For lovers of great Chardonnay, this is a very fine example of the potential that lays in the vineyards in Tasmania. Australia’s ‘Big Apple’, the island state yields some of Australia’s finest produce – wine included. Particularly when in the experienced hands of Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW. Their Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay hailing from South Australia’s Adelaide Hills has long been one of the style leaders of modern Australian Chardonnay. Not unusually in the wine world, the story behind the Tolpuddle label started with a moment of compulsive insanity (click here) and the wines Read More
Earlier this year, I visited Piggs Peake cellar door to catch up with the latest happenings there. And there is always something happening!… Cellar door changes & new landscaping cap it off … It is just a sign really that the team are well settled in and the welcome is as warm as ever at this Hunter Valley winery for visitors looking for the quirky side of wine. Read More
Rock’n’Roll, Albert Einstein and a passion for bubbles…….
In the past decade, the rest of the world has finally caught up with what the French have seemingly always known. A large proportion of the coveted fizz sold in France are ‘Grower’ Champagnes rather than from the large, sophisticated Champagne Houses. They put much credence in the Champagnes that have the term ‘recoltant-manipulant’ on the label, for here are the wines that often offer better value and more personality. Read More
Of all the new learnings coming from my relocation to the UK, perhaps the most disappointing has been selection of rosé wine available on the ‘by the glass’ menus of pubs,bars and cafes around the country. In the noughties, ‘blush’ wines seemed to become a fashion necessity and the term was most often used to refer to the sweeter pink wines coming new world wine producing countries such as the USA. It seemed that the UK was going rosé crazy, and sparkling rosé in this sweeter style followed. Read More