15/11 2019

The Golden West: Australia’s Top 20 Chardonnays

The Golden West: Australia’s Top 20 Chardonnays

Location, location, location. Real estate agents will tell you that’s the golden rule of investing in property. The same applies when buying chardonnay, it seems. And the golden mile for that glistering grape? Margaret River. The West Australian region stands head and shoulders above all others in our review of current-vintage chardonnay. Only two of […]

07/11 2019

Wine’s G Spot: Australia’s top 20 Pinot Gris

Wine’s G Spot: Australia’s top 20 Pinot Gris

Pinot Gris or Grigio – recently abbreviated as Pinot G –  is the George Smiley of wine. Perhaps “short, overweight, balding, and middle aged” is an unfair description of this popular variety. But it is probably not too harsh to describe most local pinot gris or grigios as being as nondescript as their grey grape […]

18/10 2019

50 Shades of Pink: Australia’s best rose wines

50 Shades of Pink: Australia’s best rose wines

Australia’s biggest wine show has just awarded its top trophy to a Langhorne Creek red blend –  Bleasdale’s 2018 Wild Fig Shiraz, Grenache Mourvedre. Winning the Jimmy Watson for the first time in Bleasdale’s 170-odd history is terrific news for them, winemaker Paul Hotker – one of the industry’s genuine nice guys – and an […]

02/10 2019

Alternative facts: Australia’s best “other” reds

Alternative facts: Australia’s best “other” reds

Deepthroat’s famous advice to journalists Woodward and Bernstein was to “follow the money”. The scent of cash, he suggested, would lead them through the maze that eventually uncovered Richard Nixon’s role in the Watergate break-in and subsequent cover-up. It seems the same is true of winemaking. Grenache’s recent revival following a welter of wine show […]

19/09 2019

Welcome back Grenache: The Top 25 red blends

Welcome back Grenache: The Top 25 red blends

Grenache is to Australian wine what paisley is to the fashion industry. Once Australia’s most widely planted black grape, grenache fell out of fashion in the 1960s as public tastes swung away from sweet reds towards the dry “table” styles preferred today. But – just as mid-20th century fashion and furniture is resurfacing among the […]

07/08 2019

Big Red: Australia’s Top 25 Shiraz

Big Red: Australia’s Top 25 Shiraz

Big Red is a sand dune outside Birdsville that guards the border of the Simpson Desert. It has an “easy” side that tempts four wheel drivers casually wondering whether their vehicle is up the task of crossing over the 30m lump and into the world’s largest sand dune desert. But, like Hotel California, Big Red’s […]

21/06 2019

South by south-west: Australia’s Top 25 Cabernet Sauvignons

South by south-west: Australia’s Top 25 Cabernet Sauvignons

Every country has its go-to wine grape – that for which that country is associated around the world and which is most enthusiastically embraced by its growers. Think malbec in Argentina, sauvignon blanc in NZ, German riesling, American chardonnay and so on. In Australia, that grape is shiraz. And why not? The vine grows like […]

04/06 2019

Spilling the claret: Australia’s best cabernet merlots

Spilling the claret: Australia’s best cabernet merlots

Burgundy might be home to the world’s most expensive wines but Bordeaux packs the biggest punch when it comes to French reds. The region’s blends comprising some or any of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, malbec and petit verdot wear the wine world’s biggest labels including Chateaux Margaux, Mouton-Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Haut-Brion just […]

22/05 2019

A Wine for the True Believers: Australia’s best cabernet shiraz

A Wine for the True Believers: Australia’s best cabernet shiraz

If Australia can lay a claim to any wine style it is cabernet shiraz. The style popularised by Penfolds Bin 389 blended two grapes previously considered incompatible by traditionalists – although history does record some French examples of the blend that predate Australia’s efforts. The blend has become so synonymous with Australia that many big […]

09/05 2019

The Comeback Kid: Australia’s Top 25 merlots

The Comeback Kid: Australia’s Top 25 merlots

Merlot’s unloved image in Australia got a bit of a cuddle last year. A mainstay of Australia’s red grape crush, merlot was the lowest ranked of any Australian wine show class bar moscato in 2017 with a medal strike rate of just 48 per cent. But the grape could be in for a re-rating. Australian […]

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