Wine review – Mount Majura, Helm and Santolin

Mount Majura Tempranillo 2013 $42 Mount Majura vineyard, Canberra District, ACT Frank van de Loo’s 2013 tempranillo offers greater richness and power than the excellent but leaner style from the cool 2012 vintage. Blended from three separate blocks of this Spanish variety on the 9.3ha Mount Majura vineyard, it combines fresh, vibrant fruity flavours with […]

Beer review – Bridge Road Brewery and Boatrocker

Bridge Road Brewery Beechworth Pale Ale 330ml 6-pack $23 A visit to Ben Kraus’s brewery should be on every to-do list for Beechworth visitors. Beer always tastes best where it’s brewed. And it’s a bonus when top-notch craft brewers are also available widely through retailers. Kraus’s pale ale delivers rich, smooth, malty flavour, seasoned from […]

Matso’s – Kimberley brewer

Our long and dusty drive from Kununurra to Broome, via the Gibb River Road, finished tasting beer on the veranda of Matso’s brewery Broome. This remarkable business produces several familiar beer styles – Hit the Toad Lager, Smokey Bishop Dark Lager and Pearler’s Pale. But its quirkier brews, including the very popular ginger beer, appear […]

Wine review – Majella, Holm Oak, Frankland Estate, Clonakilla and Illuminati

Majella Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 $33–$36 Majella Vineyard, Eastern Coonawarra, South Australia The Lynn family’s Majella vineyard produced grapes for some of Coonawarra’s best reds, including Wynns, before the family finally turned to making wine under its own label in the early nineties. Majella quickly built a big reputation, while maintaining modest prices. In the excellent […]