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Moseying through Tokyo: Ned, Phil Moraghan, Katrina Pizzini and John Nagorcka

Maverick Australian producers in Tokyo: Pizzini, Hochkirch and Curly Flat

By Wed, Aug 17, 2011 10:14AM UTC Comments Off Moseying through Tokyo: Ned, Phil Moraghan, Katrina Pizzini and John Nagorcka

First, a disclaimer. While I have rummaged through this piece and edited, added and negated information; the chief voice of this post belongs to James Dunstan, head of Tokyo importer, The Vine. It was thanks to Dunstan and his vision that Tokyo, in the middle of August, hosted three outstanding Australian producers: Pizzini, Hochkirch and...

Giaconda and reflections on its place amidst a new vanguard of Chardonnay

By Fri, Jun 17, 2011 8:49AM UTC Comments Off

Tasting a number of cool-climate Australian Chardonnays for a panel tasting allowed for reflection on the style of what is arguably the country’s most famous Chardonnay, Giaconda, celebrated soon after at a wine dinner. As I have said before, Australia is producing magnificent Chardonnays and it seemed appropriate to consider what appears a stylistic diversion...

The Judgement of Seoul 2011

By Sat, May 07, 2011 11:26AM UTC Comments Off The Judgement of Seoul 2011

On May 4, together with the affable Steven Spurrier, I presented a select swag of premium Australian wines to a gathering of sommeliers and journalists at the Academie de Vin in Seoul. The wines were pitted in a ‘blind’ tasting against top French wines made from the same varieties and the tasting was dubbed ‘The...

Wine of the Week: Curly Flat Pinot Noir 2007

By Fri, Feb 25, 2011 10:11AM UTC Comments Off Wine of the Week: Curly Flat Pinot Noir 2007

Winemaker Phil Moraghan described his latest Pinot Noir as a manifest of extremes, meaning that ’07 saw severe cold (it snowed in the vineyard in November, late Spring in the southern hemisphere) punctuated by bursts of savage heat, unusual given that Macedon is the coldest grape-growing region on mainland Australia. Nevertheless, Phil believes that an...