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Winestate Magazine March - April 2020

Launched in 1978, Winestate is one of the world’s longest running wine magazines, featuring over 140 pages on all things vinous from around the globe. Winestate tastes and rates over 10,000 wines a year, making Winestate the leading authority on Australian and New Zealand wines.

Winestate Magazine
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7 Issues

in this issue

3 min

BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS it will be vintage time for most of the regions in Australia and New Zealand as well. It does seem strange that I am writing this in January at the time that we have seen horrific bush fires throughout many states of Australia with a number of wine regions affected. Whilst a few wineries lost everything, some others lost significant vineyards and some were also smoke affected, luckily most survived. Whilst we feel for those who suffered loss and want to support them in any way we can it is important that we don’t overreach in terms of alarming wine drinkers and tourists to stay away. A cloud of negativity must not be allowed to replace a cloud of smoke. The best thing we can…

24 min

COUNTING THE COST IN the worst Australian bushfire season on record, fires raged across the continent and amid the horror of lost lives, lost houses and livelihoods, came losses, too, for the Australian wine industry. One-third of grape production in the Adelaide Hills, a premium wine-producing region noted for quality chardonnay and pinot noir, was lost or damaged in catastrophic Christmas bushfires. At the time of writing the damage bill was estimated at $100 million. Close to 60 producers were affected and a number of the region’s best-known vineyards and wineries were lost, including Henschke’s Lenswood Vineyard, Tilbrook Estate, New Era Vineyards, Golding Estate, Riposte, Barristers Block, Tomich and Vinteloper. The Henschke Lenswood vineyard, planted to the oldest pinot noir vines in the region, is gone. It was planted in 1983 by winemaker Tim…

5 min
nz briefs

COOPER HAS HIS SAY WANT to find a good NZ wine? You’d be hard-pressed to go past New Zealand Wines 2020: Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide (Upstart Press, RRP $39.99) which provides a comprehensive overview of more than 3000 wines currently on the market. Cooper is one of NZ’s most respected wine writers, with 41 books to his credit and numerous accolades, including being appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Now in its 29th year, the 2020 Buyer's Guide offers not only reviews and cellaring recommendations for each wine, it also draws on Cooper’s wealth of experience in providing detailed information on NZ wine regions and styles, vintage charts and cellaring tips plus a 2019 vintage report. A perennially useful addition to any NZ wine lover’s library. CELEBRATING ALL…

5 min
output slides as big three talk up quality

WHAT’S the state of European production as the reports of the 2019 vintage (mostly September/October in the northern hemisphere) roll in? Worldwide wine production for 2019 is estimated by the OIV (the International Organisation of Vine and Wine, a scientific and technical inter-governmental body working with vine-based products, including wine, table grapes, raisins, vinegar) at about 263 million hectolitres (mhl). This is just 2 per cent lower than the 10-year global average, so 2019 production is effectively back in line with long-term global output after 2018 (the biggest vintage since 2004) and 2017 (the smallest vintage since at least 1995). As we dig down into the European picture, crop size comparisons with 2018 are not particularly helpful because it was such a large crop, so comparisons tend to be made against…

5 min
sangiovese set to steal the show

IF THERE is one grape variety destined for success in the next decade it deserves to be sangiovese. Its history in Australia might be best described as a case of ‘always the bridesmaid and never the bride’. The grape never seems to have hit the popularity that it has in Italy. Considering it is regarded as the Tuscan red and that it has been growing in Australia since the 1970’s the plantings still remain small. Yet it has one big Aussie tick in its favour. In the arvo, reno, smoko and Scomo world we inhabit, I’ve noticed it has been shortened to ‘Sangio’ (groan). The grape is late ripening but retains its acidity and can be successfully grown across mainland Australia. It doesn’t create an alcoholic monster; but can if you…

5 min
singapore swings - from the revamped raffles to the best bars

CUT-PRICE deals on plush hotels in Singapore have become one of the mainstays of Luxury Escapes, the hugely popular travel website with more than two million subscribers. Hardly surprising as the island city state can be a pricey destination. Last year's bicentennial celebrating the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles was aimed at showcasing how far Singapore has transitioned from a colonial port on the crucial China-India trade route to the glittering metropolis of today. A transformation rubberstamped by the fact that the global smash hit movie, Crazy Rich Asians, was shot in its literary setting unlike many other film tie-ins. One of the major highlights of 2019 was the re-opening of Raffles hotel in October. The venerable 132-year-old property is so synonymous with Singapore that it could…