Why is pinot noir so revered and gamay neglected?
Australia has the greatest range and diversity of shiraz-based wines in the world.
De Bortoli Yarra Valley chief winemaker Steve Webber is thrilled that rosé has finally taken flight in Australia.
How ever did we manage before the ‘sort’ function was invented? I love the ability of databases to sort. I recently sorted out the wines under $23 in my latest chardonnay tasting of 127 wines, to see how the value-for-money stacked up. My scores on these wines range from 92 down to 85.
Three producers – Ten Minutes by Tractor (the 2013 vintage), Eldridge Estate (the 2014s) and De Salis (2013s) – dominate the 80 new-release pinot noir tasting notes uploaded to the app this month.
De Bortoli Villages Chardonnay, Yarra Valley 2014 $22 A lovely lighter bodied chardonnay of great drinkability and charm. There are grapefruit and lemon aromas, hints of passionfruit, and the palate is soft and juicy and shows minimal oak. A thoroughly modern chardonnay; great value. (12.5
NSW winery Moppity Vineyards has won the Most Successful Exhibitor trophy at the Royal Hobart Wine Show. Before you yawn (do we need to know the results from every wine show?), consider this. The next-smallest winery ever to win this award was De Bortoli, which is about 300 times the size of Moppity. At least that’s the estimate of Moppity owner Jason Brown.
I hear a lot about self-important winemakers and people who think they are the key factor in producing great wine – and not nearly enough about vineyards, which are the real key to great wine. I suppose it’s understandable: people are more interested in people than in soil, plants, leaves, rocks and rainfall.
Wonderful chardonnay continues to flood from wineries in many Australian regions. My latest tasting of 141 chardonnays is loaded with marvels, largely from the 2013 vintage but also quite a few ‘14s and ‘12s.
At least 25 Australian wine regions regularly produce excellent shiraz. They vary in latitude from the Granite Belt in southern Queensland to Tasmania’s Tamar Valley. Top-line shiraz is also produced from the eastern to the western extremities: from the Hunter Valley to Western Australia’s Swan Valley. There is no other country that offers such a range of shiraz produced in such a variety of terroirs. Yet people still generalize about Australian shiraz as a blockbuster wine: unsubtle, superripe, high-alcohol and jammy. This is a mistake.