James Halliday’s articles

2014 Delamere Vineyards Pinot Noir

2014 Delamere Vineyards Pinot Noir

This wine is quite simply breathtaking – akin to listening to Hildegard of Bingen's singing (1000 years ago) in her monastery. It shimmers in its intensity and its piercing purity; the oak and tannins are of minimal importance, but they do serve as...

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A toast to Italy

A toast to Italy

The German Lutherans from Silesia, the Swiss from Neuchatel and the Dalmatians from Yugoslavia all played key roles in shaping the crucible of Australian wine in the 19th and early 20th centuries – in the Barossa, Yarra and Swan valleys...

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The making of Prinz wines

The making of Prinz wines

It's for long been an often true saying in Australia that all droughts end in floods, but Germany? Well, 2018-20 were drought years in the Rheingau, and the 2021 vintage was pre-empted by flood in some parts – no more than the Ahr Valley, and...

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