South Australian Shiraz

South Australian Shiraz

Shiraz, straight and blended, all from South Australia. Warning: some say these wines are not good for you. They can go… Glaetzer ‘Amon-Ra’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015: Such a naughty nose. It’s all that one loves to indulge in, but shouldn’t because some health freak says it’s not good for you, or an uptight moral […]

Good Old Plonk

Good Old Plonk

Taken from an article, “Plonk: a language lover’s guide to Australian drinking”, in The Conversation on 21 July by Howard Manns, lecturer in linguistics, Monash University: Plonk is perhaps Australia’s best-known word for alcohol. It originally meant cheap, fortified wine but over time came to mean any cheap alcohol. In terms of origins, lexicographer Bruce Moore […]

Bargain basement

Bargain basement

This requires a much longer article. Unfortunately, it’s a difficult time at TKR international headquarters. TKR found it disturbing that Australian chardonnay is down in the bargain sector for bulk white wine imports into the US. Note: prices on the chart are US dollars. In the year ending 30 June 2017 chardonnay was the No.1 […]

Thank you and farewell

Thank you and farewell

To begin at the end It’s Tuesday morning, the 1st of August. For me, it’s been a very long 24 hours, during which the realisation that life is ending has made itself known loud and clear. Not in a couple of years, or few months, as I thought 10 days ago, but soon. I cannot […]

Wine news from Grafton to Newcastle and overseas

Wine news from Grafton to Newcastle and overseas

eturbonews.com, 15 July, Dr. Elinor Garely   Historical article in the sense it starts at the beginning 1788,  read in full here reviews for Torreck [Torbrek] Vintners. The Struie Barossa Valley Shiraz. 2013 Tahbilk Nagambie Lakes Shiraz 2012. Wakefied St. Andrews Clare Valley Shiraz 2013  Newcastle Herald, 19 July, John Lewis  Interesting story of Atsuko Radcliffe […]

Rubber soul

Rubber soul

Rubber soul Interesting that Michelin, the French tyre manufacturer and owner of the Michelin restaurant guides, has announced it is to buy a 40 per cent stake in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and the website RobertParker.com

The Phil Lehmann sextet plays the Trocadero

The Phil Lehmann sextet plays the Trocadero

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the Trocadero Holistic nightclub, the hottest, hippest most swinging jazz club in Adelaide, and all parts of the universe. It’s New Year’s Eve, but guys, it’s New Year’s Eve every night, so let’s celebrate the New Year 2017, maybe 1963 and 1956, and some time in the ’40s. […]

Treasure found in McLaren Vale but vineyard silent

Treasure found in McLaren Vale but vineyard silent

Treasure in the vale This piece of information, or similar, cropped up in various publications at the beginning of the month: “A 252-acre vineyard located in McLaren Vale’s ‘dress circle’ has sold for $10 million. The vineyard comprises three separate vineyards which were sold as a single transaction. The vineyard has chosen to remain anonymous.” […]

Simon Evans led astray by misinformation?

Simon Evans led astray by misinformation?

Evans approval Simon Evans is very pro-Treasury Wine Estates. As far as TKR has observed, each word he has penned in the Financial Review has been positive. Though no doubt he is of an independent mind, and shows no favour or fear, he is extremely kind to TWE regarding the new range of Samuel Wynn […]

Three shiraz, two cabernet sauvignon wine reviews

Three shiraz, two cabernet sauvignon wine reviews

Five wines: Three shiraz, two cabernet sauvignon wines, four regions and three vintages.  Mitolo ‘The Nessus’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016: It’s young, and the nose is wonderfully fresh, vibrant fruits. I’m sure it will get more complex and probably go through a dumb stage as well, but for now it’s a joy, it’s springtime (though […]

Academia disgrace Treasury Wine Estates gamble

Academia disgrace Treasury Wine Estates gamble

Wine Australia wobbles Dr Liz Waters, general manager, RD&E, Wine Australia (WA), replies to TKR’s questions concerning the paper, ‘I like the sound of that!’ Wine descriptions influence consumers’ expectations, liking, emotions and willingness to pay for Australian white wines. By Lukas Danner, Trent E Johnson, Renata Ristic, Herbert L Meiselman and Susan EP Bastian. […]

From Grafton through the Straits to China

From Grafton through the Straits to China

Grape Expectations 10 June 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) Reviews for Gartelmann Diedrich Hunter Valley/Clare Shiraz 2014, $45. A friend once remarked that you wouldn’t want […]