Ken Helm was almost fated to become a winemaker. He was born and raised in Albury, where his father had a bicycle shop in the main street, he grew up around the vineyards of Rutherglen and Albury.
If ever a wine region punched above its weight, it’s the Canberra District. With less than 500 hectares of vines, it has 34 wine producers and a tiny but disproportionately important share of the national wine production.
Helm Premium Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Canberra District, AUD $90
Take the time to source your product locally. You will be doing your part in minimising wine miles in the process.
Helm Classic Dry Riesling 2019, Canberra District, AUD $38
Canberra District winemaker and wine historian Ken Helm has challenged the author of an article which cast doubt on claims that James Busby brought the first riesling vines to Australia.
Helm Tumbarumba Riesling 2018, Tumbarumba, AUD $30
It’s always irritated me slightly that we call certain grapes ‘white’ grapes, and the wine made from them, ‘white’ wine.
The 2017 vintage is an excellent riesling vintage, going on the evidence of my tastings.
The Canberra region is famous for shiraz, but on a recent visit, I was surprised by the cabernets.