About Red Wines from Australia

About Red 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

Red Wines

Paxton 2021  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$19
Best Buy
This is a pretty seriously delicious Cabernet for someone that likes the ripe fruits characteristics of Cabernet balanced with savory green herbs.
94 points $19 Best Buy
St. Andrews 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$53
Powerful and brooding fruits balance with oak and structure; this is a wine that will drink better and better with time.
St. Andrews 2019  Shiraz
94 points
$53
A spicy, meaty Bench Mark Australian Shiraz with lots of crushed fruit; would be an excellent accompaniment for salumi or gamey meats.
Awards: 2022 Best Shiraz
Grand Barossa 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$15
Best Buy
A rich and welcoming Barossa Cabernet that delivers the tasty, spicy goods in an elegant package.
94 points $15 Best Buy
Mt Yengo 2020  Shiraz
94 points
$22
A delicious and delightfully savory and spicy Shiraz that is sure to please.
Morambro Creek 2020  Shiraz
94 points
$25
This rich and full Shiraz with savory and herbal notes will pair well with pork or lamb dishes.
Tyrrell’s 2021 Rufus Stone Shiraz
94 points
$25
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
A complex, seamless Bordeaux Varietal Blend that will pair elegantly at the table.
Wakefield 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
94 points
$18
Best Buy
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
A sultry, spicy and fantastically textured Cabernet Sauvignon sure to please most any Aussie wine lover.