14 South Australian Wines You’ll Definitely Want To Try

Believe it or not, I love my wine. As a wine-specialist tour operator I’m always out on the scene seeking out new producers, tasting new vintages, and filling up my recycling bin with an obscene amount of empty bottles. It wasn’t always this easy. As a budding wine enthusiast, in my early days I always looked to The Adelaide Review’s Hot 100 Wines for inspiration on which labels to seek out and what type of trending wines I should be trying. To this day I […]

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South Australia’s Best New Cellar Doors

Being a wine tour guide you get a little bit excited when great new cellar doors pop up in the regions you visit. Here’s a run-down of the best new cellar doors that have opened up recently in the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, and McLaren Vale wine regions. Tapanappa Winery – Adelaide Hills Having taken some fifteen years to fully come into fruition, Tapanappa is the shared vision of legendary locals Brian and Ann Croser working closely with Bollinger of Champagne and the Cazes family of Pauillac, Bordeaux. […]

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2014 Shobbrook Merlot

Not your average Barossa Valley producer “Natural Wine making is lazy winemaking.  I select the fruit parcels, press and then let the wine make itself.  I taste the ferment and stop it when it needs to be stopped. Minimal Sulphite, bottle, label and sell.” – Tom Shobbrook Such is the mantra from a number of renegade South Australian winemakers, mainly  hailing from a pocket of the Adelaide Hills known as Basket Range. To find a producer like Tom Shobbrook adhering to such a doctrine in […]

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2014 Tscharke Estate Grenache Mataro

No need for formalities   Why do so many people seem to take wine so seriously all of the time? Well, in case you didn’t know…. You don’t have to. Good fun wine needs to be enjoyed more readily, without being judged by the depth of flavour, the complexity, the cellaring potential, or the price tag. Case in point. At just $15 a bottle at cellar door, Tscharke’s Grenache Mataro is an expression of modern fruit forward wine, made to drink now. This wine punches above it’s weight and […]

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