The wonder of McLaren Vale shines yet again

The wonder of McLaren Vale shines yet again

McLaren Vale shines yet again One white and heaps of red wines, its not my pick just what turns up for review. The industry harmonises itself with consumer requirements. White/rose/sparkling in spring summer and reds/fortified in winter. Personally I’ve not really followed seasonal trends in drinking I’m just as happy with a white in winter […]

Merlot and rieslings wines reviewed

Merlot and rieslings wines reviewed

Why merlot and riesling? I had a lot of untasted merlot and riesling on the bench. In the main merlot is not a grape I care for when it’s solo and please don’t write saying what about Château Petrus? Its so many years since I drank even tasted Petrus I cannot compare, anyhow one could […]

May merry month for Australian wine

May merry month for Australian wine

May we be grateful For reasons I’ve never fully understood, a couple of years (or possibly more) back, someone, some group, official body or whatever, thought there was a need to promote May as the month in which we are all grateful for Australian wines. As far as I can tell, the reason is that […]

Twenty shiraz wines in four price brackets

Twenty shiraz wines in four price brackets

One score in fives Twenty shiraz wines in four brackets of five wines each, $20s, $30s, $40s and $50 plus Nine regions are represented McLaren Vale Barossa Valley Orange Region Margaret River Clare Valley Ballerine Peninsula Langhorne Creek Coonawarra The vintage range is from 2013 to 2016 with points stretching from 89 to 98 but […]

Kissing cousins vermouth to viognier reviewed

Kissing cousins vermouth to viognier reviewed

Kissing cousins The others the ones we refer to as kissing cousins, those that are not chardonnay, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon or other mainstream grapes in Australia. Which doesn’t mean to say some are not more mainstream in other countries. Ten wines (one wine based) in total, one vermouth, viognier, chenin blanc, sangiovese, mencia, petit verdot, […]

Cabernet Sauvignon, the mongrel grape

Cabernet Sauvignon, the mongrel grape

Cabernet Sauvignon, the mongrel grape What is there to say about cabernet sauvignon that hasn’t been said before? Not a lot. Pre 1830 most of the red wine in Australia was made from the Burgundy grape (pinot noir) or miller’s burgundy. The latter is an interesting variety as it’s difficult to trace its origins in […]

Victoria’s very many charming wines

Victoria’s very many charming wines

The fourth of several Key Review of Wine reports focuses on the wines of Victoria. The outpouring in January/February will be a cleansing of all the reviews I wrote but was not able to publish in 2016. What better place to start a short article on reviews of Victorian wine than The Vineyards of Victoria […]

Non-vintage Australian sparkling wines.

Non-vintage Australian sparkling wines.

Non-vintage Australian sparkling wines. We produce many wonderful sparkling wines yet exports are falling. Huntington Estate Pinot/Chardonnay NV: A group of us tasted this wine and though the agreement was “it’s OK”, that was all that could be said about it. 89 points and very pricey, at $29, in comparison to what else is around.  […]