Blockbuster start thanks to Wine Australia

Blockbuster start thanks to Wine Australia

Blockbuster start Wine Australia (WA) has started the year in blockbuster fashion with the news that it is to spend $5.3 million on new research. The centrepiece research will be on understanding and refining the expression of Australian shiraz terroir. One can understand the interest but not the reasoning. Deputy chair of Wine Australia, Brian […]

The many beauties of McLaren Vale

The many beauties of McLaren Vale

The third of several Key Review of Wine reports focuses on McLaren Vale. It’s part of a series that will be sent in January and February. After that they will settle down to one perhaps two a week. The issue has been the increase in samples for review I receive combined with the lack of […]

Aldi scores highly in wine reviews

Aldi scores highly in wine reviews

Aldi reviews Christmas is an expensive time and many expensive bottles of wine are bought as gifts for father, who often feels compelled to share them with his idiot brother-in-law because he happened to be there when the presents were opened. Then there is the other idiot brother-in-law who says all wine drinkers are nobs […]

From Australia via Canada and China

From Australia via Canada and China

South China Morning Post, 29 October, Sarah Wong Three standout wines from Australia’s Shaw + Smith Cool-climate wines from Michael Hill Smith’s estate in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills are slowly evolving into a fine tipple. Full article and reviews The West Australian, 28 October, Grace Millimaci From the why-didn’t-I-think-of-that file comes the Wine Condom, which […]

Top end, shiraz from four regions

Top end, shiraz from four regions

Having covered shiraz under $20, then $20 to $29, and last week $30 to $39, it’s now the final week of shiraz, with wines $40 and above. There are six wines from four regions and four vintages. Allegiance Wines ‘The Artisan’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015: Rich Barossa style but not overblown. It has the classic […]

Shiraz wines retailing $21-$29

Shiraz wines retailing $21-$29

The swinging 20s Last week’s reviews were of shirazes $20 and below. This week its $21 to $29. 2012 vintage: Mitchell ‘Peppertree Vineyard’ Clare Valley Shiraz 2012: I got plum, ripe plum, on the nose. Across the palate it’s a very soft wine, yet not without presence. It strolls across the palate in a most […]

A handful of NSW Shiraz

A handful of NSW Shiraz

A handful of NSW Shiraz Pig in the House Cowra Shiraz 2014: It’s on the lighter side but no weakling and very enjoyable to drink. 91 points. $25 pushes it up the price scale but it is organic, so worth the money. Stockman’s Ridge Orange Region Shiraz 2014: Light but extremely approachable and no faults […]

The beauty of shiraz in McLaren Vale

The beauty of shiraz in McLaren Vale

Beauty in the Vale Ulithorne ‘Familia’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015: A young release for McVale shiraz but this is no kiddie. It’s very well made with plenty of interesting flavours as it travels that keep the drinker both entertained and thoughtful. 94 points, with maybe one or even two to come as it ages, and […]

Hunter Valley Shiraz Beauties

Hunter Valley Shiraz Beauties

Beauties Hunter Valley Shiraz is different to Barossa shiraz, as it should be if we are to believe in terroir. Some don’t, and that’s their prerogative. As I age I am open to all opinions and losing the patience to argue the ins and outs. I find Hunter shiraz is often more savoury, and for […]