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

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.
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
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
Jaraman 2019  Shiraz
93 points
$22
Black ruby color. Aromas of cola, roasted coffee beans, peppermint, cardamom, and pickling spices with a chewy, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long juicy plum punch and berry gelato finish. A rich, velvety Shiraz that delivers.
Sidewood 2019  Pinot Noir
93 points
$30
Dusty ruby color. Inviting aromas and flavors of cherry chutney, suede, lilac, milk chocolate, forest mushrooms, and honey with a silky, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, complex, long finish with overtones of candied orange peel, ginger, and hazelnut with light oak flavor. A delicious Pinot Noir with enticing fruit aromatics and a mouthwatering palate; a no-brainer.
Jip Jip Rocks 2019 Shiraz Cabernet Padthaway
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Interesting aromas of cured meats, intense berry concentrate, oregano, ginger-honey-lemon lozenge, eucalyptus, hints of bacon, and raspberry cake with a round, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long ripe plum, blistered berries, rooibos tea, and hint of tropical fruit finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold and balanced Australian red that’s drinking beautifully now.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Farmer’s Leap 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, earth, menthol-mint, and black tea with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long finish with accents of underripe strawberries, rooibos, and clove with chewy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold, juicy, ageable Cabernet with silky-yet-firm tannins that will pair seamlessly with steak.
93 points $16.99 Best Buy
Wakefield/Taylors 2018  Tempranillo
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Herbal, fruity aromas and flavors of eucalyptus honey, cranberry chutney, sarsaparilla, and vanilla almond bark with a supple, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long finish that shows touches of pomegranate-blueberry sauce, cola float, and herb and spiced nuts. Robust herbs and spices delight in this exotic Australian expression of the famous Spanish grape.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Australian Wine Exceptional Value
93 points $20 Best Buy
Mt. Monster 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$13
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Herbal aromas and flavors of ripe plum, fresh cut grass, young coconut, Alpine herbs, wet stone, and fresh peppermint with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, very complex, long finish that shows accents of dark chocolate, nut-studded nougat, hints of leather, and peppercorns with moderate oak flavor. A big, bold, refined Cabernet Sauvignon with big Aussie style.
92 points $13 Best Buy