Dalfarras and the Prosecco party

Prosecco first came to Australia in 1998 and when it cleared quarantine and other checks, the first vines were getting established in the early 2000s. Victoria’s King Valley is well known for producing many tonnes of the grape for a number of wineries and labels. Today, Australian Prosecco can no longer be called an “alternative…

The joy of a good vintage

Boat O’ Craigo is one of our favourite Yarra Valley wineries. Lovely views, diverse range of wines and really helpful cellar door staff who clearly love their wine… The walkabout crew got together recently to discuss, amongst other things, recent wine discoveries and the first bottle opened was a 2012 Boat O’ Craigo sparkling. The…

Zen and the art of Pinot Noir

Phaedrus Estate (named after a character from Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance) is a small(ish) winery located on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. The wine club (known as Plato’s Plonkers) is probably worth joining for the name alone, but it is the Pinot Noir that this winery has produced which really caught our…

Diagonal Debate #2 – Marsanne

Marsanne is a group favourite for the walkabout crew – we have a lot of it in our cellars (it is our dominant white variety) since it is excellent value for money and cellars very well, changing in profile over time, being lovely and fresh when young and brilliantly complex when aged for 15+ years….

The Marvels of May

May has been another really busy month for the Walkabout Crew. With fine weather on a number of weekends (we do go out in the cold and wet if we’ve booked a long trip, but tend to limit our spontaneous winery visits a bit…) we’ve managed to get to a lot of old favourites again…

Further along Maddens lane…

Stop 3: Coldstream Hills James Halliday needs no introduction to wine enthusiasts in Australia (or probably anywhere in the world). Coldstream Hills is where he set up his own winery many years ago (now part of the TWE group) and still retains some level of influence. A nice long tasting bar and some more beautiful…

Continue along Maddens Lane.

Stop 2: Medhurst (and lunch) A bit further along Madden’s lane and you come to Medhurst wines. This has a long, winding gravel drive and some very well behaved winery dogs that seem to like their lazy Sunday time to lounge about on the ample lawns. What we liked: Medhurst has a rose which is…