Bannockburn Vineyards, one of Australia’s leading small wineries, is losing its colourful and charismatic winemaker Michael Glover. He will leave in January after nine years at Bannockburn, returning to his native New Zealand. For an iconic wine property like Bannockburn (tastings) to have found Glover
Arguably the most important trophy at the Boutique Wine Awards is not for the best wine of the show, but for the ‘best estate grown and produced’ wine. This is an acknowledgement that it takes special effort and commitment to do it all yourself –
Domaine Dujac (tastings) is a Burgundy winery closely identified with stalk inclusion, or more accurately, whole-bunch fermentation. The founder Jacques Seysses was a believer in putting all of the fruit into the fermenting vat as whole clusters, complete with stalks. This is an ancient winemaking
The Limestone Coast and Geelong wine shows could not be more different, but both shone the searchlight on outstanding wines. A fortnight ago I judged at Limestone Coast; a fortnight before at Geelong. Limestone Coast featured some of the biggest wine companies in Australia; Geelong none – just a raft of boutiques.