Cover crops at Felton Road, Bannockburn, Central Otago. Credit: Gareth King Scientific research has benefitted greatly in the last decade from advances in technology. As a result, previously agreed paradigms in some areas of research have shifted. Understanding the role living plants have to play in cover crop management is one such example. To readContinue reading “Grapegrower and Winemaker: Managing cover crops”
Image Credit: The Drinks Business, September 2021 edition Wine production in bushfire country is immensely challenging and at the core of Australia’s bushfire response is the latest in scientific and technological innovation. Satellite imagery, machine assisted learning, nanofabrication and nanofiltration are being used by the Australian wine industry to manage fire damaged vineyards and smokeContinue reading “The Drinks Business: Smoke Taint Management in Australia”
Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker, February 2021 In this article for Australian and New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker I look at the updates in technology and research that are making it easier to put wine in a can, alongside the many benefits of using this packaging. To read the full article click here.
Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker, October 2020 In my first article for Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine I investigate the potential benefits of using biochar in the vineyard. What is biochar and how is it being used in New Zealand and Australia? To read the full article click here FurtherContinue reading “Grapegrower and Winemaker: Biochar in the Vineyard”
Paddle Vessel Rothbury on the banks of the Murray River, Mildura. © Simone Madden-Grey Australia is doing it tough at the moment with communities across the country dealing with bushfires on a scale rarely seen. The long term effect on the people of Australia and the country’s industry has yet to be quantified and theContinue reading “Halliday Magazine: Mildura and the magic of the Murray River”
Photo credit: Young Gun of Wine Photographer © James Morgan Recently I took part in a tasting organised by Young Gun of Wine. There were six of use, 36 wines and it was all about Sangiovese from Australia. The general consensus was very positive with the panel agreeing there was an impressive breadth of style onContinue reading “The future is very bright for Australian Sangiovese”
Food, wine and laughter with Henschke and Hutton Vale Wines. Image credit: © Dragan Radocaj. In Adelaide you will find a vinous adventure like no other, for nowhere else in the world exist the oldest Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre vines still used in the production of wine. Complementing this wealth of vinous history is aContinue reading “Adelaide: It’s all about food, wine and laughter …”
Yangarra Estate Grenache Vineyard, McLaren Vale. Image credit: © Milton Wordley Published by SevenFifty Daily, January 25 2019. The art of storytelling is a cornerstone of the wine industry. It has the ability to communicate a sense of lifestyle, culture and natural environment, which plays an increasingly important role in successful sales. What makes a storyContinue reading “SevenFifty Daily: The Rise of Australia’s Other Grapes”
The drive from Sydney to the Hunter Valley. I’m often asked where to visit in the Hunter Valley and this is what I send through to those people who email me. It is most certainly not a definitive list of where to visit, it is more a list of suggestions to kick start your ownContinue reading “Hunter Valley Cellar Doors”
My next instalment for Elizabeth Schneider’s podcast Wine for Normal People focussed on Shiraz and the different expressions that can be found in Australia. Take a listen – preferably with a glass of Shiraz in your hand! Happy Drinking!