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Australia: Australian Cabernet and Friends

What About Aussie Cabernet?
It is inevitable that any "New World" country with pretentions to high quality red wine must excel with traditional Bordeaux varietals. Australia adopted Cabernet at an early stage of its development as a quality wine producer, and Merlot is now increasingly popular due to its high demand at present. Cabernet and Shiraz blends found favor and acclaim before the more classical Bordeaux blend of Cabernet and Merlot. With Merlot vines now bearing fruit in the cooler regions of Australia, Merlot varietal wines and Bordeaux blends are now appearing on the marketplace in commercial quantities.

The source of Australia’s finest Bordeaux varietal wines are the country’s cooler regions, notably Coonawarra and the upcoming Padthaway, although Barossa Valley produces rich Cabernets with higher alcohol levels and riper flavors. In relation to premium California wines, these wines will often have a more restrained character, sporting 12-13% alcohol, though they are distinctly New World in their fruity generosity of flavors. US consumers have so far voted with their pocketbooks in buying as much quality Australian reds as they can obtain, creating world shortages of premium Aussie red wines.

Premier Producers
Hardy’s (Thomas Hardy)
Henschke (Cyril & Abbots Prayer)
Lindemans (Pyrus)
Parker (First Growth)
Penfolds (Bin 707)
Wynns (John Riddoch)


Great Producers
Wolf Blass
Burramurra
Cathcart Ridge
Evans & Tate
Grosset (Gaia)
Heggies
Highbank
Hill of Content
Hollick
Katnook Estate
Leasingham (Classic Clare)
Peter Lehmann
Lenswood Vineyards
Lindemans (St. George)
Lowe
Maglieri
McGuigan (Personal Reserve)
Mitchelton (Reserve)
Orlando (St. Hugo & Jacaranda Ridge)
Parker
Penfolds (Bin 407)
Penley (Cyril)
Petaluma
Pikes
Chateau Reynella
Rosemount (Show Reserve)
Rymill
Sandalford
Seabrook & Seabrook
Warrabilla
Wynns
Yalumba (The Menzies)


Dependable Producers
Arrowfield
Jim Barry (McCrae Wood)
Bethany Creek
Brand’s Laira
Coldstream Hills
Coriole
Diamond Ridge
Fern Hill
Hillstowe
Jacob's Creek
Jenke
Koppamurra
Leydens Vale
Lindemans
Marienberg
Mount Prior
Richmond Grove
Seaview
Sheldrake
Stanley Brothers
Taltarni
Trentham
Wyndham Estate
David Wynn
Yarra Ridge
Yarra Yering

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