International from US & UK plus domestic news

Brentwood Glen Wine Examiner, Los Angeles, 21 May, Cori Solomon

Savour Australia, a recent Los Angeles event, sponsored by Wine Australia brought together winemakers to showcase the expansive diversification, growth and development that is occurring in the various Australian wine regions. Full article

JR Website, 21 May, Jancis Robinson

I was keen to sample as many of them as possible during a recent brief stay in Sydney. I asked my (generously bearded) colleague Max Allen to recommend some suitable names and he suggested I also consulted his fellow wine writer Mike Bennie, who had recently assembled a collection of such wines for the list of the Danish restaurant Noma during its temporary relocation in Sydney.

The result was a fascinating day spent tasting 83 new-wave Australian wines, a selection of wines headed Artisan Tasting by Wine Australia in their offices in Sydney. Full article

The News, UK Portsmouth, 21 May, Alistair Gibson

Hancock & Hancock Shiraz Grenache 2014, McLaren Vale is exactly what you should expect to find in a glass of McLaren Vale red, It’s about 75 per cent shiraz and 25 per cent grenache. The latter adds a lovely floral, cherry fruit to the spice, dark fruits and pepper of the shiraz. It’s beautifully drinkable and would be great with big-flavoured red meats.

Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz 2013, South Australia, is a wine from the brilliant Penfolds range I’d not tasted before, and oh boy, have I missed out.

It’s a wine based on Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz but unlike that wine this sees no new oak. It’s that classic Aussie red blend which has masses of dark fruit and spice but never loses its focus. Serve with a butterflied leg of lamb.

FlipSidePA, 22 May, Robert Godfrey

A good ‘ole mate told me to try Insurrection Shiraz Cabernet 2014 for US$14.99. This wine has big bold flavours of ripe plums and chocolate. The Shiraz adds fruit and spice while the Cabernet Sauvignon gives this wine some power and structure. It has a long smooth finish. This wine is from South Eastern Australia areas of Langhorne Creek and Padthaway.

The Adelaide Adviser, 24 May, Valerina Changarathil

A famous Barossa Valley winemaker is on his 31st trip to China in five years “determined to crack” the market that’s at the heart of his recent purchase of 5200 acres in Sunraysia, Victoria.

Warren Randall, a veteran winemaker with 39 vintages under his belt, left yesterday to continue his push into Asia’s largest market which began five years ago. Full article

Weekly Times, 19 May, Alex Smapson

ONE small Victorian winery is making a name for itself on the world stage.

Fowles Wine, at Avenel, has recently been visited by three of the world’s top wine publications.

Wine Spectator, the world’s largest wine magazine, dropped by last month, as well as Wine Enthusiast earlier this month and Wine Advocate late last year.

The magazines — all from the US — made the trip specifically to Fowles for a taste of the Strathbogie Ranges. Full article


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