Wine Spectator pick some wineries to watch: Justin and Emma Lane, the minds behind Redheads Studio, left that project in 2006 to start Alpha Box & Dice, a négociant brand based in McLaren Vale. Introduced in the 2009 vintage, Frisk is a partnership of U.S. importer Old Bridge Cellars and winemaker Phil Sexton of Yarra Valley-based Giant Steps. Walter Clappis, who owned Ingoldby Winery in McLaren Vale for 20 years, has built The Hedonist around a biodynamic vineyard. Strathbogie Ranges, a cool-climate region high in the hills northeast of Melbourne, has had little impact in the United States, but the wines from this 2005 merger of two longtime local stars make a compelling introduction. Bruce Clugston makes the wines, and his wife, Fiona White, does "pretty much everything else" at Wineinc, their négociant business started in 2004.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands June 28, 2011.
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