It stands to reason that a country as big and diverse as Australia would produce a wide-ranging variety of wines. Although, many consumers think Australian winemakers preferred style is monolithic from coast to coast. Limited to big, bold, full-bore reds and heavily oaked whites, the truth is completely different.
There are several cool-climate wine regions that produce delicate, fragrant, refined and complex white and red wines that can compete favourably with any world-class product.
South Australia’s Adelaide Hills, cooler areas of Claire Valley and Eden Vale grow fine white grapes that caring winemakers convert to outstanding Rieslings and Chardonnays.
Victoria’s Yarra valley and Mornington Peninsula have now become famous for their fruity, dry, elegant Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.
Tasmania is now producing fragrant Rieslings and balanced Chardonnays along with some delicate Pinot Noirs. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blended yield fruity, light and acid-driven sparkling wines that can be enjoyed on their own or with delicate seafood. Western Australia is home to powerful Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, and Chardonnay that show European characteristics, and are worth cellaring.
Of course we cannot forget South Australia’s Barossa Valley for its powerful and robust Shiraz wines from a number of wineries, and New South Wales Hunter Valley just north of Sydney is well known for its Semillon, and now also fro Pinot Gris that has been sweeping wine aficionados the world over.
There are a few factors that contribute to the versatility of Australian wines. The first of which is the winemakers enjoy the freedom of planting any grape variety they believe to be suitable for a particular vineyard, and then they use the latest technology available, followed by skilful blending and appropriate aging.
While some Australian red wines reach and exceed 15 per cent ABV, many wineries are making concerted efforts not to exceed 15 per cent ABV, and some even go lower.
In cool climate regions, wines naturally boast alcohol levels of 12 – 13 per cent.
Below, please find some Australian wines that you can try confidently.
All are available at the Vintages of the L C B O and most likely at any large metropolitan city wine shop located in a cosmopolitan see in a western country.
The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling, 2011, J.Barry, Eden Valley, South Australia
Pinot Grigio, 2010, R. Oatley, Adelaide Hills, South Australia,
Chardonnay, 2009, Wakefield, Clare valley, South Australia
Yatarna Chardonnay, 2006, Penfold’s, South Australia
Chardonnay, 2009, J. Chromy, Tasmania
Brt, Janz, Tasmania
Shiraz, 2009, Sisters Run, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Wakefiled, Clare Valley, South Australia
Pinot Noir, 2009, Pike and Joyce, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Bin 138 GSM (Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre), 2009, Penfold’s, Barossa Valley
Pinot Noir, 2007, Yabby Lake, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Cuvee Juveniles, 2009, Torbreck, Barossas Valley, South Asutrlia
10X Pinot Noir, 2009, 10 Minutes by Tractor, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
The Sterling Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz,2007, Frengrove, Frankland, Western Australia
Mount Edelstone Vineyard Shiraz, 2005, Henschke, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, 2005, Brokenwood, Hunter Valley, New South Wales
The Honour Shiraz, 2004, Connor Park, Bendigo, Victoria