Grapegrower and Winemaker magazine: Biochar in the Vineyard

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 magazine: Biochar in the Vineyard”

The Drinks Business: S. C. Pannell, McLaren Vale

Published The Drinks Business, 20 June 2016. Image: S. C. Pannell cellar door in McLaren Vale. Image credit: Richard Lyons. To kick-start the month of June Cellarhand distributors held a tasting with McLaren Vale winemaker Stephen Pannell of the eponymous label S. C. Pannell. We were treated to an extensive representation of wines under this label,Continue reading “The Drinks Business: S. C. Pannell, McLaren Vale”

What I’ve been drinking – Wild Run, Daytime Red and a Spring Pinot

Entrance to Yarra Valley Dairy Within a fortnight of relocating back to Australia we were in my happy place – the Yarra Valley. In the short time since my last visit a number of new businesses have popped up in Healesville including the new cellar door and distillery for Four Pillars Gin and an excellentContinue reading “What I’ve been drinking – Wild Run, Daytime Red and a Spring Pinot”

Wine Times Hong Kong: Quality red wine from Australia

First published Wine Times Hong Kong, September 2015 print edition. (Image credit: Kate Bisset Johnson Photography) As the weather in Hong Kong starts to cool and memories of basking in the sun whilst sipping refreshing white wine on the deck of a junk boat begin to fade, it’s time to turn your thoughts to wines deeper inContinue reading “Wine Times Hong Kong: Quality red wine from Australia”

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 fortunateContinue reading “Yangarra Estate Wines, McLaren Vale – a tasting with Sarment of Hong Kong”

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 fromContinue reading “Geoff Merrill Wines – back vintage tasting”