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.
James Manners is one of several younger-generation winemakers strutting their stuff in Mudgee, breathing new life into this venerable region.
Does grape variety have an impact on the style of Australian rosé?
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.
What do you do when your dad is as famous as Grant Burge and has sold his name to another company?
Hesketh Small Parcels Rosé 2017, Barossa Valley, AUD $20
Penfolds Grange 2014, South Australia, AUD $900
Henschke Hill of Grace 2013, Eden Valley, AUD $825
The Howard family’s Somerset vineyard in the Hunter Valley evidently had a cracker vintage in 2017.