Yalumba

Wine:  Yalumba “The Signature” Cabernet/Shiraz 2010 Region:  Barossa Price:  $$$$ Category:  must have Buy:  China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam Hero Notes: Signature by name and Signature by nature, this wine has earned its place as the definitive expression of the great Australian … Read More

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Ruggabellus

Wine:  Ruggabellus “Fluus” Mataro/Grenache/Cinsault/Syrah 2012 Region:  Barossa Price:  $$$ Category:  by the glass Buy:  Japan Hero Notes: “We live in Australia. We live in a wide and shallow valley suspended in an ancient mountain range. We live in the Barossa … Read More

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Shout To The Top!

We like to complain that wine has become commoditised, and that our worthy efforts to democratise it have been high-jacked by troublesome retailers. In fact, this has largely been our own doing, too often ascribing a retail value to a … Read More

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Waiting To Be Patient…

I like grey – particularly French and graphite – and I have always considered it more than just a convenient stop somewhere along the journey from black to white. The trouble is the world likes ‘definites’, and, more often than … Read More

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Measure For Measure?

I have written previously about not subscribing to the school of ‘if-you-can’t-measure-it,-it-doesn’t-exist’, but after a difficult last week, I feel it needs revisiting… I would like to be clear: in any business, strategies and new initiatives need frameworks and clear … Read More

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Glass Half Full…

You would have to be a resolutely ‘glass-half-full’ kind of Australian to remember 2011 with any real fondness – a wet, stop-start vintage that plagued many regions to the point of abandonment; a schism within the industry ranks over Wine … Read More

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Notes To Self…

I do review wines – almost every day, in fact – but I rarely publish my tasting notes. This is mainly for two reasons: firstly, because I don’t think my wine conversations would be anymore illuminating if I did; and … Read More

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