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River Café's Emily O'Hare writes to us from her trip down under, on flights, arrivals, and failed attempts at early nights.
Global warming causing problems for Australian winery
The Barossa winemaker goes back to his roots
Not a vast amount in the way of bargains, but there were some decent, unusual wines here, proving that the New World still knows how to innovate
Aussie Shiraz is rarely cheap now, but a growing elegance saw a big rise in medals this year – and a lot of happy tasters
Plenty of medals again for Chile, although the judges were most impressed stylistically with Australia and South Africa
While the kick-out rate was high, the wines left at the end served as a blunt reminder to sub-standard also-rans of just how good the pink stuff can be
No Golds, but plenty of positive feedback. A good hunting ground for those of you who ‘do’ esoteric on your list
Consistent only in its inconsistency, this year’s Aussie Shiraz category was all about the lower price points
There was little to excite the judges in this new category. Here’s hoping for better things from the pair in 2012
A good selection of medals from across the New World shows this is a category with real strength in depth
More ambitious pricing but some decent wines too, with Australia, Argentina and South Africa leading the way
Still no Golds for Viognier, though certainly lighter, fresher, more food-friendly wines than in previous years
Over 1,500 wines can be boiled down to this: the hallowed Sommelier Wine Awards Gold List for 2011...
Entries of this much-favoured grape may well have been more or less evenly split between Australia and New Zealand, but this year the latter definitely came out on top