North-east Victorian viticulturist Mark Walpole is planting shiraz vines on the site of a 19th Century Beechworth vineyard, with each vine individually staked in the manner of Côte Rôtie vineyards.
David Bicknell has won the 20th Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine Winemaker of the Year.
The recent news reports about the drastic effects of global warming on the world’s vineyards had a ring of Armageddon to them. But winegrowers in Australia’s warmer wine regions aren’t planning to sell up and move to Tasmania just yet.
After a recent tasting of new-release samples of non-mainstream red varietals, I was shocked to find two wines I didn’t particularly like ended up giving the most pleasure with dinner. The wines were both produced by Italian consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini from Australian-grown grapes. Both were deliberately made in a non-fruity, savoury style which is polar opposite to most conventional Australian red wines. But, as Antonini himself says, they’re designed to be served with a meal, not drunk on their own.