At Christmas, a card arrived from Germany containing a superb illustration of what a wonderfully versatile grape riesling is.
Tuning into local food and wine is just as important when travelling in Australia, as it is when going abroad.
It’s been a bountiful year for high-end Australian wines. It was a mouth-watering task to trawl through the year’s tastings and compile this list.
The International Riesling Foundation sweetness scale is a useful guide for riesling drinkers.
Vertical tastings are very revealing. As I’ve said on other occasions they are like an archaeological dig.
Here are my top New Zealand wines tasted in 2018 and featured by category.
Forrest Estate is small enough to be innovative and experimental but large enough to offer exceptional value in its entry-level Forrest range that are mostly line-priced at around NZD $20.
There were many impressive wines in my riesling tasting, and my preference for a little bottle-age was evident.
Knappstein winemaker Ben Marx has used 90% whole-bunch for his The Insider Shiraz Malbec 2017. It’s a 50/50 blend of shiraz and malbec and is a new take on a traditional Clare blend.
Imagine getting hauled out of your comfy chair at 11pm on a mid-winter night to hand-pick frozen grapes in temperatures of -10 to -13°C.