The Australian, 8 April, James Halliday
It’s a fair bet that few serious wine lovers outside South Australia — indeed, outside Adelaide and its environs — would have heard of Patritti Wines. This family-owned and run wine business was founded in 1926 by Giovanni Patritti… Full article
In Daily, 13 April, Philip White
It’s time for a look at what our French friends have been doing in their big Barossa winery. Pernod-Ricard is unusual in that it hangs on vast arms still extending into every shelf of the international liqueur, wines and spirits markets when other big operators are divesting themselves of such diverse approaches to the business, preferring to specialise. In which case this outfit’s an interesting one for the business writers to watch. Full article
Bohemian.com, 12 April, James Knight
In a typical episode from my life in the world of wine, I had just discovered my new favorite style of wine when it all but disappeared from store shelves.
I despaired that I’d never get to explore these wines again until I could manage to travel to the far corner of the earth where they are made, in a land called Oz. But then I discovered a secret door to Oz that’s hidden in plain sight in the city of Napa.
“We call it the Yellowtail effect,” says Blair Poynton, marketing manager at Old Bridge Cellars. Full Article
Bloomberg, 13 April, Tracy Withers
Sorry Australia, Americans Prefer Pricier New Zealand Wines
Americans are falling in love with pricey New Zealand wines at the expense of cheaper vino from Australia and Argentina.
The value of New Zealand wine shipped to the U.S. jumped 11 percent last year to $400 million — the biggest gain among the top eight importers — and exceeding Australia’s earnings there for the first time, according to figures from Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates. Aussie shipments dropped 8 percent and Argentina’s fell 4 percent. Full article
Grape Expectations 18 February 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)
Lake Breeze Langhorne Creek Old Vine Grenache 2014, $25. Doesn’t ‘lake breeze’ conjure beautiful images that would almost invariably include a glass of wine, so imagine if this was the wine? Scrumptious and lighter than its 14.8 per cent. 8.9/10.
Lake Breeze Langhorne Creek Section 54 Shiraz, 2014, $25. Section 54 sounds like the maximum-security end of a really big prison, but it is instead a rather good place to grow shiraz. Sentence me to Section 54 please your honour. 9.1/10.
Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2016, $35. It’s been a long time between Giant Steps, which sounds a bit tautological, but what a delightful way to become reacquainted. All the good bits of the grape without any of the drawbacks. 8.8/10.
Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot 2016, $35. Surely there can’t be 2016 pinots on the streets already? Maybe some bootleg stuff, but the real deal, bottled and labelled, nah. But you know what it’s a whole new realm, and not bad at that. 9/10.
Angove Organic Shiraz Cabernet 2015, $16. This wine is a lot like me, remarkably good value and character…only a lot more modest. 8.6/10.
Angove Family Crest Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre 2015, $22. This smells so bright and inviting they should dangle open bottles outside nightclubs, or Morwell in Victoria. I’d go. 8.7/10