As organic and biodynamic wines increasingly appear on liquor shop shelves, Australian consumers are being offered more choice from winemakers, as they play catch-up to European producers. While prices of local products are still high, they are coming down though quality needs to improve.
While Australia is awash with French grapes, an unknown one is Savagnin, which is being wonderfully made by Crittenden Estate Wines in Australia. Elegant and powerful, the Savagnin wines of France have been compared to Sherry due to yeast flavours, but Crittenden’s wines are very much their own, with a WOW factor.
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The Bordeaux Chauvinist’s advises on good value for money wines of all French appellations and regions (but he remains a Bordeaux Chauvinist). He recently tried a budget Beaujolais white (chardonnay) and liked what he tried. Beaujolais Nouveau “happy day” may have just gone, but it’s never to late to try to a Beaujolais white.
The Bordeaux Chauvinist reviews a Rhone Valley cask wine, and likes it. He’s gained humility, and saved some money. This column was originally published on the Bordeaux Chauvinist’s website, Cquoi ce vin, or What is this wine? He advises on good value for money wines of all appellations, regions and countries (but he remains a Bordeaux Chauvinist).
Ross Hill has undertaken extensive measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by wine business and to minimise its impact on the environment. With full certification, wine consumers can trust its wines to be carbon neutral, says Ross Hill Wines co-owner, James Robson.
The Bordeaux Chauvinist recently received a package with a bottle of 2019 Rosé inside, so far nothing very original or exciting, however, the origin called out to him … the Château Haut-Bailly, one of his favourite of the AOC Pessac-Léognan
From the sea breezes of McLaren Vale and the pretty Fleurieu Peninsula to the cool climate of the Adelaide Hills, Loonie Wines is making wines to reflect these South Australian regions. The 2020 Sauvignon Blanc ($30) is crisp and fresh, with elegant minerality and great length. The 2020 Colab and Bloom Rosé ($27.50) is made.
By the Bordeaux Chauvinist, who reviews the “Clos De Lunes” series in time for the full moon this Halloween weekend. The Bordeaux Chauvinist is a guest sommelier columnist for World Wine Watch, advising on good value for money wines of all appellations and regions (but he remains a Bordeaux Chauvinist).
Last year, Bordeaux wine producer Loïc Pasquet released the world’s most expensive wine, with the 2015 Liber Pater priced at €30,000. This year, the Bordeaux Chauvinist falls under the spell of Loïc Pasquet’s 2018 Denarius release, one of Bordeaux’s most expensive blends at around €500, with name aptly meaning money in Latin.
With nearly fifty Grüner Veltliner growers in Australia, over forty are based in the Adelaide Hills. Here, says Greg Horner, who owns Mt Bera Vineyards with his wife Katrina, the Austrian variety does very well, producing even fuller, longer flavours than some of Austria’s own ‘Gru’ wines.