Wine in the Media – 3 March 2016

Wine articles and reviews from The Australian – Max Allen, the Hobart Mercury – Graeme Phillips, Grape Expectations – Max Cru, The Financial Review – Joe Magyer, The Launceston Sunday Examiner – Winsor Dobbin and more…

The Australian, 27 February, Max Allen 

They can be a generous lot, wine folk. I’ve often been struck by the willingness of Australia’s grape-treaders, vine-snippers and booze-bibbers to rally together for a cause, and raise money for those in need.

During vintage 2015, for example, online retailer Vinomofo, McLaren Vale grower Jock Harvey, Yangarra winery and a willing group of local volunteer pickers joined forces to turn a surplus shiraz crop into wine to raise money for Adelaide’s Hutt Street Centre for the homeless. The wine sold out — to the tune of $36,000 — before it had even finished fermenting,

Plus more good deeds read full article here 

The Mercury (Tasmania), 27 February, Graeme Phillips



Grape Expectations, 27 February: 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)

Hart and Hunter The Hill Shiraz 2014, $40ish. This was thin and tart at first and then after 24 hours in the fridge, thick and chewy and delicious…was I the thin and tart one? 8.7/10.

Hart and Hunter Twenty Six Rows Chardonnay 2014, $40. Twenty six rows may not feel like much except to a grape picker. Not so subtle, but stylish and eminently drinkable. 8.9/10.

Reilly’s Barking Mad Watervale Clare Valley Riesling 2015 $16. Barking mad pretty much describes Tim Minchin on a roll, and you wouldn’t want him in your ears let alone be in his sights. 8.8/10.

Reilly’s Dryland Clare Valley Tempranillo 2012, $25. From Watervale to dryland, they’ve got the full gamut in Clare, and the full temp’ too, the best this year, perhaps even last too. 9/10.

Zonte’s Footstep ‘Violet Beauregard’ Langhorne Creek Malbec 2014, $25. Zonte’s must be huge fans of Roald Dahl, and have left an ‘e’ off so they don’t get sued. Equally they must think this is blueberry heaven…not that big a stretch. 8.8/10.

Zonte’s Footstep Peacock’s Fan Grenache 2014, $25. How appropriate for Brother George in his finery, although doubtless he’ll be dressed in hospital gown at the hearings, complete with gaping bum. Yew! Lovely stuff despite the imagery. 8.9/10.


The Launceston Sunday Examiner, 28 February, Winsor Dobbin,

The wine column looks at changes at Pipers Brook Vineyard with shorts on the Vineyard of the Year award and the Open Vineyards Weekend.

Wines reviewed

Stella Bella 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Burns and Fuller 2014 Shiraz

Stefano Lubiana 2014 Riesling

Freycinet Vineyard 2014 Chardonnay.

The latest wines reviewed on Winsor’s blogs are

Chalmers 2015 Rosato: Go here 

2015 Hither & Yon Grenache Mataro: Go here 


The Financial Review, 3 March, Joe Magyer

Treasury Wine Estates shareholders face end of happy hour

The core business’ economics remain as daunting as ever, even with Treasury’s scale and diverse brand portfolio.

The core business’ economics remain as daunting as ever, even with Treasury’s scale and diverse brand portfolio.

What’s the best way to make $1 million in the wine business?

Start with $2 million.

I’ve heard many versions of that joke over the years. My family has spent the better part of 30 years plugged into the industry in one way or another, so I know well the hangovers caused by indulging in the wine business.

Wine is a tough business all round. It’s tough for the retailer with its broad, costly inventory. Sure, margins are higher than for beer and spirits, but that relative benefit is diluted by the glacial speed of wine turnover on retailers’ shelves. Winemakers face an even steeper climb to profitability because of high fixed costs, long investment cycles, and risks ranging from frosts to earthquakes to shifting consumer tastes.

Full story here 


Manly Daily, Rick Allen

15 January: Wines mentioned

Helm premium riesling, Brown Brothers tempranillo graciano and Loire Valley sauvignon blanc

29 January Wines mentioned

Bermerton Tamblyn, Pipers Brook chardonnay and Freeman secco rondinella corvino

12 February: Wines mentioned

Serafino BDX, Scarborough Vermentiono and Wolf Blass Grey Label

26 February: Wines mentioned

Yering Station cabernet sauvignon, Schild Pramie shiraz and Wirra Wirra The 12th Man chardonnay


The Guardian, 4 March, Fiona Beckett

Aldi and Lidl are now giving the big boys a run for their money

You wouldn’t have believed it possible five years ago, but Aldi and Lidl are now setting the pace in the UK supermarket wine trade. Between them, the pair have 10% of the UK grocery market, with Aldi alone accounting for one in every 13 bottles of wine we buy.

For me, Aldi has the better basic range, though Lidl has been hugely clever in periodically refreshing its range with a limited-edition seasonal selection, the most recent of which has just gone on shelves.

Far better to buy the elegant Axis Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (£6.49; 14.5% abv), from Australia’s Margaret River

Full story here 

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