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Australia

Australia

In wine, as in sport, Australia takes no prisoners.  Their influence on modern winemaking is without measure as Australia has raised the benchmark for the quality and changed old perceptions of wine across all price levels.

It is believed wine vines arrived with the first fleet of British colonisers in 1788 though it was James Busby, a Scotsman, who in 1824 took a detailed collection of French and Spanish vine stock to Australia.

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    A rich, creamy texture with plenty of depth and fruit. Ideal as an aperitif or to accompany a wide range of dishes. Read More
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    An Aussie classic. A delightful, delicate sparking Shiraz with wonderful depth and intensity of flavour. It is best serve lightly chilled. Read More
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    Straw green in colour with concentrated aromas including nectarine and peach intermingled with lemon sherbet. The palate is a long, intense expression... Read More
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    Full-bodied, showing the level of development one would expect, the flavours moving into an earthy, secondary spectrum, supported by savoury tannins. Read More
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    A heady mix of crushed red summer fruits, cedar wood and black olives on the nose. The flavour profile is rich with varietal blackcurrant, immature pe... Read More
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    Enticing aromas of citrus blossom, melon supported by toasted vanilla. Freshly picked citrus fruit, yellow stone fruit and melon flavours are balanced... Read More
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    Autumn fruits on the nose supported with supporting oak and coffee. Cherry and blueberry flavours join pepper notes in the mouth. The finish is balanc... Read More
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    Inky purple in colour, inviting aromas of redcurrent and dried Mediterranean herbs draw you in. Blackberry, punchy spice and toasted vanilla flavours ... Read More
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    Fresh stone fruit, melon and citrus peel on the nose develops to nectarine and lightly dry roasted cashew nut in the mouth,  Read More
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    This Shiraz is a balance between intensity and finesse. Aromas of dark red berries and spice. Long complex and fine on the palate with a persistent de... Read More
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    Citrus rind and black fruit on the nose, the palate consists of black fruit, pepper spice and subtle smoke. The finish is well balanced and it's livel... Read More
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    A nose of ripe green grapes and honeysuckle develops in the mouth with raisin, ginger and honey flavours. Well balanced and fresh, the lighter style a... Read More
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    A superb value wine which shows all the classic black fruit flavour and full body of an Aussie Shiraz along with the peppery, spicy complexity of its ... Read More
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    This South-East Australian white shows lots of tropical fruit on the nose with peach and lemon joining on the palate. The finish is clean and refreshi... Read More
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    Excellent deep ruby hue and a deep, dark core. Its nose is perfumed and concentrated with great focus and balance between exuberant fresh vinosity and... Read More
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    This is a classic old vine Grenache bursting with big black fruit flavours and a firm grippy body. Wonderful with a steak, beef burgers or any heavy r... Read More
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    This wine displays soft berry flavours combined with subtle oak characteristics, which result from maturation in American and French oak.  Read More
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    Features a bouquet of ripe plums with hints of liquorice and black pepper. Full on the palate with a subtle oak support and a lingering finish. Read More
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    Made from Australia's favourite red grape variety. Pronounced aromas are beautifully balanced with blackberry fruit characters and hints of spice. Read More
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    A rich bouquet with aromas of melon and fresh tropical fruit. A beautifully balanced and integrated wine. Read More
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    The nose is full of plummy fruit character and hints at the spice to come on the palate and finish. In the mouth, this complex wine is medium-bodied w... Read More
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    The distinctive flavour of the sweet Semillon, one of the Mitchell Estate specialities, is apparent on the palate, with a crisp, clean, finish. Read More
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    Rich and vibrant with deliciously mouth-filling fruit, a complex structure and fine balance; this wine displays all the characteristics of a premium C... Read More
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    A full-bodied red wine packed full of red berry fruit, with a subtle peppery character evident on the finish. Read More
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By the 1830s the main regions of today were producing wine and by the end of the century there existed an export market to Britain, mainly for fortified "Empire" wine. Eventually immigration, particularly from Italy and Greece, saw local demand for table wine develop the industry.

In the late 19th century Phylloxera, a vine-munching bug, ate its way through Victorian and New South Wales vineyards though largely left South Australia alone and so it has achieve a wine pre-eminence it has not since relinquished.

The Classification System

No classification exists though a Geographical Indication (GI) system was introduced in 1994 to help identify each wine based on the state, zone and region the grapes were grown. Effectively if a GI appears on the label then 85% of the grapes in the bottle must have been grown in that GI. While some wines can still be labelled as 'South Eastern Australia', for more specific regions such as the Barossa Valley and Margaret River the GI is much more relevant and helpful in determining terrior influences.  

Also by law the designated grape varieties on the front label must make up 85% of what is in the bottle, while the back label must identify 95% of the grapes used.

This system does not restrict what grapes are grown in any region nor does it monitor wine quality, unlike similar laws in Italy or Spain. But encouragingly the GI system does give the winemaker and grape grower more freedom in production and helps them to try new and potentially brilliant ideas.

The result is that it does require the wine buyer to know their wines, or at least ask a merchant for a little advice, to be sure to buy good quality wine.

Climate and Conditions

The perennially sun-kissed image of Australia might not quite be as accurate as its tourist board portrays, but it does possess a climatic consistency that Europe is lacking and there is enough diversity in this huge country to suit different grapes and imbue them with character.  New areas, with differing climate and conditions, continue to open up as the industry expands and it is only the difficulty of irrigation that stems the expansion.

The Wines of Today

In the 1970s the modern wine industry of Australia was born.  Cutting-edge techniques, experimentation, and accessible labelling came to the fore and the world beyond Britain suddenly realised what the country could do.  The export market boomed and the industry has never looked back.  

Australian wine is filled with every type of producer: huge corporations, boutique hand made wineries, and newcomers blazing a trail towards the next great style.  It has achieved consistency whilst retaining value for money and forever an enterprising fun loving spirit.

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