Charles Gent

Nero goes from zero to hero

After a 500-year training camp in Sicily, you’d think nero d’Avola would’ve been match-fit when it hit Australian shores nearly two decades ago. In fact, the gr…

Tempranillo vineyards

Hentley’s untempered tempranillo

Its annual national crush may be only in the thousands of tonnes as against the millions of shiraz and cabernet, and we still can’t call it ‘temp-ranee-yoh’ wit…

Penfolds is back in sparkling form

To recognise its 175th anniversary, Penfolds is celebrating with two significant releases: its first series of sparkling wines in more than 25 years and a limit…

Loom 2017 Soaring Kite Pinot Noir

Taking Pinot for a soar

The Loom 2017 Soaring Kite Pinot Noir, a top 10 winner in the latest Hot 100 Wines, is part of a swirl of wine brands generated from a tiny winery on Chalk Hill…

Saltram: Making wine with history

Saltram hasn’t been in the hands of his family for nearly 80 years, but you get the feeling that William Salter, a mid-19th century immigrant from Devon, would …

Mount Benson’s irresistible rise

While visible from the outskirts of Robe, at a height of 77 metres above sea level, Mount Benson, to be frank, is more hillock than monolith. For the past coupl…

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