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Ken Gargett

Ken was born and bred in Brisbane, Queensland. He had a non-trendy, perfectly happy childhood, in a family convinced alcohol meant instant condemnation to Hades. But a break fishing on the Great Barrier Reef, and some good wine, started a serious obsession that eventually took over. It did not stop Ken being chastised later for drinking Pol champagne, disgusted he’d drink anything made by a Cambodian dictator. Now, Ken mostly writes on wine, champagne and spirits for various newspapers, magazines and books, but is perhaps best known for his work in The Courier Mail. He also has a little sideline writing on cigars, fishing, travel and food. When not writing, fly-fishing for trout in NZ or bonefish on the flats of Cuba, travelling or smoking cigars, he is no doubt following a variety of sporting teams – the occasionally glorious Queensland Reds rugby, the dysfunctional Washington Redskins, the dodgy Arsenal and especially revels in the world restored to its proper axis with the return of the Ashes to their rightful home.
Soul Growers Barossa Bourne Shiraz

Soul Growers Barossa Bourne Shiraz 2021

From the wonderful 2021 vintage, the fame of which continues to increase, this is an appealing dark maroon in colour....
Soul Growers Barossa Bourne GSM

Soul Growers Barossa Bourne GSM 2022

A Barossa version of the famous Rhône-style blend, coming from a superb vintage for the region. A ruby/garnet colour, this...
Soul Growers Barossa Bourne Old Vine Grenache

Soul Growers Barossa Bourne Old Vine Grenache 2022

A delicious example of Grenache from aged Barossa vineyards. The colour here is a deep garnet, with aromas weaving through...
Soul Growers Barossa Bourne GSM

Soul Growers Barossa Bourne GSM 2023

Youthful and fresh, a lovely example of the famous Rhône blend done Barossa style. Crimson purple, there is a real...
Soul Growers Barossa Bourne Shiraz

Soul Growers Barossa Bourne Shiraz 2022

It would hardly be an earth shattering revelation if one was to suggest that the team here really hit its...
Soul Growers Barossa Bourne Cabernet Sauvignon

Soul Growers Barossa Bourne Cabernet Sauvignon 2022

A warm region Cabernet, this is a dark maroon colour, with notes of bay leaves, blackberries, delicatessen meats, tobacco leaves,...
Soul Growers Barossa Bourne Cabernet Malbec

Soul Growers Barossa Bourne Cabernet Malbec 2022

An intriguing blend from a fine vintage and a world class region. The colour is a purple/mauve, with notes of...
DowieDooleSuperiore

Dowie Doole Lagrein Grenache Shiraz 2021

Pre bottling sample. This is a deep, near opaque purple, plush and intense, offering saturated flavours. An uncommon blend but...
tapanappa piccadilly valley chardonnay

Tapanappa Chardonnay Piccadilly Valley 2023

After the stunning 2021 and 2022 vintages, could the region have hoped for the trifecta? A qualified yes. What they...
tapanappa tiers vineyard chardonnay

Tapanappa Tiers Chardonnay 2023

Tiers has long been one of Australia’s most famous Chardonnays and this latest release will only add to the reputation....
tapanappa tiers vineyard m chardonnay

Tapanappa Tiers 1.5m Chardonnay 2023

In 2003, Brian Croser and his family took 1.3 hectares of the famous Tiers vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley, originally...
Byron & Harold The Partners Cab Sauv

Byron & Harold The Partners Cabernet Sauvignon Great Southern 2022

Just 2,021 bottles made of this fine Great Southern Cabernet Sauvignon, so it is worth moving quickly. An appealing purple...
Byron & Harold The Protocol Shiraz

Byron & Harold The Protocol Shiraz Margaret River 2022

This is a serious example of Margaret River Shiraz. It might not enjoy the celebrity of the region’s Cabernet but...
Byron & Harold The Protocol Cab Sauv

Byron & Harold The Protocol Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River 2022

Margaret River Cabernet has established itself as not just one of this country’s great red wine styles, but as a...
Moss Brothers Fidium Cab Sauv

Moss Brothers Fidium Cabernet Sauvignon 2022

This is a superb example of Margaret River Cabernet, quite majestic. The colour is an opaque maroon, while the nose...
Moss Brothers Fidium Shiraz

Moss Brothers Fidium Shiraz 2022

The team here suggest that this beautiful Margaret River Shiraz would be “perfectly paired with a Mexican slow cooked pulled...
Lange FifthGen CabSauv

Lange Estate Fifth Generation Cabernet Sauvignon 2022

Frankland River Cabernet which spent a year maturing in French oak. A deep garnet colour, this is an earthy, savoury...
Lange FifthGen Riesling

Lange Estate Fifth Generation Riesling Frankland River 2023

Frankland River Riesling in fine form. Harvested in the cool of night and fermented with some fine lees, in tank,...
Pramie Shiraz

Schild Estate Pramie Shiraz 2019

From estate vineyards in the Barossa Valley, this cracking Shiraz is under cork. Deep maroon in colour, there are lots...
NarrowRoad ShirazCab

Schild Estate Narrow Road Shiraz Cabernet 2021

From the Narrow Road Vineyard in the Barossa, there were just sixteen barrels made of this wine. A blend of...
Moorooroo Shiraz

Schild Estate Moorooroo Shiraz 2021

From a stunning vintage, this is simply sumptuous. Always a tiny release, coming from the four remaining rows of Shiraz...
SS SavBlanc

Stonehaven Stepping Stone Sauvignon Blanc 2024

Another 2024 – expect a deluge in the coming months – with the long, cool, mild conditions in the Limestone...
Altus Riesling

Ulithorne Altus Riesling 2023

From a single vineyard in the Clare Valley, and a top-notch vintage, Altus apparently means high in Latin, which is...
Altus Chardonnay

Ulithorne Altus Chardonnay 2021

This finely crafted Chardonnay has been sourced from a single vineyard in the Adelaide Hills with fermentation in stainless steel...

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Penfolds 2023 – ‘The Aussies’

There is no release more anticipated by winelovers in Australia than the annual Penfold’s Collection and of course, most especially...

Artisans of the Barossa (2021 Grenache Project)

One of the more interesting projects currently afloat in Aussie wine at the moment, especially appropriate given the skyrocketing interest...

Alkina – The Curious Box of Paradoxes

Alkina is a curious box of paradoxes. Seemingly unlimited resources but still tiny; a small local operation yet part of...

Cumulus and Quilty & Gransden

They say that Disneyland is the happiest place on earth. Perhaps, but I would suggest that the Australian wine industry...

Greenock Creek New Releases 2021

It was back in 1984 that the first grapes were picked for the inaugural vintage from Greenock Creek wines. Taken...

Duval on Grenache

The name, Duval, is and always will be inextricably linked with Grange. John Duval was chief winemaker at Penfold’s from...
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