The latest drinks news

By J'aime Cardillo

22 Jun, 2023

News from the drinks world.

Looking for something new to drink? Well, we have a list of drops for you. There's a new savvy B, a chardonnay with a cult following, a shiraz helping to combat homelessness, a slew of new reds, and wine casks raising funds for the Wheen Bee Foundation.

Taylors Sauvignon Blanc

Taylors release Jaraman Sauvignon Blanc

Taylors in the Clare Valley has released its Jaraman Sauvignon Blanc from the cool-climate Adelaide Hills, along with a suite of new vintage releases from the regional wine range.

2022 Jaraman Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc
A vibrant and beautifully textured expression of sauvignon blanc. This wine is elegantly structured with seductive passionfruit and green apple flavours, fresh herbaceous notes and a subtle touch of minerality. RRP $26.

The range also includes the 2022 Jaraman Adelaide Hills and Clare Valley Chardonnay, RRP $26; 2021 Jaraman Clare Valley and McLaren Vale Shiraz, RRP $34; 2021 Jaraman Clare Valley and Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, RRP $34.

“While our home is in the Clare Valley, our winemaking team is incredibly skilled at capturing the unique characteristics of the various regions that make up our Jaraman wines. This collection explores the incredible diversity of Australia’s wine regions, with each wine beautifully articulating the story of its respective region. The new Jaraman Sauvignon Blanc continues this theme of regional discovery and is a welcome addition to this exciting wine range," says third-generation winemaker and managing director Mitchell Taylor.

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Yalumba Homefullness Shiraz

Yalumba's Homefullness Shiraz

After the success of the Homefullness Grenache last year, Yalumba has released its second wine – a shiraz – in the Homefullness series. In partnership with Forage Built, Yalumba is helping to combat homelessness, with proceeds from the shiraz going towards Forage Built’s sustainable housing village. To date, Yalumba has donated $60,000 to Forage Built, through sales of the Homefullness Grenache, and its next target is $90,000.

The Barossa shiraz has flavours of cinnamon, dark chocolate and mouthwatering berry cheesecake. Part proceeds from every bottle of 2021 Yalumba Homefullness Barossa Shiraz will contribute toward the $90,000, which is the cost of building one Forage Built Calyx 16 (a 16 square-metre transportable, eco-friendly pod that someone will get to call home).

Forage Built X Yalumba Homefullness Barossa Shiraz is available for $22 per bottle or $240 per dozen at the Yalumba Wine Room and via

De Bortoli's Heathcote Grenache

De Bortoli's Heathcote Grenache

The next addition to De Bortoli's WOODFIRED range is a dark-fruited and rich Heathcote grenache. The WOODFIRED collection already includes a shiraz, sparkling shiraz and a cabernet sauvignon – each from Heathcote.

“There is a resurgence of woodfired oven cuisine and charcoal cooking in Australia and we are always looking for wines to match. The combination of the really warm climate and rich deep red soils in Heathcote really come through in the WOODFIRED wines that perfectly suit the charcoal and smoke flavours,” says chief winemaker Steve Webber.

2021 De Bortoli Woodfired Heathcote Grenache
Intense dark colour red with purple edge. Ripe blackberry and blueberry characters, cedar-wood and liquorice. Soft, rich, mouth coating, balanced tannin, hints of classic cabernet and authentically Heathcote. RRP $22.

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one to one wines

Oxford Landing's one to one

one to one is a conscious initiative by Oxford Landing. For every six pack sold, another square metre of 'one to one Bushland' is planted through a partnership with Greenfleet – a leading environmental non-for-profit organisation. The one to one Bushland is located on Dja Dja Wurrung Country in Central Victoria – where Greenfleet is restoring the native ecosystem at Ngulambarra.

The collection includes the one to one merlot – rich in red berries, cedar, and mocha with a velvet texture – a shiraz that has notes of plum, vanilla, violets and chocolate, and the cabernet sauvignon that has notes of blackcurrant, tobacco, spice and fine tannins.

The one to one wines are $20 each and are available from

Chapel Hill wines

Chapel Hill has released its 2023 collection

McLaren Vale's Chapel Hill has released three wines celebrating the 2020 vintage – two expressions of shiraz and a cabernet sauvignon. Chapel Hill's chief winemaker Michael Fragos says the 2020 vintage will be one to remember. "There were quite a few twists and turns during the growing season, however, the cooler conditions towards the end ensured that the wines would be brimming with flavour and complexity." 

