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The Great Australian Show

The Great Australian Show

We Aussies love a good show. But forget Hamilton, forget The Book of Mormon, forget Cats. No, really, forget Cats! In any given year, according to the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO), there are no fewer than 75 wine shows across this great land. The biggies are easily recognised by the word Royal in their names. These are the capital city wine shows governed by our (Royal) Agricultural Societies: the Melbourne Royal, Sydney Royal, Perth Royal – and just to mix it up a bit, Royal Qld, Royal Hobart, and Royal Adelaide Wine Shows. Canberra alone spurns the regal handle, with its National Wine Show of Australia, and Darwin unashamedly – and appropriately – sticks to beer. So that’s 7. What about the other 68? Well, it’s a pretty diverse bunch…
WineDown’s Salute to Seppelt

WineDown’s Salute to Seppelt

The unveiling this week of Seppelt’s Luxury Release propelled WD into paroxysms of delight – and sent us scurrying to the archives in search of all things Seppelty. As it happens, there was plenty to find.
Wolf Blass Black Label – Not Your Overnight Success

Wolf Blass Black Label – Not Your Overnight Success

Success is fickle. It can take a lifetime to achieve - or it can entirely elude even the worthiest of contenders. (Speakin’ from experience...) For some, however, success comes quickly, in rush of recognition… almost an embarrassment of accolades for the fascinating new kid on the block.
‘Other’ Whites - Viognier

‘Other’ Whites - Viognier

Don’t be nervous. We’re not talking about that scary 2001 film starring Nicole Kidman and the two creepy kids (it was uncommonly frightening, and not just for the acting). We’re referring to that curious classification at the end of the wine list that is so frequently overlooked. Not currently popular, or not sufficiently well-known to warrant a category of their own, these wines are lumped together – rather unimaginatively – as Others. But look closely. Here are outliers, mavericks, rare and exotic varieties, the stars of tomorrow, and yesterday’s heroes (note to Sauv Blanc: even the highest of flyers can fall from fashion!) – an intriguing grab bag of vinous delights. Some on the verge of greatness; others returning from the brink of extinction…
Cellar Door Magic

Cellar Door Magic

Ah autumn – you lovely season! Clear skies, crisp mornings, and mild, sparkling days.. In Wineland, vintage is all but done and dusted. The vines, relieved of their pendulous purple payloads are taking on a russet hue. Gently rolling green hills, cerulean skies, flame-coloured piebald leaves… Pretty? I’ll say! But don’t take our word for it. It’s time to get out amongst it all! But first, some basic prep: Fill the tank, then remove all the shopping bags, gym gear, and kids’ or dogs’ paraphernalia from the boot. You’re going to want it good and empty for all those (liquid) memories you’ll be bringing home
Cellar Door Magic Part 2

Cellar Door Magic Part 2

The best laid plans, as a wise poet once said, gang aft awry – and these are slippery days indeed, when an unwanted red line on a routine RAT can see one instantly confined to barracks – sans taste… sans smell… sans wine! The corollary is clear, dear reader. Carpe the hell out of your diem; seize the bejeezus from the day! Smell all that you may, taste freely while you can, and savour the multiplicity of delights that await you - behind Victoria’s fabulous Cellar Doors.
Ian McKenzie Part 3

Ian McKenzie Part 3

In ’59, a boy from Barmera in South Australia’s Riverland jagged a job as trainee winemaker at the Berri Cooperative Winery and Distillery. He would go on to hold one the country’s most prestigious winemaking positions, and become a guiding light in Australia’s rapidly developing wine industry…
Ian McKenzie Part 2

Ian McKenzie Part 2

He’s no Household Name. Which is not to say he’s a stranger to your household. Anyone who’s ever popped the cork on a sparkling Salinger Cuvée, celebrated with the gorgeous crimson foam of a Seppelt Sparkling Shiraz, or luxuriated in the complex, creamy intensity of a glass of Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay, has felt the heft of his winemaking influence.
Ian McKenzie Part 1

Ian McKenzie Part 1

Never heard of him? That’s a distinct possibility. After all, he’s your classic quiet achiever. But in wine circles, Ian McKenzie looms large. He’s a celebrated winemaker, an esteemed wine show judge (Chairman of Judges, in fact - with a searingly accurate palate), and a highly respected educator, whose influence is felt across all quarters of the industry.
The Lindeman's Legacy

The Lindeman's Legacy

Anyone who was alive in Australia in the late 1970s will recall the catchy Lindemans jingle that featured in their iconic TV commercial.
International Women's Day

International Women's Day

It’s true that in the Australian wine industry, the scales still favour the blokes somewhat. But women have made incredible progress since 1972, when Pam Dunsford smashed through the gender divide, becoming the first female oenology student to be accepted at Roseworthy Ag.
California

California

The USA is the fourth-largest wine producer in the world, and California contributes 81% of that output. Which, when you think about it, really makes California the world’s fourth-largest wine producer.