Yarra Valley cellar doors – what’s changed?

Image designed by Freepik As restrictions ease in Victoria, cellar doors have been given the green light to open albeit under slightly different circumstances. With that in mind, I headed to the Yarra Valley to see how different things are, if at all. First stop was Giant Steps winery in the new pop-up cellar doorContinue reading “Yarra Valley cellar doors – what’s changed?”

Gourmet Traveller WINE: New Zealand Pinot Noir and Syrah

Gourmet Traveller WINE cover image: David Reist I’m very excited to have two articles in the latest edition of Gourmet Traveller WINE covering one of my favourite topics – New Zealand! Pinot Central takes a look at the latest news from Central Otago, while Syrah Sweet Spot focusses on just how good New Zealand SyrahContinue reading “Gourmet Traveller WINE: New Zealand Pinot Noir and Syrah”

Spirito di Vino: Giant Steps, Yarra Valley

Written for Spirito di Vino Asia Issue #24. Image: Redfish Bluefish Photographic. Driving into Healesville, the town around which Australia’s Yarra Valley is centred, I am due for an early morning meeting with Steve Flamsteed, before his day starts to fill up with the duties of Head Winemaker and now part owner of Giant Steps.Continue reading “Spirito di Vino: Giant Steps, Yarra Valley”

What’s new at Payten & Jones?

<<<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. >>> Established in 2006, Payten & Jones are one of those small producers who have steadily built a reputation for producing wines of integrity and quality. TheContinue reading “What’s new at Payten & Jones?”

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”

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 forContinue reading “Next time you are in the supermarket …”

What I’ve been drinking … Circe Blanc de Blancs 2010, Domaine Rostaing 2010

As a regular reader of The Drunken Cyclist I enjoy his weekly What we have been drinking posts, so this week I am going to take a stab at it and share with you two excellent wines we enjoyed this past week. First up is one of my absolute favourite sparkling wines from Circe WinesContinue reading “What I’ve been drinking … Circe Blanc de Blancs 2010, Domaine Rostaing 2010”

Syrah – top drops from New Zealand

Syrah vines at Stonecroft. Credit: Stonecroft. Wines Tasted Bilancia, Hawke’s Bay, La Collina Syrah, 2010 Stonecroft, Hawke’s Bay, Sereine Syrah, 2013 Te Whare Ra, Marlborough, Syrah, 2011 This is the final in my series of articles from our recent trip back to New Zealand and once again I find myself starting with “you may notContinue reading “Syrah – top drops from New Zealand”

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, theContinue reading “The Changing Face of Wines from South Africa”

It’s wine from Chile but not as we know it

Wines Tasted Matetic Vineyards, Corralillo Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Matetic Vineyards, EQ Chardonnay, 2010 Matetic Vineyards, Corralillo Winemaker’s Blend, Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, 2010 Matetic Vineyards, EQ Syrah, 2010 Matetic Vineyards, Matetic Syrah, 2009 Last week I had the good fortune to be invited to a lunch with Northeast Wines & Spirits and Chilean winery MateticContinue reading “It’s wine from Chile but not as we know it”