Mornington Peninsula: Main Ridge Estate

The view from the Main Ridge Estate cellar door verandah. Drive down the dusty, winding William Road of Red Hill and you will be faced with a dilemma – turn left for Red Hill Cheese or right for one of Mornington Peninsula’s icons, Main Ridge Estate. It’s a tough one, particularly in our household as […]

A Couple of Little Stars from South Africa

Wines Tasted Morgenster Estate 2005 Morgenster Estate 2003 Morgenster Estate 2001 Beyerskloof Wines, Pinotage Reserve 2011 Beyerskloof Wines, Field Blend 2008 Having recently emerged from the depths of study for my WSET Diploma spirits exam I find myself tasting wines from South Africa, and like Tersina Shieh in her recent article on Swartland producers, I am very […]

The Changing Face of Wines from South Africa

Image credit: Journey’s End Wines Tasted Journey’s End, Stellenbosch, Chardonnay, 2011 Journey’s End, Stellenbosch, Shiraz, 2007 Journey’s End, Stellenbosch, Merlot, 2007 In a previous post I wrote about the challenges Chilean winemakers face in changing consumer perception of their wines, a perception usually formed at the time the wines first entered the market. Naturally, the […]

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 […]