Taylors Wines you need to try

The slightly-more-advanced-in-age among us will recall the days when it seemed every restaurant table in the country had a bottle of Taylor’s Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon on it. It was incredibly popular.  This was the time when Cabernet was King of table wines and Shiraz a mere workhorse making everything from fortifieds to muffins, along…

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,

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…

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…

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,…

Become a wine buff in Iso

Across the month of May, Young Gun of Wine (YGOW) will host a series of online events to replace its annual Top 50 tasting events. YGOW will host the virtual tastings with the top 50 winemakers of 2020 along with other experts in the field. Most of the events will run for about an hour…

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,…

A must try wine: Grosset Nereus 2017

It would be the easiest thing in the world to tell everyone how good the latest releases from Grosset are (and, of course, they are). I doubt there is a half-serious wine lover in Australia not fully aware that the Grosset Rieslings are world-class. The Gaia and Chardonnay might sneak under the radar to a…

Add this wine to your radar: Radenti

Few categories of Aussie wine have seen the extraordinary advances which have been enjoyed by our sparklings. From sickly sweet, bog average wedding guzzlers, made from second rate grapes in third rate methods, we now boast some of the finest fizz on the planet. No one is suggesting that we have topped the great wines…