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...
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...
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...
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...
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