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					Australian Wine Reviews 18th to 24th February 2008

The Sun-Herald, Sydney Metro and NSW country, Sections: News, travel and features

Sunday: 3rd February (Sorry Winsor this one went astray)

Article writer: Winsor Dobbin

Winsor wrote a double-page spread feature on Australia’s leading wine and food
festivals in 2008 under the headline Advance Australia Fare.

His BYO reviews were:

Michelob Ultra and Fish Rock Leather Jacket Lager (two beers to go with Indian
restaurant review). Wine returns next week.



The Courier Mail (Brisbane / Queensland) Section: Good Life

Tuesday: 19th February

Writer main article: Ken Gargett

‘Expand horizons’ says Ken; try wines from France, Italy or Germany is the advice,
meanwhile Mike reviews:

Writer of review section ‘labels’: Mike Frost reviews. Points out of 100

96-100 world class, 91-95 exceptional, 86-90 worth drinking, 81-85 average drinking, 71-80
you’ll find better

Local Hero: Aussie Vineyards 2006 Au Verdelho [90]
Bargain Buy: Wolf Blass 2007 ‘Yellow Label’ Moscato [88]
Foreign affair: Aradon 2006 Rioja Tinta [89]
Keeper: Maxwell 2005 ‘Silver Hammer’ Shiraz [92]


The Herald Sun (Melbourne / Victoria) Section: City Style

Tuesday: 19th February

Writer: Main article & reviews Paddy Kendler Scores up to 5

{1=Don’t Bother} {2=Thirsty? OK} {3=Good Value} {4=Fine Drop} {5=Unbeatable}

Less than $20:
Elderton ‘E Series’ Unoaked Chardonnay 2007 [4]
Pyrenees Ridge ‘Ridge Red’ 2006 [4]
Jacobs Creek Riesling 2007 [4.5]
Pewsey Vale Riesling 2007 [5]

Less than $25:
Westend ‘3 Bridges’ Durif 2006 [5]
Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) Section: Good Living Section:

Tuesday: 19th February

Article writers: Huon Hooke main writer with others on occasion

Huon writes on the pros and cons of having a restaurant wine list tied to one supplier.

Wine of the week: Bay of Fires Riesling 2007 [94]
Top Aussie White: Red Claw Chardonnay 2006 [91]
Top Aussie Red: Dexter Pinot Noir 2006 [94]
Bargain: Jacob’s Creek Reserve Shiraz 2005 [91]
Best Sparkling: Jansz Tasmania Vintage Rosé 2004 [95]
Cellar: Sanguine Estate Shiraz 2005 [93]
Something different: Scotchman’s Hill ‘Cornelius’ Pinot Gris 2006 [94]


The Age Melbourne / Victoria Section: Epicure

Tuesday: 19th February

Article writers: Jeni Port, Felicity Carter, Ben Canaider, Jane Falkner, Sally Gudgeon (not all
every week)

Very good ‘profile’ article by Jeni Port on Will de Castella and his wines made from his
biodynamic vineyard at Yea, Victoria. Will is a direct descendent of Hubert and
Francois de Castella (if you don’t know who they were you should). Jane Faulkner
shares some wine industry news and recommends:

La Vieille Ferme Coats du Ventoux 2005

Reviews: Ralph Kyte Powell

A rating of stars for quality 3 to 5 with ½ (.5) as well and $ symbols for value 1(not so good) to
3 (a steal) We have converted them into numbers quality first value second E.G. [4.5 -2]

Wine of the week:
Charles Melton ‘Voices of Angels’ Shiraz 2005 [5-2]

Under $18:
Ferngrove ‘Symbols’ Sav/Sem 2007 [4-3]
Zilzie Shiraz 2006

$18-$30:
Pike & Joyce Pinot Gris 2007 [4-2]
Maison Champy Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2005 [4-2]

Indulge Yourself:
Jacob’s Creek ‘Steingarten’ Riesling 2005 [5-2]
Tatachilla ‘Foundation’ Shiraz 2002 [5-2]


