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

Tyrrell’s 2021 Rufus Stone Shiraz
94 points
$25
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of fatty, crispy duck skin with plum sauce, eucalyptus, mole, and sweet tobacco with a syrupy, fruity full body and a peppery, delightful, very long finish with notes of cherry ricola cough drops, blackberry chutney, and blueberry compote with light oak flavor. A juicy, toothsome Aussie Shiraz with delicious berry and herb flavors in fine balance.
Paracombe 2013 Cellar Reserve Red Blend Adelaide Hills
94 points
$35
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of plum, blueberry, cola, black licorice, and pu’ehr tea with a round, vibrant, fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, long finish that presents nuances of ground peppercorns. A complex, seamless Bordeaux Varietal Blend that will pair elegantly at the table.
Wakefield 2020  Riesling
94 points
$18
Best Buy
Brilliant yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of pez candies, pear, mango skin, and ginger with a silky, lively, light body and a seamless, captivating, medium-length finish that shows accents of grapefruit, sweet banana, and pineapple with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. Hallmark peach and petrol notes and a long acid-driven finish will keep one coming back sip after sip.
Awards: 2021 Top 2 Riesling '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 White Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Australian Riesling
94 points $18 Best Buy
Wakefield 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$18
Best Buy
Dark garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, boysenberry, and rosemary with a tannic, tangy, dry full body and a warming, intricate, long finish with notes of black cherries, raspberry jam, black olives, and cured meats with drying tannins and heavy oak flavor. A robust Cabernet that brings herbal nuance, savory meatiness, and dense fruit to the table.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Australian Red
94 points $18 Best Buy
Jaraman 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$22
Bright black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of mulberry, coriander, eucalyptus, mesquite, and licorice with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, distinctive, endless finish displaying accents of mint-chocolate gelato, raspberry macaron, chocolate ganache, and cafe breve with heavy oak flavor. A sultry, spicy and fantastically textured Cabernet Sauvignon sure to please most any Aussie wine lover.
Sidewood 2020 Estate Shiraz
93 points
$22
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of eucalyptus honey, chocolate mint, bubbly berry pie crust, and menthol lozenge with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish revealing accents of spiced berries and apples, honey roasted root vegetables, and herbal tea with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A savory, vibrant Shiraz that will shine at the table.
Sidewood 2021 Estate Pinot Noir
93 points
$22
Ruby black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of pickled mangos and cucumbers, cherry fruit leather, and cranberry flavored cheddar cheese with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, interesting, medium-long finish imparting notes of spicy sour cherry chutney, pickled beets and scallions, and goji berry with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A savory, bold, mouth-filling Pinot Noir for all occasions.
Zonte’s Footstep 2021 Excalibur Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$17
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of curry, cumin, ramps, and jalapeño chutney with a lean, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish that presents accents of grapefruit pith and capers with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A savory, outspoken take on Sauvignon Blanc from the new world.
Awards: 2021 Top Australian Sauvignon Blanc '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 White Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Australian Sauvignon Blanc
93 points $17 Best Buy
Zonte’s Footstep 2019 Lake Doctor Shiraz
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of new leather, ripe blueberry, cigar, and juniper with a tannic, tangy, dry full body and a peppery, captivating, very long finish that shows notes of blackberry and black plum with firm, chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A firm and racy Shiraz showcasing hints of tobacco and juniper and boasting a finish that lasts.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under'
93 points $20 Best Buy
Zonte’s Footstep 2019 Chocolate Factory Shiraz
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Aromas of mesquite, roasted nuts, and maple with a tannic, tart, full body and a peppery, interesting, very long red plum skin and hoisin finish with drying, firm tannins and heavy oak flavor. Inky density and mouthwatering acidity enliven this complex Shiraz.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under'
93 points $20 Best Buy