What a year 2020 has been!
Sincere thanks to you, my readers, for your support. Based on conversations through various channels it seems more and more people are becoming increasingly open-minded to the diversity of wines now on the market while also supporting small businesses - be it producers or through independent wine stores, long may this continue.
I've had the privilege of reviewing over 760 wines in 2020 - by far my busiest year. I thank the winemakers, wineries, reps, and marketers for their ongoing support.
I don't get paid to review these wines, but from time to time I have been gifted all sorts of things from producers such as socks, FruChocs (that's a South Australian thing), and T-Shirts among other bits and pieces. However, I do receive a small commission on sales from Langtons, Wine Selectors, The Wine Collective, Vinomofo and Catch. If you do consider buying from any of these businesses, please access via the links and a little pocket money gets thrown my way from any sale made. Graci.
The diversity of wines I get to taste never ceases to amaze me. There are some incredibly gifted winemakers out there. Some just smash the basics, others want to push boundaries. In all, the pool of deliciousness continues to get deeper and I'm happy to swim in it.
I've been able to travel through a range of regions this year including Coonawarra, Granite Belt, Waipara and Central Otago in New Zealand as well as helping out during vintage in the Hunter Valley, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley. A shout out to those who made my time in their region memorable - I'm most grateful for your time and hospitality.
But as for the best of 2020, it is hard to narrow down 750 odd reviews to a just few. Here are what I thought were some of the best wines that came across my tasting bench this year.
Wishing you all the best for 2021!
Medium Bodied Deliciousness:
The glory of Grenache:
Something a bit different:
The beauty of New Zealand:
The Year's Best: