Australia

Australia

Australia made its name as a wine producer with big, fat, oaky Chardonnay and powerful, fruity Shiraz. It that’s your bag, the Aussies still do both of those things better than most, but these days they do much more besides. Chardonnays are now produced with just a modicum of oak or none at all, and whilst the reds are still full of fruit, they are a little more subtle.

The Australian climate will always produce red grapes with lots of sugar, which results in their wines often being in the +14% category, with many winemakers, McGuigan’s for instance, leaving a higher than usual amount of residual sugar in red wine to boost the fruitiness. Many other labels offer red wines with slightly more defined varietal elements, such as the Runamok wines on this list, which offer superb value for money, and are very well made wines.

All the above, and most of the major brands, have vineyards in the Murray Valley and Riverland areas which transcend three states. The wines have therefore to carry the region of origin as South East Australia, a rather indistinct description. That’s not to decry them, but if you are looking for wines with specific regional qualities which are invariably better wines, then you should seek out areas such as Hunter Valley, Coonawarra, Langhorne Creek, Fleurieu, Barossa, amongst many others. At the discount prices on this list, you can often pick up a single vineyard wine for about the same price as a standard supermarket one.

As for whites, winemakers have increasingly been looking to cooler sites to grow their vines, meaning subtler, more refreshing styles such as those from Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills.

The UK continues to be the biggest export market for Aussie wines, and it still offers some of the best value wines around.


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A very good Merlot primarily intended for the up-market restaurant trade and offered here at a fraction of its usual price.

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The best selling Aussie red wine in the Independent sector. Very fruity, soft and smooth, yet with complexity and structure. The ultimate in easy drinking.

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This classic Australian Shiraz has rich flavours of ripe plum, blackcurrant and spices. Well rounded with a smooth, mouth filling finish, all together in McGuigan's easy drinking style.

Retailing for up to £7.99 in many other places.

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A fruit packed wine with good varietal elements, and ultra smoothness.

This fresh, vibrant Merlot, has typical jammy fruit, entwined with softened tannins to give structure. Sells for up to £7.99 in many outlets.

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The latest vintage of Malbec under the world famous McGuigan Black Label. Intense fruit flavours and pleasantly softer than Malbecs from Argentina. Absolutely stunning.

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A medium to full-bodied wine, with a zippy acidity and dry, youthful, grippy tannins, making it a match for even the most well-versed wine connoisseur to get a handle on! 

 

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Meet the epitome of great wine, the Grant Burge Benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon Wine, a premium, fruit driven wine with good balance between aroma and flavour.

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A rich, well balanced example of the Aussie classic blend with ripe berry flavours and lovely velvety texture.

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