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 […]

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 […]

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 Yangarra and underpants

The wines of Yangarra and underpants

The Vindicator, 28 March, Brian Fry I was particularly impressed by what I saw at Yangarra Winery, and I had the incredible opportunity to interview and taste with their winemaker, Peter Fraser, who won the 2016 Australian Winemaker of the Year Award. Full article Grape Expectations 18 February Max Crus (Simon Hughes) At some point […]

Halliday, Allen, Crus, Ryan, Wells

Halliday, Allen, Crus, Ryan, Wells

The Australian, 18 March, James Halliday 2012 YALUMBA THE CALEY COONAWARRA BAROSSA CABERNET SHIRAZ: 52% Coonawarra cabernet, 27% Barossa cabernet and 21% Barossa shiraz. The bouquet has a glorious profusion of cassis, blackberry and black cherry fruits – elements that are precisely mirrored by the palate. But it’s the way this wine caresses the mouth […]

Cabernet sauvignon, mixed reviews, regions

Cabernet sauvignon, mixed reviews, regions

The Wine Enthusiast, March 2017, Joe Czerwinski Why You Should Pay Attention to Australian Cabernet Often overlooked by American consumers in favor of Shiraz, Australian Cabernet Sauvignon offers compelling competition for Napa and Bordeaux alike. The best-selling varietal red wine in the United States is Cabernet Sauvignon. But if you check the shelves of your […]

Max Allen on terroir to Max Cru’s top wine

Max Allen on terroir to Max Cru’s top wine

The Financial Review, 27 January, Max Allen “At last year’s Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference in Adelaide – a major triennial event where scientists, researchers, viticulturists and winemakers gather to learn about the latest discoveries in oenology – discussion of terroir was, for the first time in the conference’s 46-year history, placed front and centre of proceedings. […]

Quiet time of year for wine writers

Quiet time of year for wine writers

Grape Expectations 14 January 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) If pollies want the public to pay for their travel expenses why not let the public decide […]

Reports from Grafton, Shanghai, UK, and back

Reports from Grafton, Shanghai, UK, and back

Grape Expectations 19 November 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)  The age of entitlement. You may have noticed a new marketing ploy on your latest tax notice or […]

From Australia via Canada and China

From Australia via Canada and China

South China Morning Post, 29 October, Sarah Wong Three standout wines from Australia’s Shaw + Smith Cool-climate wines from Michael Hill Smith’s estate in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills are slowly evolving into a fine tipple. Full article and reviews The West Australian, 28 October, Grace Millimaci From the why-didn’t-I-think-of-that file comes the Wine Condom, which […]

Blass in Canada, Max on rose & travel

Blass in Canada, Max on rose & travel

Postmedia Network, 14 October, Chris Waters Nine years after bringing the InterVin International Wine awards back, I’m thrilled to see how the program has become part of the fabric of Canada’s wine culture. The top-scoring red wine was the Wolf Blass 2010 Platinum Label Medlands Vineyard Shiraz Barossa Valley. Full article and wine review The […]

Australian wine gaining ground (UK)

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 […]