Get to know: Australian Wines
Our Australian wine online collection contains a carefully curated selection of wines from winemaker's we love. Get to know more about Australian wine with our quick guide below:
Australia is a country that is always innovating. It is a large country and each geographical area specializes in different wines, each with their own identity. Australian wine was introduced to many wine drinkers via their bigger commercial brands. They're now trying to focus more on the regional differences that make their wines stand out.
Key Regions for Australian Wine
South Australia’s flagship region is Barossa Valley, a hot region with vines that are up to 100 years old (if a Barossa wine says old vines on the label it is guaranteed to be at least 35 years old.) Here there is a focus on Shiraz and and it makes some of the best examples of this variety in the world. They are very big bold, rich, alcoholic wines with flavours of blackberry, blueberry, chocolate and mocha. They are decadent and immediately pleasing wines that are easy to enjoy.
McLaren Vale is also home to some stand-out Australian red wine using Shiraz and Grenache grapes. The coastal climate and high altitudes of some vineyards here give a diversity that suits a variety of grapes and you'll find Rhone style white blends using Viognier and Roussane along with the luscious reds.
Clare Valley is a high altitude region that produces some fantastic Australian white wine made from Riesling grapes, helped out by the limestone and slate soils that create mineral-driven wines with pure fruit.
In Victoria, there are many cooler regions making fruity Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in a slightly more restrained style than the rest of South Australia.
In Western Australia’s Margaret River, you’ll find a some excellent unoaked Chardonnay and elegant Bordeaux blends.
Key Grape Varieties
- Very big, bold, rich wines with flavours of blackberry, blueberry, chocolate and mocha.Cabernet Sauvignon
- Coonawarra Cabernet has the classic blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, but also a note of eucalyptus or mint which makes them stand out. It is also used in elegant Bordeaux-style blends in the Margaret River.Chardonnay
- From the fresh unoaked styles of the Yarra Valley to the classy wines of the Margaret River, Chardonnay thrives here.