Wealthy professionals buying vineyards is nothing new. As hobby farms or as tax write-offs or for just the thrill of plonking down a bottle of ‘their’ plonk onto crisp linen tablecloths - whatever the reason, the idea of owning a vineyard is certainly seductive to people of certain means.
This is a brief account of the 2017 vintage in Victoria straight from the producers. Some are technical, some are more musings on their personal feelings on quality. The hope is that both should be valuable and of interest.
The Yarra Valley is under attack. First, from the insidious creep of the phylloxera bug that threatens to take down every vine in the region raised on its own roots. Second, from rising temperatures, particularly on the Valley Floor. I encourage the climate deniers out there to ask a grape grower in the Lower Yarra about climate change for a swift and emphatic smack down of their skepticism.
Thoughtful, unassuming, precise. These are the words that spring to the minds of those who meet Bryan Martin. He has, quietly and in his own time, built one of Canberra’s most devastating line-ups of wine under his Ravensworth label. The new release of his Shiraz Viognier is set to be one of Bryan’s finest releases to date.
The Rayner Vineyard is one of McLaren Vale's most iconic sites. Now under the ownership of the husband-and-wife team of Andre Bondar and Selina Kelly, this special vineyard looks set to enter a glorious new era...
The Australian wine scene is ever-evolving, and we love discovering the next wave of young star winemakers certain to play a big role in our industry's future. Here are ten new names to keep an eye out for, and an exciting wine from each to try.
Grenache is one of the great sleeping giants of Australian wine. And the giant is stirring. In one small pocket of McLaren Vale known as Blewitt Springs, some of the loudest noises about the quality and potential of Australian Grenache are being made.