Category Archives: Australian Wine

Clonakilla

It doesn’t need anything else in the title, does it. I’ve said before that by personal favourite Australian wine estates have long been Jasper Hill, in Heathcote, and Clonakilla, at Murrumbateman in Canberra District. In the first of my string … Continue reading

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Let Me Tell You A Little About Shoalhaven Coast

Australia is brimming with new wine regions. Just as we get used to Tumbarumba and Hastings River in New South Wales we hear that Willyarup, within the wider Margaret River appellation, has just been given approval. One region you may … Continue reading

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Polperro – A Small Cornish Gem on the Mornington Peninsula

When I first visited Mornington Peninsula about twelve years ago it was just gaining a bit of a name in the UK, where it was seen as very much a cool climate region, all the rage as they say. Located … Continue reading

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Central Victoria Part 2 – Bindi

We have moved south from Bendigo, which was our first destination on this Australian adventure, to the Macedon Ranges. If you drive north out of Melbourne the first wine region you hit is Sunbury. North of that you come to … Continue reading

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Central Victoria Part 1 – Around Castlemaine

Castlemaine is a small town in the old Victorian goldfields. It’s an attractive town in many ways, with plenty of places serving the great food and coffee one comes to expect almost anywhere in Australia, but do pronounce it with … Continue reading

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Recent Wines September 2019 #theglouthatbindsus

You’ve probably noticed how frantically I have been writing recently, with so many of September’s round of tastings to get through. Now is the time to reflect what I’ve been drinking at home in the past month, but I really … Continue reading

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Three Go Mad In Islington – Nekter, Roland, Modal Portfolio 2019

The three dynamic, young and small importers featured here have not chosen a pithy name for themselves, like the “Dirty Dozen”, so I’ve kind of done it for them in my title (sorry chaps). Nekter Wines, Roland Wines and Modal … Continue reading

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Real Wine Fair 2019, Part 2

If you have not seen Part 1 of my coverage of the Real Wine Fair 2019 you can check it out here. That is where you will find any introductory blurb, for what it’s worth. This is the second of … Continue reading

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The Power…and the Glory – Australia Day Tasting, London 2018

I hadn’t been to the annual ADT event in London for a few years and coming back to it didn’t really feel like being away. Crowded (okay, really popular), quite hot (an issue for some of the red wines, with … Continue reading

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Tuff Act to Follow

In 2010, when Max Allen featured Tom Shobbrook in his seminal work on The Future Makers of Aussie wine, Tom had only been back in Australia for three years. He was embarking on a ten year plan to convert his family’s properties … Continue reading

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