Tag Archives: McLeish Estate

Cabernet sauvignon and friends

Top-level Australian cabernet sauvignon is getting quite expensive, in step with world trends. In my latest tasting of 120 cabernet sauvignon and cabernet-driven blends, six of the top wines were priced over $100, and seven more were nudging the $100 mark.

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Lessons in fishing

Fishing is a good lesson in life, I reckon, because nothing worthwhile is ever achieved easily. You simply don’t go fishing unless you’re prepared to be skunked. Chances are, you’ll come home empty-handed quite often.  My favourite form of fishing is fly-fishing for trout –

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Single-vineyard semillon

Single-vineyard semillons are becoming quite the thing in the Hunter Valley, as are aged releases. Brokenwood, Tyrrell’s (tastings) and others have long had individual vineyard bottlings which are often then subjected to extended bottle-ageing pre-release, and they are often outstanding.  Brokenwood’s latest is the six

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NSW Wines Star At Sydney Royal

Three local heroes figured in the trophy list at the recent 2014 Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show. Southern Highlands winery Tertini (tastings) won the trophy for the best riesling of the show with its 2013 vintage. Tertini, of Mittagong, is a small and relatively new

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Orange Turns Into Gold

Wines from the Orange region had experienced a stellar week. Philip Shaw No.11 Chardonnay 2010 ($32) was crowned best chardonnay and wine of show at the 2011 Boutique Wine Awards. A few days later, the area’s winemakers held a successful exhibition at Wine Odyssey in Sydney’s The Rocks, despite torrential rain and that same night, they couldn’t get home because snow had cut the road. Orange’s claim to be a cool-climate wine region was confirmed.