golden West: Australia’s Top 20 Chardonnays

Location, location, location. Real estate agents will tell you that’s the golden rule of investing in property. The same applies when buying chardonnay, it seems. And the golden mile for that glistering grape? Margaret River. The West Australian region stands head and shoulders above all others in our review of current-vintage chardonnay. Only two of […]

07/11 2019

Wine’s G Spot: Australia’s top 20 Pinot Gris

Wine’s G Spot: Australia’s top 20 Pinot Gris

Pinot Gris or Grigio – recently abbreviated as Pinot G –  is the George Smiley of wine. Perhaps “short, overweight, balding, and middle aged” is an unfair description of this popular variety. But it is probably not too harsh to describe most local pinot gris or grigios as being as nondescript as their grey grape […]

18/10 2019

50 Shades of Pink: Australia’s best rose wines

50 Shades of Pink: Australia’s best rose wines

Australia’s biggest wine show has just awarded its top trophy to a Langhorne Creek red blend –  Bleasdale’s 2018 Wild Fig Shiraz, Grenache Mourvedre. Winning the Jimmy Watson for the first time in Bleasdale’s 170-odd history is terrific news for them, winemaker Paul Hotker – one of the industry’s genuine nice guys – and an […]

02/10 2019

Alternative facts: Australia’s best “other” reds

Alternative facts: Australia’s best “other” reds

Deepthroat’s famous advice to journalists Woodward and Bernstein was to “follow the money”. The scent of cash, he suggested, would lead them through the maze that eventually uncovered Richard Nixon’s role in the Watergate break-in and subsequent cover-up. It seems the same is true of winemaking. Grenache’s recent revival following a welter of wine show […]

19/09 2019

Welcome back Grenache: The Top 25 red blends

Welcome back Grenache: The Top 25 red blends

Grenache is to Australian wine what paisley is to the fashion industry. Once Australia’s most widely planted black grape, grenache fell out of fashion in the 1960s as public tastes swung away from sweet reds towards the dry “table” styles preferred today. But – just as mid-20th century fashion and furniture is resurfacing among the […]

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