I’m not sure any­one ever ex­pected a ries­ling to win Wine of the Year, but our awards this year brought a cou­ple of sur­prises.

Halliday - - Edit - Amelia Ball

That win­ning ries­ling comes from this is­sue’s cover star Duke Ran­son and his spe­cial site in Porongu­rup, WA, where he works closely with wine­maker Rob Diletti.

Turns out he’s got a great story to tell too, as do our other award win­ners, so we loved talk­ing to all six pas­sion­ate pro­duc­ers for this is­sue. For a peek at the ac­tion of our big night and the sto­ries be­hind the big wins, turn to page 23.

Also in this edi­tion, we delve into Aus­tralian chardon­nay and chat to some of its star wine­mak­ers to hear where this va­ri­ety is headed. And if that in­spires you to seek out some ex­am­ples to try – they’re bang-on for spring – we show­case a di­verse dozen from around the coun­try.

We also take a trip out to New Zealand’s stun­ning Wai­heke Is­land and Costa Brava in Spain, with its many in­cred­i­ble eat­ing and drink­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, as well as the vast Great South­ern re­gion of WA. You can also hear from TV chef and long-time wine lover Rick Stein, choose from some en­tic­ing recipes from Adam Liaw, and learn a lit­tle more about sherry, with UK-based wine writer Jane Parkin­son se­lect­ing 12 stand­out styles. Plus, don’t miss our handy guide to some of the lat­est and great­est red wines.

We hope it all re­sults in some ex­cel­lent drink­ing over the com­ing months.

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