Legendary winery Seppelt Great Western is an iconic fixture of the Australian wine scene, and as Ray Jordan discovers, 170 years after vines were first planted they are still producing top drops.
Power, elegance, and seduction. At first glance there is a sense of mutual exclusivity about the words. Yet strangely they can share a common thread when applied to pinot noir.
Ray Jordan profiles a South Australian winemaker making some of the country’s best-value reds.
For many, Australian shiraz is synonymous with the robust wines of the Barossa and McLaren Vale. But a new iteration began to emerge about 15 years ago. Here’s what sets them apart.
One of the Barossa’s oldest vinyards has just release its 40th vintage, and its a cracker.
Zinfandel is one of the most curious of all varieties. In an era when winemakers are generally seeking to reduce alcohol, zin fanatics want just the opposite.
After losing its way in the 80s and 90s, Grenache is back, and in the hands of top winemakers, the variety is enjoying renewed popularity among drinkers.
Here’s the drum on the 2016 release of Hill of Grace — it is one of the very best, unmistakable in style and expression of the old vines.
Denmark’s Rockcliffe winery just keeps kicking goals.
The fifth release of the Vasse Felix Tom Cullity Cabernet Malbec from the 2017 vintage has structure, finesse, restraint and elegance. An all-round class act.
With so much focus — and justifiable focus — on the wonderful single vineyard Hill of Grace, other wines in the portfolio can be overlooked. Mistake; big mistake.
This is getting just ridiculous. From the time the heavyweights of WA wine started to reveal their wines from the 2018 vintage, it has been a cavalcade of one great wine after another.
The wines are good. No, they are a lot better than that. They are outstanding.
For nearly 50 years, the vineyards of Juniper Estate have been pumping out first-class wines, and now they are releasing a new flagship range.
The 2018 vintage in WA was perhaps the greatest ever throughout the State’s wine regions. But emerging from its shadow is the cooler 2019 vintage, which is just starting to show how good it is.
Perth-born Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo is used to a whine — the high-pitched whine of more than 1000 horsepower of F1 engine screaming at him over 10 years on world racing circuits.
Penfolds have never been afraid to challenge the status quo, and now the iconic Australian wine brand are dabbling right in the heart of the Napa Valley.
REVIEW: This is the closest I have come to awarding a wine 100 points.
It was three thoroughly engaging pinots that grabbed my attention in the past week or so that compelled me to bring them to your attention.
With its multi-million-dollar China wine market decimated by tariffs imposed last year, Penfolds has launched a radical new range of wines that it hopes will underpin its new push into the US market.
One of Australia’s greatest vineyards is always on the quest to improve their offerings, and they are getting better every year.
Last year, I went just a little bit nutty when describing my first tasting of the first releases of Swinney Vineyards’ Farvie wines. I wasn’t the only one.
Dean Hewitson has a love for old vines, and he is producing some very good wines from them.
For David O’Leary and Nick Walker, the decision to create O’Leary Walker Wines in 2000 was quite a departure from their previous lives.
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