The Telegraph (UK), 19 May, Pierpaolo Petrassi MW
Master of Wine Pierpaolo Petrassi offers his recommendations on well-priced Australian wines, suitable for drinking now.
Grant Burge Shiraz: “A jewel of a wine from the Barossa Valley, one of the world’s finest wine regions, a rich, juicy red with plum and vanilla flavours and a long finish.”
Atkins Farm McLaren Vale Shiraz: “Whether you want to open it now, or lay it down for up to a decade, the Atkins Farm McLaren Vale Shiraz is a classic of its kind, with rich plum and blackcurrant fruit underpinned by rhubarb and spice.”
Yalumba Organic Viognier: “Once an endangered grape of the northern Rhône, viognier is now globally popular, and the Yalumba family’s hauntingly peachy organic version, unoaked and full-bodied, is intensely satisfying.”
The Advertiser, 19 May,
Q&A with Stephanie Toole of Mount Horrocks Wines
A vino love story: My wine interest began in London in the mid-’80s. I’m originally from New Zealand, but I moved to Perth in 1986 and while I knew a lot about European wines, I knew nothing about Australian wines. So I enrolled in a couple of wine appreciation courses to get to know Australian wine and regions, and the consequence of that was I was offered a job in the industry. I worked in Perth in retail and then in wholesaling and had my own wholesale wine business there. Then, at the end of 1992, I moved to the Clare Valley … (because) I met my partner… Full article
The Financial Times (UK), 19 May, Jancis Robinson
Article on 2008 white burgundy ends with
In general, I found myself wondering how some of the finest Chardonnays made outside Burgundy would have shown in this line-up. Admittedly, in 2008, the flight to lighter wines was in its infancy in the US but Au Bon Climat, Eyrie and Ramey could have fielded some candidates. In Australia, the likes of Bindi, Cullen, Curly Flat, Leeuwin and Pierro were already making refined examples — as were Bell Hill, Felton Road and Kumeu River in New Zealand. If we had taken value into account, the best New World Chardonnays might have won hands down. Full article
Grape Expectations 29 April 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)
Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Riesling 2016, $40. St Andrew, the patron saint of riesling, would be well pleased with himself as would be his boss, God, presumably, for whipping up something like this. 9.2/10.
Taylors St Andrews Single Vineyard Release Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, $70. I think St Andrew is also the patron saint of golf, and maybe cabernet too, which begs the question how many things can one be patron of? Whatever, this is saintly cabernet. 9.2/10.
Chandon Vintage Brut 2013, $41. What makes this $2 more than its rosé sister? Did they have to remove the roses? Or is it like unleaded petrol? When that first came out it cost more than leaded, yet the lead wasn’t removed…it wasn’t there in the first place. 8.9/10.
Chandon Vintage Brut Rosé 2013, $39. Co-incidentally this is the colour of unleaded fuel, but mercifully smells much better and tastes far superior to many other bubbles let alone petrol, not that I would know. 8.7/10.
(Byrne Vineyards) City of Lights Moscato, NV, $18. The smell is quite pinot, or is it gewurz, or is it..moscato? With a taste as captivating as the smell and it’s low-ish alcohol, why isn’t this the ‘IT’ wine? 9/10.
(Byrne Vineyards) Aussarone Vine Dried ‘100 Bats’ Shiraz, $25. Most Australianised things just give me the pip, but this Aussified amarone can call itself whatever it likes. It’s wildly labelled, wildly fruity, like many Aussies, and scrumptious. 9.2/10.