Posted 18th Jul 2017
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Posted 18th Jul 2017
Several months ago, I was tasting wine in a Melbourne restaurant when my thoughts turned to that of our national character. What makes Australian wine Australian?
It was hardly surprising it arose when it did; I was tasting French and Spanish varieties, grown in South Australia and made by an Australian of German heritage. And I was tasting these wines on land that once thrived with the Wurundjeri tribe until the British arrived and flushed the country with their ideas of agriculture, including a wine industry built for a European climate. When it comes to national identities, ours was a complex one. And when it comes to family histories, we had some unpacking to do.
Whilst all countries question their national character...
Wine of the Week
(£16.99, 12, The Co-operative)
With the way the pound is behaving at the moment, it's impressive that the Co-op can keep the price of this stunning frizz from Piper Heidsieck under £17. It's a classy, toasty, mouth-filling bubbly with creamy bubbles, based on the red grapes, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, but with 20% Chardonnay providing a citrus-edged tang of acidity. The best value Champagne in the country.
I’m an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 31 years’ experience. I write for a number of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Imbibe, Decanter, Jamie Magazine, Robb Report and Woman and Home and am one of the Three Wine Men. I am a co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, the world’s most rigorously judged blind tasting competition, and have won over 30 awards for my journalism and photography. So far, I don’t have a red nose to show for it.
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