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Editor’s Letter

Certified Green

As our precious planet continues to be pushed to the limit, sustainability in vineyards and wineries is more vital than ever before. But Australian winemakers are finding well-considered ways to adapt to radical climate change. In Dom Sweeney’s article devoted to sustainability he investigates who’s doing what and where.

Overall, New Zealand’s winemakers have a pretty decent track record when it comes to good vineyard practices, including those recognised at our recent NZ Winemaker of the Year Awards, presented by Vintec. For example, James Millton, the recipient of our Leadership Award, had Millton Vineyards certified organic as early as 1989, while Viticulturist of the Year James Flowerday is devoted to a similar admirable agenda at Te Whare Ra.

Our tasting panel compares sauvignon blanc from regions in NZ with our homegrown examples and those from France, while Daniel Honan explores the aromatic whites of Central Otago. There are rumblings in Barossa as grenache comes into its own, producing fresh, super-drinkable wines with flavour punch.

Tenerife probably isn’t the first place that springs to mind when it comes to wine, but the island used to be the stopover of choice for seafarers wanting to stock up on their way to the Antipodes. After a bit of a lull, its re-established volcanic vineyard sites are brimming with all manner of grape varieties.

We take a look at the acclaimed 2016 Vintage Port, then explore Vancouver’s coastal wine scene, and reveal how to make the perfect martini.

Finally, our thoughts are with those affected by the unprecedented bushfire season that has been wreaking havoc on our beautiful country, its people and wildlife. To see how you can help see our Off The Press article.