Wine review – Tyrrell’s and Chrismont

Tyrrell’s Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2014 $18.50–$24 Tyrrell’s new Hunter Valley range – comprising chardonnay, semillon and shiraz – gives us high quality regional specialties at keen prices. They’re already being discounted to $18.50, well below the recommended price of $24 a bottle. The first chardonnay in the range, from the excellent 2014 vintage, offers the […]

Wine review – Yalumba, Brown Brothers, Lark Hill, Brokenwood, AC Byrne and Second Left

Yalumba The Octavius Barossa Old Vine Shiraz 2009 $85–$112 Barossa and Eden Valleys, South Australia Yalumba made its first Octavius in the outstanding 1990 vintage. Named for and matured in 100-litre oak octaves, coopered at Yalumba, it quickly earned the sobriquet “oaktavius”. However, Yalumba’s winemakers soon adapted to the high oak-to-wine ratio inherent in using […]

2015: Canberra’s big, beautiful vintage

One of Canberra’s earliest, biggest, shortest and potentially most beautiful vintages peaked in late March. By month’s end, only a rump of cooler, higher vineyards, late-ripening varieties and grapes destined for dessert wines remained to be picked. Late on Saturday 21 March, Murrumbateman winemaker Ken Helm rang the old cellar-door bell, signalling vintage end. He’d […]

Big beer brands still on top

Roy Morgan research released for last week’s Australia Day celebrations revealed that nine out ten people who drank beer in 2014 drank at least one Australian beer. The research found drinkers of XXXX Gold, Cascade Premium Light, VB and Crown Lager, “are more likely than drinkers of other Aussie beer brands to believe that ‘Australian […]