Wine Behind the Label
The ultimate guide to the world’s leading wine producers and their wines
12th edition 2022
Edited by David Moore and Neville Blech
David Moore (DM) – Has over twenty years experience as a wine consultant, wine buyer, writer and editorial director which has provided him with the background to co-author and edit a wine guide of such breadth and scope. During this period he has travelled widely and been exposed to hands-on winemaking and was one of three principal judges for the New York Times “Wine Today Europe” site of the early 2000s. Today he focuses his research on his own areas of expertise. He travels extensively to both France and Spain, taking in visits to all the major fairs and exhibitions. Visiting winemakers in their cellars though remains a cornerstone of the work on Wine behind the label. As well as extensive visits in Europe, David visits the West Coast of the United States often. The vast majority of the most exciting hand-made wines Stateside can only be tasted in this way. As a part of this he has been invited to key local fairs and tastings

Grey Sands (Tasmania)
Bob and Rita Richter P.O. Box 518 – Exeter, TAS 7275
Tel: 03 6396 1167 Email:

Fine small Tamar Valley winery with a small range of fine wines and planted to 17 separate varieties including Pinot Noir, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc for reds, and Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc Chardonnay, Viognier and Malvasia for whites. The home vineyard is planted to 3.5 ha across the 14 ha property. After extensive travel in Europe’s regions a conscious decision was made to plant the vineyard to high density at 8,800 vines per hectare after finding an appropriate site with the low fertility sandy soils to enable fine, structured wines to be made. Irrigation is avoided with a clay subsoil having good moisture retaining properties. There are now 10 separate wines made, six reds and four whites. Among them very stylish Pinot Noir has a restrained red fruit character as well as a savoury tertiary quality along with well handled oak. Merlot is rich and complex with full berry fruits a classic plum undercurrent and spicy oak. Malbec has attractive dark and subtly cedary fruit, more Cahors than Mendoza. The Mattock red (named after a heavy soil digging implement of ancient origin) comes from a blend of Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. This is ripe and more obviously forward but shares the fine structure and rich texture found in the other reds. The white Pinot Gris is a very stylish, dry example of the variety. The rich texture is complemented by lightly honeyed, peachy fruit as well as a subtle aromatic quality. Pinot Blanc is floral and subtly mineral with weight and depth coming from older oak and 10 months on lees. Unusual is a characterful Blanc de Noirs which comes from Pinot Noir. These are stylish, ageworthy wines. (DavidMoore)

Recommended Reds:
Pinot Noir Glengarry ★★★★ £E
Merlot Glengarry ★★★★ £E
Malbec Glengarry ★★★✩ £D
The Mattock Glengarry ★★★✩ £D
Recommended Whites:
Pinot Gris Glengarry ★★★★ £E
Pinot Blanc Glengarry ★★★✩ £D
Blanc de Noir Glengarry ★★★✩ £D

★ a wine of good quality, not just sound but of good fruit and with some character.
★★ a wine with more depth, interest and concentration, usually with some aging potential
★★★ a very good, even fine, wine. In the case of many reds repaying lengthy cellaring.
★★★★ a wine of very high quality, among the very best even in a top appellation or region.
★★★★★ outstanding quality, potentially a classic.
✪✪✪✪✪ super 5 stars, restricted to the true classics, out-and-out world class.
✩ white stars are used to show a superior wine at a given rating We have rated as many of a producer’s wines as possible, but in some instances the wines are too new or too scarce to have yet received a rating. Such wines are covered in the text only.
A code is provided which represents an estimated retail price bracket and it is based on the standard 75cl bottle size. Price codes for those wines produced only in 1.5 litre (magnums), 50 cl (half litre) or 37.5 cl (half bottle) formats have been given 75cl equivalents. A half bottle costing £12.00/$15.00 for instance will have a price code of £D.
£A: less than £8 ($10) £B: £8 – 12 ($10-$15) £C: £12 – 18 ($15-$23) £D: £19 – 25 ($23-$32)
£E: £26 – 35 ($32-$45) £F: £36 – 60 ($45-$77) £G: £61 – 100 ($77-$130) £H: £101 or more ($131 or more)