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/Taylors 2018 Reserve Parcel Riesling
94 points
$25
Straw green color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pineapple, Asian pear, ripe peach, yuzu, musk, and honeycomb with a round, racy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish displaying notes of cloudberry. A fruity and pure Riesling with cellar-worthy acidity; enjoy its freshness now or uncover greater complexity after several years in the cellar.
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
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
Sidewood 2017 Mappinga Chardonnay
91 points
$25
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple chutney, buttered Parker dinner rolls, guava, baked apricot, and coconut flakes with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish conveying accents of freshly sliced lemons and creamy caramel with moderate oak flavor. A balanced and palate-pleasing Chardonnay with well-integrated oak flavors and sophisticated fruit.
Sidewood 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Fruity aromas of white grapefruit, key lime, and gooseberry with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, captivating, medium-length key lime pie, cilantro, and passionfruit finish. A juicy and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc that hits the nail on the head.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Wakefield/Taylors 2018 St. Andrews Chardonnay
90 points
$32
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of butter-poached pineapple, peach pie, and hints of mocha with a velvety, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of lemon custard and baking spices with heavy oak flavor. Palate-lifting acidity and rich buttery character combine in this very oaky but balanced and appetizing Chardonnay.
Wakefield/Taylors 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$20
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe apples and pears, fresh tarragon, creme fraiche, and lilac with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a sleek, compelling, medium-length finish conveying suggestions of mango and wet stone. A juicy, instantly appealing Sauvignon Blanc with round mouthfeel and refreshing minerality.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Australian Sauvignon Blanc
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