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When, 18 months ago, I read Camp­bell Mat­tin­son’s ad­vice not to load your cel­lar only with your cur­rent favourite wine styles, lit­tle was I pre­pared for the fu­ture. For 20 years or more, I had been a de­vout red wine drinker with a pen­chant for caber­net and caber­net blends. With James Hal­l­i­day shout­ing the praises of Aus­tralian chardon­nay, I thought maybe I should not be so set on what I be­lieved I liked and sought out a bot­tle of chardon­nay to try. To say I was amazed at how far time had changed chardon­nay from the days when it first ar­rived on UK su­per­mar­ket shelves in the ‘80s would be an un­der­state­ment. I was quite blown away by the mod­ern styles avail­able to­day. Need­less to say I didn’t stop with chardon­nay and am now en­joy­ing rieslings, sauvi­gnon blanc and friends, and many of the ‘newer’ va­ri­eties with much en­thu­si­asm. My big­gest dis­ap­point­ment in all of this is that for years I have vis­ited cel­lar doors and asked, “Please can I taste your reds?” So many missed op­por­tu­ni­ties! Lee Os­borne Bal­divis, WA

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