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Nick O'Leary wins NSW Wine of the Year for the second time

 Back-to-back wins came as a "huge surprise" to the boutique winemaker.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Nov 17 00:00:00 EST 2015

NSW's Orange wine-making region is on the rise

On high: The Cumulus Wines estate is noted for its chardonnays.

 It's all about altitude for this NSW wine-making region on the rise.

Good Food | Huon Hooke | Tue Nov 03 00:00:00 EST 2015

Wine Guide

Under $20

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Oct 13 00:00:00 EST 2015

Swan Valley's hidden surprise: fine dry whites among the heavy reds


Good Food | Huon Hooke | Tue Oct 13 00:00:00 EST 2015

What we're drinking: Alcohol trends of 2015

Trendy tanks: Winemaker Scott Ireland ferments wine in egg-shaped concrete tanks.

Gin's stocks are rising, beer is waning and shiraz and sauvignon blanc are stronger than ever. Huon Hooke casts an eye over the year's drink trends.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Sep 08 00:00:00 EST 2015

Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay 2014

A tight palate and aromas of grapefruit help this good-value chardonnay deliver.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 17 11:01:06 EST 2015

Tscharke Matching Socks Marananga Touriga 2014

Primal aromas make this deep, dark red the perfect pair for a grilled steak.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 17 11:01:08 EST 2015

Trumer Pils

This light-coloured pilsener, from Salzburg, is very quaffable with a more-ish finish.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 17 11:01:20 EST 2015

Three Dark Horses Grenache 2013

A sweet and spicy red with notes of chocolate that's already very enjoyable.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 17 11:01:10 EST 2015

Chateau de Montfaucon Cotes du Rhone red 2012

A sweet and ripe blend of five grape varieties which is appealing for its balance.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 17 11:01:12 EST 2015

Weingut Stadt Krems Schieferterrassen Reserve Riesling 2013

A complex and fruity white with a rich palate and aromas of mango and pawpaw.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 17 11:01:14 EST 2015

Reynella Basket Pressed Shiraz 2013

Though young, this shiraz is concentrated, powerful and persistent: perfect for the cellar.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 17 11:01:17 EST 2015

Rosily Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

An appealing lightness and a straw-like bouquet make this white a great pair for a laksa.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 17 11:01:19 EST 2015

St Agnes luxury brandy has golden touch

Lavish use of gold: St Agnes' XO.

The 40-year-old Grand Reserve St Agnes brandy bottle has a gold-plated neck, base and stopper. And what’s inside is golden too.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Thu Aug 06 12:52:03 EST 2015

Maxwell Little Demon Shiraz Grenache 2014

Powerful, ripe flavours give this floral-scented red blend amazing value.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 03 10:54:50 EST 2015

D'Arenberg The Custodian Grenache 2012

Don't be fooled by the paltry price: this red has density and flavour way above its station.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 03 10:54:34 EST 2015

Audrey Wilkinson Winemakers Selection Malbec 2014

Young and powerful, this dark fruity red will only get better with age.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 03 10:54:48 EST 2015

Craggy Range Sophia Merlot Cabernet 2013

The flavours of this superb and polished red are spot-on: it's one of the winery's best.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 03 10:54:45 EST 2015

Pemberley Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Aromas of fresh salad leaves and a palate richer than most help this intense white impress.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 03 10:54:42 EST 2015

Le Cirque Wine Co Kissing Booth Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Fruity tropical scents help this beautifully balanced savvy tick all the boxes.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 03 10:54:37 EST 2015