2020 The Vicar Shiraz
The Vicar Shiraz is Chapel Hill’s flagship wine. It's an annual vineyard selection of the winery’s most outstanding and expressive parcels of McLaren Vale shiraz. RRP $80.

2020 The Gorge Block Cabernet Sauvignon
The Gorge Block exemplifies the richness of McLaren Vale’s terroir, with sumptuous flavours of mulberry, rosemary and roasted beetroot. RRP $65.

2020 Road Block Shiraz
The Road Block reveals layers of delicious flavours and silky tannins that linger on the palate, and captivates with its opulent and powerful character. RRP $65.

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Château Tanunda

Château Tanunda unveils a selection of new vintage releases

Barossa winery Château Tanunda has released a range of new vintage wines across the single vineyard range – The Château – from the terroirs of the Eden and Barossa Valleys. The Château range, aptly named after the winery's iconic site, includes the 2022 The Château Single Vineyard Eden Valley Chardonnay (RRP $40), the 2021 The Château Single Vineyard Shiraz (RRP $40), and the 2021 The Château Single Vineyard Bethanian Shiraz (RRP $40).

"The Château is named out of respect for the three centuries of history behind Château Tanunda and are elegant expressions of the unique sites and mature vines we source from,” says senior winemaker Jeremy Ottawa.

“A great deal of work goes into capturing the purest expression of site, and we’re continually exploring the various inputs and influences that go into growing healthy, sustainable vines. This focus on sustainability results in a big uptick in the overall quality year on year.”

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Winesmiths X Billie Justice Thomson

Winesmiths X Billie Justice Thomson

Winesmiths has partnered with Australian artist Billie Justice Thomson and released a limited-edition set of two-litre wine packs. The packs will hit shelves in August with the aim to raise awareness and funds for the important research of the Wheen Bee Foundation. 

The Wheen Bee Foundation is an Australian not-for-profit charity that works to promote awareness of the importance of bees for food security, and raises funds for research that addresses the national and global threats to bees.

Billie Justice Thomson, who you may know for her nostalgic illustrations of food and drink (like Vegemite and Paddle Pops), has focused her artwork on Australia’s native flora and the native honeybee, which has been printed on the two-litre Winesmiths packs.

The designs appear on the sauvignon blanc, semillon sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and dry rosé.

The limited-edition packs are available in liquor stores from August to December, with part proceeds from the shiraz and pinot grigio going to the Wheen Bee Foundation. RRP $16 each.

Rockburn pinot noir

2022 Rockburn Pinot Noir

An expressive nose of plum, black cherry, and oak. The palate is deeply fruited, rich mocha, supple and silky with a long finish. Classic Rockburn elegance, integrity and balance. A hands-off approach delivered a pure expression of Central Otago.

Rockburn's name is based on the rugged, burn-scarred landscape of Central Otago – from where the grapes are hand-picked. The climate and conditions in this region are extreme, but so is the local passion for wine (especially pinot noir). Rockburn is the product of winemaker Malcolm Rees-Francis, whose passion for Central Otago pinot noir is evident in the textured wines produced.

RRP $48 |

Available from Dan Murphy's (RRP $49.99).

The 2022 Rockburn Pinot Noir is part of the NZTE Made with Care campaign – bringing New Zealand's very best food and beverages to Australia.

2022 Palliser Estate Chardonnay

2022 Palliser Estate Chardonnay

The 2022 vintage has an enticing and expressive nose, and shows aromas of white stone fruit, hazelnut with a hint of citrus. The palate is creamy and rich with subtle French oak that envelops an array of juicy stonefruit flavours. There's a lovely texture and weight with a long and fresh finish.

Palliser is one of New Zealand’s premier wine brands. After turning farmland into vineyards, what was thought of as mad, has turned out to be a groundbreaking idea. Palliser pushes the boundaries to produce unique wines. You'll find Palliser Estate in Martinborough – a treasured region that remains a hidden gem, and produces just one per cent of New Zealand's wine.

RRP $45 |

The 2022 Palliser Estate Chardonnay is part of the NZTE Made with Care campaign – bringing New Zealand's very best food and beverages to Australia.