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

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
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
Wakefield/Taylors 2019  Riesling
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Attractive, inviting aromas and flavors of wet stone, yuzu marmalade, pickled ginger, honey, and geranium with a satiny, vibrant, bone-dry light body and a sleek, elegant, long finish manifesting notes of orange zest, hints of anise, and coriander seed with no oak flavor. A fantastic Riesling with beautifully integrated flavors, singing floral high notes and great ageability.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Australian Riesling
92 points $20 Best Buy
Wakefield 2021 Promised Land Chardonnay
91 points
$13
Best Buy
Clear golden straw color. Aromas of green apple, dried grass, and lemon skin with a soft, dry medium body and a tingling, long banana taffy and ginger peach tea finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A straightforward and crisp single varietal with balance.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 White Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Australian Chardonnay
91 points $13 Best Buy
Sidewood 2020  Chardonnay
91 points
$19
Silvery emerald straw color. Buttery aromas of butter poached green apples, bruleed lime, flaky croissant, and flint with a velvety, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, appealing, agreeable underripe peach and pineapple relish finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright but buttery Chardonnay with silky texture and zingy fruity flavors.
Sidewood 2019 Mappinga Chardonnay
91 points
$30
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of toasty cinnamon rolls, green apple compote, hints of cardamom, and honeysuckle with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting notes of hints of grapefruit with light oak flavor. A mouthwatering Chardonnay with great balance.
Zonte’s Footstep 2020 Excalibur Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$15
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of gooseberry, key lime, fondant, and hints of vanilla with a velvety, crisp, light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of custard, green apple, and pink grapefruit with silky tannins and light oak flavor. A balanced Australian Sauvignon Blanc with oscillating creaminess, tart notes, and a velvety texture.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under'
91 points $15 Best Buy
Reschke 2021 R-Series Riesling
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pears, lily, tangerine, and almond cakes with a supple, vibrant, dry light body and a sleek, compelling, medium-long finish displaying accents of golden delicious apples with no oak flavor. An elegant and cheerful Riesling with tasty citrus notes complimented by floral and nutty aromas.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Zonte’s Footstep 2020 Shades of Gris Pinot Grigio
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of green apple, ripe melons, and hints of almond with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, subtle, medium-length key lime, cucumber, white flowers, and minerals finish with no oak flavor. A bright and shining Pinot Grigio with juicy fruit, lingering minerality and refreshing style.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under'
89 points $15 Best Buy
Wakefield/Taylors 2019  Chardonnay
89 points
$20
Bright yellow straw green color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pineapple, butter-poached bananas, toasted pound cake, and hints of allspice with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy, fruity Chardonnay with lots of tropical appeal.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $20 and Under'