The Australian, 28 March, Morgan Dunn
Wine: Merlot the merrier (and daggy no more)
Merlot: daggy, outdated, uncool. Many wine drinkers associate merlot with an explosion of fruit, an unctuous jar of jam to the face lacking in complexity. Or they remember Paul Giamatti’s character in the 2004 film Sideways: “I’m not drinking any f..king merlot.” Either way, they’re unlikely to order it in a restaurant. Full article
Singapore Tattler, 27 March, James Suckling’s
10 Of The Best Australian Wines
Australian winemakers continue to reach new heights. Though shiraz stands out among assessments of the best wines, it’s not the country’s only grape of note. Other varietals, including chardonnay, pinot noir and riesling, are well represented. This diversity only spells good things for the future. Full article
In Daily, 28 March, Philip White
“I understand why our region is dominated by Shiraz,” says Wine Research Institute scientist and McLaren Vale/Dodgy Bros winemaker Wes Pearson.
“Grows great in this region; reliable, robust resistance to disease pressure; an easy market to sell your grapes. No-brainer.
“But Grenache is for those growers/winemakers who like to be challenged. Along with risk comes reward, and in my opinion the rewards in McLaren Vale can be profound.” 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)
Scotchmans Hill Bellarine Peninsula Sauvignon Blanc 2015, $25. How many Cats fans were sipping this at Freo last Sunday? All three of them should have been, it’s very serious sav. 9/10.
Scotchmans Hill Bellarine Peninsula Shiraz 2014, $35. If Max Crus had an award for labels this would be up there. Five words on the front. Beautiful. The wine itself could be a candidate too. 9.2/10.
Rymill The Dark Horse (Coonawarra) Chardonnay, 2016, $23. Sometimes you sip chardonnay without noticing it’s chardonnay, like you do some other varietals, but note it is a lovely adjunct to the occasion, regardless. How refreshing. 8.7/10.
Rymill Coonawarra The Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, $23. Everyone needs to have or be a dark horse at some stage in their life, so make sure you have a bottle of this handy when it happens. 8.9/10.
Witches Falls Granite Belt Verdelho 2016, $24. This is easily the wildest verdelho you will find in Australia and possibly the world. Very sav blanc in its bite, very riesling in price. 9/10.
Witches Falls Wild Ferment Granite Belt Garnacha, 2016, $36. This is at the lighter end of the Grenache belt so pull your’s in a notch, plonk an ice cube in your glass and you’ll be taken back to Queensland. 8.7/10.