If you’ve ever flown to Australia, it’s easy to see why it was chosen to be a penal colony: isolation. Once you arrive, the feeling is apparent in many parts of the country as you notice camping supply stores listing latitude and longitude coordinates alongside their street address. With that in mind, isolation must make you thirsty; as Australia began producing wine just 60 years after the British colonized the continent.
With one of the world’s most unforgiving desert climates taking up the center of the continent, wine production remains close to the coastal regions and temperate areas located in the southern half of the country. Looking at the map, you can clearly see this bone dry ‘red center’ where grapes will not survive. Australia has approximately 60 wine growing regions with dozens more specific Geographical Indications (GI).
The most well-known wine style from Australia is Shiraz. In fact, we’ve found that consumers are sometimes surprised to learn that Australia grows several other grape varieties! Many popular grapes are grown there, including: reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Grenache; and whites like Chardonnay, Riesling, Muscat, and Sémillon. In certain parts of the country producers are also experimenting with Spanish and Italian varietals like Tempranillo and Sangiovese.
Many wine professionals view the Australian wine industry as a bit of a dichotomy. On one hand the country produces plenty of high-quality, expressive, and unique wines that can be reasonably priced to very expensive. These wines express the terroir of their respective regions, and are produced using methods that take care to maintain fruit character. On the other hand, many view Australia as the go-to country for inexpensive wines. The truth is that Australia indeed offers both; which is we constantly search for wines that achieve the fine balance between quality and value!
Aged 30 days in Rum Barrels. The vintage 2016 is Shiraz dominant lending bright raspberry fruit and plush tannin structure with Cabernet Sauvignon to provide blackberry fruits, palate weight and structure and then Grenache to provide spice and fruit sweetness on the palate. The nose has intense lifted mocha, caramel and baking spice notes. On the palate the wine is full and mouth coating with brown sugar, jammy blackberry and chocolate notes.