Category Archives: AUSTRALIA

Byron Bay

A couple of days rest from tasting at the end of our Australia phase meant we could relax a little so we parked ourselves at Byron Bay. We greeted the sun on the beach one morning and shot some photos of early morning life.


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Small Winemakers

The Small Winemakers Centre was somewhere we had to stop at when we found out about it. True to expectation here we found some fantastic wines. It was in a nice little setting and is basically a cellar door but for a number of smaller producers.

We tasted 8 wines from a range of providers including Thomas Wines, Silkman and The Little Wine Company. All the wines we tasted scored very good. It was a difficult choice to pick a favourite at this tasting and we tasted across Tempranillo, Shiraz, Gewurztraminer and Semillon grape varieties. In the end we had to make a decision and we opted for the Silkman Shiraz (80%) Pinot Noir (20%) 2013. It was a lovely blend with easy drinking and a long finish.


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Ivanhoe

Ivanhoe Wines is a medium sized producer in the Hunter Valley. We dropped in to do some tasting at the cellar door. Our favourite wine here was the Chambourcin sparkling.


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Briar Ridge

Briar Ridge came up on our radar as we noticed winemaker, Gwyn Olsen, had been receiving some attention and awards recently. We spent some time at the cellar door tasting and our favourite wine was the Semillon Dairy Hill Single Vineyard 2014.


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Pepper Tree

Pepper Tree Wines are in the Hunter Valley. We tried a nice range of wines here but our favourite was The Pepper Tree 14 Shores Merlot 2010.


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Audrey Wilkinson

The Audrey Wilkinson cellar door has fantastic 360 degrees views. We had some lovely Semillon here and the Vin de Vie was also very good. We also had an encounter with a Kangaroo who bounced off before we could get a close up photo.

Our favourite wine though was the  Semillon The Ridge 2014.


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Sydney

We had a day off from tasting and driving and took a look around Sydney and Bondi. Sydney had a a great vibe going on. A young vibrant place which was not too busy and had a nice safe and cosmopolitan feel to it.


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Sallys Corner

This trip was about visiting places of all shapes and sizes. We literally pulled up outside Sally’s Corner on spec after making a call 20 minutes earlier as there was no website. Inside we met Allen Davies who at 78 yrs old is still looking after the vineyards at the back of his property and selling the 720 cases of wine made locally. You cannot buy his wine outside of this region never mind outside the country.

Allen talked to us about his wine and what it was like to run a small operation. In 2012 a hailstorm wiped out his whole vintage so it can be a precarious game. Even though this was a short stop it was great to speak to someone whose passion for making wine was still so strong after many years after retirement from his earlier career as a solicitor.

Amidst all the complexities of wines and the knowledge of his subject Allen made us smile when he said “There are only two types of wine. The wine you like and the wine you don’t like.”

Our favourite wine here was the Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2012.


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