Stonier Chardonnay 2016, Mornington Peninsula, AUD $25
Dawson and James are long-time close friends since working at Hardys/Constellation/Accolade.
Mud House Grovetown Pinot Gris 2016, Central Otago, NZD $16.99
The wineries and brands owned by Lion Australia have been bought by Accolade Wines.
The 1998 Arras 20th Anniversary E.J. Carr Late Disgorged is one of the best Australian sparkling wines I’ve ever tasted. It was released at a grand event in Sydney last week: just 300 bottles, at $350 each.
Houghton White Classic, Australia 2014 $9 Formerly named Houghton White Burgundy, this has a distinguished history. It’s a clean, fresh, well-made dry white with restrained grassy herbal aromas which hint at semillon and/or sauvignon blanc in the blend. It’s light, fresh and fruity in a
The Tasmanian Wine Show this year had a gold-medal strike-rate of more than 10%, which is extraordinary – most wine shows award around 4 to 5% gold medals. It’s a stark illustration of the high standard of wine in Tasmania. And this success-rate was achieved
The Barossa-based Glaetzer family seem to have wine in their genes. Nick Glaetzer, winemaker at Tasmania’s Frogmore Creek and also a producer of his own wines under the Glaetzer-Dixon label, is the second member of his family to win the Wine Australia Medal. This is awarded each year at the Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine Winemaker of the Year awards to a younger generation, up-and-coming winemaker. Nick, 31, was born and raised in the Barossa, where his father Colin was winemaker at Seppelt and Barossa Valley Estates before co-establishing Barossa Vintners, and his uncle John (Colin’s twin brother) was Wolf Blass’s right-hand man and chief winemaker for the first 30 years. Nick’s bother Ben won the award in 2004. There is a third winemaker in the Glaetzer family, too: Nick and Ben’s older brother Sam is a senior winemaker for Treasury Wine Estates in the Barossa.