It stands to reason that a country as big and diverse as Australia would produce a wide ranging variety of wines.
Many Australian wine drinkers in North America think of this country’s wines as dark, highly alcoholic, with a little residual sugar and super-fruity (some people call them fruit bombs)
But the truth is something else entirely.
When you are in Victoria, pay a visit to the cool Mornington Peninsula and taste a few chardonnays and pinot noirs of small, family-run wineries and they will remind you of outstanding Burgundy wines.
In South Australia, riesling does very well, and McLaren Vale in famous for its luscious shiraz wines that possess a pleasant acid backbone.
Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley grow chardonnays with finesse.
Tasmania off the coast of South Australia in the Tasman Sea enjoys a cool climate, and produces extraordinary sparkling wines, rieslings, chardonnays, and pinot noirs.
Western Australia is better known for its acid-driven, less alcoholic, and “succulent” wines. All go very well with food.
Pinot gris from Adelaide Hills is now starting to make a name for itself, as are sauvignon blanc wines.
Barossa Valley, a few kilometres north of Adelaide has been producing fine shiraz and shiraz/viognier blends for a long time now. Many of these wines have been winning gold medals in international wine competitions.
Of late, blends of Grenache, shiraz, and mourdevre popularly known as GSM wines, have been garnering a welcome popularity among wine drinkers in the Untied Kingdom, the U S A, and Canada.
Here are some outstanding Australian wines that you ay want to try:
The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling, 2011, J. Barry, Clare Valley, South Australia
Delicate and lively acidity. Light and elegant.
Pinot Gris, 2010, R.Oatley, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Sourced from steeply slopped northeast facing vineyards caressed by cool breezes, this aromatic pinot gris also shows a crisp and minerally character.
Julius Riesling, 2010, Henschke, South Australia
Typical “petrol” aromas blended with floral elements. Light and elegant
(Contact B and W Wines this “consignment wine”.
Chardonnay, 2010, Yabby Lake Vineyard, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Exceptional fruit, mouth fell and length.
This flagship chardonnay ought to be enjoyed with grilled lobster, crab cakes, pasta with shrimp in creamy sauce
Chardonnay, 2011, Frasser Gallop, Margaret River, Western Australia
Nectarine and lemon curd and cashew nut flavours emerge in teh mouth. An exceptional wine of elegance and refinement.
Chardonnay, 2009, Wakefield, Clare Valley, South Australia
Nectarine and white peach aromas waft out of the lass. Creamy and round mouth feel.
Red Claw Pinot Noir, 2010, Yabby Lake Vineyards, Victoria
Bright clear crimson in colour, dark berry aromas. Succulent and caressing mouth feel.
Jones Block Shiraz, 2009, Paxton, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Intense, muscular and full-bodied. Excellent mouth feel and long satisfying finish.
Spinifex Papillon (Grenache, cinsault, carignan, shiraz), 2010, Domaine Carolin, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Brilliant purple. Floral/berry bouquet. Medium-bodied with a savoury flavour.
Satisfying and long finish
Pinot Noir, Oakridge, Yarra Valley, Victoria
Brilliant and crimson in colour. Fine forest floor aromas.
Creamy, smooth and succulent
Bin 138, (Grenache, syrah and mourvedre), 2009, Penfold, South Australia
Blackberry and cherry aromas greet the nose. Powerful and full-bodied with a compelx and intriguing finish.
Enjoy with deeply flavoured meat dishes.