Halliday, Phillips, Max and more from afar

The Australian, 9 July, James Halliday

The rise and rise in the fortunes of Casella Wines continues to defy the laws of gravity. It started with the near-accidental birth of the Yellow Tail brand in 2001 after Southcorp terminated WJ Deutsch’s distribution of Lindeman’s Bin 45 Chardonnay (the best-selling chardonnay in the US). Full article

The Chicago Tribune, 12 July, Michael Austin

Care for a wee dram to go with your shiraz from Oz?

Only heaven knows if the marriage of wine and whiskey barrels will last, but a handful of these out-of-the-ordinary wines are available right now. The idea itself might raise skepticism in a wine purist, and I have to admit that it did cause me to raise a proverbial eyebrow (the left one). But being a don’t-knock-it-till-you-try-it kind of guy, I decided to see what these whiskey barrel wines were all about. Full article

The Mercury (Tasmania), 9 and 10 July, Graeme Phillips



Grape Expectations 9 July 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) 

Shaw Family Vintners (Currency Creek) Cordelia Sauvignon Blanc 2015, $25. This is so warm and bright you could have it with edelweiss. Or maybe a Weiss Bar…do they still make them? 8.8/10.

Shaw Family Vintners The Josephine (Currency Creek) Pinot Gris, 2016, $25. There’s a few Josephines floating around, one fewer now and with good reason, it’s good gris if you can get it. 8.7/10.

Molly Dooker Enchanted Path Shiraz Cabernet, 2014, $55. The path to the fire in the front yard was enchanted until The Big Ant trod on a log and knocked the ice bucket (aka the bird bath) into it. Easier to drink than falling over a log. 9/10.

Molly Dooker Carnival of Love Shiraz, 2014, $80. It’s certainly often a carnival of obsequiousness when you bring out an $80 bottle, which turns to horror when you pour a glass then shake the daylights out of the bottle as per the instructions. Big and brash. 9.1/10.

Paulmara Syna Shiraz Barossa Valley, 2014, $50. 14.8 percent is up there, Cazaly, which means it should last longer than your average bottle, and be great for a close election. 9/10.

Paulmara Mêlée (Grenache, Nero d’Avola, Shiraz, Malbec) 2014, $18. What a great wine for parties? Or protests, or footy matches on wet days, the evening news, parliament, and queues to sporting events or concerts? How versatile is that? 9.2/10.

Toronto Sun, 13 July,

I love reading the labels, each rich with history. One I encountered, Ringbolt, brought discussion with friends — Ringbolt comes from an Australian wine producer of several excellent Cabernets, and just recently they celebrated the winery’s upcoming 10th vintage in Ontario, ready to hit the shelves this coming fall. Full artical


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