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Australia Wine Tasting 2016 – Toronto

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Australia Wine Tasting 2016

English immigrants brought grapes to Australia. The first vineyards were planted 1791, and by 1820’s, viticulture started to thrive.

At fist wines were more like fortified products to please the English palate of the time.
Australia has some of the world’s oldest vineyards which escaped the dreaded phylloxera.
Some regions like Tasmania never experienced the dreaded disease due to their remoteness and isolation.

In 1990’s Australian vineyards expanded rapidly, but starting 2000’s many had to be uprooted due to diminished demand. Presently, there are approximately 140000 hectares under vines.
At first wineries competed on price on world markets, and produced low to mediocre quality, which damaged the reputation later on.

It must be stated that areas of Australia, namely South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia, and Victoria produce some world-class wines, but in relatively small quantities at comparably high prices.
Lately, many wineries started promoting their high-end wines. Toronto wine writers and trade were treated to a tasting of some of the better bottlings.

First a seminar introduced three categories of wines styles – History, Evolution, Revolution
It was a revelation to taste some of the old-style wines and compare them to “evolutionary” products.
Revolution style wines were partially successful i.e Nero d’Avola Amphorae Project, 2015, by Brash Higgins and Raindrops , and Grenach 2015 by Jauna Like.

In the ‘evolutionary” category Leeuwin Estate’s Chardonnay, 2013, Souma’s Single Vineyard Pint Noir, 2015, and Aglianico, 2011, by Alpha Box and Dice Xola stood out.

I tasted 54 wines and recommend the following:

Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Chardonnay, 2014, Fowles Wines, Victoria
89+/100
$ 34.95

Single Vineyard Chardonnay, 2015, Soumah, Victoria
89+/100
$ 34.95

Riesling, 2015, Kilikanoon Wines
89+/100

Bond Road Chardonnay, 2014, Hollick, South Australia
92+/100
$ 25.95

Signature Series Chardonnay, 2014, Robert Oatley
88/100
$ 18.95

Chardonnay, 2014, Moss Wood, Western Australia
89+/100
$ 64.95

Art Series Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, 2015, Leeuwin Estate, Western Australia
88/100
$ 26.95

Chardonnay, 2013, Voyager Estates, 90+/100
$ 45.00

Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, 2015, Voyager Estates, Western Australia
89+/100
$ 24.00

Red wines

Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Pinot Noir, 2014, Fowles Wines, Victoria
89/100
$ 34.95

Shiraz, 2014, Tar and Roses, Victoria
88/100
$ 21.95

Shiraz, 2015, Yarran, Victoria
89/100
$ 14.95

Royal Phoenix Shiraz, 2009, Ulupna, Victoria
90/100
$ 55.00

Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, Ulupna, Victoria
88/100
$ 32.00

Blackwell Shiraz, 2013, St. Hallett, South Australia
89+/100
$ 40.00

Pinot Noir, 2015, Stonier, Victoria
89/100
$ 40.00

Kit and Kaboodle Montepulciano/Barbera/Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, Alpha Box and Dice, South Australia
89/100
$ 22.00

Estate Shiraz, 2014, Barossa Valley Estate South Asutrlaia
89+/100
$ 21.95

Killibinbin Scardey Cat Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz, 2012, Brothers In Arms, South Australia
89/100
$ 19.95

Killibinbin Sneaky Shiraz, 2013, Brothers In Arms, South Australia
88/100
$ 15.95

Side-By-Side Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, Brothers In Arms, South Australia
89/100
$ 26.40

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, Hollick, South Australia
90+/100
$ 35.00

Shiraz, 2013, Hollick, South Australia
92+/100
$ 21.95

Killerman’s Run Shiraz, 2014, Kilikanoon, South Australia
89/100
$ 19.95

Killierman’s Run GSM (Grenach /Shiraz /Mourvedre), 2014, Killikanoon, South Australia
91/100
$ 19.95

Crooked Horse Shiraz, 2014, Wakefield, South Australia
89/100
$ 18.95

Four In Hand Shiraz, 2014, Robert Oatley, South Australia
88/100
$ 19.95

Shiraz, 2012, Leeuwin Estate, Western Australia
89/100

Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, 2012, Voyager Estate, Western Australia
88+/100
$ 70.00

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, Stella Bella, Western Australia
88/100
$ 22.95

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