L.A.S. Vino: alternative wines from Margaret River

Caught up with this pair yesterday at the Liberty tasting. Strikingly labelled, they are interesting wines from Margaret River.  LAS Vino (LAS standing for luck, art and science) is the label of Nic Peterkin, who has quite a few good wine genes. His father is Mike Peterkin of Pierro fame and his mother is Shelley [...]

Australian wine: my new perspective

[A word of explanation: I wrote this on the plane on the way home from Australia. I've held off publishing it until I'd finished my blogging about the trip, for the sake of continuity.]

I’m on my way home from a memorable visit to Australia. I often find it useful just to capture some of my [...]

In the Macedon Ranges

The final day of my Australian adventure took me to the Macedon Ranges. This is a cool-climate area, about an hour’s drive from Melbourne. In the past, Macedon was properly marginal for vineyards; now a bit of global warming has made it less of a crazy place for growing wine grapes, but it’s [...]

In the Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley. It was almost a decade ago that I first visited, back in March 2006. It was a lovely trip owing much to the generosity of Tony Jordan, who hosted me and arranged my appointments, Now, it was time to revisit.

I started off right in the south of the region, at Gembrook Hill, [...]

Negociants Lunch with Armagh, Contours, Nautilus Pinot and others

I’ve kind of got out of the habit of lunching well. You know: old school wine trade lunches where you leave your desk before noon and write off the rest of the day. So it was nice to have a chance to lunch properly, and in good company, at 8 Hoxton Square with Negociants. Their [...]

In Gippsland with Bill Downie and Patrick Sullivan

Bill Downie

The flight from Adelaide to Melbourne is a short one, and before I knew it I was at the arrivals hall, being greeted by Bill Downie. We headed off to the city for a spot of lunch and to meet with Adi Badenhorst, who was to be joining me for the rest of [...]

Revisiting the Barossa

Australia’s Barossa Valley. This was the first wine region I visited, back in 1996. I revisited as a professional in 2004 and 2005 to see some of the new young(-ish) producers who were making waves here. And now, a decade on, I was back to spend a day seeing the new new Barossa.

I began at [...]

Dinner at Taras and Amber's with the Basket Range crew

After our tour of the Basket Range it was off to dinner at Taras and Amber’s place, which is secluded and fringed with green. This is not what you’d expect from, Australia in late November. We arrive to find quite a crowd gathered, all relaxed, happy and engaged with each other. This is pretty much [...]

The Manon Wild Nature wines, made from abandoned vineyards

At my dinner with the Adelaide Hills Basket Range guys, it was great to meet Monique Millton (daughter of Gisborne, NZ’s James and Annie Millton) and Tim Webber. They are making wine together under the Manon label. One thing they are doing that is, as far as I know, pretty unique, is to make wines [...]

The Klopper Basket Range Tour

Visit finished, Ben and I hopped into Anton’s Land Rover Defender. All aboard for a tour of the Basket Range.

The Basket Range is a beautiful corner of the Adelaide Hills, and it is the epicentre for the new wave of interesting, naturally made Australian wine. There’s a fabulous critical mass of winegrowers who are working [...]