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Wines of Australia

Wines of Australia
Wines of Australia

The Australian continent started producing wine in the 19th century. Europeans, mainly English, Scots, and Germans were the most enthusiastic winemakers. The vine is not indigenous to the continent.

Traditionally, Australia exported its wines to the United Kingdom, and more or less fashioned its production to please British palates of the time.
Then the industry started to export to North America (mainly the U.S.A. and Canada), Japan, Singapore, and now China.

Evolutionary wine making took hold to produce emphasising fresh, fruity, and invigorating libations.

Now some progressive winemakers look into the future, and try to guess what type of wine would be in demand. They anticipate more continental “Old world” wines to dominate the market place, and plant sangiovese, montepulciano, and nero d’avola. These are meant to be consumed with food, are dry, barrel aged for depth and varietal in character.
The trade and wine writers had an opportunity to taste a selection of old style, new, and “revolutionary” wines during a tasting from 20 wineries.
Some of them are general list products, some are Vintages, and few others consignment or private order.

The following Wines of Australia appealed to me:

White wines

Premier Chardonnay, 2013, Vasse Felix, Margaret River, Western Australia
89+/100
Represented by Charlton Hobbs in Ontario

No.5 Riesling, 2014, Riesling Freak, Clare Valley, South Australia
90/100

Chardonnay, 2012, Yabby Lake, Victoria
88/100
Available at Vintages. Represented by von Terra in Ontario

Scrubby Rise (Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier)
88/100
General list $ 15.95

Tower MVR2012, Tahbilk Wines
89+/100
Represented by Kylix Wines in Ontario

Red wines

Block I Pinot Noir, 2012, Yabby Lake, Victoria
90/100

Red Claw Pinto Noir, 2013, Yabby Lake
88+/100
(Both above wines are represented by von Terra in Ontario

The Tower Shiraz, 2012, Tahlbilk Wines
89+/100

Plexus, 2009, John Duval Wines, Barossa Valley, South Australia 89+/100

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Ringbolt,
89+/100
General list $ 19.95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Vasse Felix, Western Australia
90/100

Old Bush Vine Grenache, 2012, Yalumba
89+/100
Consignment B+W or Charlton Hobbs

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, McWilliams Hanwood Estate
88+/100
General list $ 14.95

Orphan Bank Shiraz, 2012, Langmeil
88+/100
$ 64.95
Consignment Contact B+W Wiens in Toronto
$ 64.95 Consignment, B+W Wines

Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz, 2012, Fowles Wines
$ 35.95
Vintrages

Stone Dwellers Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Fowles Wines
88+/100
General list $ 19.95

Bin 555 Shiraz, 2012, Wyndham
88+/100
$ 15.95 General list

Titan Shiraz, 2012, Alphan Crucis
89+/100
Vintages $ 24.95

Nero d’Avola, 2013 Brook Higgins
90/100
Vintages

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, 2013, Mc Guigan
90/100

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