The Adelaide Advertiser S.A. Section: Food and Wine
Wednesday: 20th February

Article writers: Tony Love and reviews, with occasional others

A very broad article on local (to Adelaide) regions and wineries within those regions; in
the review section:
Taylors 2005 Jaraman Chardonnay [92]
Whistler 2005 ‘The Black Piper’ GSM [90]
Mitchell 2005 ‘GSM’ [91]
Liebich 2005 ‘Thumb Press’ Cab/Merlot [90]
Dutschke 2005 ‘St Jakobi’ Shiraz [92]

The Canberra Times Section: Food and Wine
Wednesday: 20th February

Article writers: Fergus McGhie article & reviews and Chris Shanahan article

Chris writes a good article on Main Ridge Estate, Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula.

Fergus says, ‘I visited some of the Hilltops vineyards and found some excellent wines’;
he also has some reviews:

Fergus gives marks out of 5 for Quality and Price, quality first

Drink Now:
Freeman Fortuna 2007 Pinot Gris Blend [4-4]
Freeman 2003 Rondinella Corvina [5-5]

Something special:
Chalkers Crossing 2006 Chardonnay [4-5]
Chalkers Crossing 2005 Shiraz [5-4]

For the cellar:
Grove Estate 2006 Nebbiolo [4-4]
Grove Estate ‘Cellar Block’ Reserve 2005 Shiraz Viognier [5-4]

The Mercury Tasmania Section: Taste
Wednesday: 20th February

Article writer: Graeme Phillips

‘In Australia, there’s growing pressure on the Government to attack the recognised
behavioral and health problems of alcohol by increasing the tax on wine. But when you
consider that wine is already taxed at a significantly higher rate than beer or RTDs
(those sweet alcopop numbers aimed at young drinkers), one wonders why wine is
being targeted as the culprit.

‘To my mind there’s certainly an argument that Australian wine producers should be
more responsible and reduce the high levels of alcohol we’ve seen become common in
our wines in recent years. It’s hard to reconcile producing 15 and 16 per cent wines
with an industry message to drink wine in moderation.’ Reviewed:

Morningside 2007 Riesling
Fluted Cape 2004 Pinot Noir
Freycinet 2005 Pinot Noir
Derwent Estate 2006 Cab/Merlot


The West Australian Section: Taste

Thursday: 21st February

Article writer: Ray Jordan

The people and wines of Margaret River winery Island Brook get all Ray’s attention.
Australian Financial Review (National) Section: Life & Leisure
Friday: 22nd February

Article writer: Tim White Monthly: in Financial Review Magazine, Phillip Rich

The normal ‘Life & Leisure’ section went up-market this week with a luxury edition, all
Porsche, posh perfume and poncy stuff. Wine focused not on wine but the super-duper
house Ross Wilson (ex Southcorp boss) has built on his vineyard (Medhurst Wines) in
the Yarra Valley.

The Manly Daily

Friday: 22nd February

Article Writer: Rick Allen

A few words on Bordeaux producer Ch de Sours and reviews of:

Yalumba ‘Y Series’ Shiraz/Viognier 2006
Hungerford Hill ‘Tumbarumba’ Pinot Noir 2006
Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling 2007


Grape Expectations by Max Crus. At some point in the week this column will appear in The
Daily Examiner (Grafton), The Northern Star (Lismore), The Cairns Post,
The Geelong Advertiser, The Wagga Daily Advertiser, Toowoomba Chronicle
Port Macquarie News, Border Mail (Albury), Coffs Coast Advocate
The Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

Week beginning: 23rd February

Writer: Simon Hughes article

Scores are out of 10 but as Simon also uses a decimal system they are really out of 100

Kiltynane Estate Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2006, 9.2/10.
Pindarie Tempranillo Sangiovese Shiraz ‘Bar Rossa’, 2007 8/10.
(Tohu Wines) Kono Sauvignon Blanc 2007, 8.5/10.
Scorpiiion Barossa Valley Shiraz 2005, 8.3/10.
Rimfire 2006 Aleatico, 8.5/10. (07 is out now)
(Kingston) Echelon Petit Verdot 2005, 8.5/10.

The Smage =The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age Section: Good Weekend
Saturday: 23rd February

Article writer: Huon Hooke

French import, Arrogant Frog 2006 Ribet Red is the focus.


The Courier Mail Brisbane Queensland Section: Q Magazine
Saturday: 23rd February

Article writer: Ken Gargett

Focus on New Zealand Syrah:

Stonecroft Syrah 2006 [92]
Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah 2005 [96]
Esk Valley Reserve Syrah 2006 [96]
Trinity Hill Homage Syrah 2006 [97]

The Sydney Morning Herald Section: Life
Saturday: 23rd February

Article writer: Greg Duncan Powell

Sipping: All Saints Rutherglen Muscat
Cellaring: Mount Langi Ghiran Riesling 2007
Celebrating: Seppelt ‘Fleur de Lys’ Pinot/Chardonnay NV
Dining: Wirra Wirra ‘Church Block’ 2006


The Australian (National) Section: Magazine and Travel & Indulgence

Saturday: 23rd February

Article writers: Max Allen in the magazine and James Halliday in travel & indulgence

Max uses his short column to portray Eric Semmier and his vineyard 919 Wines; in the
review section:

2007 Pike & Joyce ‘The Bleedings’ Rosé
2006 Mayer Pinot Noir

Over the page Max has a Q&A ¾ page article on Terroir; it’s very interesting especially
when he considers the use of Aboriginal alternatives.

James starts with a general Queensland article but soon focuses in on Boireann and
from there to the wines produced. He reviews five of them and points them between 93
and 95.


The Age Melbourne Victoria Section: A2

Saturday: 23rd February

Article writer: Jane Faulkner

Jane looks at the Italian sparkling wins from Ca’ del Bosco


The Daily Telegraph (NSW) Section: Style

Saturday: 23rd February

Article writer: Jeff Collerson

White: Hamelin Bay 2007 Margaret River ‘Rampant’ white
Red: Banrock Station one litre ‘Ecomate’ 2006 Shiraz/Mataro

Top Drop: Murray Street 2005 ‘Gomersal’ Shiraz

Quaff White: Paxton 2007 Chardonnay
Quaff Red: De Iulius 2006 ‘Charlie’ Shiraz

Cheers: Nirvana Pale Ale.
The Sun-Herald, Sydney Metro and NSW country, Sections: News, travel and features

Sunday: 24th February

Article writer: Winsor Dobbin

Angove’s 2006 Long Row Cab Sav
Krinklewood 2007 Semillon

The Sunday Times (Perth/WA) Section: STM (Sunday Times Magazine)

Sunday 24th February:

Article writer: Peter Forrestal

A plug for the Porongurups Wine Festival; in the review section:

2005 Abbey Creek Pinot Noir
2006 Zarephath Pinot Noir
2005 Duke’s Cabernet Sauvignon

The Sunday Herald Sun (Vic) Sunday Telegraph (NSW), Section: Magazine

Sunday: 24th February

Article writer: Matt Skinner

Stuart MacGill replaces Matt this week; he raves about Yarra Burn Sparkling 2005

The Sunday Age in Victoria, Sun-Herald in NSW Section: Sunday Life Magazine

Sunday: 24th February

Article writer: Sally Gudgeon

‘Although Verdelho has a long history in Australia as a white table wine, (it is believed
to have arrived in the early part of the nineteenth century), it has always lagged behind
some of the other white grapes in the popularity stakes. Undeservedly so,’ says Sally
reviewing:

Tyrell’s Fordwich Verdelho 2007
Sandalford Reserve Verdelho 2007
Granite Ridge Verdelho 2007


The Sunday Canberra Times, Section: Relax

Sunday: 24th February

Article writer: Chris Shanahan

Reviews of:

