explore: Zema Estate Family Selection

These turbulent times recently got just that little bit sadder with the news that the Zema family patriarch, Demetrio, passed away very recently, at the age of 87.  Zema Estate is located in Coonawarra, making a fine array of reds, although it always seems to me that it never quite gets the accolades it deserves….

Trending Up: Sparkling Reds

Sparkling reds, once largely known as Sparkling Burgundy or even Spurgles, are seen by many as simply a curiosity. Even a fun drink,

Patritti’s April Red

The idea of blending red and white grapes has been with us for many years. The most obvious example is with the great wines of Champagne where Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and Meunier (the latter two, red grapes) are regularly mixed, to varying degrees. Those wines are, aside from the Rosés, white.  We also have…

You need to try this Shiraz​ Gin by Seppeltsfield Road Distillers

A decade ago, a Shiraz Gin might have seemed like a magical concoction more likely to be served in one of those weird Star Wars bars than the household favourite it has become. Four Pillars from the Yarra Valley took the early steps when distiller, Cam MacKenzie, decided he wanted to do something like a…

A Frog you might like…

Most wine drinkers will be familiar with those cheeky French wines, the Arrogant Frog series. Delicious wines, a bit a fun, great value.  I remember an invitation to meet with winemaker, Jean-Claude Mas, born and bred in the Languedoc, some years ago. In truth, I was expecting to dislike the bloke – Arrogant Frog indeed! Turns…

Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 is 100% Biodynamic

One of the most anticipated wines of the year is finally with us – Louis Roederer’s flagship champagne, ‘Cristal’ from the fabled 2012 vintage ($400). This is special for a number of reasons.  It is the first Cristal to be 100% biodynamic. Always seems a little bizarre that the man behind this style of viticulture was…

We’ve explored Pol Roger 2012 and we like it

Pol Roger has longer been one of this country’s favourite Champagne Houses, always outperforming for its size. Long associated with the great British leader, Sir Winston Churchill, Pol even named their flagship Champagne after him. As yet, their 2012 Sir Winston has not hit the shelves (2009 is current), but the rest of their fantastic…

explore Monkey 47 Gin

Once upon a time, a cricket-loving Wing Commander from the RAF, who grew up in the magical city of Madras and moved to Germany after the War, met a monkey called Max at the Berlin Zoo. He decided (unsuccessfully) to become a watchmaker and finally disappeared into the Black Forest to make gin. It is…

Henschke Hill of Grace 2015

Not even isolation and pandemics could prevent the annual release Australia’s most famous single vineyard wine, Henschke’s Hill of Grace

Frankland Estate wines you need to explore in Iso

As far as our imposed isolation goes, one has to think that the Frankland Estate winery in southern West Australia is in pole position. There are very few wineries so isolated. Frankland Estate is, not surprisingly, located in the Frankland River region (on Frankland Road), which is almost literally in the middle of nowhere, some…

This week we’ve explored Château Thivin wines that you need to try

This is Beaujolais but not as you know it. No flower-adorned labels or promotion by races. Not your six-week-old Nouveau. This is serious wine, yet it has retained the wonderful exuberance which is the hallmark of fine Beaujolais.  Château Thivin is a Côte de Brouilly specialist and when combined with a stellar vintage like 2018,…

Our Wine of the Week: Bollinger 2012 Grand Année

The House of Bollinger, as famous as it is, may never have seen quite such a golden period as it has enjoyed in recent years. Their Special Cuvee has looked as good as ever. The latest releases have been their flagship RD (Recently Disgorged) from the 2004 vintage, the spectacular 2008 Grand Année and now,…