New and Noteworthy

Bolly darling

To celebrate the release of 2004 Bollinger RD Champagne the company’s Global Director, Guy de Rivoire, presented the five Bollinger champagnes currently available in New Zealand.

The Knappstein bunch

Knappstein winemaker Ben Marx has used 90% whole-bunch for his The Insider Shiraz Malbec 2017. It’s a 50/50 blend of shiraz and malbec and is a new take on a traditional Clare blend.

Tamra keeps things busy

Tamra Kelly-Washington is a busy lady. In addition to looking after two small children and making wine for Seresin, she is in the process of launching the Kelly Washington brand.

We are in Xanadu

Xanadu cabernet sauvignons have won the trophy for the best cabernet sauvignon at the national wine show six years in a row.

A Champagne discovery

As a card-carrying Champagne tragic, I’m always interested to taste new brands launching in the Australian market. Champagne Collet is my latest discovery.

Astrolabe’s savie success

Astrolabe has reinforced their reputation as one of Marlborough’s top sauvignon blanc producers with the release of four wines from the 2017 and 2018 vintages.

Cabernet humdingers

Which regions produce the most under-priced cabernet in Australia? Your answer needs to include Langhorne Creek and Clare Valley.