At the International Riesling Challenge in Canberra in 2012, Ravensworth’s 2012 Riesling hit the jackpot, beating all comers to win top wine of show, an amazing achievement for a small-production local wine in international company. If nothing else, it signaled to the wider world that Ravensworth had arrived, something we scribes already knew as we’d been enjoying Bryan Martin’s wines for years.
If my latest riesling tastings are an indication, the Clare Valley had an exceptional riesling vintage in 2014. The number of superb wines to already emerge on the market is impressive: Pikes (tastings), Wilson Vineyard (tastings), Leo Buring (Leonay – tasting), Grosset (tastings), Mt Horrocks (tastings), Kerri Thompson (Wines by
Seven wine regions shared in the gold medals at the recent 2014 NSW Small Winemakers Show. They are the Hunter Valley, Canberra District, Hilltops, South Coast, Central Ranges, Orange and Tumbarumba. The trophies were shared among five of those regions: 2013 Moppity Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
The biggest tasting I did last month was of 150 mixed red varietals – these are made from grapes other than the staples, shiraz, pinot noir, cabernet and merlot. This grab-bag of ‘alternative’ varieties is blossoming – both in the number of varieties being produced
I’m a big fan of dry white blends, whether they be Alsace-style mixtures of varieties such as riesling, gewürztraminer, pinot gris, etc, or Rhone-style blends such as marsanne, roussanne, viognier and others. This month I’ve loaded reviews of quite a number, of which there are
What an extraordinary range of styles of shiraz Australia produces! There were no less than 47 wines which scored silver-medal points or above in my latest upload of 134 shiraz tasting notes, just over one-third, and they range across many regions and styles. Right beside each
Ravensworth Murrumbateman Shiraz Viognier, Canberra District 2013 $32-$34 Bryan Martin, whose ‘day job’ is as assistant winemaker at Clonakilla, also makes his own elegant, effortless whites and reds from Canberra District grapes. The colour is light for a shiraz, but bright and of excellent hue.
Chardonnay is one of my favourite wines to taste and to drink. This month I’ve uploaded more than 100 new-release chardonnays, and the big news is just how exciting the 2012s are – throughout the country, especially in southern Victoria, but also Geelong, Mount Barker,
Shiraz is the wine on everyone’s lips. About 28% of all Australian wine is shiraz, more than one in four bottles – an almost incredible statistic. This month I’ve uploaded more than 170 shiraz tasting notes, largely new releases from 2012, 11 and 10 vintages,
Ravensworth The Grainery Marsanne Viognier Roussanne Chardonnay, Canberra District 2012 $30 This is different, and with that combination of (mostly Rhone Valley) grapes, it’s no wonder. With a bright, light yellow colour, it’s fragrant to sniff with spices, apricot and peach aromas, and a whiff