Huon Hooke

Huon Hooke

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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

Schwarz Wine Co GSM Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2013

Aromas of spice, plum and cherry-brandy make this red blend simply delicious.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 03 10:54:40 EST 2015

Lord Nelson Brewery Victory Bitter Seasonal Ale

A full-bodied and rich British Pale Ale perfect for winter sipping.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Aug 03 10:54:53 EST 2015

Is Australia better than Burgundy?

The vines of Coldstream Hills Winery in the Yarra Valley.

The New World leads the way in a tasting of the classic Burgundian varietals, pinot noir and chardonnay, opening the door to golden opportunities.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Tue Jul 28 00:00:00 EST 2015

The Pond Pinot Grigio Chardonnay 2014

Light, bright and yellow, this bargain bottle is simple yet very quaffable.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Jul 20 11:20:37 EST 2015

Capital Wines The Whip Riesling 2014

Traces of dried flowers, citrus and malt will help this lean riesling build character with time.

Drink | Huon Hooke | Mon Jul 20 11:20:40 EST 2015