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Regional brands put on show of force

The Australian and New Zealand wine industries were thinly represented at the past two VINEXPO Asia-Pacific shows, but the Aussies and the Kiwis are back in force this year.

Tuesday, 29 May, 2012, 12:00am

Cellars full of the good stuff and at great prices

THE CURRENT OVERSUPPLY of Australian wine, the result of two years of extraordinarily high vineyard yields, has been a windfall for consumers worldwide, with highly competitive pricing becoming the norm.

However, there is a danger of Australia's image as a producer of reliable fruit-driven table wine obscuring the country's reputation for quality high-end production.

26 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Dished Up

Mark Best from Marque Restaurant in Sydney is guest chef at the Belvedere at the InterContinental Grand Stanford in Tsim Sha Tsui until Saturday. Best's dishes are available as four-course, six-course or eight-course set dinners ($498 plus 10 per cent, $598 or $698).

16 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Wine On

Under $100



15 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

The making of an Aussie icon

Take a corkscrew and respectfully approach a bottle of Majella shiraz. Extract the cork. Then go away for a couple of hours. This wine needs time to compose itself before you drink.

The waiting is worth it. After the first sip, you may reverently admire the taste of this outstanding wine.

21 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Just what the doctor ordered

It is a unique peculiarity about Australian wines that many of the great grape pioneers of the continent were doctors.

Some of the early planters of grapes had sailed from England as duty medicos on ships loaded with convicts and pioneer settlers. These vessels were renowned for sickness and bad conditions, and wine was regarded as a cure.

23 Jan 1999 - 12:00am


Wine: Mildara Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon Grape: cabernet sauvignon Region: Coonawarra, South Australia Vintage: 1994 Visiting Australia is always interesting wine-wise. There are just so many good vintages available at reasonable prices.

23 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Fine drop from red earth zone

Down at the bottom of Australia, where South Australia runs into Victoria, not far from the Southern Ocean, is what is said to be a unique geographical feature. It is not as visible as a mountain or a lake, but this geological freak stands out plainly on the world's wine maps.

22 Nov 1997 - 12:00am


Wine: Padthaway Estate Sparkling Burgundy Grape: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon Region: Padthaway, South Australia Vintage: Non-vintage The very mention of Australian Sparkling Burgundy can bring a shudder to many a wine lover. Visions of Cold Duck, a sweet, red carbonated wine popular in the 60s and 70s, spring immediately to mind.

23 Jun 1996 - 12:00am


Wine: Riddoch Chardonnay Grape: Chardonnay Region: Coonawarra, South Australia Vintage: 1992 THE Coonawarra in the south east of South Australia is best known for its red wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Vines thrive in the rich fertile soil of the Terra rossa or red earth. Good white wines are also to be found there.

30 Apr 1995 - 12:00am