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 door […]

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 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. […]

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. The […]

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 in […]

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 […]

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 not […]

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 […]

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 Matetic […]

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 […]

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 […]

Grover Vineyards Cellar Door Visit – Nandi Hills Region, Karnataka, India

Wines Tasted: Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Viogner 2011 Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Rosé 2011 Grover Vineyards, Art Collection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz 2011 Grover Vineyards, La Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah 2010 A pale blue sky above orange soil, purple wisteria and white frangipani moving gently in the hot, dry […]