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Australia’s strategy to push more premium wines is working in the UK and Europe

Australia’s strategy to drive a more premium offer in the UK and Europe appears to be working with the latest set of export figures showing bottled wine is increasing whilst bulk is in decline. Whilst 80% of the wine shipped to the UK from Australia comes in bulk that share declined by 14% in 2016 […]

Charles Melton Wines Barossa Valley

Charlie Melton is one of the saviours of Australian Shiraz along with Rocky O’Callaghan (ROCKFORD), Bob McLean (ST HALLETT) and others. In the late 1980s and early 90s he produced wines of such character and richness from dry-farmed (unirrigated) Barossa old-vine fruit that it rescued the grape from the also-ran category assigned to it in […]

Kilikanoon Vineyards Clare Valley

Kilikanoon owns or controls over 500 ha of prime vineyards throughout South Australia but if you want to know what wines from the Clare can taste like try Kevin Mitchell’s now outstanding range. Although he lacked his own winemaking facility until 2004, the grapes had always come from 20 ha of estate vineyards. Shiraz in […]

Kalleske Wines Barossa Valley

This is a relatively new Barossa enterprise but with a deep heritage of grape growing near Greenock. Troy Kalleske working with his brother Tony only made the first wines in 2004 (previously the grapes were sold to the likes of Penfolds) but has already made a huge impact with the quality of the wines. Certified […]

Henschke Wines Eden Valley

In the mid-to-late 1980s many of these fabulous reds could be bought for a song but eventually the rest of the world got to taste them and this, added to the explosion in wine prices in the 90s, now usually means making do with something cheaper. Since 1979, Stephen Henschke has been fine-tuning these already […]

Glaetzer Vineyards Barossa Valley

Colin Glaetzer and his son (and winemaking whizz) Ben (also see MITOLO) have really lifted the quality of their own wines in recent vintages. Grapes come from unirrigated vineyards in the Ebenezer district of the Barossa Valley. The top wines are now very good indeed, not the blockbusters of old but more sophisticated, expressive wines […]

Gemtree Wines McLaren Vale

The Buttery family have more than 130 ha of vines and have been grape growers since 1980 if only producing their own range of wines since 1998. A 10 ha wetlands project was also initiated in the same year. Since 2008, the entire estate has been farmed biodynamically by viticulturalist Melissa Buttery whose winemaker husband […]

John Duval Wines Barossa Valley

After 29 years at PENFOLDS, during which time he was Chief Wine Maker for 16 years, John Duval struck out on his own in 2003. Unsurprisingly for the man who made Grange for many years, old vine Barossa Valley Shiraz is at the heart of what he does. However, Duval is not seeking to recreate […]

Clarendon Hills Vineyards McLaren Vale

If you’ve drunk Astralis then either you or your friends are not short of money. Bratasiuk’s unfiltered and unfined, ripe, extracted reds, aged in French oak, are subjected to a long cuvaison and exhibit a depth and dimension that most Australian reds don’t even approach. Some early vintages had questionable balance and marginal levels of […]

Grant Burge Wines Barossa Valley

Grant Burge has an impressive resource of 200 ha from which to make top Barossa wines. Nearly all are now prefixed with a vineyard name and are made in the recently reacquired old Krondorf winery. Shiraz is naturally the strongest hand, starting with a sweet-fruited Miamba, progressing to a fuller, richer, oaky but characterful Filsell, […]

Bowen Estate Coonawarra

Doug Bowen’s smallish 33 ha estate continues to maintain a relatively low profile among the Coonawarra giants, though the wines are widely exported. The reds are of consistently high quality: deep, fleshy and textured with very ripe flavours and a certain idiosyncratic style. The grapes are picked very late and a good dose of oak […]

Jim Barry Wines Clare Valley

From a large number of some of Clare’s best sites Peter and Mark Barry continue to build on what their father made famous over four decades, but whether the wines will now show more individuality or refinement remains to be seen. Reds are the mainstay: deep, impressively rich and concentrated if relatively unsubtle are Shiraz […]

Balnaves Wine Coonawarra

The winning combination of Doug Balnaves fruit and Peter Bissell’s winemaking has propelled this 52-ha estate near the southern end of Coonawarra into the top echelon of Coonawarra producers. The flagship is The Tally, a big, powerful, oaky Cabernet Sauvignon that needs at least 5–8 years’ ageing. Cabernet Sauvignon is also in a powerful mould […]

Ashton Hills Vineyards Adelaide Hills

Stephen George is a winemaker of considerable talent, especially given the diverse range of wines he produces to a such high standard. To be equally at home producing fine sparkling wines as cool Adelaide Hills Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay or rich powerfuls reds from the Clare Valley, as he is in forging the GALAH […]

Annie’s Lane Winery Clare Valley

This Clare Valley range of wines is one of the best of the many in the former BERINGER BLASS Australian stable now owned by Treasury Wine Estates (formerly known as Fosters). Named after Annie Wayman, a local personality in the late 19th/early 20th century, the wines were previously made at the historic Quelltaler winery but […]

Tim Adams Wines Clare Valley

This is a brilliant Clare Valley producer with marvellously consistent reds and whites of great depth and character. Aberfeldy, the top red, has a certain elegance as well as masses of fruit and American oak, in which it spends the best part of two years. The Fergus takes its name from a grower who first […]

Ch. d’Angludet Winery Margaux

Well-established Cru Bourgeois with 30 year-old vineyards planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, which comes from the oldest parcel of vines and adds extra character. The emphasis at the property is to achieve a natural balance in the vineyard and this shows through in the quality of the wine which is medium-weight with […]

Ch. d’Agassac Haut-Médoc

Things are taking a turn for better at this medium-sized operation based in the southern part of the Haut-Médoc and owned by the insurance company Groupama. The wine is now showing good depth and some attractive dark fruit notes and harmonious tannins. A medium-weight style, better with 5 or 6 years’ ageing. The rating applies […]

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