Nick O’Leary White Rocks riesling leads world-class Canberra lineup

Nick O’Leary “White Rocks” Riesling 2013 Westering vineyard, Lake George, Canberra District, NSW $37 Canberra winemaker Nick O’Leary sources grapes for White Rocks from one of Canberra’s oldest vineyards, planted by Captain Geoff Hood in 1973. These venerable old vines, with huge trunks, produce tiny crops of powerfully flavoured grapes. O’Leary’s definitely onto something special […]

BentSpoke brewery plans cans

New outlet and canning line Canberra’s BentSpoke brewery recently announced plans to open a second outlet and packaging plant in the industrial suburb of Mitchell. Brewer and part owner Richard Watkins expects the new facility to open in the first half of 2016. It will operate as a brewery, bar and packaging hall. Like a growing […]

Wine review – Domaine des Grosses Pierres, Mr Mick, Richmond Grove

Sancerre (Domaine des Grosses Pierres) 2013 $19–$28 This delightful unoaked French sauvignon blanc showed up in a masked tasting alongside oak-fermented 10X Mornington Peninsula Sauvignon Blanc 2014 ($28). They’re both comparatively delicate sauvignons, though poles apart in style. The 10X wine showed varietal tang and herbaceousness, overlaid with the rich texture and charry aroma derived […]

Wine review – Hurley Vineyard, Chapel Hill, Yering Station, Richmond Grove, Domaine Christian Salmon, and Colvin Wines

Hurley Vineyard Hommage and Garamond Pinot Noirs 2013 Hommage and Garamond vineyards, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria $70 and $85 This review covers two Hurley Vineyard 2013 pinots – one from the Hommage block ($70), the other from Garamond block ($85). They were tasted masked, then, after unveiling, consumed over the next hour or so. Hommage shows […]

Craft beer winners

Richly flavoured, idiosyncratic beers In late October, the Craft Beer Industry Association announced the winners of its 2015 Craft Beer Awards, a judging event open to Australia’s craft brewers. The champion beer, Feral Brewing Co’s Watermelon Warhead, led a diverse line up of medal winners from the 468 beers entered by 92 brewers. While mainstream […]

Wine review – Greywacke, Soumah, Jacob’s Creek, d’Arenberg, Huntington Estate, and Tulloch

Greywacke Pinot Noir 2013 Yarrum and other vineyards, southern valleys, Marlborough, New Zealand $40–$45 Marlborough makes its red specialty, pinot noir, mostly in the light and fruity, drink-now style. However, the area’s cool, sunny climate suits the variety and the best equal those of more glamorous New Zealand pinot regions like Central Otago and Martinborough. […]