Month: June 2018

Yangarra 2017 Grenache

The Blame Game!

If I had a “tenner” for every time I’ve heard people say that “the sulphites in red wine give me headaches”, I reckon I’d probably be on a plane to the Bahamas right now! Rightly or wrongly, sulphur dioxide (SO2) is often blamed as being the cause of hangovers and headaches on the morning after…
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2017 Penley Estate Spring Release Cabernet Franc Review

Cabernet Franc

It may not be a style which is frequently vinted on its own, but Cabernet Franc is undoubtedly an enigmatic grape with a fascinating history. Thought to have originated in the Basque Country in the Western Pyrenees, Cabernet Franc has been proven through DNA analysis to be a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. In the late…
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Riedel Glassware

Does Glassware Make a Difference?

Any business advisor or strategy consultant will tell you that the value proposition of any retail purchase is a key driver of consumer behaviour. It’s “Business 101”, yet I’m constantly surprised by the inability of glassware manufacturers to sell the value of higher end drinking tools to consumers. After all, how often do we see…
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Tahbilk Marsanne 2012 Review

Tahbilk Marsanne 2012

Marsanne is a troublesome white wine varietal that originated in the Northern Rhone region of France and has challenged winemakers and their viticultural practices for centuries. Notoriously difficult to grow, it struggles in heat or freezing conditions and it is susceptible to a wide range of vineyard diseases. Depending on the conditions and terroir, it…
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Pressing Matters Riesling R9 2012 Review

Tassie Temptation

Low Alcohol Wines It is a well-known industry deception, that the alcohol content of a wine as described on the bottle, is largely understated. The Food Standards Code in Australia allows a level of tolerance which generally means that wines are labelled as being lower in alcohol than they actually are. A recent study by…
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Travis Schultz Law Winemakers Masterclass

2018 Travis Schultz Law Winemakers Masterclass

The annual Travis Schultz Winemakers’ Master Class, backed by NAB Private, raised $91,000 to help SunnyKids to support children at risk with winemakers from the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and Clare Valley regions coming together at the Maroochy RSL to share their knowledge of premium wines for the all-important cause. This year’s sold-out event featured…
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2016 Skillogalee Gewürztraminer Review

High Style

They’ve got in wrong in the Clare Valley! It’s easy to be critical from the sidelines, but as a spectator watching the wine industry blossom in South Australia’s Clare Valley, I can’t help but wonder if players and coaches alike might have made the wrong call. I’m probably going to be howled down for saying…
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Preston Peak

Maybe I’m becoming sentimental as middle age takes its grip, but when I recently learned that a cellar door outlet for a Granite Belt Winery has opened a few hundred metres from my childhood home, I couldn’t help but feel a wistful longing for a return to my childhood stomping ground – even if it…
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