New and Noteworthy

Bon blanc de blanc

I’m a self-confessed Champagne tragic, and there’s a special place in my heart for blanc de blancs Champagnes.

Semillon hunting

While I’m a great lover of Hunter Valley semillon I’ve long had a love-hate relationship with Western Australia’s efforts.

Wines with manners

James Manners is one of several younger-generation winemakers strutting their stuff in Mudgee, breathing new life into this venerable region.

Bell Hill beauties

I’m a huge fan of this Canterbury producer. They are “situated at an old lime quarry in the Weka Pass, North Canterbury” according to their website.

A pinot noir gala

In a tasting of 75 new-release pinot noirs, there’s an element of déjà-vû as the big names that we’d expect to come up trumps, usually do.