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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Typical gooseberry, elderflower, Sauvignon flavour derived from selected grapes grown in McGuigan's cool climate vineyards.

 

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Shingleback have produced a McLaren Vale Chardonnay that displays tempting aromas of lemon, orange and peach with notes of roasted pine nuts and a mineral core. The vibrant, clean flavours of pear and honeydew melon flow through the mid-palate and linger on the finely textured finish. A Chardonnay crafted to be enjoyed on any occasion.

 

 

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A single estate Grenache Rosé from Victoria, Australia produced by Domaine Tournon, owned by world-renowned Rhône winemaker, Michel Chapoutier. Pale salmon in colour, this dry rose exhibits aromas of summer fruits and is made in the traditional Rose de Provence style. This wine is fresh with vibrant fruit characteristics of pomegranates and raspberries and offers a revelation of sensory delights.

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Velvety, rich Shiraz, full of jammy fruit and typical Aussie spice. The perfect accompaniment for meaty dishes.

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Discover the elegant, cool climate wines of the Great Southern Region with this superb Omrah Sauvignon Blanc.

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