Oakridge

Wine: Oakridge “864″ Pinot Noir 2010 Region:  Yarra Valley Price: $$$$ Category: food hero Buy: Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore Hero Notes: While most of the publicity coming from this estate has been around its laser-like, intensely pure Chardonnay, winemaker Dave … Read More

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De Bortoli

Wine: De Bortoli Reserve Pinot Noir 2010 Region:  Yarra Valley Price: $$$$ Category: food hero Buy: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam Hero Notes: De Bortoli has recently dialled-up the complexity and interest in all of its Reserve … Read More

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William Downie

Wine: William Downie Pinot Noir 2011 Region: Mornington Peninsula Price: $$$$ Category: food hero Buy: Hong Kong, Japan Hero Notes: Bill Downie has the loose-limbed, minstrel-like look of a young Bob Dylan, and perhaps, too, the same passionate fire for … Read More

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Shaw+Smith

Wine: Shaw + Smith Pinot Noir 2012 Region:  Adelaide Hills Price: $$$ Category: by the glass Buy: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore Hero Notes: Cousins Michael Hill-Smith (Australia’s first MW) and Martin Shaw started this venture just over 20 years ago … Read More

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Bannockburn

Wine: Bannockburn “Serre” Pinot Noir 2010 Region: Macedon Ranges Price: $$$$$ Category: must have Buy: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea Hero Notes: Michael Glover now treads the boards at Bannockburn, and the mighty Serré vineyard – French for … Read More

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by Farr

Wine: “Farrside” by Farr Pinot Noir 2010 Region: Geelong Price: $$$$ Category: must have Buy: Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore Hero Notes: For many critics, this is the transformational wine that made them think differently about Australian wine in general, and … Read More

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Curly Flat

Wine: Curly Flat Pinot Noir 2010 Region: Macedon Ranges Price: $$$$ Category: food hero Buy: Japan Hero Notes: The guiding philosophy at Curly Flat is one of relentless enquiry and total attention to detail – crops; orientation; canopy; clones; yeasts; … Read More

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Yabby Lake

Wine: Yabby Lake “Block 2″ Pinot Noir 2010 Region: Mornington Peninsula Price: $$$$ Category: food hero Buy: China, Hong Kong, Singapore Hero Notes: This Mornington Peninsula estate is racing away under the winemaking stewardship of Tom Carson, and already has … Read More

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Kooyong

Wine: Kooyong “Ferrous” Pinot Noir 2010 Region: Mornington Peninsula Price: $$$$ Category: must have Buy: Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore Hero Notes: If Sandro Moselle, the winemaker at Kooyong, has one over-riding talent, it is about coaxing great flavour with little … Read More

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Timo Mayer

Wine: Timo Mayer” Close-Planted” Pinot Noir 2012 Region:  Yarra Valley Price: $$$$ Category: must have Buy: Japan Hero Notes: Delicate rose-petals; assertive, punchy stems; flintiness; and a little reduction – there is a touch of madness in this beauty, almost … Read More

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