Archive for May, 2012:


Published on May 29th, 2012
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I think this is the first time I’ve set eyes on a four hundred and fifty year old vine, and pretty substantial it is too.

Tasmanian regions – the south

Published on May 28th, 2012
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Tasmania’s capital city Hobart lays claim to be the second driest state capital in Australia, after Adelaide. There are fewer frosts in the south, and as is to be expected in a cool climate, especially one where there is nothing between the south of the island and the Antarctic, proximity to sea level is important for vineyards to capture as much warmth as possible.

Domaine d’Aupilhac

Published on May 24th, 2012
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Sylvain Fadat is a pioneer of Monpeyroux, one of the top Languedoc locations for making wine, and a pioneer of varietal carignan.

Tasmanian regions – east coast

Published on May 20th, 2012

Tasmania’s east coast is the driest and one of the warmest parts of the state. It’s also home to the biggest single vineyard on the island.


Published on May 16th, 2012
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Faugères schist defines the appellation, where the days, and nights, are warm, and blended reds have a freshness that defies that warmth.

An accidental treatise on lees work with chardonnay

Published on May 12th, 2012
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A logistical misadventure meant Michael Glover, the winemaker at Bannockburn Vineyards in Geelong, Victoria had to leave one of his chardonnays on its lees for three years rather than the usual two. It turned out to be an excellent decision.

Closure trends

Published on May 8th, 2012
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Nomacorc are the second largest closure manufacturer in the world, after cork stopper producer Amorim, selling a projected 2.4 billion units in 2011, but the synthetic category has experienced significant consolidation in the last couple of years. Will synthetic closures be squeezed out by cork and screwcap?

Tasmanian regions – the north

Published on May 4th, 2012
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Tasmania is a relatively small island, some 250km north to south. The cool, moderate, maritime, climate location of the whole state means that small local variations in weather, soils and topography result in differing outcomes for wine styles.

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