The new wave of Oz

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‘A new generation of producers is turning its back on conventional archetypes and making wines quite different from the old icons’

Illustration of a man holding a wine glass beside a river/body of water
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Resolutely fruity

‘The issue of ripeness and sweetness is very much of the moment in fine German wine’

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Ten-year itch

‘In the past three months I have tasted more than 100 of the most famous 2006 red bordeaux, many twice. So what are they like?’

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Italian renaissance

‘Now is the time to take advantage of Italy’s best wines, whose prices seem highly likely to rise’

Illustration by Graham Roumieu
©Illustration by Graham Roumieu

Bordeaux is back

‘2015 is not the vintage of the century but it is pleasing to taste — a modern version of 1985’

Illustration by Graham Roumieu of Chinese flag
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China’s growing pains

‘At least wine in China is now being drunk rather than expensively packaged and handed out as a corporate gift’

Bordeaux on the brink

‘Will the superior quality of the 2015 Bordeaux vintage be enough to revitalise the en primeur market?’

The burdens of burgundy

‘Brokers’ lists suggest that an increasing proportion of sought-after wines are flipped after a few years in specialist storage’

Cracking Krug

‘On the table that day at 10am was a heap of croissants, a bank of Krug’s tulip-shaped glasses and a bottle of Grande Cuvée’

The eagle’s nest

‘The property is pretty good at generating income. Bottles of Screaming Eagle retail from around £1,000 apiece’

The bargain barrels

‘Producers in Languedoc are making seriously interesting wines, and prices are under half what they could be’

English sparkling wine

‘England’s army of vignerons is bullish at the moment. The total area of Britain under vine has doubled in the past seven years’

Blue Nun and other stories

‘Peter Sichel is probably the only person who left the CIA in fear of becoming an alcoholic — and then went into the wine business’

Oz’s leaps and bounds

‘One of the most obvious concentrations of Young Turkism is in the hills to the east of Adelaide, where temperatures are markedly cooler’

Blind rating Bordeaux vintage

‘It was the Pessac-Léognan whites that really cheered us up. Here were the sure-fire successes of the vintage’

What’s in an appellation?

‘Quality-conscious wine producers would love to see those who run the Rioja region acknowledge different quality levels’

How to be fine at wine

‘The main point of wine is to give pleasure, not to generate social confusion and angst’

Vintage value

‘The 2014 burgundies feature exceptional whites and many reds that will provide considerable pleasure’

Grenache’s ripening

‘An exciting new style of wines is being made from old Garnacha vines’

Burgundy 2014

‘White burgundies are the real stars of 2014. Some shone particularly brightly’


Jancis RobinsonJancis Robinson has been writing and broadcasting about wine since 1975, and has been the FT’s wine correspondent since 1989. Her principal occupation nowadays is but she is also responsible for many of the standard reference books on wine including The Oxford Companion to Wine and, with Hugh Johnson, The World Atlas of Wine.

She qualified as a Master of Wine, the first from outside the wine trade, in 1984, and regularly judges and lectures about wine around the world. She has presented several award-winning television programmes including Jancis Robinson’s Wine Course and Vintners’ Tales, and is a professional narrator.

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