Bourgogne Pinot Noir (Maison Champy) 2005
Osborne Manzanilla Fino Sherry
Oxford Landing South Australian Chardonnay 2007
The Sunday Tasmanian, Section: Sunday

Sunday: 24th February

Article writer: Graeme Phillips

Bottles are the symbol, 1 = OK, 2 = Good, 3 = Very Good, 4 = Excellent, 5 = Fabulous
There is also a broken bottle (BB) on occasions, no rating but presume less than OK

Tasmanian Pinot Noir on the bench this week:
Darlington 2006 [2]
Derwent Estate 2006 [3]
Clemens Hill 2004 [3]
Morningside 2006 [4]
Frogmore Creek Reserve 2005 [5]
Stefano Lubiana ‘Sasso’ 2005 [5]

The Sunday Telegraph NSW, Section: Food & Wine

Sunday: 24th February

Article writer: John Fordham

The winning of three trophies for Shadowfax Chardonnay is the column; reviewed:

Margan 2007 Semillon
Giant Steps 2007 ‘Miller Vineyard’ Shiraz
Higher Plane 2004 Cab/Sav


Ciao: a free lifestyle newspaper that is distributed fortnightly throughout the inner west of
Sydney circulation around 25,000. Rick also writes on wine for Accor Traveller an in-house
magazine that goes to all Accor hotel rooms in Australia and NZ, including Sofitel, Novotel,
Mercure, Grand Mercure, Ibis and All Seasons.

Fortnightly: 20th February

Article writer: Rick Allen

Reviews of:

Taylors St Andrews 2002 Chardonnay
Bowen Estate Cab/Sav 2005
Ferngrove ‘Symbols’ Sav/Sem 2007


Scoop Traveller NSW has Winsor Dobbin writing on Margan Estate, Tintilla Wines from
the Hunter Valley, Lillypilly Estate at Leeton and Mudgee based Wild Oates. Cowra gets
a look in via Windowrie Estate and Mulyan Wines. Bruce Tyrrell is interviewed as is
Moore Haszard from Robert Stein vineyard and there is a small piece on Centennial
Vineyards in the Southern Highlands



In Scoop Traveller Victoria/Tasmania Winsor has words on Giant Steps/Innocent
Bystander, Blackjack wines , Seppelt wines, Shelmerdine, Flynns, Crittenden Estate,
Wedgetail Estate, Pfeiffer, Fed Square, Coldstream Hills and Bay of Fires.
The March issue of Delicious is out including an article by Ben Canaider on
Gewurztraminer; those reviewed:

Pewsey Vale 2007
Pipers Brook 2007
Bay of Fires 2007
Hugel 2005
Frogmore Creek ‘Iced’ Gewurztraminer 2007
De Bortoli ‘Sacred Hill’ Traminer/Riesling 2007



Gourmet Traveller March Issue, has Max Allen on quality Rosé wines. Those mentioned
in the article as good Rosé makers are: Phillip Jones in Gippsland, Pete Schell over in
the Barossa, Mac Forbes from The Yarra Valley and Nick Farr in Geelong. Max includes
a ‘Pale Pink List’:

Krinklewood (Hunter)
Arrivo, La Linea, Pike & Joyce (Adelaide Hills)
Spinifex (Barossa)
Noon (McLaren Vale)
Bass Phillip (Gippsland)
Vinea Marson (Heathcote)
Castagna (Beechworth)
De Bortoli, Dominique Portet, Innocent Bystander, Kiltynane Estate, Mac Forbs (Yarra
Valley)
Fairbank, Bress (Bendigo)
Bindi (Macedon)
Pizzini (King Valley)
Farr Rising (Geelong )
Scorpo (Mornington Peninsula)

Max also has his six ‘Top drops of the Month’

2007 Spring Vale Pinot Noir
2005 The Story Orphan Shiraz
2007 Climbing Pinot Gris
2005 Coldstream Hills Reserve Cab/Sav
2006 Vietti Dolcetto d’Alba
Vazart-Coquart & Fils NV Reserve Blanc de Blanc

				
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