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by Sam Logan | November 29, 2017
Christmas in the southern hemisphere is a little different, but the most important things are still there: family, food, and great wine!   Coriole “Christmas for our family starts with Carols on Christmas Eve with friends and neighbours. Christmas morning is Champagne, fresh prawns, croissants, new season cherries. We then generally hit the beach before […]
by Sam Logan | November 1, 2017
Antipodean Adventure As the nights draw in, and you start feeling all 53 of our degrees of latitude, try thinking about those places where summer is currently blazing away. If you want to cheer yourself with a glass of summer, it might be time for a little Fun from Down Under. Aussie and Kiwi winemakers […]
by Sam Logan | November 1, 2017
Producer Focus – Pepperton Estate Pepperton Estate is located in the village of Beelbangera in New South Wales, 500km west of Sydney. While a winery was originally founded in the 1930s on the site by an Italian Immigrant family, the Rossettos, Pepperton Estate was established in its current incarnation by the Toohey family who named […]
by Sam Logan | August 23, 2017
Tahbilk Tahbilk is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious wineries. While his family have been making wine there for decades, Alistair Purbrick is the first officially credentialed winemaker to work at Tahbilk. He graduated Roseworthy from College (the mecca for Aussie winemakers) at age 24, and he took over as head winemaker at Tahbilk. […]
by Sam Logan | July 28, 2017
A passionate dedication to a place is a characteristic usually attributed to French winemakers. It’s easy to imagine a proud and surly vigneron dismissing their neighbouring regions, and the wines those regions produce, with Gallic disdain. This fanaticism is encapsulated in the term terroirist – a winemaker who is committed to the influence their landscape […]
by Laura Daly | December 21, 2016
by Wines Direct | April 6, 2016
“Very nicely crafted wine with rich peach and nectarine fruits brightened up perfectly by a twist of citrus.” – John Wilson, The Irish Times
by Wines Direct | April 6, 2016
“McLaren Vale is better known for its rich reds (eg. GSM) than Chenin Blanc but the grape has in fact a long history in the region. This has a lovely intensity of ripe fruit cut by searing crisp acidity – the two things that make Chenin such a star in the vineyards of Vouvray in […]
by Wines Direct | April 6, 2016
“It’s sun-drenched and super-ripe, luscious, brazen, and quintessentially Australian and I love it. The sort of thing we need to bolster the illusion that it’s summer. Up-front flavours of pineapple and lemon curd are shot through with brisk, lime-fresh acidity.” Irish Times
by Wines Direct | April 5, 2016
“This will take you from a late summer barbecue through to autumn dinner parties. Clean, ripe and smouldering dark fruit, such as blackberries and ripe plums, with plenty of pepper and spice. Without a hint of a jamminess that is asscoiated with wines labelled South Eastern Australia.” Katherine Donnelly, Irish Independent