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 […]

22/04 2017

Alt-red: The Top 50 ‘Other Red’ wines

Alt-red: The Top 50 ‘Other Red’ wines

Tempranillo. Montepulciano. Sangiovese. Nebbiolo. Their exotic, mouth-filling names conjure images of Tuscan towers or shimmering Spanish vistas as the tongue rolls around the syllables of these viticultural interlopers. “Other reds” – that is, wines that aren’t Australian staples such as shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir or merlot – are relegated to a category that’s becoming […]

02/04 2017

Simply Sublime Blend: Top 50 Semillon Sauvignon Blancs

Simply Sublime Blend: Top 50 Semillon Sauvignon Blancs

If Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon were wines, they’d be Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. In that order. Whoever first thought of putting these two grapes together was obviously an entertainment  genius because these two are the Odd Couple of wine. Separately insufferable. Brilliant together. Think Semillon and you think austere, possibly insipid young wines that […]

20/03 2017

Chateau Claret: Australasia’s Top 50 Cabernet blends

Chateau Claret: Australasia’s Top 50 Cabernet blends

Those cunning French know a thing or two about wine. While they’re busy flogging off pinot noir (OK, Burgundy) for the highest prices the world is prepared to buy for wine, their favourite tipple is actually claret. According to wine-searcher.com, Bordeaux labels make up four of the top five most popular wine searches in France […]

08/03 2017

White Misfits: Top 50 “Other White” Wines

White Misfits: Top 50 “Other White” Wines

Other white. It might sound like a census category but it’s actually one of the most interesting, if smaller, segments of the wine spectrum. This is the hiding place of Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Verdelho, Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Arneis, Fiano, Gruner Veltliner and a few others. Some obscure, some trendy, some classical. Most playthings of winemakers […]

01/03 2017

Pinot-Bloody-Noir: The Top 50 list of the grape winemakers love to hate

Pinot-Bloody-Noir: The Top 50 list of the grape winemakers love to hate

Pinot noir, bete noire. That about sums up the attitude of winemakers who ritually bemoan the behaviour of Burgundy’s famously fickle Black Grape. One small winemaker who submitted his produce to an Australian wine show this year even highlighted his frustrations with black pinot by naming his wine “BFL”. (Tip: it doesn’t stand for Best […]

13/02 2017

Valentines wines: Top 50 sparkling roses

Valentines wines: Top 50 sparkling roses

Better late than never. That’s the motto of a serially Just-In-Time romantic like us. The biggest day of the year for florists, chocolatiers and restaurateurs is almost upon us so we thought we’d better post a list of the Top 50 wines for lovers before it’s too late. That drink, of course, is sparkling rose. […]

21/01 2017

Australia Day: the Top 50 Great Australian Reds

Australia Day: the Top 50 Great Australian Reds

It’s that time of the year again. The Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation has aired its advertisement for Invasion Day (it couldn’t even bring itself to mention the nation’s anniversary as it navigated the shallow waters of racial sensitivity) and bogans everywhere are starting to plan their assault on Australia’s beaches on with flags fluttering […]

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