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Ashton Hills – Estate Pinot Noir 2017 and more

An Australian icon, Ashton Hills is one of this country's foremost Pinot Noir producers. From the Piccadilly Valley sub region in the Adelaide Hills, this tiny 3ha vineyard was originally planted in 1982. The vineyard sits at an elevation of 570 metres and averages...

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Verdier-Logel – Cotes du Forez, Loire Valley

Presumably the Cotes du Forez is not the first appellation that comes to mind when you think of the Loire? I tried this question on my wife and her first response was "um, um, Muscadet?". Nice. Most of us, I think, would respond with Sancerre, Vouvray, Chinon, or if...

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Harkham Wines – New Release Rose and Shiraz

Towards the end of trade tastings, I've had enough. Trying dozens, sometimes up to a hundred wines has its obvious, unique challenges - even when you spit. The wines start to blur, along with my critical faculties. Oddly enough, it's at this point in the tasting that...

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Hunter Valley Hidden Gems – Thomas Wines

To say Thomas Wines from the Hunter Valley is a hidden gem may sound ridiculous. There is nothing 'hidden' about it. Indeed, when most people list their favourite Hunter Valley producers, Thomas Wines is always at the top of that list. With a new cellar door on the...

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The Best Value Rieslings in the World

The recent Riesling Galaxy tasting in Sydney provided an unmissable opportunity to try some of the best value Rieslings from around the world. My overwhelming impression from the tasting is that quality and value is consistent at all price points. The Riesling market...

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Joh Jos Prum 2016 Release – Riesling Heaven

From the first sniff and taste, it is clear that 2016 is a wonderful vintage for JJ Prum and tasting these wines is a special experience. Prum's wines are often described as reductive or closed when released. This is not the case with the 2016's, which all exhibit...

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Waters Wine Company offers a great range of well-chosen, good value and interesting wines

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