Wine review – Clonakilla, Craggy Range, Tate, Yalumba, Jacob’s Creek

Clonakilla Ceoltoiri 2015 Clonakilla vineyard, Murrumbateman, Canberra District, NSW $45 Clonakilla’s push into Rhone Valley wine styles began with shiraz and now extends into varieties once thought to be too late ripening for the Canberra climate. However, in warm seasons like 2015, grenache, mourvedre and cinsault ripen fully and join shiraz in the fragrant, light-coloured […]

Oops, by gum, another Canberra brewer

Clonakilla winemaker Tim Kirk once told me the quickest way to humility was through humiliation (according to St Augustine). And so, eating humble pie, this column belatedly introduces the Tortured Gum Brewery of Hume. The brewer launched in 2013, a year before BentSpoke, two years before Pact Beer Co and three years ahead of Capital […]

Wine reviews – Rabl, Andrew Thomas, La La Land, Freeman, Seppelt, Bremerton

Rabl Gruner Veltliner Spiegel 2013 Spiegel vineyard, Kamptal, Austria $24.50–$28 Rabl gruner veltliner brightens a short wine list at Canberra’s Akiba restaurant. Its shimmering fruit–acid harmony matches the vitality of the restaurant’s food, but doesn’t compete with it. The flavours, reminiscent of lime and green apple with a unique spicy, peppery note, carry through even […]

Canberra’s autumn brews

New from BentSpoke and Pact New autumn beers from Canberra’s brewers include a BentSpoke amber ale, seeped with fresh hop flowers, and a Pact Beer Co hoppy, aromatic IPA. The BentSpoke’s Richard Watkins put out three brews for the season, Reflector Amber Ale, Dick Tracy Brown Ale, and Fugg’n Chino Porter. Reflector Amber Ale picks up […]

Canberra’s new brewer

Capital Brewing Co team, from left to right: Nick Hislop, Laurence Kain, Tom Hertel, Wade Hurley, Rich Coombes, Ian Stott Canberra’s vibrant craft brewing scene becomes even more colourful from 21 April with the launch of the city’s sixth brewer, Capital Brewing Co. The new brewer joins our five existing players, the Wig and Pen Tavern […]