During the last-minute tastings for The Real Review Certificate of Excellence and Top Wineries list, I felt like the proverbial kid in the candy store.
Where to start? Best Australian wines? Best imports? Best current release wines? Best value for money wines? There are simply too many ways to tackle the question.
The way Pernod Ricard handled the sale of Morris Wines takes the breath away.
The move by Pernod Ricard to close the Morris winery at Rutherglen is quite simply a tragedy.
With winter coming on, it’s time to put in a store of winter warmers: fortified and sweet wines to finish off those cosy dinners and long winter evenings.
Morris Classic Liqueur Tokay, Rutherglen NV $18 – $21 / 500ml A remarkable wine for its modest price, this has a mid amber-orange colour and smells invitingly of butterscotch, malt and toffee; aromas which continue in the mouth where it’s very rich and concentrated, luscious
Not only do Rutherglen’s winemakers produce the world’s most luscious and complex fortified muscat and topaque (muscadelle), they have a unique system of classifying them. There are four levels of quality which loosely correlate with age, but most importantly, style. The older the blended age of these non-vintage wines, the more rich, complex and profound they are in bouquet and flavour.
Wine glass designer par excellence Georg Riedel last week conducted a tasting in Rutherglen in his quest to find a suitable design for a special Rutherglen Muscat glass. A group of wine writers and local winemakers tasted a number of muscats in 14 different Riedel