Last year a decision to allow the importation of table grapes from California was approved by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry ( DAFF). While the level of risk was previously deemed unacceptable, additional practises in sorting and packing at source were considered sufficient to mitigate against the risk of pest and disease transference, in particular with regard to phopmopsis viticola, a fungal disease of grape vines present in Australia, excluding WA.
Twenty of China's leading wine importers, distributors, retailers, food and beverage professionals, educators and wine media are exploring the Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Riverland during the week, tasting a diverse selection of wines and learning about Australia's wine regions first hand, as part of the Vintage 2014 visit to showcase the quality of Australian wines.
…participants from Switzerland, South Africa, Bulgaria, Australia, France and Italy. Additionally there will be a "Top 100" tasting zone of award winning international organic wines. And of course many other producers in Hall 6 and other halls will be offering organic, sustainable and biodynamically produced wines as part of their portfolio, including a wide array from Wines of Chile.
The biodynamic sub-category has grabbed a lot of attention with passionate proponents …
100% Trebbiano that spends four months in 3 hl tonneaux, and then in stainless steel tanks for five months before being released. This was a beautiful white wine with floral notes and minerality. Perfect for light …
A touch 'too much' for me...fig and toast...quite complex...but I was yearning for some minerality.
has been battered by rain and more rain. The rivers have never been so high.
Most restaurants are closed on Monday...but I had heard good things about ' Thai Delicious ' in Cleveleys. It was great. Really good clean typical food.
Mum studies the Menu
From one of Australia's coolest vineyards and from the coldest Australian mainland wine GI, Henty. The wine tourism trail might be a little off-piste, but the wines should be in any serious enthusiast's collection.
A site selected by John Thomson's grandfather for grazing - the sheep followed and so did riesling. A remarkable estate, landmark in Australia for riesling and Crawford River with great honesty in their wines. The second Thomson generation coming through to continue the legacy, a great thing, with John Thomson one of the great souls [...]
…traveled incessantly, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Tuscany, Australia, Napa, Sonoma, South Africa, Germany, Portugal, Argentina, Canada. Wherever there was a vineyard of note, you would show up. And when you did the red sea parted for you. You were our Moses, our Rasputin our Nader. You were everywhere. And you were invisible when you needed to be.
I never knew just what an introvert you were. I saw it the other day when you were in front of those other writers, how uncomfortable …
…Chardonnays made there (including the Roco Chard, which we like a lot). He also suggests Australia beyond Shiraz and Malbec from other places than Argentina (we like the Columbia Valley Fidelitas and Southern Oregon Abacela that he recommends). James Laube sends us in search of Tannat, Torrontes and Pinotage (we like the recommended Kanonkop a lot).
Although it might be said that not all of the many recommendations are very far off the main wine road — Sherry, …
…exceptional quality and are a must try for lovers ofor sparkling wines from anywhere in the world. The quanitities we have of these wines are very limited, often just a few cases. Let me know what you think, many of our staff were very surprised by the serious focus and quality of these wines.
- Ryan Woodhouse , Australia / (and ENGLISH) Buyer