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Fine wine writing aplenty

  • Article Max on Oz

    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
  • Article Max on Oz

    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
  • Article Max on Oz

    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
  • Article Max on Oz

    ​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
  • Article Max on Oz

    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
  • Article Max on Oz

    ​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
  • Article Max on Oz

    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
  • Article Max on Oz

    ​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
  • Article Max on Oz

    Wine writer ethics - through a glass darkly

    Our Throwback Thursday contribution today reprises Max's latest column, originally published on 4 Nov, on how he has been stirring the cosy world of…

    13 Nov 2014 Max Allen
  • Article Inside information

    Scandal hits Winemakers’ Federation of Australia

    23 Sep - an independent enquiry has been announced here.The approval of a new sustainability programme for Australian wine has been soured by scandal…

    17 Sep 2014 Max Allen
  • Article Free for all

    No love lost in Oz somm spat

    Today's Throwback Thursday offering is an edited, updated version of the article first published here for members only last Monday 1 September.Huon…

    4 Sep 2014 Max Allen
  • Article Free for all

    Australia at the crossroads?

    3 Jul - For today's Throwback Thursday article, we are sharing Max Allen's latest bi-monthly report from Australia, a particularly important one, with…

    3 Jul 2014 Max Allen
  • Article Max on Oz

    Langton's new classification appraised

    Crikey. Has it really been almost 25 years since Langton's Fine Wine Auctions compiled its first classification of Australian wines? It feels like…

    1 May 2014 Max Allen
  • Article Max on Oz

    When ocker meets organic

    '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…

    26 Feb 2014 Max Allen
  • Article Max on Oz

    Aussie Christmas

    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…

    31 Dec 2013 Max Allen