A POLITE BOUT OF CHATEAU BOXING, AUSTRALIA, 80 MIN
A thematically slight documentary investigating the rapidly changing landscape of the worldwide wine business. It is not the most satisfying drop to be poured in Australian cinemas this year. Though there is much intriguing information for viewers to drink in, the flavour of Red Obsession’s findings will only be appreciated by select palates. An initial focus on the boom times in France’s celebrated Bordeaux region – where some vintages have broken the 1000-euro-per-bottle mark – is mildly interesting. Later emphasis on China putting the squeeze on the global grape lacks a valid point worth caring about. Narrated by Russell Crowe.
A Chinese billionaire and his $60m cellar