Italian Heroes – Australian-made Italian varietal wines

Offering a wide range of aromas, tastes and textures, Australian-made Italian varietal wines are growing in popularity. Sampling a collection of brands – some well-known, some…

Italian Heroes: La Zona

I’ve had the pleasure of following the progress of Chrismont Winery as an ever-growing highly creative business dedicated to continued focus and refinement in delivering…

Italian Heroes – Andrew Peace Wines, Swan Hill

Andrew Peace 2015 Shiraz Methode Ripasso 3.5 stars – $24 [view wine ratings info] Andrew Peace Wines is one of Australia’s largest family-owned wineries, though…

Buller Wines Rare Tokay with Eton Mess

In terms of world-famous wines, it’s impossible not to respectfully mention the region of Rutherglen, Victoria and in particular Buller Wines’ rare collection of fortified…

La Zona Fiano 2016 with Banana Leaf Steamed Red Mullet

Chrismont’s wonderful new release La Zona Fiano from the King Valley is a most exciting aromatic white and should be considered a serious top-tier restaurant…

Billy Button Fiano 2016 with Soft Prawn Taco

This fiano from Victoria‘s Alpine Valleys region is hand-crafted by the energetically talented alternative-varietals ‘queen’, winemaker Jo Marsh, formerly of Seppelt Great Western. A few…

King River Estate Pinot Grigio 2016 with Crispy Skin Barramundi Fillet

Each year King River Estate produces cleaner, more vibrant fruit, the result of pesticide-free biodynamic vineyard management. I’ve noticed a progressive advance in wine flavour...

Dal Zotto Pucino Col Fondo

The Dal Zotto prosecco story is the stuff of legends. Just over a decade ago Otto Dal Zotto, King Valley tobacco grower turned grape grower…

Noble Heart – Pizzini Wines’ Nebbiolo

I’ve been lucky enough to know Alfredo ‘Fred’ Pizzini for quite a while and I’ve never seen him quite like this. He’s clearly rattled and…

Rutherglen Estates 2014 Tempranillo, Renaissance 2013 Durif & 2014 VRM

Review: Rutherglen Estates 2014 Tempranillo The Rutherglen Estates’ Tempranillo wine lifts the bar with a sweet, succulent and rich bouquet. It’s everything a ripe and…