Wine Spotlights

Patience is a virtue with Balgownie reds

Big reds need time, so Balgownie holds some of their powerful Estate cabernet sauvignons and shirazes back for a few years of extra maturation, then re-releases them to their loyal clientele.

Come in spinner for multi-trophy winner

If chief winemaker Andrew Spinaze hadn’t chanced to go into the winery on a Sunday evening to check on a ferment during the 2013 vintage, we would never have had the trophy-winning 2013 Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon.

The new Krug Vintage 2008

Krug is renowned for holding ‘rough luxury’ tastings in obscure parts of the capital, but even by Krug’s standards, the venue at 2 Smugglers Yard in an unprepossessing corner of West London required all one’s navigational skills.

Kumeu’s Crémant

Kumeu River is well known internationally for producing cracking Chardonnay. Few would have been surprised when they released a sparkling wine.

Giles Cooke MW’s fatherly charity wine

Giles Cooke MW has a side-brand of his own named Our Fathers. The entire profits are donated to charities. Till now, the charities have been British. Giles had difficulty finding an Australian charity that would accept the cash.