Max, Philip, Graeme, Simon and others

Indaily, 20 September, Philip White

Since they were left high and dry, isolated among that suburbia, the Marion vines have had two very close shaves with developers. The owner, the local council, intended to replace them with a concrete precinct of ‘Colonel Sadness’ and ‘Golden Arches’ fat-and-sugar emporiums in the late ’80s. With the help of Brian Miller, who then worked for Richard Hamilton, we saved them during the Adelaide Vines charity project I engineered with The Advertiser; Hamiltons then tended the vines and made small amounts of wine from them.

Some bright spark had another brainwave in 2004, and suggested concreting the whole joint to provide parking for 600 cars in case that many folks wanted to frolic simultaeneously in the smallish outdoor swimming pool next door. The Hamiltons’ arrangement had, should we say ‘withered’ on the vine by then, and this time it seemed more logical for those pesky heritage-aware interferists among us to ask the local winery, Patritti, to take the role. Full article

The Mercury (Tasmania), 17 and 20 September, Graeme Phillips



Grape Expectations 17 September 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

Baddaginnie Run Shiraz 2015, $20. Every now and then you get such a shock with the first sip of a wine, that you have to rewind the last 30 seconds of TV. Had to watch the start of the Misano MotoGP three times because of this. 9.2/10.

Baddaginnie Run (Strathbogie Ranges) Merlot, 2015, $20. This is smoother than the Hume Highway that runs past Baddaginnie, which is probably just as well. 8.7/10.

The Other Wine Co. Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris 2016, $26. In a somewhat bizarre co-incidence, the TOWC ‘pg’ and grenache (below) scored exactly the same as they did last year. Talk about consistent. 8.8/10.

The Other Wine Co. McLaren Vale Grenache 2016, $26. Even if a red tastes good, it is slightly unsettling if it is less than a year old, in much the same way watching sex scenes on the telly in front of your parents, or children, is. 8.5/10.

Scotchmans Hill (Bellarine Peninsula) Chardonnay 2014, $35. This is such a golden colour, Russian Olympians  buy it by the pallet. Officials might be tempted to taste it too after they smell it. Superior stuff for sports people and slobs. 9/10.

Scotchmans Hill (Bellarine Peninsula) Shiraz 2013, $39. I wonder how many Cats fans will be sipping this at the G on Saturday? All of them should if they win. 9.2/10.

Harpers, (UK) 21 September, Andrew Catchpole

Featuring a mix of cooler climate, terroir focused, natural and minimalists intervention wines, this event was designed as part of a push to balance the image of Australia’s big brand­ driven market presence with a reminder of the diversity and smaller production winemaking that is prevalent across the country’s many winemaking regions. Full article

The Caterer, (UK) 21 September, Roger Jones

To many in the wine trade, Australian Pinot Noir conjures up thoughts of Yarra Valley, Tasmania, the Adelaide Hills and maybe even Geelong or Gippsland, thanks to a string of emerging premium producers. But it’s worth adding another region to the line-up of Pinot superstars – the Mornington Peninsula. Full article and reviews for

This region, based on the outskirts of Melbourne, has certainly been making an impact on the scene in recent years. It’s more famous in the past for being Melbourne’s foremost holiday playground, full of golf courses, but it’s now hitting the big time in wine.
Peninsula Pinot Noir, Paringa Estate, Mornington Peninsula 2013

Reviewes for

  • Estate Pinot Noir, Paringa Estate, Mornington Peninsula 2010
  • Pinot Noir, Ocean Eight, Mornington Peninsula 2013
  • Haven Pinot Noir, Kooyong, Mornington Peninsula 2012
  • Ten Minutes by Tractor, Wallis Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula 2010



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