Beer and cider review – Matso’s and Tilse’s

Matso’s Lychee Beer 330ml $3.42 Matso’s brewery, Broome, describe this as a “mixed marriage” derived from the various long-term influences on local culture – “Chinese, Japanese, Koepangers and Ghans”. Slightly reminiscent of the Belgian wheat style, Lychee offers fresh, light, delicate flavours with a little sweet kiss, courtesy no doubt of the lychee and elderflower in […]

Wig and Pen expects spring move to Llewellyn Hall

Proprietor Lachie McOmish expects to move the Wig and Pen brewpub from its birthplace in Civic to Llewellyn Hall in early spring 2014. McOmish says he has to vacate the current premises during September and hopes the pub will be out of action during the move for, “no more than a few weeks”. McOmish says […]

Wine review – d’Arenberg, Heartland and Tower Estate

d’Arenberg d’Arry’s Original McLaren Vale Shiraz Grenache 2011 $18–$20 d’Arenbeg’s shiraz-grenache blend entered the Australian market decades ago as d’Arenberg “Burgundy”. But it switched to varietal labelling in 1993, at the same time honouring its creator, d’Arry Osborn. It was, and remains, a loveable, warm, generous red with considerable cellaring potential – a rare thing […]

Wine review – d’Arenberg, Skillogalee and Toolangi

d’Arenberg Hermit Crab McLaren Vale Viognier Marsanne 2013 $14.25–$16 McLaren Vale’s warm climate seems to suit these Rhone Valley white varieties better than more commonly encountered ones like chardonnay, riesling and sauvignon blanc. In past years d’Arenbeg’s blend has often been predominantly marsanne with some viognier. In the warm 2013 vintage winemaker Chester Osborn bumped […]