1505, 2018

The roots of Aussie Shiraz

May 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Shiraz (or Syrah depending on style) was one of the earliest varieties to be welcomed to Australia in 1832 thanks to the arrival of James Busby and his now infamous grape variety collection – and fortunately Shiraz was immediately established in some of Australia’s finest vineyards. From that moment on this deep red, juicy variety with wonderful tannins has been closely connected to our viticultural landscape…   Colonial Australia and our [...]

903, 2018

On the world’s lips – Cabernet Sauvignon

March 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Before Cabernet Sauvignon underwent DNA profiling revealing it to be the lovechild of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, up until the 17th Century the variety was somewhat of a chameleon. You may have enjoyed a glass of Claret or Bordeaux, talked about Petite Vidure or Bidure, or even looked across a field of Uva Francese while holidaying in Italy. Yes, they are all referring to the one and only, Cab Sauv. [...]

3101, 2018

Fresh-faced Chardonnay

January 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Back when Donald Trump’s hair didn’t yet resemble a comb-over and Michael Jackson’s notoriety was still purely about the music, the white wine of choice in Australia was Chardonnay, always. Yes, before Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon wowed our palettes, Chardonnay in the 80s and 90s was big, bold and more often than not heavily oaked – and Australians loved it. Winemakers too were seduced by Chardonnay’s charms, particularly its versatility, adaptability [...]

612, 2017

Fiano: four great reasons to pour yourself a glass

December 6th, 2017|0 Comments

It’s funny to talk about Fiano (fee-ah-no) as if it’s a new kid on the block, when it has been attracting the bees (traditionally known as Vitis Apiano ‘the vine beloved by bees’) for over 2000 years and pleasing Italian kings since the 13th Century. But in Australia, and even in modern Italian terms, Fiano is a fresh face on the white wine scene, luring dedicated Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris/Grigio and [...]

2909, 2017

Straight up – Sangiovese is ‘super’

September 29th, 2017|0 Comments

There is one variety that lays claim to more Italian soil than any other, Jancis Robinson proclaims it is “THE dominant grape of central Italian red wines,” and these days it is the backbone, and often the only variety in Tuscany’s famous Chianti. Plus, if you’re saying it correctly the name just rolls over your tongue like an exquisite Brunello di Montalcino. It’s Sangiovese (san-gee-oh-vey-see), of course. Legend has it Monks [...]