Yalumba and Tyrrell's

Robert and Jessica Hill-Smith in the Yalumba Museum

Many moons ago – well, last September – two of Australia's most famous family wine companies joined forces to share some treasures with wine writers in London.

Please forgive the long delay in sharing news of this great event – which ended with a stunning 1942 – but it necessitated taking notes by hand. Fatal.

Far too often people’s image of the Australian wine scene is coloured by the large companies that have dominated it. But this is not the exciting stuff by any means. The real energy and boundary-pushing in Australian wine at the moment comes from the sort...