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by Fred McMillin
Mugged by McPherson
Fighting Varietal is a term referring to cork-finished, inexpensive varietal wines made for immediate consumption.
...Charles Sullivan, California Wine Companion
The Rest of the Story
Australian wine imports to the U.S.A. have tripled in the past five years. Andrew's story is typical. Things are moving fast. In 1969 he was studying wine science at the University of Sydney (Austalia) and simultaneously launched the McPherson Winery brand. (Incidentally, that same year his current winemaker, another Andrew, Andrew Dean was born. Mr. Dean would develop his love of the land at an early age while tending sheep in Tasmania, but I digress.)
Thirty years later, 1999, things were moving fast for today's wine, too...
How Drinkable Is The Wine?
"Many winemakers make wines for the palate of other winemakers, We make wines for the consumer, says Andrew. It certainly worked with my tasters. The McPherson is the best under-$9 Shiraz (or Syrah) they've tasted this year, and gave it a RECOMMENDED.
Just the Facts
1999 McPherson Shiraz, South Eastern Australia
Postscript—Down Under Wonders
Efficient—Australia ranks 20th in world vineyard acreage, but eighth in the amount of wine produced. (Readers comments welcomed.)
Australia has more wineries than California.
Per Capita Wine Consumption—For every bottle of wine an American consumes, an Aussie sips over 2 1/2 bottles.
And last, a.silly question—In Australian vineyards, which causes the most problems, the deadly Phylloxera insect, or kangaroos? ANSWER: Would you believe... kangaroos. There's never been a Phylloxera problem in Aussie country.
10/17/00—The Valley That Couldn't
10/16/00—Down Under A Chardonnay Shock
10/13/00—The English Rothschilds
10/12/00—Columbus Lands in the Bahamas
10/10/00—Our Best Blanc
10/09/00—A Knight Delight
10/06/00—An Act of Faith
10/05/00—EXTRA! EXTRA! World Series Winnah!!
10/04/00—Field Stone Makes Way For Chardonnay
10/03/00—Big Wine, Small Price
This page created October 2000