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nz briefs • what’s happening in the NZ wine scene
THE ART OF INDULGENCE
REVIVING A FRENCH CONNECTION WITH THE PAST
COLOUR’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE ‘PERFECT’ GLASS
LUXURY LURE FOR STAY-AT-HOMERS
ANDRE SIMON AND AUSTRALIA - ALMOST THE END
CABERNET Dreaming • A RISING STAR OF THE MARGARET RIVER REGION, BRASH WINES IS MAKING GIANT STRIDES ACROSS THE WORLD WINE STAGE.
MAGIC IN THE MYTH • LINKED TO ANCIENT GREECE BY ITS NAME, EKHIDNA IS LEADING THE WAY IN MODERN WINERY DEVELOPMENT.
BIG HITS FROM THE ’78 Records • Forty years ago, some of today’s most prominent Australian winemakers were just starting out on their big wine adventures. Here they tell JENI PORT of their recollections of that era …
Milestones • A journey of fourteen thousand six hundred and ten days!
hong kong grapevine
KEN KING WINEMAKER / OWNER – KINGS OF KANGAROO GROUND
WHAT’S IT WORTH? • WINESTATE’S AUCTION PRICE GUIDE
BEST OF THE WEST • A great result for the "Westies" with a good recommendation rate and some stars in almost every category. The pick of the bunch here were the cabernet predominant wines and bright mid-weight shiraz.
CENTRAL & WESTERN NSW
WINES OF NSW • An excellent strike rate here with few wines that you wouldn't be happy to drink. Across a wide range of micro-climates ranging from warm to distinctively cool, winemakers showed a great appreciation of varietal diversity. Not surprisingly (note: that's not "unsurprisingly") semillons were the heroes, but don't dismiss chardonnay and pinot from the cooler regions, or well crafted Hunters.
MCLAREN VALE, LONGHORNE CREEK, FLEURIEU & SURROUNDS
MCLAREN VALE, LANGHORNE CREEK, FLEURIEU & SURROUNDS • Flavour, flavour, flavour! That's what you get from McLaren Vale and when matched with finesse from the cooler Langhorne & Fleurieu regions it makes for some formidable wines. Whilst you might have to pay a few more dollars to get the highest level of blockbusters these are still many juicy mid-weight wines at lower prices. Look out for great grenache, serious shiraz and surprisingly a new line-up of alternative varieties.
NORTH ISLAND • (Gisborne, Auckland & Northland)
NORTH ISLAND • Wairarapa, Gisborne, Auckland & Northland
JANE SKILTON MW RECENT RELEASES
NEW RELEASES • Always a pleasure! We are seeing very strong results from the excellent 2015 and 2016 vintages for the reds and crisp whites from the 2017 vintage. Everyone wins a prize! Best examples came from the grenache, riesling and $30+ shiraz class.
FANATICAL About Fizz • AUSTRALIA’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH FRENCH CHAMPAGNE CONTINUES TO GROW WITH THE LATEST TRIO OF BUBBLES IN A BOTTLE TO ARRIVE MAKING AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT.
BEST VALUE WINES OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
BEST VALUE BUYS - All under $20
MAKING THE MOST OF THE CHINA SYNDROME • Like many other nationalities, the freshness and quality of Australian meats and seafood are a magnet for many Chinese travellers, especially the high-spending new money crowd.