Inaugural Australian Trade Tasting 2015, Melbourne

This week representatives from across the wine industry converged on Melbourne for the inaugural Australian Trade Tasting. Held across three days in Melbourne and one in Sydney, the event started with a trade tasting of beer, wine and spirits from across the globe followed by a series of seminars in Melbourne and an additional trade tasting in […]

Yangarra Estate Wines, McLaren Vale – a tasting with Sarment of Hong Kong

(Image credit: Yangarra Estate) Wines tasted: Yangarra Estate, McLaren Vale, Roussanne, 2014 Yangarra Estate, McLaren Vale, Shiraz, 2011 Yangarra Estate, McLaren Vale, Grenache, 2012 Yangarra Estate, McLaren Vale, Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvèdre, 2012 As recently reported in The Drinks Business, premium wine is the focus for the Wine Australia Strategy 2015-2020 and here in Hong Kong we are fortunate […]

Next time you are in the supermarket …

Recently I attended a tasting of wines from the McWilliam’s family, an Australian producer with several different brands in their portfolio. At The Drunken Duck in Soho, McWilliam’s Asia Pacific GM, Garrick Harvison, took us through a tasting of wines from the mid-tier Hanwood Estate range and the relatively new Appellation Range, both of which showed very well but for […]

What I’ve been drinking … Mullineux Wines, Journey Wines, Chateau Rauzan Segla

Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, Swartland, South Africa, 2011, White Blend Journey Wines, Heathcote, Australia, 2012, Shiraz Chateau Rauzan Segla, Margaux, France 1983, Bordeaux red The white blend from Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines in Swartland South Africa is one of my all time favourite white wines. It satisfies so many different requirements being the perfect […]

Geoff Merrill Wines – back vintage tasting

Geoff Merrill and his wines, Wooloomooloo, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Wines Tasted Geoff Merrill, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 1995 (Magnum), 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010 Geoff Merrill, Reserve Shiraz, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010 Geoff Merrill, Henley Shiraz, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008 “The moment you think you know all about wine, you’re kidding yourself.” This quote from […]

Yarra Valley cellar doors – where to go

Yarra Valley. Credit: Rick Liston NOTE: This article was first written in March 2015 and a lot has been happening in ‘The Yarra’ since then. With this in mind, I have included a few updates on the goings-on with cellar doors and so forth. Enjoy! After several years living in Melbourne I’m often asked for […]

Australia: Chardonnay – Kevin John, Cullen Wines

Vineyard in Margaret River. Image by Sean Blocksidge (Margaret River Discovery Co). A recent trip back to Melbourne afforded me the opportunity of getting into our cellar and drinking one or two bottles we left behind in the move to Hong Kong. One such bottle was the 2008 Kevin John Chardonnay from Cullen Wines in Margaret River, […]

Gin, Glorious Gin!

Image credit: Four Pillars Gin Gins Tasted Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin, Yarra Valley, Australia G’Vine Floraison, Cognac, France G’Vine Nouaison, Cognac, France A recent review of our cellar revealed that the winery Giant Steps (GS) has a lot to answer for when it comes to my drinking choices. Giant Steps and Innocent Bystander both hold […]

Margaret River Wine – A Conversation

Wines Tasted Thompson Estate, Sémillon Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Happs Three Hills, Sémillon Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Deep Woods, Reserve Chardonnay, 2012 Rosily Vineyard, Chardonnay 2011 Pierro, Chardonnay, 2011 Vasse Felix, Heytesbury Chardonnay, 2011 Xanadu, Reserve Chardonnay, 2010 Credaro Family Estate, Chardonnay, 2010 Credaro Family Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Pierro, Fermoy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Happs Three […]

Rosé Tasting – Wines from California and South Australia

Photo courtesy of Wine Folly Wines Tasted Charles Melton Wines, Rose of Virginia, Barossa, South Australia, 2013 Eponymous Wines, Rosé, Sonoma Valley, California, 2011 Rockford Wines, Alicante Bouchet, Barossa, South Australia, 2012 “A rosé gives a nod to beautifully casual moments” [1] is how Andrea Frost, author of the delightful Through A Sparkling Glass: An […]

Jamsheed Wines – Victoria, Australia

Wines Tasted Jamsheed Wines, Great Western Garden Gully Syrah, 2011 Jamsheed Wines, Healesville, Yarra Valley Syrah, 2011 Jamsheed Wines, Beechworth Syrah, 2011 Before I met Gary Mills, the winemaker of Jamsheed wines in Victoria Australia, I assumed he studied Perisan literature as part of his Bachelor of Literature given the quotes from Rumi and Jamsheed […]

Winestate Tasting – Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Wines Tasted Coal Pit Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Coal Pit Vineyard, Pinot Noir, 2012 Flint’s of Coonawarra, Rostrevor Shiraz, 2008 Flint’s of Coonawarra, Rostrevor Shiraz, 2007 Yesterday I attend the Winestate tasting of boutique wines from Australia and New Zealand. Winestate Magazine is Australia and New Zealand’s oldest wine publication and has been in existence […]

Payten and Jones Vignerons – Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

<<<UPDATE JANUARY 2018: Payten & Jones have just opened a cellar door! It’s open 7 days a week so check out their website for hours and be sure to visit. >>> Wines Tasted: Payten & Jones, Pauls Range Chardonnay, 2011 Payten & Jones Valley Vignerons, Syrah, 2012 Recently back in Melbourne I found myself sitting in […]

Circe Wines – Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Wines Tasted: Circe Wines, Red Hill South Chardonnay, 2011 Circe Wines, Hillcrest Chardonnay, 2011 Circe Wines, Red Hill South Pinot Noir, 2011 Circe Wines, Hillcrest Pinot Noir, 2011 Circe Wines, Pinot Noir, 2012 (blend from Dunns Creek Road and Red Hill South) During my visit to Melbourne I caught up with a number of people […]