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Winestate Magazine March - April 2021

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

1 min
whicher ridge

SEE, SMELL, TASTE, EXPERIENCE Whicher Ridge is the result of 10 years of work by the dynamic duo of Neil and Cathy Howard, a vigneron and winemaker couple with a combined 50 years of grape growing and winemaking experience between them. The couple specialise in making small batch, single vineyard wines which are full of varietal and terroir specific flavours, from vines grown in the ancient soils of three of Australia’s most isolated wine regions in the south west of Western Australia. For those unable to visit the Cellar Door in person, Whicher Ridge has created wine tasting kits with a selection of samples of their single vineyard wines. The Kits are delivered direct to you with free shipping and a discount coupon to use on your wine purchase. When travelling next to the…

2 min

AS YOU READ THIS MOST AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND wine regions will be starting their vintage, be in the thick of it, or finished. Of course, this all depends on the location and the weather. For the southern regions a generally welcome series of rain events along with milder temperatures and fewer heat spikes were welcomed. Hopefully, this means the drought has broken, however as they say, “a swallow doesn’t make a summer”. We will have to wait and see. With export markets a problem many wineries have returned to Australia and as a result there are great deals everywhere for consumers. If you have not done so already now is the time to buy a few dozen to put away for further aging. At such a great price you will…

15 min

DINEEN MOVES ON JEREMY Dineen, chief winemaker and general manager at Josef Chromy Wines in Tasmania for over 15 years, has announced his resignation. Dineen was employed by Chromy before the business even launched, making the first wines in primitive conditions. He helped make the Josef Chromy brand one of Tasmania's leading producers. Dineen said he hoped to, "focus more on my own winemaking and consulting and hopefully spend some more time with my family". Tasmanian-born Dineen was hand-picked by Chromy to head his new operation in 2004 after shining at Hood Wines and Frogmore Creek. "Steering the growth of Josef Chromy Wines from the purchase of the vineyard in 2004 has been an amazing experience and I will be eternally grateful to Joe for the opportunity and the trust he placed in me,"…

4 min
an accidental success story

ALTHOUGH Bob Berton’s winery is now one of the top 20 wineries in Australia, and is its ninth largest wine exporter, he admits its growth over the past 25 years has been “all accidental”. Berton Vineyards had its start in 1995 when Bob and his wife Cherie bought just over 30ha of land in High Eden, a higher altitude sub-region of the Barossa Valley. For Griffith-born Berton, who’d had senior management roles with De Bortoli and Miranda, it represented a chance to embark on a joint family project. “We were in our mid-forties and realised we hadn’t done a lot together,” he says. “The idea was to have a little vineyard and live in the Adelaide Hills.” It didn’t work out quite like that. They planted 4ha of shiraz and three of chardonnay…

5 min
nz briefs

WORST-CASE SCENARIO AVOIDED THIS time last year the world plunged into uncertainty and whilst life (at the time of press anyway!) is again feeling pretty normal in New Zealand, there’s no doubting the bigger picture remains precarious. With New Zealand’s wines strongly focused on export, the turmoil in overseas markets has made predictions and planning even more of a challenge than usual. As the initial impact of Covid-19 was playing out, New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) revised its budgets to reflect an anticipated 10% decrease in sales in the March-June 2020 and July 2020-January 2021 periods (they also prepared a ‘worst case scenario’ budget based on a 25% over the same timeframe). Surprisingly, what has actually eventuated is a 6% increase in export sales March-June 2020 and July numbers showing a 23%…

5 min
the brightest of outlooks

BRENT Marris has never been one to do things by halves. The man who once answered an interview question about his state of mind being, “energised, excited, buoyant and upbeat” seldom seems to have a different setting. From his early years as the son of one of Marlborough’s earliest contract grapegrowers, via a winemaking qualification at Roseworthy Agricultural College, Brent first became known in the industry for developing the Oyster Bay brand whilst Chief Winemaker at Delegat’s, and then as the driving force behind Wither Hills, which eventually sold to Lion Nathan in 2002 for NZ$52 million. At this point, early retirement would have tempted many, but instead Brent threw himself into developing another winery and brand from scratch – Marisco. Named for the Marris family’s de Marisco ancestors, it…