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Top Wineries of Australia 2021: 36 to 33

Woodlands: best known for cabernet sauvignon and blends bottled under several labels, also chardonnay led by the majestic Chloe Reserve, all from grapes grown in the Wilyabrup subregion. Lake’s Folly: best known for complex chardonnays which are among the region’s finest, and the quixotic cabernet blend instigated by Dr Max Lake in 1963. John Duval Wines: best known for building a magnificent array of wines, led by multiple bottlings of shiraz; old-vine mataro and grenache also thrilling. Yeringberg: best known for deliciously elegant, fruit-driven chardonnay, pinot noir and, especially, the blend of Bordeaux red varieties simply labelled Yeringberg.

Top Wineries of Australia 2020: Ranks 12 to 9

Henschke: best known for iconic single-vineyard shirazes, Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone. Gibson: best known for shiraz and shiraz blends under numerous labels, capped by the 2015 Special Reserve Bin 65 Shiraz and 2016 Australian Old Vine Collection Shiraz – both dense, plush and succulent. Yering Station: best known for powerful pinot noirs and Reserve Shiraz Viognier, one of Australia’s greatest such blends. Lake’s Folly: best known for a tiny but mega-premium offering of just two styles: the Bordeaux-inspired red blend, simply named Cabernets, and magnificent chardonnays wearing the familiar yellow label.

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The NSW wine all-stars

New South Wales is different. Its 16 wine regions are very diverse geographically, climatically and wine-wise, and together they offer an entirely different palette to Victoria or South Australia – not necessarily better or less good, but different.

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A Salute to the DIY Vigneron

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 –

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Reserve a spot at the Reserve Wine Bar

The new Reserve Wine Bar is the talk of Newcastle. The building, a historic, century-old former bank building that was purpose-renovated, opened on October 3. Wine writer and Newcastle resident Patrick Haddock designed the wine list, which has 250 listings and a NSW focus, along

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Six Nations victory

I confess I was barracking for New Zealand in the recent America’s Cup challenge, although two key members of the victorious US crew were Aussies. Why back the Kiwis? Well, they’re our neighbours, and more importantly, anyone who takes on the Yanks is the underdog.