What is chardonnay?

What is chardonnay?

Chardonnay is a white grape variety that originated in the Burgundy wine region of France. It is a variety that is grown widely across all regions of Australia. Is chardonnay sweet or dry? Chardonnay is generally categorised as a dry wine. Occasionally it is made into...
The Tale of The Menace and The Perfectionist

The Tale of The Menace and The Perfectionist

Hands up who has children? Hands up who is constantly astounded by the diametrically opposed character traits found in offspring born from the same parents? We are those parents. The personalities of our children, Will and Max, are so uniquely different that we often...
What is Moscato Wine?

What is Moscato Wine?

Moscato is a style of wine made from muscat grapes. It’s famous for sweet flavours of peaches and orange blossom and because it’s lower in alcohol than other sparkling wines. The muscat grape has been around for thousands of years, and encompasses a range of over 200...
Natural wine – a winemaker’s view

Natural wine – a winemaker’s view

People often ask me the question, “What is a natural wine?” and it’s a good one. As far as I’m aware, there is no legal definition for this, so you need to rely on the honesty of the producer as to what they have (or in most cases, haven’t) done to the wine.  ...
The importance of oak in winemaking

The importance of oak in winemaking

There are certain classic images that spring to mind when people think about the winemaking process – frenetic scenes of vintage, bunches of grapes hanging on the vines, hand picking, even that age-old tradition of foot stomping and plunging the fruit once it hits the...
The Holm Oak Sustainability Footprint

The Holm Oak Sustainability Footprint

Good wine starts in the vineyard, which is why it is especially important to adopt environmentally friendly practices in the vineyard to produce world-class wines. In Tasmania our climate means that it’s often difficult to become fully organic, but as a business we...