09/12 2017

Insider tips: 2017’s Top Riesling Contenders

Insider tips: 2017’s Top Riesling Contenders

Wait… is that a McLaren Vale label in our list of 2017’s top rieslings? Perhaps it’s a case of age before beauty but D’Arenberg’s 2010 Dry Dam Riesling breaks the mould of the Vale’s traditional strengths in warm climate reds to vie with more traditional regions for this year’s pick as Vinloco’s Top Riesling. After […]

29/11 2017

Insider Tips: Contenders for 2017’s Best Pinot Noir

Insider Tips: Contenders for 2017’s Best Pinot Noir

Which of these wines will take out Vinloco’s Top Pinot Noir for 2017? These are the likely contenders from the 41,000 wine show scores we’ve indexed this year. After a filtering our database to show gold medal winners – a good but not foolproof method of highlighting contenders – we’ve come up with the following […]

23/11 2017

Great Grey, Green, Gris-y Grigio: Australia’s Top 20 Pinot Gris wines

Great Grey, Green, Gris-y Grigio: Australia’s Top 20 Pinot Gris wines

Pinot gris is the grape critics love to hate. Well, certainly one venerable old critic, who despises the variety as an “empty vessel” compared with more deserving rivals such as semillon or Riesling. But there’s a lot to like about pinot noir’s more down-to-earth cousin. For one thing, its versatility makes it an easy match […]

08/11 2017

Savvy blancs: Australia’s Top 20 Sauvignon Blancs

Savvy blancs: Australia’s Top 20 Sauvignon Blancs

Love it or hate it, sauvignon blanc is Australia’s top choice white wine. Or any wine, actually. And the biggest sellers come from across the Ditch in what Australian winemakers bemoan as a Sauvalanche that engulfs local offerings. Luckily for them, Kiwi sauvvies struggle to make our lists thanks to a mathematical handicap arising from […]

01/11 2017

Tutto bene: Australia’s Top 20 Proseccos

Tutto bene: Australia’s Top 20 Proseccos

Prosecco is to sparkling wine what rose is to still. It’s hot – damn hot. There’s no particular reason for it. The wine itself is a fairly basic, fresh and fruity sparkling that trades on its Italian origins to get away with a cheap production process and affordable prices. However prosecco has also established itself […]

23/10 2017

Sweet nothings: Australia’s Top 20 Moscatos

Sweet nothings: Australia’s Top 20 Moscatos

Moscato’s defining characteristic, according to world sparkling expert Tyson Stelzer, is its price. “Above all else, Moscato should be cheap”, he says in his Australian Sparkling Report. “Let’s face it, if you’re after a sweet, grapey, bubbly hit, you’re hardly looking for a profound drinking experience and you’re not about to break the bank.” We’re […]

13/10 2017

In the pink: Australia’s Top New Season Rose wines

In the pink: Australia’s Top New Season Rose wines

Nothing says Spring like Pink. The colour, that is, not the singer. Rose is the all-purpose, good time girl for the new season. Its cheery tint suggests all the freshness and flavours of strawberries, new apples and perfumed roses. Pink wine has come a long way in Australia over the past five years as local […]

30/06 2017

Australia’s world heavyweight wine: Top 50 Shiraz

Australia’s world heavyweight wine: Top 50 Shiraz

Ok – this is it: fight night. The talking is over and it’s time for the heavy hitters to square up to each other and go toe-to-toe. But we’re not talking boxing here folks. We’re talking Shiraz – Australia’s biggest and best-loved red wine. The Big Kahuna of Australian liquor. While Brisbane schoolteacher Jeff Horn […]

06/06 2017

Beautiful Blends: Australia’s Top 50 Red Blends

Beautiful Blends: Australia’s Top 50 Red Blends

Blended red wines do it tough in Australia. All the local glory goes to single varietal wines such as shiraz, pinot noir or cabernet sauvignon. But blends are, in many ways, the epitome of a winemaker’s craft. Dealing with the idiosyncrasies of a single variety can be trying enough but indulging the vicissitudes of several […]

12/05 2017

Patience needed: Australia’s Top 50 Semillons

Patience needed: Australia’s Top 50 Semillons

Semillon could be Australia’s most perplexing grape. Critics rave about the variety – frequently awarding its most noted examples handsome scores and adorning their bottles with more gold medals than a Russian general. Yet consumers mostly look the other way. Single varietal semillon accounts for less than one per cent of white bottled sales. That […]

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