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James shows how to evaluate a wine's aromas and understand the bouquet of a white wine before tasting it, giving tips on swirling in the glass and the different distances at which to smell.
At one time in the dim, distant past I attempted to give a drinking span for wines, some long, some short. I found, however, that the commencing date of the span was almost always within a year or two of the release date. But even that system had to deal with the implied drink by date, which is as long as a piece of string.
For better or worse, there simply has to be concerted action to highlight the link between regions, varieties and wine styles. So here is an abbreviated summary of those regional styles (in turn reflected in the Best of the Best lists).
Pinot noir is the doyen of the lighter red wine grapes. Some consider that it makes the world’s best wines, full stop. James Halliday walks us through one of his favourite wine styles.
This is possibly the most commonly asked of all questions. I will attempt to provide answers, but first I must emphasise that personal preference means some tasters enjoy young wines and others old wines.
There has been much discussion about the rising levels of alcohol in Australian red wines. Embedded in the discussion are a number of questions. What do we mean by high alcohol? How widespread is it? What is its cause? Does it need to be controlled? And if so, how?
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