Five Schild Estate Reds You Need to Try

WORDS KEN GARGETT Schild Estate make a wide range of wines, mostly reds, and some are very limited. Here are five that should appeal and will hopefully be wines you can track down. They offer a great combination of flavour and value. Schild Estate ‘Edgar Schild’ Reserve Grenache 2017 ($36) From old bush vines, this is a…

A Very Solid Performer – The Sydney Reserve

Many (far too many) years ago, I stumbled on a few bottles of the 1978 Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet in a dusty corner of a bottleshop. It was quite a famous wine back then and offered for silly money (silly in the sense of being criminally cheap), so needless to say, I grabbed them. They are…

Australian Winery Penfolds Launch its own Champagne

WORDS KEN GARGETT There was a minor earthquake in the Champagne region this month and the aftershock could be felt all the way to Australia. Penfolds had been rumoured (well, it was a rumour they started last year, but they would not tell us any details) to be involved with a Champagne. Turned out to…

The Joy of Wine

WORDS KEN GARGETT Among the many joys wine offers is its infinite capacity to surprise. Usually, open a bottle and you know what to expect. We know what it is, what we paid, whether it should be spectacular or just a decent drink. But sometimes… Of course, the reverse happens as well. That particular bottle…

Brancott Estate & Benjamin Craven’s Limited Edition Bottles

Every liquor brand understands the importance of presence when their bottle is standing behind the bar or in a bottle shop, amongst their competition. Creating a label that simultaneously, catches the buyer’s eye and represents the brand/liquor, can sometimes be the defining factor as to why someone purchases your bottle. Which is why we are…

d’Arenberg Winery’s First Organic & Vegan Wine

The ‘d’Arenberg winery’ in McLaren Vale have released their first wine label that is both vegan-friendly and has full organic certification. The wine is made with biodynamically grown grapes and is a huge step towards environmental sustainability. Certified from NASAA (National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia), d’Arenberg winery claimed their wine had been organic since…

Low ABV, High Quality

Stoneleigh, a Marlborough wine brand, has just launched a new range of wines. ‘Stoneleigh Bright’ will have 25% less alcohol and is made using natural winemaking techniques that retain the flavour and quality of Marlborough, New Zealand, while having a low ABV of up to 9.5%. Two wines included in the range are, Stoneleigh Bright…

The 5 Best From The Wild West: WA Rosé

WORDS BY KEN GARGETT Rosé from Western Australia. Why the west? Why not! The idea is simply to show how Australia has finally embraced this style. We could do the same for every state, but what appealed was that quite a few producers are actually doing more than one example. They are looking to different…

Brokenwood Wines are Inviting You to a Bottomless Five Course Dinner

Brokenwood Wines has teamed up with Masterchef 2018 star, Reece Hingell, and acclaimed chef Raphael Szurek to offer a five-course dinner with bottomless matched wines. Guests will be treated to a menu expertly crafted by the two chefs to perfectly pair with some of Brokenwood’s most awarded selection. Reece will be in charge of crafting…

5 of the Best Prestige Rosé Champagnes

WORDS BY KEN GARGETT Great champagne is a little bit of an anomaly. It is truly one of the most wonderfully luxuriant products made, undoubtedly rich-and-famous stuff, as decadent as it gets. And yet, if one looks at truly extravagant products, great champagne is a steal. Think of the cost of a first-class flight, a…

A Foreign Affair: Australia’s Love of Champagne Rosé

WORDS BY STEPHANIE AIKINS It’s hard to deny there is something of a love affair between Australians and French cuisine. It was one of the first foreign foods to land on our shores (thanks to the wave of post-WWII immigrants) and for decades it has been the pinnacle of fine dining in the Australian psyche. …

The Perfect Pair: Rosé and Food Matches for Spring

WORDS BY KEN GARGETT If wine itself is subjective, then matching food and wine is even more so. My view has long been that if you like the wine and you like the food then there is a fair chance, you’ll have a good overall experience. I also think that this is the one subject…