Launched in 1978, Winestate is one of the world’s longest running wine magazines, featuring over 140 pages on all things vinous from around the globe. Winestate tastes and rates over 10,000 wines a year, making Winestate the leading authority on Australian and New Zealand wines.
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Winestate Magazine • NO.306 MARCH/APRIL 2021
AN ACCIDENTAL SUCCESS STORY • AFTER A ROCKY START BERTON VINEYARDS CONTINUES TO GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH.
nz briefs • what’s happening in the NZ wine scene
THE BRIGHTEST OF OUTLOOKS • MARISCO’S STEPS TO SECURE AND CONTROL THEIR DESTINY
HOPE ON THE HORIZON
40 TIPS AND TRICKS WHEN PURCHASING, STORING AND SERVING WINE
HOP ON - A ROAD TRIP TO SOME OF AUSTRALIA'S BEST REGIONAL BREWERIES
hong kong grapevine
HOW WE JUDGE WINESTATE MAGAZINE TASTING CRITERIA OUR STAR RATING SYSTEM • Our tastings and published ratings are designed with one thing in mind: to provide a useful and genuine balanced guide on wines to our readers. In order to achieve this we follow certain procedures in an activity that is notoriously difficult! There are regular criticisms of wine shows and various scoring systems; here is how we approach our tastings.
WHAT’S IT WORTH? • Prices listed are exceptional auction highs and do not include buyer’s premium.
WINES OF VICTORIA • With Victoria in lock-down because of Covid we wanted to still put forward the fine products of the state, so came up with this tasting, held in Adelaide with judges who had either worked at Victorian wineries or judged in their shows. We urge you to support any of these wines recommended in this tasting!
BAROSSA VALLEY & EDEN VALLEY
BAROSSA VALLEY & EDEN VALLEY • One of Australia's finest dual regions, wines from here rarely disappoint. Generally known for its big flavour profiles, lately as well as the big blockbusters, more refined wines are being produced to cater to the younger market. Always a champion region for shiraz and riesling, don't overlook fantastic grenache wines from here along with emerging red varietals.
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CHARDONNAY & BLENDS • This was a great opportunity to look at a big range of chardonnay wines across numerous price points. With this varietal that can be moulded and crafted with good winemaking from good fruit, price is often a guide.
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$20& UNDER (NZ $25 & UNDER) • BEST VALUE WINES OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
BEST VALUE BUYS - All under $20
TAKING COMFORT - NOSTALGIA IS ONE OF THE MAJOR FOOD AND BEVERAGE TRENDS OF THE YEAR