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 […]

Interview Sarah Marquis Mollydooker Wines

Interview Sarah Marquis Mollydooker Wines

Good golly, Ms Molly It’s a big week for McLaren Vale-based Mollydooker Wines as Sparky Marquis bows out of the company and Sarah Marquis takes full control. Sarah and Sparky have parted ways. The personal reasons are theirs and theirs only, but the future of the brand is important. The Mollydooker style is one of […]

May merry month for Australian wine

May merry month for Australian wine

May we be grateful For reasons I’ve never fully understood, a couple of years (or possibly more) back, someone, some group, official body or whatever, thought there was a need to promote May as the month in which we are all grateful for Australian wines. As far as I can tell, the reason is that […]

Tesco Chinese takeaway

Tesco Chinese takeaway

Takeaway UK supermarket Tesco has joined rival Sainsbury’s in stocking a Chinese wine. Château Changyu Moser XV Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is on Tesco shelves at £7 bottle ($12.10) for the hordes to take away. It’s going into 700 stores. If each one sells a case a week, well, do the math…

The real workers in wine retail

The real workers in wine retail

Unfortunately, there won’t be a TKR next week as it’s final assessment time for the lung transplant and I have to spend Tuesday to Friday in hospital. I’m also not sure about the week after, as the buggers have unexpectedly booked me in for another procedure, which could put me out of action for three […]

Wine writers need to separate fact from fiction

Wine writers need to separate fact from fiction

Fact or fiction Wine is not difficult to write about. After all, it’s mostly opinion. Opinion is fine, if at times tedious to read, but when wine writers mix fact with fiction, TKR thinks they are on dangerous ground. They should, if they want to be journalists, carry out fact checking and do more detailed […]

The UK Telegraph to NSW Newcastle Herald

The UK Telegraph to NSW Newcastle Herald

The Telegraph (UK), 11 April, Jeremy Dixon   Wine of the day: Margaret River Chardonnay 2014, Western Australia Full article   Newcastle Herald, 15 April, Rick Allen John Lewis: An accidental wine critic A TRENCHERMAN, says my dictionary, is a person with a heavy appetite. Those words aren’t mine. They were written, in fact, by […]

The wines of Casillero del Diablo

The wines of Casillero del Diablo

Chile hots TKR receives a huge amount of samples and is grateful to those that send them. Well above 90 per cent of these samples are Australian. It’s an exciting day when an imported wine arrives. The half-dozen wines below are available either in Dan Murphy’s, BWS or both chains. Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc […]

Figures, figures and more figures

Figures, figures and more figures

Epistle whistle The Paris-based International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) has released its annual epistle on the state of global wine production and trade. There have been some slightly alarmist articles concerning lack of growth in vines planted, wine produced and consumption in 2016. In TKR’s opinion the lack of planting and reduction in […]

Twenty shiraz wines in four price brackets

Twenty shiraz wines in four price brackets

One score in fives Twenty shiraz wines in four brackets of five wines each, $20s, $30s, $40s and $50 plus Nine regions are represented McLaren Vale Barossa Valley Orange Region Margaret River Clare Valley Ballerine Peninsula Langhorne Creek Coonawarra The vintage range is from 2013 to 2016 with points stretching from 89 to 98 but […]

France upset with Spanish wine looking French

France upset with Spanish wine looking French

France vs Spain  The winemakers of the southern French region of Montpellier are again up in arms about Spanish wine imports. According to the union, French consumers are being conned by Spanish wine dressed to look French on supermarket shelves.  It’s really down to the supermarket buyers who import the wine and retail it. All […]