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 […]

Pernod Ricard Mezcal, tennis & grog, posh wine

Pernod Ricard Mezcal, tennis & grog, posh wine

Prickly investment A report in The New York Times 7 June says Pernod Ricard (PR) has bought a majority stake in Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal. Mezcal is distilled from any type of agave plant native to Mexico, unlike tequila, which comes only from blue agave. Del Maguey makes a great deal of its single-village […]

Champagne through pinot gris & beyond

Champagne through pinot gris & beyond

A mixed bunch I try to arrange tastings in groups, and when transferring the notes to publication also run a theme. But there are always wines that miss out or didn’t fit at the time, so now and then I offer a mixed bunch. Here’s one of them. Hatt et Söner Brut Champagne 2012: A […]

Congratulations weather memory lane

Congratulations weather memory lane

Congratulations and deserved Congratulations to Pete Gago for his Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours. It’s well deserved. Gago’s talent as a winemaker has been recognised with many honours; the fact he is the Grange maker is recognition and should be considered an honour in itself. His wide and deep knowledge, along […]

The wonder of McLaren Vale shines yet again

The wonder of McLaren Vale shines yet again

McLaren Vale shines yet again One white and heaps of red wines, its not my pick just what turns up for review. The industry harmonises itself with consumer requirements. White/rose/sparkling in spring summer and reds/fortified in winter. Personally I’ve not really followed seasonal trends in drinking I’m just as happy with a white in winter […]