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Australian Wine Vintages 2017

Rob Geddes, MW, doesn't waste his time or his tastebuds with cheap wine. Or the products of inferior wineries. He routinely creams off – and reviews – Australia's top 10 percent of wineries. Before you shake your head and sigh 'what a life!', consider this. Apart from writing the book, Master of Wine, Geddes needs to taste around 5000+ wines a year. That's around 13 a day! This year he has added 73 new wineries and 255 new individual wines, and listed 1200 vintage wines, as well as over 200 Gold Star wines.

In this compact new edition (the 34th) of Australian Wine Vintages, he yet again showcases the best local wines for any occasion.

Having learnt this much, we all want to see if our favourite tipple has made the cut. But before you go straight to the listings, be patient for a moment and look at some of the book's other helpful entries.

Apart from the tasting notes wines from 361 wineries, Geddes has included certified organic and biodynamic wineries, and there's all the things a wine-bluffer needs to know: when to drink each wine, indicative retail prices, tasting terms, and a speedy revision of grape varieties and Australian wine regions.

The pocket-sized Gold Book (also available as an App) also has a Gold Star list of the most consistent high quality wines in Australia, with an annual list of Rob’s top 100 wines tasted.

For those who like to visit cellar doors, this edition also provides up-to-date advice as to which ones to visit, while the app includes interactive maps and tips on where to eat and stay in each region. Complete with full colour label images and winery details, this easy-to-use guide is written and published by Rob Geddes, only one of a handful of Australians to be awarded the prestigious international Master of Wine (MW).

Whether you are a serious collector and wine aficionado, or simply someone who wants to know the quality of the wine you are considering serving for dinner, this is the book for you.

Australian Wine Vintages, by Robert Geddes, MW, published by Geddes a Drink Publications, November 2016, hardcover, rrpA$34.95, ISBN 9780 9924 936-4-6. 


- reviewed by Sally Hammond



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