Wine in the Media – 11 March 2016

The Telegram (Canada), 4 March, Steve Delaney: Winning wines from New South Wales

The Hunter Valley in New South Wales is Australia’s oldest wine region. It has established an international reputation for its own styles of red Shiraz and white Semillon wines.

Some of the Shiraz vines are more than a century old and produce tiny, but concentrated, flavour-packed yields. The local style produces silky, smooth wines with spicy flavours giving way to earthy notes with age.

The signature grape of the valley, however, is Semillon. The grape originates from the Bordeaux region of France, where it is the somewhat anonymous part of the blends for Bordeaux Blanc and Sauternes. The valley produces it as a single varietal which can be enjoyed as a fresh young wine, or stashed away for a decade or more to develop mineral notes.

You will find a lot more than just these two vines in the region including all the usual suspects, but also less likely grapes such as Verdelho and Tempranillo. The valley has achieved this success despite being a difficult place for vines, often plagued by excessive humidity and inopportune rain causing rot in the vineyard.

Full article, here 


The Australian, 5 March, Max Allen

Grace Wines, Yamanashi: Japanese producer up with world’s best

When you think of Japanese drinks, you probably think of beer and sake. But there is also a small but well-established culture of grape growing in Japan, with commercial wine production dating back to the late 19th century in the historic Yamanashi region, in the cool, high country near Mount Fuji.

The Misawa family founded Grace Wines in Yamanashi in 1923 and the winery is regarded as one of the country’s best, particularly when it comes to koshu, a delicate-tasting grape that has been grown in Japan for about 1000 years.

Full Article: Here 


Grape Expectations, 5 March: Writer: Max Crus (Simon Hughes)

At some point in the week These reviews and article  will appear in The Daily Examiner (Grafton), The Northern Star (Lismore), Border Mail (Albury), Rotary Down Under (National), Australian Petroleum Marketer News (National) and The Daily Advertiser, (Wagga Wagga)

Meerea Park Hell Hole Semillon 2015, $25. Gorgeous gear that goes with Asian food beautifully yet is just as at home at an Aussie barbecue. How multicultural. 9.1/10.

Meerea Park Hilltops Hunter Shiraz 2014, $17. Maybe if people drank better wine they’d be less angry? Another 9.1/10 from these guys is a good hit rate, excuse the pun.

Trentham Two Thirds (8.5%) Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, 2015, $16. Is the glass two thirds full or a third empty? Most wouldn’t notice although it does lack some punch. Perfect then. 8.3/10.

Trentham Two Thirds (9.5%) Merlot 2015, $16. Some in the industry have seen the writing on a wall and they are to be commended. Don’t tell your guests and you’ll probably get away with it. 8/10.

Rob Dolan (Yarra Valley) True Colours Field Blend (Savagnin, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay) 2015, $24. Cindy Lauper never had it so good, nor the rest of us. You don’t see this mix much, so have fun girls. 8.7/10.

Rob Dolan Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015, $35. It’s almost cruel drinking pinot from 2015, you feel as if you’re just about eating the grapes. If we must. 8.8/10.


Launceston Sunday Examiner, 6 March, Winsor Dobbin

The wine column looks at a Tamar Ridge pinot noir event as part of the Tamar Valley Writers’ Festival with briefs on the Open Vineyard Weekend and Pinot Showcase.

Wines reviewed

  • Sinapius 2015 Clem
  • Wolf Blass 2013 Grey Label Shiraz
  • Yalumba Y Series 2014 Shiraz Viognier
  • Milton 2015 Pinot Gris.

From the March 5 edition of Sydney inner west lifestyle paper Ciao, reviews for

  • Montevecchio 2015 Moscato
  • Maxwell 2014 Little Demon Cabernet Malbec
  • 10X 2015 Rosé.

Wines reviewed this week on Winsor’s blogs are

Heartland 2013 Director’s Cut Cabernet Sauvignon:

Villebois 2014 Sancerre




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