Undisciplined drinking, blue wine drinking & reviews

The Australian, 24 October, Greg Brown

As someone who differentiates wine by two types — red and white — I was somewhat nervous about hopping on a winery tour billed for connoisseurs.

Don’t get me wrong; I do love wine but I’ve never been the sort of person who would sniff it, swirl it around in my mouth and then — perhaps — spit it out. My drinking style is somewhat more, er, undisciplined.

There is a growing market for educated drinkers in Australia, however, and a bunch of winery tour operators are cashing in. Full article

The Australian, 25 October, Max Allen

So. Blue wine is a thing now. Really. Pop down to your local Liquorland if you don’t believe me. There you’ll find a bottle of The Blue Bird, a new, sweet, low-ish alcohol Australian wine with bright blue colouring added to it. Full article plus reviews

Newcastle Herald, 26 October, John Lewis:

Wind of change at the Hill

Change is in the air at Hungerford Hill with a new owner possible soon and Adrian Lockhart ending his three-year stint as general manager and senior winemaker at the landmark Broke Road, Pokolbin, winery. Full article

Grape Expectations 21 October 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:

Magpie Estate The Gomersal Grenache 2013, $48. The Gomersal to anyone outside Adelaide, conjures more ‘The Gimp’ than grenache but ‘tis delicious stuff than would go well with pulp fiction, both kinds. 8.9/10.

Magpie Estate The Mixed Thing 2016, $20. This little concoction of Cinsault, Sangiovese, Ruby Cabernet, Dolcetto and Tannat is so weird, young and purple is should be in the Junior Jacaranda section. Alright. 8.6/10.

Penny’s Hill Adelaide Hills Single Vineyard The Agreement Sauvignon Blanc 2016, $20. There is so much on the label that you sense about $15 of this was spent on marketing. Amazingly it still looks really stylish, like the wine. 8.6/10.

Penny’s Hill Adelaide Hills Single Vineyard The Minimalist Chardonnay 2015, $35. I dream of minimalism, but live with a maximalist, and compromise suits neither of us, so guess which we get? 8.9/10.

Burnbrae (Orange) Sauvignon Blanc 2015, $20. I have just discovered that putting too much sav blanc in your glass wrecks it. This got better and better as the glass emptied…um, that’s  the reason wouldn’t it? 8.7/10.

Burnbrae (Mudgee) Shiraz, 2015, $40. This would have been a fabulous wine in the 60s/70s, when everyone was burning their bras and the Jaca Festival was only 40 years old. Maybe burning a brae is just as symbolic. 8.8/10.

The Mercury (Tasmania), 25 October, Graeme Phillips


The Fiji Times, 21 October,

Aussie wine exports surge. Full article 

Napa Valley Register, 21 October, Allison Levine,

And, as much as I love red wines, I am currently obsessed with white wines. Chenin blanc, assyrtiko, grenache blanc, riesling, gruner veltliner, vermentino and so on, the vast diversity of white wine in the world is what I find exciting. I have now added semillon from the Hunter Valley, Australia to that list.

When you think of Australian wine, you probably think about shiraz. But in the Hunter Valley, located in New South Wales, two hours from Sydney, semillon is the iconic wine of the region. Full article

The Morning Advertiser, 20 October, Nicholas Robinson

CGA Strategy figures show the on-­trade still wine market was flat in the year to 9 July, stuck at just short of £3.4bn. Volumes were down 4% but the average price per litre was up by the same percentage to just over the £20 mark. New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Chile and Italy all saw good growth to challenge the established on-­trade dominance of France, Australia and the USA, which all registered single­ digit decline.

A guide to wine Nick Tatham MW, wine development director at supplier CWF, says the falling away of Australia and California sales “could indicate a move away from bigger brands and a search for more interesting wines not found in the off­-trade”. Full article

The Advertiser, 21 October, Tony Love

IF you are keen for a Penfolds red wine tasting experience, but can’t quite come at the $850 price tag for the new 2012 Grange, then there is another way.

The swag of Penfolds releases this week includes 10 of the latest Bin Range reds that clock in from $35 to $90. Full article


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