Grape Expectations 2 April Max Crus (Simon Hughes)
At some point in the week these reviews and article will appear in The Daily Examiner (Grafton), Border Mail (Albury), Rotary Down Under (National) and Australian Petroleum Marketer News (National)
Mount Trio Vineyard (Porongorup WA) Shiraz, 2014, $22. Mount Trio is a gormless name for a mountain, but such was the way of utterly exhausted early explorers or equally gormless government employees without ambition. If only they had a bottle of this things would surely be different. 8.5/10.
Mount Trio Vineyard (Porongorup WA) Riesling, 2015, $22. This is so tart and racy it could be from Hay St, Kalgoorlie. Have it at a street side café there and watch the world go by. 8.7/10.
Richard Hamilton The Hills Pinot Gris 2015, $20. The hills are alive with the sound of pinot gris. Sounds slurpy at first, then gluggy, then epiglottal which everyone hates but can‘t resist. Then it’s looped until the bottle is finished. 8.5/10.
Richard Hamilton Shiraz 2014, $21. At $21 you can leave your hat on and won’t have to cash any Panamanian cheques. Take that Mossack. 8.6/10.
Huntington Estate Semillon, 2015, $22. How refreshing, in a world awash with pinot girlie things, to have a semillon again. 8.9/10.
Huntington Estate Shiraz 2011, $25. These guys have a heap of old stuff lying around and just seem to throw it our there at random, there’s a 2009 cab on offer too. Catch it if you can. 8.6/10.
Financial Review, 21 April, Chris Morrison
Bordeaux wines take on disruptors with biodynamic, organic, sustainable moves
Two thousand years of war, politics, passion and sometimes painful progress have given the wines of Bordeaux a reputation that terrifies most wine drinkers.
But when you get good bordeaux, there is nothing like it. Powerful, rich, lean and long, breathtaking wines that are about concentration, texture and tannin. There are few wines able to transmit so much about a region and vineyard so thoroughly into a glass and have those characteristics age gracefully over time.
Yet the reality is that the world has changed around bordeaux. With global grape diversity and better-quality wines available at lower prices, “Brand Bordeaux” is suffering a disconnect from the next generation of wine drinkers who are looking for wines of approachability, accessibility and value. Full article
The Mercury (Tasmania,) 16, 19, and 23 April, Graeme Philips
VancityBuzz, 27 April, BY Lindsay William-Ross
10 things you need to know about Australian wine, here