Australia

Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year: Joshua Cooper

While Joshua is a young guy, he is not in experience as he has been making wine for the majority of his life.  His quick rise to the top of his craft, while continuing learning more each day, has been rewarded by being named the ‘Winemaker of the Year’ by Gourmet Traveller, the most respected […]
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South Africa

Wine Press

Vinous Cellar Favorite: Paulus ‘Bosberaad’ Chenin Blanc

Neal Martin has a pretty gifted and spoiled palate, given the sheer amount of world-class and benchmark wines he has tasted. There are not many people on this planet whom have had the superstar wines with decades of age, but Neal has!  Recently one special Swartland Chenin Blanc really capture his emotions and he highlighted […]
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South Africa

Wine Press

Franco Lourens Achieves New Heights with the 2019s

Christian Eedes, one of the foremost critics and tastemakers of South African wines recently went through Franco’s precise and elegant ’19s and was floored by the quality of the young winemaker.  Now sharing a shed in Paarl with Lukas Van Loggerenberg, Franco is focused on his brand entirely and will continue to grow into his […]
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South Africa

Dr. Jamie Goode sits down with Stompie

Johan Meyer, more affectionately known as ‘Stompie’ is one of the most recognizable figures in the burgeoning wine scene of South Africa.  His two brands are his eponymous label, JH Meyer Signature Wines, as well as a partnership with his UK importer, Ben Henshaw of Indigo Wines.  Dr. Jamie Goode recently visited Stompie and learns […]
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Australia

Steve Crawford (AKA Frederick Stevenson) becomes the first ever two-time Young Gun winner!

For the first time in its illustrious history, the Winemaker’s Choice at the Young Gun of Wine Awards has a repeat winner.  Steve Crawford first won the award in 2015 (splitting it with Michael Downer) and then followed up with a repeat performance in 2020.  This is arguably the most important of the Young Gun […]
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South Africa

Tasting Lukas Van Loggerenberg’s 2019s

Greg Sherwood, MW put his thoughts to paper on the highly anticipated 2019 releases from Lukas.  “Bag your allocations asap as production levels are small but highly sought after,” said Greg.  Lukas continues to grow and the results are within the bottle. Read about the 19s here.
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Australia

When Life Gives you Smoke… Embrace It – VHS Wines

2020 was simply put a shitty year on a global scale but very few places really felt it the way Australia did, and it started fast and hot right out of the gates with widespread and destructive wildfires throughout the country.  ABC News interviewed a number of winemakers about their plans, or lack thereof, to […]
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Australia

A Vinous Reckoning…Australia’s Stripes are a Changing

“The blockbusters are still there…as are the Australian classics from longtime producers. But today, Australia has a thriving natural wine culture, as well as a number of producers who are achieving finesse and grace.”          – Eric Asimov, The New York Times Eric Asimov had a glimpse of what to expect on his […]
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Australia

Democratic Bubbly… The Wines of Tim Wildman, MW

Tim is the first to argue that natural wine is more ‘democratic’ than more conventional examples and for this comparative sense he means Champagne.  Tim is one of the foremost experts on Australian wine and organizes the annual sommelier and retail pilgrimages to Oz on his James Busby Trips.  A few years back Tim wanted […]
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