The Battle of Bosworth was fought on the 22nd of August 1485. It was to be the final significant battle of the War of the Roses, a civil war between two rival claimants to the throne of England by the Houses of Lancaster and York. It resulted in Henry Tudor defeating Richard III, at the … Continue reading ‘My Kingdom For A Grape Vine!’… Battle of Bosworth, McLaren Vale
– – – – “Do I have anything useful to say?”, asks David Fesq, creative conspirator, and winemaker behind one of Australia’s trendiest wine labels – Between Five Bells. “One thing I do know is that I don’t need to add any more wine to the industry.” “Wine can be so full of bullshit…” David … Continue reading VINTAGE WINE IDEALISM – Between Five Bells
“When people decide they want to convert their farm or vineyard over to organics, or biodynamics, they usually go in head first and make a lot of noise about it,” says viticulturist Toby Bekkers. Toby was GM of Paxton Vineyards, and was responsible for converting their 170 acre property in the McLaren Vale over to a certified biodynamic regime. … Continue reading ‘Slow Down. Skill Up.’ How to Convert to Biodynamics…
Wine shows in Australia can be treacherous affairs. Often conducted in silence, judges typically wear white coats – possibly to avoid the inevitable occupational hazards of enthusiastic swirling prior to a wine’s assessment. They’re usually arranged in conjunction with other traditional Australian agricultural competitions, including; cattle, sheep, pig, and horse judging, but also, fine food shows, and cheese … Continue reading S.A. HOT 100 – Improving the Breed, or Pushing the Progression?
Hi Wine Idealists! I’m currently in South Australia! I’ve been very lucky to have been invited over to judge a few choice bottles of fine SA wine at the Adelaide Review Hot 100 Wines, wine show. It’s been an enormous privilege to have participated in this year’s show, and be counted amongst some very talented and accomplished … Continue reading HOT 100 :: RETROSPECT :: ‘The Outliers’
In 2009, the Black Saturday Bushfires ripped through much of the state of Victoria, destroying 2,100 homes and properties, including Kate Kirkhope’s vineyard at Tarrawarra, in the Yarra Valley. “The fires tore through and obliterated our entire property,” says Kate, “and it was just way too big an expense to try and rehabilitate the property for winegrowing again.” … Continue reading ‘Bellarine Phoenix’ – Kiltynane Wines
Terroir is a French term that describes the relationship between the climate, soil and landscape of any one place. It is a combination of an unlimited number of factors, such as temperature, sunlight, rainfall distribution, slope, aspect and drainage of a particular site, as well as tradition, technique, culture, and agronomy. It is how each of … Continue reading Terroir Australis, or…