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Indulge Yourself

Galli Estate Artigiano Nebbiolo, Heathcote 2012 $38 Don’t be put off by the typical nebb light, developed brick-red colour, this is a charming medium-bodied, savoury red wine with ample supple tannins and an elegant structure. Red fruits and dried herbs to sniff. A superb food

Born & Raised new releases

David Messum is the owner and winemaker of Born & Raised, a young Englishman who has been in Australia nine years and has a plan. His slogan is that he makes small-batch, alternative Australian styles. That’s pretty much what you have to do if you’re a new, small entrant into winemaking these days. It’s hard to get a run in retail shops, and a cellar door is not an option at this stage, but if you can angle your wines at the sommeliers and frequenters of small winebars, you might have a chance.

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Head for the Hunter

The Hunter Valley gets its name from Captain John Hunter who was Governor of the British colony in New South Wales at the time (1797). The region had been occupied by Aboriginal tribes at least 30,000 years before European settlement. The sprawling valley extends from 120 km to 310 km north of Sydney. It’s an easy two hour drive from Sydney giving weekend access to Sydney-siders wishing to change the fast pace of city life for tranquil, verdant countryside. Coal mining, wine growing and tourism fuel the economic growth of the region.


PHI Syrah Grenache Mourvedre, Heathcote 2012 $25 Made by De Bortoli, who like using stalks in their fermentations, resulting in complex foresty aromas and flavours. This one is quite exotic, ripely opulent and silky, with power, persistence and delicious drinkability. There are vegetal as well