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Winestate Magazine • NO.316 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2022
nz briefs • what’s happening in the NZ wine scene
DRAFTING THE PIWI LEAGUE
FANCY A CHANGE?
SAN FRANCISCO ROLLS OUT THE WELCOME MAT - WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK IN CALIFORNIA’S BOHEMIAN CENTRAL
JIMMY REVISITED THE JIMMY WATSON TROPHY
WOLF OF THE WINE INDUSTRY • THE INCREDIBLE LEGACY AND LEGEND THAT IS WOLF BLASS
BUILDING ON A LEGACY • Bangor Vineyard might be new on the wine scene, but they are a vineyard with a serious history.
THE POWER OF PROSECCO • Prosecco continues to ride the crest of a sales boom wave, but producers are keen to point out there are more styles on offer than entry level cheap-and-cheerful bubbles. Winsor Dobbin visits the region to discover more.
FIELDS OF DREAMS • Newcomer Drury Lane Estate has big plans on the horizon
SEMILLON & BLENDS • Australia’s signature aging classic white wine, it regularly goes under the radar for the new generation but is valued by those in the know. Try some aged examples and you will be blown away!
PINOT NOIR • One of the most intriguing red varietals which confuses with its light colours yet gives ethereal elegance in the best examples. A variety for the connoisseur. Here we bring you some nice examples across different price points.
RIESLING • If you haven't tried a riesling for a while get a glass and give them a go. These have lovely flavour spice and vibrancy at their best but can also age extremely well where they develop great secondary characters of honey and citrus.
PINOT GRIS/PINOT GRIGIO • A crowd pleasing white wine varietal for drinking, not thinking! Whilst there are complex examples available generally these wines are regarded as cheap and cheerful offerings. Check them all out below.
SAUVIGNON BLANC & BLENDS • This is arguably the most distinct white varietal grape with its strong aromas ranging from passionfruit to grassy overtones to tropical fruits and all things in between, ranging from lighter to full on versions of intensity. Here we bring you some nice examples to try.
ROSÉ • What’s in a colour? Undoubtedly the most attractive of wine styles, rosé delights with varying shades of pink to very light red. It is the ultimate spring and summer drink which screams out "enjoy". Here are some great examples for you to try.
MICHAEL COOPER RECENT RELEASES
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.
A Sparkling CAREER
CHAMPAGNE & SPARKLING • A very bubbly feature tasting here for your enjoyment. With the end of the year and Christmas and New Year coming it is time to do your research on what to buy and stock up on. Here we can help, across all styles and all budgets. Enjoy!
NEW RELEASES • As we get closer to the end of the year we also get to see the new wines that will excite us. Here we have a great selection across the board from fresh and lively youngsters to those wines that have been matured for a year or two, often in oak, to give added...