“Take Five” with The Wine Detective

Sarah Ahmed, aka The Wine Detective, is a leading wine writer and Australia specialist.   We stole five minutes of her time in the run-up to our Wonderful Wines of Australia festival,  to get the inside-track on the latest wine developments Down Under…


“Terroir rocks!  Probably the most exciting trend for Australian premium wines is the explosion of sub-regional and single vineyard wines. And there are consequences….

“These days it’s not just high octane Shiraz which bags trophies on the show circuit. The top gongs awarded to cool climate Shiraz and Pinot Noir demonstrate a growing appreciation for mid-weight reds.   Take ‘warm climate Pinot Noir,’ a.k.a. Grenache; a new generation of lifted, floral wines take their cue from Pinot Noir/Burgundy, not Shiraz/The Rhône.

“But if you want to eat steak, the Barossa has got it covered.  Mature traditional Shiraz for the wild flavours of grass-fed beef, modern, polished Shiraz for creamier, nuttier grain-fed beef or more structured and refined Eden Valley Shiraz to cut through Wagyu’s foie-gras-like texture.

“Australia’s Chardonnay renaissance has taken the wine world by storm but never under-estimate regional strengths like Clare/Eden Valley Riesling, Hunter Valley Semillon or Margaret River Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc.”


Meet Sarah Ahmed at Le Pont de la Tour on 20th April 2015.