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Max is one of Australia's foremost wine writers and brings us a report on some topical aspect of wine Down Under every other month. You can read more about his achievements and opinions here.
Crikey. Has it really been almost 25 years since Langton's Fine Wine Auctions compiled its first classification of Australian wines? It feels like only yesterday that the then-start-up company rattled the cage of this country's wine establishment by daring to suggest a 'form guide' of top labels. More...
'Dad thinks we're a bunch of f*ck'n' hippies', smiles Ben Paxton through his bushranger beard as he pours me a taste of his family vineyard's biodynamically grown, sulphur-free McLaren Vale Pinot Gris. We're at Rootstock, the lively natural wine fair that took place in Sydney earlier. More...
I don't believe this. It's Christmas Day and I'm sitting in my Melbourne back yard under the midday glare of a 31 ˚C sky, peeling a char-grilled prawn and drinking a glass of gorgeous old Riesling. And I suddenly realise I'm living out two Aussie Christmas clichés: the infamous Australian. More...
There was a bit of a brouhaha here last week when a Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir - the Yabby Lake 2012 Block 1 made by Tom Carson pictured here - snaffled the Jimmy Watson Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards. Wine news went mainstream for a change: chairman of judges,. More...
Here's the debut column of our new Australian columnist . Oh, I just can't keep up. Every week it seems I stumble across an exciting new wine producer here in Australia. I thought I'd caught most of the country's newbies in my 2010 book The Future Makers: Australian Wines. More...
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