Jamsheed

Oct
6

Jamsheed Harem La Syrah 2013

The positive side-effect of Australia’s crash in wine sales was the huge drop in fruit prices that has allowed smaller producers to make great wines at very reasonable prices. This

Forbes

Jun
8

Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2013

Only deep experience allows a winemaker to pick by taste alone. Mac Forbes is, like Maggie Harrison of Oregon’s Antica Terra, of this ilk. The point, says Forbes, is not

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Jun
1

Seppelt DP90 Rare Tawny

Seppelt is one of Australia’s oldest wineries, founded in 1851. What some may not know is that in its early days Seppelt focused on fortified wines, which was the predominant

Ochota

Feb
28

Ochota Barrels The Green Room Grenache Syrah 2014

Australian wine – the theme of this year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival – has for many years been rediscovering its massive regional and soil diversity with numerous producers focusing on

Nov
25

Torbreck “The Steading Blanc” Roussanne Marsanne Viognier 2009

White Rhone varieties have the potential for truly outstanding wine. This potential is not restricted to the Rhone valley. Sadly these grapes remain unfairly maligned. Torbreck is a producer from

Jun
24

Pewsey Vale The Contours “Museum Reserve” Riesling 2006

Aged Australian Riesling can be amongst the best white wines in the world. Few have tasted them, mainly because almost no one cellars Aussie Riesling in North America. Luckily top

Jun
15

Two Exceptional Marsannes: Yves Cuilleron Les Vignes d’a Cote 2012 and Tahbilk Old Vine 2002

It is rare to find bottlings of 100% Marsanne. The grape does not grow well in most places and, for some, its lower acidity and focus on texture over fruit

May
15

Heemskerk Coal River Valley Chardonnay 2011

More Tasmanian wine has started to trickle into North America. The state is Australia’s coolest and thus produces taut, bright wines completely unlike the rest of Australia. The long growing

Feb
18

Best’s Great Western Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Best’s is one of the oldest (and still classically styled) producers in Australia’s Great Western (a region that is now called Grampians, located in Western Victoria, near Melbourne). Founded in

Aug
23

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2009

Leeuwin Estate makes one of the esteemed Chards from Australia. Most drinkers do not associate Australia with the great Burgundy grape, but the country is making some of the best