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Agly Duckling

Posted by David on 15th Jun 2017

Last week I had the pleasure of tasting the latest release from Ron Laughton’s joint venture in the south west of France, Agly Brothers Côtes du Roussillon 2014. This is the third vintage I’ve tasted and it just seems to get better each time. It’s a style of wine I really enjoy and one that I think more winemakers will emulate. It combines a new world generosity of sun-filled fruit, with old world savouriness and a tight, lean structure. Previously Ron has hosted the tastings, however
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Heavenly Hunter - The Scoop On Semillon

Posted by David on 1st Jun 2017

I don’t drink enough Hunter Semillon. I had the revelation a few weeks ago after opening a bottle of Tyrrell's Vat 1 2005, one of six I had lovingly cellared since release. At 12 years old it had a sublime balance of youthful vigour and aged complexity. I polished off the rest with friends soon after and I’m regretting that I didn't have more of this magical wine in my cellar.  The majority of the world’s Semillon is found in southwest France, most notably in Bordeaux. Here it’s
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Winemaker of the Year 2017 - Sarah Crowe

Posted by David on 18th May 2017

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a lunch with winemaker Sarah Crowe. Like most in the room, I was excited to get an insight into the first woman to win the prestigious James Halliday Winemaker of the Year for 2017. Sarah grew up in ‘The Gong’ and did her first stint in the wine industry in the Hunter when she joined Brokenwood in 2001. While she was there, Sarah commenced a degree in viticulture, also managing to squeeze in vintages in Oregon and the Rhône with Paul Jaboul
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Brave New Barbera

Posted by David on 27th Apr 2017

Piedmont (Piemonte) is a key region for any wine lover. Located in northwest Italy, bordering both France and Switzerland, and surrounded by the Alps, it’s a stunning landscape, home not only to some of the world’s greatest wines, but also to some of the best everyday quaffers.The most famous wines of Piedmont are undoubtedly Barolo and Barbaresco, both made from Nebbiolo. Despite being synonymous with the region, they only account for about 3% of production.Barbera is the region’s most widely g
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Looking at Languedoc

Posted by David on 6th Apr 2017

Laurent Delauney is a fifth generation Burgundian producer and negociant. He lives with his family in a village just west of Nuits-St-Georges in the north of Burgundy. I dined with Laurent a few years ago and quizzed him about the mind-boggling prices of land in Burgundy. He acknowledged that young Burgundians found it difficult to access this closed shop and said it was the main reason for looking further afield. In the mid-90s Laurent and wife Catherine explored what was then consi
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