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 […]

Family producers show their wares

Family producers show their wares

Keep it in the family Two families: one based in the Adelaide Hills the other in the Mornington Peninsula. Both make good wine, and importantly care deeply for the land under their care. Need more be said? Paradigm Hill Mornington Peninsula Riesling 2016: Light on the nose but clean. A couple of questions come to […]

Merlot and rieslings wines reviewed

Merlot and rieslings wines reviewed

Why merlot and riesling? I had a lot of untasted merlot and riesling on the bench. In the main merlot is not a grape I care for when it’s solo and please don’t write saying what about Château Petrus? Its so many years since I drank even tasted Petrus I cannot compare, anyhow one could […]

The nitty-gritty end of wine retailing

The nitty-gritty end of wine retailing

Nitty-gritty wine retailing There are plenty of wines retailing at less than $20 it’s the nitty-gritty end of retailing and the most important. Enter any Dan’s or First Choice store, and the selection is huge. Add Aldi and stores such as The Bottle-O and Cellarbrations, and there is no suburb or even country town in […]

Australia meets and beats the global challenge

Australia meets and beats the global challenge

Meeting the challenge Australian wines have risen to the challenge at the International Wine Challenge in the UK. Below is the list of trophy winners. Congratulations to all from TKR, though some categories are stretching a point: how many wines were eligible for the Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy? That aside, let’s hope the wines […]

Congratulations TWE a very neat move

Congratulations TWE a very neat move

Very neat A very neat move by Treasury Wine Estates (TWE): it has struck a deal in the UK to become the official wine sponsor at the London Craft Beer Festival in August. TWE is promoting two brands at the Festival: the 19 Crimes and Gentleman’s Collection portfolios will be served. The reasoning is that […]

Marks & Sparks increases Australian range

Marks & Sparks increases Australian range

Small sparks Australian wine in the UK may be embroiled in metamorphosis, and as yet the outcome may be uncertain, but there are small sparks of hope. High Street retailer Marks & Spencer has introduced a new range of four Australian wines. They include a Hunter Valley semillon from Tyrrell’s retailing at £13 ($23). Yalumba […]

Sweet rose and mature prices

Sweet rose and mature prices

Sweet rose It’s a misleading heading (sorry) as its not sweet rose wine reviews but a mix of sweet and rose wines. Auburn Hills Clare Valley Rose 2016: Part of the Mitchell family of wines this is the first rose under this banner. A deceptive wine, as on entry its very soft and gentle, cute […]

Chuck Hayward’s Tasman Commentaries

Chuck Hayward’s Tasman Commentaries

Just the one entry in the international media section this week. TKR is directing its readers to the review site Chuck Hayward’s Tasman Commentaries. Chuck is and has been a great supporter of Australian wine in the USA, several reviews and articles all worth reading i.e. “It’s hard to describe what it was like back […]

Reviews: On and off-trade brands

Reviews: On and off-trade brands

On and off Two ranges of wine brands are reviewed this week: one strong in the off-trade, the other recently launched by the Geelong-based Scotchmans Hill winery for the on-trade. It’s ironic that the more famous a brand becomes, the less welcome it is in restaurants. Unfortunate but true: it irks to pay two or […]