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  • Article Max on Oz

    Australia 2018 – an embarrassment of riches

    This year promises even better wines than last Down Under. Mark Walpole is the last person you’d expect to be prone to hyperbole. Over the 20 years…

    3 Dec 2018 Max Allen
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    Where the wild things are – yeasts unravelled

    Our Australian columnist passes on news of a potentially ground-breaking discovery from Down Under. For a general introduction to yeasts and their…

    1 Oct 2018 Max Allen
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    John Hughes, a most unusual Rieslingfreak

    See also today's serving of tasting notes on Mosel 2017s. Last year was huge for John Hughes. At the Sydney Royal Wine Show in July the 44-year-old…

    1 Aug 2018 Max Allen
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    Happy days are here again

    See also Australia looks north.  ‘This feels like a watershed moment', said McLaren Vale winemaker Corrina Wright, one of a record 150 Australian…

    4 Jun 2018 Max Allen
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    ​Gorgeous Gordo – the second-rate strikes back

    Ross Brown carefully pulls the cork from a 37-year-old bottle of wine. ‘This', he says, ‘is one of the Australian wine industry’s best kept secrets.’ …

    2 Apr 2018 Max Allen
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    W R – initials not to be ignored

    ‘Warren Randall and Seppeltsfield are the biggest story in the wine industry right now.’ That’s how Anthony Madigan, publisher of Australian Wine…

    30 Jan 2018 Max Allen
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    Margaret River's contentious history

    Max reviews The Way It Was: A History of the Early Days of the Margaret River Wine Industry by Peter Forrestal and Ray Jordan (Margaret River Press).…

    4 Dec 2017 Max Allen
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    Rebirth of the Australian super-blend

    This has been the year of Australian super-blends: new, high-profile, high-priced reds that hark back to an older period in this country’s vinous…

    3 Oct 2017 Max Allen
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    Adelina – a top tip from Max

    See Richard's account of a vertical tasting of one of Australia's most admired conventional reds, Penfolds Bin 389 back to 1971. Oh, this is…

    31 Jul 2017 Max Allen
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    ​Chinese invest in Australian wine

    We hear a lot about how China is now the Australian wine industry’s number one export wine market. What’s less well known is the growth of Chinese…

    5 Jun 2017 Max Allen
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    Sommeliers' Shirazathon

    Two days ago in Melbourne 50 top sommeliers from around the world sat down to a blind tasting of Australian Shiraz. The event was part of a…

    5 Apr 2017 Max Allen
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    ​Grenache in the Yarra - a warming trend

    Ten years ago, in an article about climate change, I predicted that the Yarra Valley, traditionally famous for cool-climate grape varieties such as…

    31 Jan 2017 Max Allen
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    Storm lashes resurgent inland Australia

    It was the worst hailstorm in living memory. On 11 November this year a thunderous tempest of cyclonic winds and ice ripped through the vineyards of…

    30 Nov 2016 Max Allen
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    ​Taxing times for Australia’s new wave

    Update 4 Dec 2016: The Australian government has announced amendments to its proposed WET rebate reforms that address many of the concerns raised by…

    3 Oct 2016 Max Allen
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    Australia discovers terroir

    See also our Australian assemblage. ‘Miyurna! Naa marni purrutyi? Ngai nari Kumatpi Marrutya Ngai wangkanthi, ‘Marni naa pudni Kaurna yarta-ana.…

    1 Aug 2016 Max Allen