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2019 Travis Schultz Wine Master Class

2019 Travis Schultz Winemakers Masterclass

This classy annual corporate business lunch hosted by Travis Schultz features some of Australia’s most well-known winemakers in an entertaining afternoon of matching fine food and wines. The event includes some of Australia’s favourite wine makers who will each provide wines served in Riedel glassware to be matched with our five courses. This year one…
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James Halliday

It doesn’t get any better than a good Halliday

These days, everyone with a social media account and a mobile phone is a food or wine critic and the power of these so-called “influencers’ increases exponentially with the increase in reach of every flippant, if not ill-considered post. And it’s a sad reality, that in the wine industry the fortunes of wineries and winemakers…
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Cowra Wine Region

Grapes Shape Fresh Tactic

The Cowra wine region covers about 1250sqkm in the Lachlan River Valley at the southern end of the Central Ranges zone in NSW. Unsurprisingly, the district is amongst the lowest altitude and warmest parts of the Central Ranges region. And while the oenological offerings of the area have risen to prominence in recent decades only,…
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The Great Wine Divide

The Great Wine Divide

It’s often observed that the same wines, produced in geographically diverse regions, can produce disparate results in the glass and on the palate. The truism is underscored when travelling to a different continent where not only is the terroir unique, but the wine-making heritage and practices have taken a different path to those that we…
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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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Brockenchack, Zip Line Shiraz 2014 Review

Brockenchack, Zip Line Shiraz 2014

Australian wine consumers are a fortunate bunch.  Not only do we have a wide range of varietals to choose from, but we are blessed with remarkable quality for the prices we are asked to pay.  And no more so than amongst our vigneron’s Shiraz offerings where the Brockenchack Zip Line Shiraz 2014 is one of…
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Two Sisters, Pinot Noir 2011 - Review

Two Sisters, Pinot Noir 2011

I’d normally expect to pick a Pinot Noir wine simply from its (lighter) rufescent colour in the glass, but even by Central Otago standards, the Two Sisters Pinot Noir 2011 is more than just a little beguiling. From a distance, there’s a definite dark ruby depth in the glass and only the slightest garnet tinges…
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Bird in Hand Pinot Rose 2015 Review

Bird in Hand, Pinot Rosé 2015

Call it pink, salmon, pale red or rosy, the Bird in Hand Pinot Rosé is certainly a light and lively rosé colour in the glass and wears its strawberry cloak from the nose right through to a semi-dry finish. Hailing from the cool Adelaide Hills vineyards of Bird in Hand, the Pinot Noir grapes were…
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Steels Creek Estate Cabernet Franc 2013 Review

Steels Creek Estate, Cabernet Franc 2013

Cabernet Franc is not a style that we often see vinified as a single varietal, but when it’s done well, it can be at least the equal of its better-known cousin, Cabernet Sauvignon.  Most frequently, Cabernet Franc is used in the classic Bordeaux blends to provide charm, aromatics and fragrance to what is my all-time…
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Cumulus Climbing, Pinot Gris 2015 Review

Cumulus Climbing, Pinot Gris 2015

The cool climate, dry autumns and elevated vineyards in Orange, New South Wales, make it an ideal environment for growing Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, but it may be the Alsatian inspired Pinot Gris grape that puts it front and centre of the viticultural map.  In the United States, Pinot Gris is now the second biggest…
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