About White Wines from Australia

About White Wines from Australia
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

White Wines

Elysian Springs 2018 Pennies From Heaven Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$27.50
Golden straw color. Aromas of juicy gooseberry, passionfruit custard, turmeric, and wet grass with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length cardamom and starfruit finish with no oak flavor. An outgoing Sauvignon Blanc with big personality; exuberantly fruity.
93 points $27.50
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews Riesling
93 points
$35
Emerald straw color. Perfumed aromas of honeycomb, fresh gooseberry, apricot, yuzu, ripe heirloom apple, lily, and pineapple with a satiny, racy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, nuanced, medium-long fleur de sel and fresh sage finish with no oak flavor. This mouthwatering riesling will continue to add to its array of complex aromas as it ages; lively and fresh.
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews Riesling
93 points
$35
Emerald straw color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of honeycomb, fresh gooseberry, apricot, yuzu, ripe heirloom apple, lily, and pineapple with a satiny, racy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, nuanced, medium-long finish displaying notes of fleur de sel and fresh sage with no oak flavor. This mouthwatering riesling will continue to add to its array of complex aromas as it ages; lively and fresh.
Shottesbrooke 2016 Discovery Series Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of grapefruit and green pepper and jalapeño relish with a supple, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, amusing, medium-long green apple-kumquat marmalade, ripe melon with cayenne, and sage finish with no oak flavor. A ripe and flavor-packed warm climate sauvignon blanc that is sure to please.
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
Sidewood 2017 Estate Chardonnay
92 points
$19
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Earthy, savory aromas and flavors of overripe yellow apple and mango, melon in cream, and coconut yogurt and vinegar with a silky, bright, medium body and a tingling, interesting, long finish displaying suggestions of honey roasted pineapple with white balsamic, kiwi strawberry and mango relish, and nuts with a suggestion of oak flavor. A vibrant chardonnay bursting with tropical fruit flavor.
92 points $19 Best Buy
Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Shades of Gris Pinot Grigio
91 points
$22
Emerald straw color. Aromas of lemongrass, white flowers, yuzu, and melon with a lively, dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length lemon curd, key lime, and honeysuckle finish. A heady pinot grigio that delivers heaps of exotic flavor.
Berton Vineyards 2018 Metal Label Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Herbal aromas of lime zest, jasmine, maple, alpine herbs, and geranium with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long mango, passionfruit, peppermint, and minerals finish with no oak flavor. A tasty and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc with nice array of elegant aromas and flavors.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under' 2018 World Value Wine Challenge Best Value Australian Sauvignon Blanc
91 points $14 Best Buy
Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Shades of Gris Pinot Grigio
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Pale steely amber color. Elegant aromas of ripe kiwi and honeydew, lime cordial, baby’s breath, spearmint, and fresh linens with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long grapefruit, citrus zests, and heather honey finish with soft tannins and no oak flavor. A super-fresh, pure and elegant expression of Pinot Grigio with delicate minerality.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Australian Pinot Grigio
91 points $18 Best Buy
Maverick 2015 Trial Hill Riesling
90 points
$22.99
Yellow color. Aromas of bruleed lemon, grilled pineapple, and spray roses with a round, crisp, fruity medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long butter, lavender, and poached pear finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A summertime riesling that bathes the palate in fruit, sunlight, and wild florals.
90 points $22.99
Wakefield/Taylors 2017 St. Andrews Chardonnay
90 points
$35
Yellow straw color. Aromas of almond biscotti, candied pear and apricot, and lemon cream pie with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-long toasted crumpet, spiced apple butter, and candied pecan finish with light oak flavor. A bright and cheerful wine; a great warm-weather chardonnay.