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Wine Notes

Wine notes with Clive Hartley

14-05-2024

It is not something I’d normally recommend, serving a white wine (chardonnay) with steak, but I had it the other night and it made a comparatively good match.

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05-05-2024

Winemaker Peter Fraser from Yangarra Estate in the McLaren Vale is passionate about some grape varieties you might not be too familiar with.

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Wine notes with Clive Hartley

14-04-2024

If you look closely at a label from the wine producer Sutton Grange its motto or byline is 'wines that stand alone’ and tasting through their line-up recently they lived up to their name.

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Wine notes with Clive Hartley

03-04-2024

Cool climate cabernet sauvignon can be a disaster. It is a late ripening grape variety, so to grow it successfully the vintage needs to be a long one with a warm sunny autumn.

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18-03-2024

In wine education circles we have a standardised acronym that covers the questions of determining quality in wine – it’s call BLIC and stands for balance, length, intensity and complexity.

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Wine notes with Clive Hartley

04-03-2024

Go out and visit a wine region. A leading wine CEO is pleading with Australians to buy local red wine in support of grape growers facing tough years ahead.

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20-02-2024

Apply within! There is a vacancy in Australian red wine styles at present. Shiraz has lost its Midas touch but there are plenty to choose from and one of them applying is grenache.

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05-02-2024

Sauvignon blanc can separate a room of drinkers. It is a grape that you either love or loathe. It is disliked, partially, because of the deluge (or savalanche) of wines from New Zealand where it makes up 63 per cent of total plantings and 85 per cent of all exports.

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25-12-2023

'Tis the season to be jolly. So here are some recommendations to enjoy the festive season that can be sourced locally.

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11-12-2023

Once people know I’m a wine educator and have published books and articles on wine I dread their next question, which invariably comes. What’s your favourite wine? My stock answer is “what today…or yesterday?

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26-11-2023

Glenhope Vineyard is both an old and new vineyard. It was planted in 1995 by Tom Lazar from Virgin Hills, so it is coming up to 30 years old and in its prime.

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Wine notes with Clive Hartley

12-11-2023

Since planting grapevines on an old potato farm in 1998, Passing Clouds has become a stalwart producer in the Macedon Ranges.

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28-10-2023

In the Great Western sub-region of the Grampians, Best’s have their Nursery Block within the Concongella vineyard which has grape vines first planted in 1866.

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16-10-2023

Aglianico and I go back a long way. In my 20s I was asked to ‘bring a bottle’ to parties and this was my ‘go-to’ wine. I took a double magnum. Well, no one said it couldn’t be a big bottle. I still remember the wine, it was D’Angelo Aglianico del Vulture from Basilicata in Southern Italy.

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01-10-2023

Researching champagne provides an opportunity to explore a rich history, a fascinating production process and, of course, to drink a glass of stars.

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17-09-2023

We have finally turned the corner on winter, but as any resident of this region knows, we are far from over the cold weather. So, there is still an opportunity to sit in front of an open fire and sip a good red. These fireside wines need to be bold and beautiful with plenty of guts and layers of flavour.

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04-09-2023

On the world stage cabernet sauvignon easily outguns shiraz/syrah. It dominates the ‘left bank’ in Bordeaux, France and is famous in the Napa Valley in California. In Australia we have the Yarra Valley, Coonawarra and Margaret River as specialist regions for cabernet. Yet it runs a poor second to shiraz in Australia.

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Wine notes … with Clive Hartley

20-08-2023

The fiano grape has truly established itself in Australia, with over 100 producers having planted it since Mark Lloyd from Coriole in the McLaren Vale planted this delicious white in 2001.

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06-08-2023

Pinot noir is a significant grape for the Macedon Ranges, along with chardonnay. Climatically, we are on the edge of being able to ripen the grape. However, that is not a bad thing as the grape responds well in a marginal climate.

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Wine notes with Clive Hartley

22-07-2023

With the 2023 vintage now put to bed Oliver Rapson from Lyons Will Estate had time to summarise the year. “In a nutshell, the start of this year was exceedingly wet, delaying budburst substantially, which in turn had a knock-on effect across every stage of the vine development, including flowering, veraison and ultimately ripening.”

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Wine notes with Clive Hartley

09-07-2023

A cool climate is not the growing conditions you imagine suiting a grape like shiraz. It is more at home in hot regions like the Barossa or Hunter Valley. Classic Australian wines are full bodied, rich, alcoholic with ripe jammy, dark black fruit aromas. However, when it is grown in chilly regions it develops more of a savoury medium bodied palate with distinctive pepper aromas. Ask winemaker Llew Knight from Granite Hills about pepper – he’s an expert.

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Wine notes with Clive Hartley

24-06-2023

The Gambero Rosso Top Italian Wines Roadshow rolled into Melbourne last month with over 50 producers represented from across Italy. It is a once-a-year opportunity to taste around 200 Italian wines.

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Wine notes with Clive Hartley

28-05-2023

All points of the compass: Living in the Central Highlands of Victoria is like being in the centre of the universe. Well, in wine terms that is. Because at every point of the compass you can drive to a different wine region that offers you a diverse and interesting day out experience.

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17-04-2023

Some of the first gamay vines were planted in Australia by Len Evans in 1976 at his aptly named home, Loggerheads. I remember driving past the vines on the way to see him and questioning his sanity. “You obviously don’t have vision,” was his tart reply.

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01-01-2022

John Burford is the owner/operator of Limestone Track Vineyard near Guildford.

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Roger McLean – a Legend of Lockdown

03-08-2020

Herbal Lore's Roger McLean is The Local's latest Legend of Lockdown.

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Distillery: Local, sustainable, unique

15-06-2020

HEPBURN Springs Distillery had its official opening on the Queen's Birthday weekend.

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In from the cold to pick up a double

08-06-2020

LOÏQUE Allain and Chris Dilworth were settling in for a quiet night in Hepburn while keeping an eye on the streaming of national wine awards

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Wine Notes with Sailors Falls

25-05-2020

SAILORS Falls Estate, Villas and Vines, was established 20 years ago by Robert and Margaret McDonald.

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Macedon vignerons gunning for wine awards

25-05-2020

Established in 2007, the Young Gun of Wine awards has been seeking and assembling a long list of 50 emerging vintners from across Australia.

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Agribusiness grants

30-03-2020

ELEVEN agribusinesses in Hepburn and Macedon Ranges shires have received grants through the Small-Scale and Craft Program.

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