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Editor's Letter

Rolling Out the Red Carpet

On the following pages you’ll find classic, contemporary and even curious reds. For example, I wonder if you have ever tasted saperavi? Originally from Georgia, now a handful of our local winemakers are dabbling with the variety, and with exciting results.

Tasmanian pinot noir was on our panel members’ radar this time around. They had the enviable task of tasting their way through the 36 highly desirable drops. As it happens, a Tasmanian pinot maker, Jim Chatto is among our first four finalists for this year’s Winemaker of the Year Awards, once again proudly supported by Perpetual.

Still in pinot territory, but over the ditch, Simone Madden-Grey looks at the wines of Central Otago and the region’s 2019 vintage, plus she also gives us the lowdown on NZ’s syrah that has come ahead in leaps and bounds in recent times.

At the recent Mornington Peninsula Pinot Conference we made contact with keynote speaker, Nina Caplan. For this issue, she heads down to the southern Rhône from where she recounts the wineries and other special spots she likes to visit when in the region.

As soon as Nick Stock had tasted the 2015 Barolos he contacted us from Italy to say it was vital that we deliver a full scale report on the vintage, such is the outstanding quality and intrigue of the wines. On home shores, Julian Rifkin steered his way deep into serious red territory on a recent three-day trip through Rutherglen.

Barossa is as much about the abundance of local produce as it is about the famous wines, so we venture out to meet a local chef who has food and wine pairing down to a fine art, while Hannah Meppem rustles up bistro food to wash down with good reds and Peter Bourne concentrates on what to drink with game.

As the winter chill hits the air, what better time to get stuck into the raft of glorious reds featured over the following pages?