Place of Changing Winds, a remarkable Pinot from the Macedon Ranges

Place of Changing Winds Clos de la Connerie 2017 Macedon Ranges, Australia
This wine is made by Luke Lambert for Robert Walters (an importer – he’s the founder of Bibendum Wine in Australia) who has planted a remarkable vineyard at ultra-high density. He began planting in Bullengarook in 2012, and has added more vines over the […]

Some current releases from Aussie star producer Penfolds

These are some of the current releases from Penfolds, possibly Australia’s most famous producer. When I first got into wine in the early 1990s, Penfolds was a company I fell in love with, for their flavoursome reds – the Bin Series. There was the famous Bin 95 Grange (this was £35 a bottle and a […]

Penfolds Max's Chardonnay and Cabernet

These are two of three wines under the relatively new Penfolds label ‘Max’s’, which pays tribute to former chief winemaker and creator of Grange, Max Schubert. There’s a third wine in the range, the Shiraz/Cabernet, which is just a little cheaper at £16.95.

Penfolds Max’s Chardonnay 2017 Adelaide Hills, Australia
13% alcohol
£19.99 Waitrose
Bright, lively and focused with […]

BK Wines Skin n'Bones Savagnin

I picked this up from the excellent Good Wine Shop in Chiswick – it’s a Savagnin from Brendon and Kirstyn Keys that spends a month on the skins before going to barrel. It’s quite a subtle wine but a delicious one, with real texture.

BK Wines Skin n’Bones Skin Contact White Savagnin 2016 Adelaide Hills, Australia
11.8% […]

Some impressive wines from Frankland Estate, Western Australia

I enjoyed revisiting these wines from Frankland Estate, and the current releases are really impressive. Head 250 km east of the Margaret River wine region in Western Australia, and you’ll hit the remote Frankland River region. With the coast quite a distance south, this is a cool climate wine region. Frankland Estate was established here […]

Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 Adelaide Hills, Australia

Brian Croser is one of Australia’s most well known winemakers. Brian was a very influential consultant winemaker who started his own brand, Petaluma, back in 1976. This grew and was later purchased by Lion Nathan in 2001. After the loss of his own venture, he began a new project, Tapanappa, with its debut vintage 2003. […]

More on Prosecco Wars

More on Prosecco. The debate – outlined yesterday on this blog – about whether the Australians should be allowed to label their wines by grape and place, including use of the word ‘Prosecco’ on the label, has intensified on social media. Facebook and Twitter have been abuzz. If I were legally minded, these are the […]

Prosecco Wars: should the Aussies be able to use the name?

There’s an excellent article in the Financial Review by Max Allen discussing whether or not Australian winemakers should be able to use the name Prosecco.

It used to be common for new world countries to label their wines by style, after the famous European wine regions. There’d be Burgundy, Claret and Champagne, usually made from completely […]

Pink bubbles: Cloudy Bay and Gentle Folk

Two bottles of pink fizz that went down well. The Cloudy Bay was a real surprise: encountered on a couple of occasions and really delicious.

Gentle Folk ‘Pink Fizz’ Pinot Noir Chardonnay Pet Nat 2016 Adelaide Hills. Australia
Powerful and funky. Cloudy pale pink with tangy apple, cherry and raspberry, and some spicy phenolic notes. There’s some […]

Moss Wood Amy’s 2015 Margaret River, Australia

2015 was a very successful vintage in Margaret River, by all accounts, and this Bordeaux-style blend from Moss Wood is quite beautiful. It’s also relatively inexpensive for the quality. While you can drink it now, it should age really well.

Moss Wood Amy’s 2015 Margaret River, Australia
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot […]