Australian wine gaining ground (UK)

The Guardian (UK), 9 October, David Williams

Tim Adams Semillon, Clare Valley, Australia 2012 (£9) For all the re-organisation and changes Tesco has made to its wine range, the highlights from the tasting were three Australian whites that have been on the retailer’s books for as long as I can remember. The redoubtable family-run firm Tim Adams from the South Australian region of Clare Valley accounts for two of them: a typically incisive, pithy, limey Riesling 2015 (£9) and the subtly toasty, herby Semillon; while the laser-guided citrus of the aptly named Finest Tingleup Riesling 2015 (£8) is the work of Western Australia’s Howard Park.

ABC Rural, 12 October, Tom Nancarrow

South Australia’s Riverland region will benefit from a $40 million investment by one of Australia’s largest wine companies. Full article

Drinks Business, 9 October, Arabella Mileham

“There are so many good wines and such a choice coming out of Australia,” she [Ana Sapungiu] told db at Friday’s tasting. “Lot of people are going back to doing an Australian wine as it should be, rather than doing a European-style wine in Australia as they have done in the past. And as well as going back to what they are good at, it is at an accessible price point.”

However Sapungui said the country’s middle bracket was suffering as consumers increasingly looked elsewhere, and the retailer had consciously decided to go after the middle tier to add in “some truly Australian wines from interesting winemakers that fills that gap”. Full article

Chicago Wine, 9 October, Stacy Dalton

What Wine Goes With Kangaroo?

Many as it turns out.  But before you think I’m a cold-hearted diner, the truth is I had only one bite of kangaroo on a recent trip to Australia.  I couldn’t actually eat it after getting to pet and feed kangaroos in the local Healesville Sanctuary near Melbourne.  Their big brown eyes followed me everywhere after that and when a few plates of (very well-prepared mind you) kangaroo dishes showed up, I didn’t have the stomach for it. Full article & Wines

Grape Expectations 8 October 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) 

Perhaps one of the 348 cooking shows on TV suggested you add some colour to your life, or play games with your food which sent the spin gurus at the big chains into an apoplexied frenzy of advertising froth.

Perhaps a packer out the back – you know, the bloke who puts the plastic on all the other veggies – one day thought, “hey, look guys, traffic lights”, and saved $2million on consultants.

“That’s a wrap”, his supervisor remarked and the idea was off like a hotdog in the sun at the MCG, except as the Big Ant once pointed out, drop your hotdog at the cricket in the morning, it looks exactly the same at the last session on Day Five.

Fortunately many wines will happily accompany capsicum, no matter their colour, but it’s more fun to match the traffic light ones, and your guests will be triply impressed.

Mr Riggs The Gaffer (McLaren Vale) Shiraz 2014, $24. Popular on movie sets and parties where people talk about gaffers other than rolls of tape. 8.6/10. BTW Mr Riggs is donating to cancer research one bottle’s worth per dozen sold during October.

Mr Riggs McLaren Vale Shiraz, 2013, $50. Comes in posh brown paper, so you expect much more, as opposed to Roger on the couch who sipped stout from same. Fabulous stuff reminding us what great wine tasted like when we were kids. 9.4/10.

Angullong Crossing Reserve Shiraz 2013, $48. Everyone loves eponymous wines if only to use the word eponymous, but this tribute to Bill is a worthy epitaph. 9.2/10.

Angullong Pinot Gris 2016, $20. I say angle-ong, you say angule-ong, and I think you’d be right, but it’s like plastic wrapped capsicum, it just doesn’t feel right. 8.6/10.

Majella Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, $35. It’s funny how you drink faster during exciting footy matches, and thus this SA offering disappeared faster than the Crows during their Swan song and the Swans during their Doggie day afternoon. 9/10.

Majella Coonawarra Merlot 2014 $30. Majella sounds magical, mysterious, even majestic. How could they go wrong with such a name?  Thus can be merlot, and this one is at the mysterious end of the spectrum. 8.6/10.

The Mercury (Tasmania), 8 and 11 October, Graeme Phillips




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