Wine review – Moorilla and Red Knot by Shingleback

Moorilla Muse Tasmania Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2012 $40 Pinot noir remains the great red hope in cool Tasmania. But warmer sites down there produce good cabernet, including Muse, from Moorilla’s St Matthias vineyard in the Tamar Valley. I put it in a masked tasting alongside the superb Vasse Felix Heytesbury 2011 ($90) and respectable, […]

Wine review – Moorilla, Brothers in Arms, Quara Estate, Port Phillip Estate, Xanadu and Mount Horrocks

Moorilla Muse Pinot Noir 2012 $48 Moorilla vineyard, Derwent Valley, Tasmania David Walsh bought Moorilla from the Alcorso family in 1995. But it’s only in recent years we’ve seen the wines consistently achieving outstanding quality under winemaker Connor van der Reest. Two new-release pinots demonstrate that quality. Praxis 2013 ($30), from the Matthias vineyard, Tamar […]

Wine review – Four Winds,, Tyrrell’s, St Hallett, Howard Park, Horrock and Curly Flat

Four Winds Sangiovese 2013 $25 Murrumbateman, Canberra District, NSW Italy’s sangiovese is gradually carving a niche for itself in Canberra, with several successful wines, including this brilliant new release from Four Winds, Murrumbateman. Winemaker Bill Crow says he tends the property’s 300 sangiovese vines personally. They’re particularly vigorous, he says, and in 2013 he dropped […]

Wine review – Moss Wood, Houghton Jack Mann, Penfolds, Hill-Smith Estate, Oakridge and De Bortoli

Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 $95–$112 Moss Wood vineyard, Margaret River, Western Australia Moss Wood earned its wine of the week possie by a slim margin over Houghton Jack Mann Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, also reviewed today. These are great cabernets by any measure, both with proven cellaring potential and both, therefore, collectible as either special-occasion […]

Wine review — Hewitson, Tyrrell’s, Chalk Hill, Clonakilla, Ravensworth and Mount Langi Ghiran

Hewitson Miss Harry 2012 $21.85–$23 Barossa Valley, South Australia Dean Hewitson’s delightfully savoury, spicy Miss Harry combines the Rhone Valley varieties, grenache, shiraz, mourvedre, carignan and cinsault. Much of the fruit comes from “historic 100-year-plus, dry-grown bush vine vineyards dotted throughout the valley”, writes Hewitson. The venerable old vines gave their best flavours in the […]

Winewise Championship sifts for nuggets

In late 2009, in the back of a taxi headed for the Macedon wine show, Winewise magazine’s Lester Jesberg outlined his ambitions for a grand final of Australian wine judging events. Jesberg’s idea was to hold a “best of the best” competition, inviting only gold medallists from Australia’s national shows, selected regional wine shows and […]

Wine review — Grosset, Seville Estate, Vinaceous, Mitolo, Topper’s Mountain and Wickhams Road

Grosset Chardonnay 2012 $52–$57 Piccadilly Valley, Adelaide Hills, South Australia In the early nineties, Clare Valley riesling master, Jeffrey Grosset, looked south to the cooler Adelaide Hills for chardonnay, ultimately establishing vines in its Piccadilly Valley sub-region. The wines have always been good. But Grosset’s 2012 rises above any previous vintage, I believe. Its amazing […]