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Clive’s latest news, articles and excerpts from the Australian Wine Guide

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Varietal Review 2021- Riesling

Varietal Review 2021- Riesling

I recently attended a get together of the notorious DWA (Daylesford Wine Appreciation Group) at Winespeake in town. Resident expert ‘Som’ Jeremy Shiell put on four different expressions of riesling from their great range of wines and it resonated with me that I needed...

Winery in focus – Curly Flat

Winery in focus – Curly Flat

Curly Flat was established in 1989 by Phillip Moraghan and Jenifer Kolkka. Together they built up an enviable estate up until 2017 when winemaker Philip left for pastures new and Jeni became the sole owner. She wisely employed winemaker Matt Harrop, who had built a...

Varietal Review 2021- Chardonnay

Varietal Review 2021- Chardonnay

In preparation for the 7th edition I've completed a review of chardonnay. This versatile grape variety allows the winemaker to demonstrate all the tricks of the trade, and whilst fads and fashions come and go, chardonnay remains ever-popular. Key Facts AKA also known...

Heathcote

Heathcote

The region of Heathcote in Central Victoria has been long lauded as the next ‘big thing’, but has it reached its potential? Let’s find out. Heathcote shares it origins, like much of Central Victoria, with the discovery of gold. It was the scene of one of the shortest,...

Barossa Valley soils and the Cirillo Vineyard

Barossa Valley soils and the Cirillo Vineyard

The Barossa Zone, which incorporates the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley regions as well as the small High Eden sub-region, has a total of 13,989 hectares of vines (2018). The Barossa Valley is the largest region in Australia, outside of the power-house of the inland...

Mildura – Part Two of a tour of the Murray

Mildura – Part Two of a tour of the Murray

The settlement of Mildura dates back to the late 19th century and its establishment is indebted to two Canadian brothers. George and William Benjamin Chaffey were encouraged to come to Australia by the then Victorian Cabinet Minister, and later Prime Minister, Alfred...

The Games That People Play

The Games That People Play

This article was first published in Wine Hunter magazine   It is the Australian ethos to seek out some sort of sport whenever two or more people gather in a social circle. Whether this takes the form of a Sunday afternoon of backyard cricket or a game of two-up...

New Kids on the Block

New Kids on the Block

This article was first published in the Australian Wine Selector     The World of Wine is not too dissimilar to humans. Good and bad years come and go, the place is full of different races and creeds (or in wines case, varieties). There is the occasional...

Checklist for avoiding fake wines

Checklist for avoiding fake wines

Fake Wines – taken from Australian Wine Guide – 5th Edition Buyers of investment wines have to be aware of fakes, and with the rise in popularity of internetshopping the opportunities for fraud is increasing.Some figures put the amount of counterfeit wine as high as...

Top Ten Tips for Non Wine Drinkers

Top Ten Tips for Non Wine Drinkers

I have recently met some people that feel embarrassed about not liking wine. They feel socially ostracised and forced into putting up with it and want to feel part of the crowd when everyone else is drinking.Look, you don't have to like wine if you simply don't like...

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