January is the time of year for reflection and planning, which I thought I would share. Wine is physical; it is something special, a creation to be enjoyed...
A number of Australian wineries have adopted non-conventional wine styles more commonly known as ‘Amarone’. Hobbs, the artisan Barossa Ranges winery, has embraced with great success the challenges of employing alternative winemaking styles on typical ‘Australian’ varietals and lead the way on the new path.
We thought the 2013 was something special, however the 2014 could well go down as one of the greatest ‘young’ Pinot Noirs to ever pass our lips.
Michel Chapoutier needs little introduction as one of the greatest winemakers in the Rhone however, few know of Domaine Bila-Haut, Michel’s Roussillon property which he purchased in 2000
Read our Christmas Q&A with Don and Valerie from Devotus
This is an utterly magnificent, towering masterpiece and firmly sits in my ‘top 10’ best value wines of 2017.
This week’s culinary adventure took me back to London and to Jason Atherton’s Michelin star restaurant, Pollen Street Social, which is tucked away on a tiny street in Mayfair. I would hate for our readers to think I am constantly out gallivanting as I prefer not to breach Kent’s borders. Last weeks lunch with the Mondavis and this week’s dining experience should be considered rare exceptions...
Grant Taylor is as important to New Zealand winemaking as Freddie Mercury was to the music industry.
Denis Durantou of the famed L’Eglise Clinet needs little introduction and more pleasingly, his quartet of super-affordable right-banks are gaining serious momentum with each and every release.
Out of the blue, I received an invitation to join Tim & Carlo Mondavi for lunch in London, which is one invitation you do not decline. The great and late Robert Mondavi was known throughout the wine world as a pioneer until the world lost this colossus of a man in 2008.
The title should accurately reflect how great this wine is – Perhaps ‘One of the Wines of 2017’ as it's certainly a showstopper
Paul, a Polish immigrant who originally spent years cutting his teeth as a sommelier in Toronto before moving out to Santa Maria in the early 2000’s with the dream of making his own wine.
"Few producers can equal Francis Egly in skill and experience, and larger houses cannot hope to emulate the cultivation norms..."
2013, The Vinorium started life with a tiny shop, a deli, which quickly morphed into a full scale (but small 30 seater) restaurant.
Without a shadow of a doubt, Château Canon has been one of the hottest Bordeaux properties during the past three En-Primeur campaigns. Chanel, the new owners have invested enormous sums of monies, which is clearly paying off handsomely with three, stunning back-to-back vintages.
As Christmas fast approaches, it would be fair to say we are bombarded with offers and samples from global producers. Admittedly, some samples are delicious and the company wallet comes out however, the vast majority are simply served with the teams daily lunch.
Robust flavours, great depth and a capturing intensity – this is an essence of textural wines, which we can break down to hundreds of mouth-watering expressions.
Michel Chapoutier needs little introduction as one of the greatest winemakers in the Rhone however, few know of Domaine Bila-Haut, Michel’s Roussillon property which he purchased in 2000.
Many of you are aware of the problem we face when attempting to create a shortlist of our mature Australian wines, given the scale of our collection. Even when taking into consideration only one aspect – a region, grape or style – it feels we are leaving too many great wines behind.
The awards and scores are staggering: Decanter Platinum: Best NZ Chardonnay, Gold Medal (IWC) & more 19.5, 97 and 98 points you will ever see for one range of wines. Quite extraordinary!