Wine review – Vintner’s Daughter, Logan, Tahbilk, Bodegas Catena Zapata and Mauro Vannucci Pietranera

The Vintner’s Daughter Riesling 2015 Vintner’s Daughter vineyard, Murrumbateman, Canberra District, NSW $28 In September 2014, Ken Helm’s daughter Stephanie Helm and husband Ben Osborne bought Yass Valley winery and vineyards at Murrumbateman. The couple’s first riesling, from the excellent 2015 vintage, showed its class a few months later when it won the trophy as […]

Canberra’s beer day out

Tickets now available Tickets are now available for Beer Day Out, Canberra’s annual celebration of beer and cider. The event runs from 4pm to 9pm on Friday 6 November and noon til 6pm, Saturday 7 November at the former transport depot, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Organisers expect over 30 craft breweries to attend and sell their […]

Wine review – Vickery, Tar and Roses, Balnaves, Xanadu, Bream Creek, and Taittinger

Vickery Watervale Riesling 2015 Brazel, Castine and Koerner vineyards, Watervale, Clare Valley, South Australia $19–$23 This beautiful riesling is a collaboration between riesling master John Vickery (first vintage 1951) and Barossa based Phil Lehmann, winemaker for the WD Wine group, owners of Hesketh Wines, St John’s Road and Parker Coonawarra Estate. Vickery’s involvement extended from […]

Prepare for mega beer

Flat sales spur consolidation Spurred by flat beer sales in major markets, the world’s biggest brewer, Belgium’s Anheuser-Busch InBev, confirmed in mid-September it would make a bid for the second biggest brewer (and owner of Foster’s since 2011), Britain’s SABMiller. “The combined firm would earn roughly half the industry’s profits and sell one in every […]

Wine review – Freeman, Long Rail Gully, Vasse Felix, Yering Station and Ulithorne

Freeman Nebbiolo 2013 Freeman Altura vineyard, Hilltops, NSW $35 Nebbiolo, the great red variety of Barolo and Barbaresco, Piedmont, provides more disappointments than triumphs. All too often intractable tannins swamp any initial pleasure in the soaring aroma and fruit sweetness. However, in Brian Freeman’s nebbiolo from Young, NSW, deep fruit flavours – reminiscent of dark, […]

Sydney brewer honours Albo

Albo bender Like so many craft brewers, the blokes behind Tempe’s Willie the Boatman Brewery, rose from the ranks of home brewing. They named the brewery after William Kerr, a boatman and local character of the 1830s, as a statement, they say, of the strong community spirit they believe in. Their beers, too, carry the […]

Wine review – Grosset, Yarrh, McKellar Ridge, Tselepos, Windowrie and Hay Shed Hill

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 2015 Grosset Polish Hill vineyard, Clare Valley, South Australia $55 Geoffrey Grosset’s thirty-fifth Polish Hill riesling harvest arrived early. The vintage, “Was mild and early. Starting February 8th following a very mild December and even cooler than average January, vintage was not only the most compressed, but also the earliest in […]