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

Feb
21

Ochota Barrels Fugazi Vineyard Grenache 2011

Right off the bat, you’d never place this as typical Australian Grenache. It is peppery, gamey, floral, and incredibly fragrant. The nose is enchanting and, like all great Grenache, brings

Feb
16

Bindi Chardonnay “Quartz” 2006

I’ve been looking for this wine for nearly half a decade. It is not easy to find in North America as most of it is purchased by avid collectors in

Nov
10

Greenstone Shiraz Heathcote 2008

I have a mission to taste more Aussie wines from the smaller artisanal producers working in the lesser known regions, which are now greatly underappreciated and often represent a good

Oct
8

Two Sparkling Reds from Australia

Sparkling and red wine are not common associations for most. Beyond Lambrusco, these two genres rarely come together. Australia, however, has had a long passion for Sparkling Shiraz – one

Oct
7

Langmeil The Freedom 1843 Shiraz 2004

Australian wine has dropped off the map in North America. In B.C., top bottles from Barossa used to heavily populate the shelves of high end wine sections. It was even

Feb
4

Spotlight on New World Pinot Noir: Grosset Pinot Noir 2005

Australia is not a land known for Pinot Noir. Notwithstanding its current market woes, with people turning away from its innocuous ‘critter’ wines in ever increasing droves, Australia just never