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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
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    2014 - superlative for Hunter Shiraz

    During the 1970s and 1980s, when the fortunes of the Hunter Valley wine region north of Sydney were in the ascendant, local vigneron Murray Tyrrell…

    1 Jun 2016 Max Allen
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    Australia 2016 - all over already, again

    Winemaker Pat Carmody (right) is shaking his head. It’s late February 2016 and his Shiraz crop is nearly ready to be picked. His vineyard, Craiglee,…

    4 Apr 2016 Max Allen
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    Australian reds - getting younger and younger

    See also today's Beechworth and other exciting Australians.  One of the most exciting trends in Australian wine today is the proliferation of…

    26 Jan 2016 Max Allen
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    Diluting Oz must

    Australian winemakers have been diluting overripe grape juice with water for decades. The practice is forbidden - but that doesn’t stop people doing…

    2 Dec 2015 Max Allen
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    ​Australia - turning the battleship around

    Over the last difficult decade for Australian wine, one of the major criticisms of Wine Australia, the old generic promotional body, was that it…

    5 Oct 2015 Max Allen
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    The other side of Marlborough

    The last time I visited Marlborough, in 2009, the region had experienced two large vintages in a row and winemakers were nervous. Grape prices were…

    3 Aug 2015 Max Allen
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    ​Yangarra - McLaren Vale ancient and modern

    Walk into the cavernous Yangarra winery shed in McLaren Vale during the middle of vintage and the first thing you will be shown by winemaker Peter…

    1 Jun 2015 Max Allen
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    Phylloxera creeps through Yarra

    As one of the best-ever vintages in Australia’s Yarra Valley, one of the most important fine-wine regions in the state of Victoria, draws to a close,…

    31 Mar 2015 Max Allen
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    ​2014 – Australia in review

    The year began under searing skies and finished with a classic old Hunter red. In between there were lots of g’days - and too many goodbyes. Success…

    1 Jan 2015 Max Allen