Australia

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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The bouquet shows rich, ripe aromas of blackcurrant, cassis, spice and vanillin oak. The palate has intense dark fruits with silken yet powerful tannins

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This wine has lots of rich plummy and red berry aromas and flavours, along with a bit of spice and pepper. It’s quite full-bodied and rich.

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A mature, powerful yet soft Shiraz, full of fruit with alluring spice and pepper notes offering complex drinking at a bargain price

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A superb Cabernet from a top  New South Wales winery. Full of fruit with balancing spice and tanins. Fantastic value

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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.

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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 complex and powerful Barossa Red produced from grapes grown on ancient vines across the Hahn Estate. Balck forest fruyits with spice and pepper notes supported by supple tannins. 

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A zesty full-flavoured Chardonnay bursting with sun-ripened tropical fruit with a refreshing finish.

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