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About postferment

Australian wine critic, author, presenter, broadcaster and winemaker, Nick Stock.

Trans-Tasman Pinot Showdown – Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2013

A glitch in Trans-Tasman relations: Trevor Chappell rolls it down to Brian McKechnie MCG – February 1st, 1981 Comparative wine tastings are most-often prefaced with the disclaimer “this is not a competition” and I most-often agree. But there’s a looming … Continue reading

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A most rocking wine fair: Rootstock Sydney, February 2013

Full house at Rootstock Sydney, Sunday February 17th, 2013 Euphoria. That’s what hit hard on arrival at the Italian Forum yesterday in Sydney’s Leichardt at the inaugural Rootstock wine festival. When organizer Giorgio de Maria first told me about it … Continue reading

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Where The Wild Things Are

All mataro / mourvèdre / monastrell dinner menu at Melbourne’s delightfully quirky and cosy Libertine: On arrival – 2011 Bespoke Bros. Rosé   Wild boar noisette, Waldorf garni & riesling with 2010 Hewitson Baby Bush Mourvèdre 2011 Ruggabellus Fluus Pigeon … Continue reading

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Chardonnay – easy as ABC

  What the f#ck would a couple of westies like Kath and Kim know about chardonnay? I mean really, it’s not the sort of wine they even ought to be drinking. Chardonnay’s not for bogans. They can’t even pronounce it, … Continue reading

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Room to Read Charity Gala with Jancis Robinson MW OBE

A wineLENS production filmed in Sydney at a phenomenal event for the Room to Read charity. CEO and founder John Wood captivated the audience to raise more than AUD$1 million with long-term supporter Jancis Robinson selecting and presenting a stunning … Continue reading

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170th Birthday Celebration at Oliver’s Taranga

Here’s a link to my latest video – shot on location as Oliver’s Taranga celebrated 170 years in the McLaren Vale dirt. A great family story, guest appearances and plenty of laughs. Good times – enjoy!

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Cape Mentelle Cabernet Tasting

October  21st, 2011 It was a perfect sunny Sydney day down on the Hickson Road wharf, where Cape Mentelle assembled 20 carefully selected cabernet wines, all from the 2008 vintage, for one of their cabernet extravaganzas. The first of these … Continue reading

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Vintage Chart? Sure. Oh, and pass the ketchup..

With all the talk of scoring wine recently, I was reminded of the most pointless association between wine and numbers, that of the vintage chart. Kermit Lynch sums it up beautifully as follows (an exerpt from: Inspiring Thirst – Vintage … Continue reading

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Preserving Home Turf – A Very Special Part of the World

Travel has many upsides and, when you travel as much as I do, the homecoming often delivers just as much delight and inspiration as the destination just visited. I love the fresh context that travel gives. Whilst working in the … Continue reading

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Big Australian Wine Shows – Taking the Bull by the Horns

Ah yes, the Pandora’s Box that is the Australian Wine Show “system”. There’s no nice way to say what I am about to say and it is by no means a complete critique of Australian wine shows – it’s a … Continue reading

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