Wine review – De Bortoli, Angullong and Ferngrove

De Bortoli Vinoque Yarra Valley Sangiovese 2013 De Bortoli’s first straight Yarra Valley sangiovese comes from the warm 2013 vintage. Fruit comes from the family’s north-facing Art Martin vineyard. Presumably the warm season and good sun exposure accounts for such ripe fruit flavours and tannins in this otherwise quite cool region. Leanne De Bortoli and […]

Wine reviews – Grossett, Perrier-Joët and Hewitson

Grosset Piccadilly Valley (Adelaide Hills) Chardonnay 2013 For very special Christmas drinking, consider one of Australia’s many ultra-fine but opulent cool-climate chardonnays. The world knows little about them. But we now make dozens of beautiful wines the equal of the originals from France’s Burgundy region. The finest Australian styles come generally from higher, cooler sites […]

Wine review – Gallagher, Mount Pleasant, Leo Buring, Schmolzer and Brown, Hardys

Gallagher Shiraz 2013 $30 Gallagher vineyard, Murrumbateman, Canberra District NSW Canberra’s perfect vintage conditions in 2013 produced a great number of really outstanding shirazes across the district, including Gallagher – a gold medallist at the 2014 regional wine show. The best show greater richness and ripeness of fruit and tannin than normal, while retaining their […]

Beer review – Moo Brew and Young Henrys

Moo Brew Hefeweizen 330ml $5 David Walsh’s Moorilla winery, Moo Brew brewery and Museum of Modern and New Art, share a site just a short drive from Hobart. The brewery’s wheat beer, made in the Bavarian style, appeals for its pale lemon, cloudy appearance, distinctive banana-like aroma, fresh, lemony palate and delicate clove-like aftertaste. Young […]

Canberra-brewed take aways

For a special, ultra-fresh Christmas beer, or a cool gift for beer lovers, consider the take-home offerings of two local brewers, BentSpoke and Zierholz. BentSpoke, Elouera Street Braddon, sells 2-litre metal “travellers” for $30 plus $24 for the beer. Brewer Richard Watkins says owners can fill up from his regular beers and two of three […]