The Winter Issue Is Here

In his new editor’s letter, Richard Clune explores the power and heightened allure of unique experiences — the framework for this lavish new issue.

By Richard Clune 16/06/2021

Experience wonder.

You may well stare quizzically upon those two words writ large—in rather expensive black foil, might I say— stamped across the cover of this, our lavish new Winter issue.

What does it mean? More so, why are you now using your editor’s letter to explain something on the cover of a magazine?

Both valid points, glad you enquired.

On the latter, well, we do things differently at Robb Report. Removed from the obvious and garish bleating of other printed newsstand products that like to accentuate themselves via somewhat telling simplicity — we are refined and we like to push a period of pause with all that we do.

Of the first question, I answer this way—to experience wonder is to sample something truly unique and uplifting; an engagement that entangles, elevates and excites the senses.
This issue is about moving beyond the tangible to the experiential and a desire to embrace and experience more. We have each meandered through 2020 to here by taking different steps, each leaving differing footprints. Collectively, however, I believe we carry a firm want to engage life on a higher level, to chase experiences and sketch new memories that move beyond those which we have known.

There’s an article in this issue that for me stands alone. It is the tale of wine as told by a wine connoisseur—our own Nick Ryan. It is the tale of what wine truly means to be sampled, the evocation of feeling a bottle can prompt, especially when that same bottle has been gently and carefully crafted by a friend who is no longer here. Nick’s touching and insightful tribute to his mate, one of this country’s finest and most influential winemakers, Taras Ochota, is as stirring as it is relevant on many levels.

Because at 49, Taras was lost far too soon. And because life is never a draw-by-numbers formality that runs to the end and produces a fully formed picture. It’s why experiences are what we must chase and understand the benefit of.

So read Nick’s words on page 140 and then take some time. Better still, raise a glass of Ochota Barrels to Taras and his family.

It feels trivial to walk from there into a highlight reel of the other adventures contained within this issue—though for pure luxury escapism that is as unique as it is exceptional, drop through our heady list of some of the ultimate domestic experiences to be had in Australia and New Zealand right now (from page 99), and which includes dinner with MONA’s David Walsh, a day trip to Lord Howe Island, exclusive use of Melbourne’s most buzzy and homely Korean ‘restaurant’, superyacht navigation of the Torres Strait, opera at Uluru and much more.

Elsewhere, experience the g-forces that ride shotgun when driving Bugatti’s Chiron Pur (page 170), the allure of rallying a Ferrari in Targa (page 174) and the engineering prowess encased within this year’s standout timepieces (page 60).

There is more, of course, to be found and to be held and experienced. Though take your time and savour each moment—there is no rush where the embrace of wonder is concerned.

Richard Clune
Editor in Chief

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