Always curious and relentlessly keen to investigate new wines and the people who make them, over the past few months, members of the GT WINE team have been on a mission of discovery.
During lockdown, Melbourne-based writer Brendan Black kept himself amused by tracking down smaller, lesser-known Victorian producers and tasting their wines just as fast as they could be delivered to his door. He made some cracking finds. While voluntarily ‘trapped’ in South Australia, Amy Northcott felt compelled to look for the up-and-coming winemaking stars of the Barossa. After many roads travelled she reveals her favourites. Meanwhile, Marcus Best casts his mind back to his most recent trip to Georgia during which he spent time with an eccentric, Bear Grylls- style local winemaker hellbent on uncovering and reviving ancient grape varieties and using them to make rather wonderful new wines.
Undaunted by restrictions, our tasting panel gathered once again, this time to see how local expressions of traditional Rhône grape varieties compare with those from the homeland. Their efforts proved to be most fruitful. In Staff Picks, Dom Sweeney puts forward a case for single-site Marlborough sauvignon blanc, while Angus Hughson updates us on the state of the nation’s pinot noir.
Making the most of favourable summer weather, we’ve prepared delicious and simple dishes for the barbeque inspired by various cuisines, and each matched to a stellar wine from Peter Bourne. Last but not least, we urge you to celebrate the accomplishments of the winners of our New Zealand Winemaker of the Year Awards. While we can’t head across the ditch to congratulate them in person, the least we can do is to raise our glasses to them.
Cover photography by Andre Castelluci/Wine Australia and above image courtesy of Geyer Wine Co.