Almost every wine pundit in the world puts Riesling somewhere near the top of their ‘favourite variety’ list. And that’s no surprise. When it’s good, it’s mind-bendingly, mouth-wateringly, “get-me-a-pint-glass-of-this” good.
Well, another trip around the sun is done and dusted, and what a trip it’s been! We’ve seen some outstanding Australian vino over 2017, and excitingly have had a few months wading into the dizzying world of Australian craft spirits - it’s been a crazy ride.
Amongst the mushroom speckled forests of the Adelaide Hills reside a troupe of artists and free spirits who walk to the beat of their own drum. The Basket Range, a small, circular collection of hills twenty minutes from the heart of Adelaide, has become over the last decade, a crucible of vignerons and winemakers in search of like minded people. It’s become the Australian Mecca for those who want to grow and make natural wine.
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.