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 […]

05/05 2017

The Big Easy: Australasia’s Top 50 merlots

The Big Easy: Australasia’s Top 50 merlots

Merlot is the big easy of winemaking. Its onomatopoeic name almost gives it away. Its soft vowels and simple syllables convey exactly the grape’s plush fruit and silky tannins. It ripens early, fits hand-in-glove with cabernet varieties and doesn’t need much time in the bottle. Except it’s not. Australia’s scorching summers and poor soils mean merlot […]

28/04 2017

Sticky Ends: Top 50 Dessert Wines

Sticky Ends: Top 50 Dessert Wines

Cool nights Fires bright What sweeter delight Than finish a meal With a sticky white. Well, we might not win any prizes for poetry but the makers of Australia’s dessert wines certainly carry them off by the armful. Sweet whites – the classification most wine shows give to dessert wines – is Australia’s most richly […]

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