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The Back Deck Test

If I can’t drink a bottle on the back deck then I won’t buy it. A big danger when selecting wines to import is that you can be drawn to the wine that stands out in a line up. So what makes a taster notice a wine after they have tasted 70 wines? Well, usually it is heavily oaked and that means for most of us who haven’t tasted 20 wines by days end, they are un-drinkable. So I have a simple test to eliminate those wines, can I drink a bottle on the back deck? Job’s done!

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A Bit of Summer Fun Can Get Serious

With some food critics looking for serious wines with structure and age worthiness that don’t over-power the delicate flavours they seek, dry rosés are on the rise. It is even being paired with aged wagu beef where the chef wants to highlight its more subtle flavours. Dry rosé is defined as rosé with less than 4g/l of residual sugar so these wines have sugar levels similar to the average Barossa Shiraz but the flavours are delicate, true, persistent and not over-powering. Serious rosé is also a great way to explore the characteristics of a particular grape or terroir. Interestingly wines from Provence, France, recently took out the top 3 places in the premium bracket of the Drinks Business Global Rosé...

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