About Australian Wine

About Australian Wine
Wine is a bit of a quandry when one speaks of Australia. Here is a country that ranks sixth in the world as far as total production, yet it so too often associated these days with inexpensive, mass-produced wines.

This is understandable, given that a few huge corporations produce a great majority of the country's wine, with much of its destined for supermarkets in the USA and England. But this reputation is a true shame, as there are so many excellent wine regions that are home to some magnificent producers.

Shiraz is the country's signature wine; not only is it Australia's most widely planted variety, it is also the wine with the greatest reputation. Especially in the Barossa and Clare Valleys, there are explosive versions of this wine that can age for many years. Other notable reds from Australia are the Rhone blends with varying percentages of Grenache and Mourvedre added to Shiraz.

Certain areas such as Western Australia are ideal for cool climate varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Probably the best white wines are Semillon from Hunter Valley and especially Riesling from the Clare and Eden Valleys. These Rieslings, thought quite different from those produced in Germany, are equally brilliant and are most assuredly world-class

Top Picks for Australia

Schild Estate 2013 Ancestor Vines Moorooroo Shiraz
96 points
$99.99
Dark garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of cassis, plum, blackberry, and eucalyptus with an lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a refreshing, medium-long finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A juicy Shiraz with bold fruit flavors.
Awards: 2017 Best Shiraz, 2017 Best Australian Red Wine
96 points $99.99
Mr. Riggs 2014 The Magnet Grenache
96 points
$21.99
Garnet black color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of berry chutney, chocolate mint, and menthol lozenge with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a complex, long huckleberry jam on toast, exotic spices, and nut brittle finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. A sensationally spicy and flavorful grenache that hits all of the high notes.
96 points $21.99
Taylors 2015 St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$50
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate craisin, mocha, grilled green pepper, and pepper spices with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, engaging, medium-long dried cherries, blackberry pie a la mode, and cola float finish. A robustly flavorful, age-worthy red that is drinking brilliantly now.
Taylors 2017  Riesling
94 points
$19
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of white blossoms, peach and mango chutney, passionfruit, and apple tart with a vibrant, fruity medium body and a complex, long lemon curd, kiwi in cream, and minerals finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A lush tropical riesling that delights the palate with lip smacking acidity and mouthwatering fruit.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Riesling, 2017 Best Australian White Wine
94 points $19 Best Buy
Zonte’s Footstep 2016 Love Symbol Grenache
94 points
$20
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Attractive, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of black raspberry torte and huckleberry jam on raisin toast with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, long blueberry cobbler a la mode, apple tart, vanilla toffee, and marinated beets and yams finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and light oak. A decadently delicious Grenache that will captivate and delight.
Awards: 2017 Best Grenache
94 points $20 Best Buy
Schild Estate 2014 Liebich Vineyard Prämie Shiraz
94 points
$79.99
Dark garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of cassis, plum, coconut, and peppercorn with an lively, dry medium-to-full body and an amusing, medium-length finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A nice Shiraz with pleasing herbal accents.
94 points $79.99
Taylors 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cassis pie, roasted pepper relish, pencil shavings, and chocolate with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an amusing, medium-long boysenberries, cedar bark, and dried eucalyptus finish with fine, dusty tannins and no oak. A rich, herbal cabernet for rich, spicy meals or a nice rest in the cellar.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Taylors 2015 Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$22
Deep purple color. Herbal aromas and flavors of eucalyptus honey on spice cake, turmeric tea, and mixed berry compote with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, long pomegranate-tomato relish, cedar, and nuts finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A concentrated, brooding cabernet for a hearty steak now or a long slumber in the cellar.
Taylors 2015 St Andrews Shiraz
93 points
$50
Nearly opaque violet color. Fruity, savory aromas and flavors of chocolate orange peels and berries, leather and earth, vanilla buttercream and candy, and hint of sesame oil with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long craisin, cedar, and nut finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A complex, layered shiraz that delights the senses.
Taylors 2014 The Pioneer Exceptional Parcel Release Shiraz
93 points
$140
Garnet black color. Fresh, earthy aromas and flavors of melted chocolate, clay and leather, and dried cherries with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long nutskin, earth, and oak finish with moderate oak. A concentrated, seriously structured shiraz with a long future ahead.