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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    • Origin
    • South Australia
    • Clare Valley
    An Aussie classic. A delightful, delicate sparkling Shiraz with a wonderful depth and richness of plummy flavours. Surprisingly light on the palate wi... Read More
    • Origin
    • South Australia
    • Clare Valley
    An Aussie classic. A delightful, delicate sparkling Shiraz with a wonderful depth and richness of plummy flavours. Surprisingly light on the palate wi... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Eastern
    A rich, creamy-textured sparkling wine with notes of fresh fruit and citrus, evolving into a crisp and elegant finish. Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Eastern
    A rich, creamy-textured sparkling wine with notes of fresh fruit and citrus, evolving into a crisp and elegant finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • Victoria
    • Rutherglen
    A superb Rutherglen from some of the very best vineyards in the region. Supremely balanced with aromas of dark chocolate, coconut and almond. Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • Victoria
    • Rutherglen
    A superb Rutherglen from some of the very best vineyards in the region. Supremely balanced with aromas of dark chocolate, coconut and almond. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • Western Australia
    • Frankland River
    Dark berries and rustic tannins fill the front palate which finishes with red fruits and a hint of oak. Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • Western Australia
    • Frankland River
    Dark berries and rustic tannins fill the front palate which finishes with red fruits and a hint of oak. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Adelaide Hills
    A bright and fresh Sauvignon with lovely hints of passionfruit and citrus on the nose complemented by flavours of lime, grapefruit and melon. Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Adelaide Hills
    A bright and fresh Sauvignon with lovely hints of passionfruit and citrus on the nose complemented by flavours of lime, grapefruit and melon. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Eastern
    This Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend is a lovely expression of soft rich fruits. Combined with its delicate bouquet and soft fizz, it has an elegant s... Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Eastern
    This Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend is a lovely expression of soft rich fruits. Combined with its delicate bouquet and soft fizz, it has an elegant s... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • Western Australia
    • Margaret River
    The nose is dominated by kaffir lime leaf and grapefruit that leap from the glass, accompanied by a light ginger note. Mouth filling white peach and ... Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • Western Australia
    • Margaret River
    The nose is dominated by kaffir lime leaf and grapefruit that leap from the glass, accompanied by a light ginger note. Mouth filling white peach and ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Coonawarra
    A beautifully aged wine with a nose of ripe dark fruit, black olive & subtle oak. Palate is dense & rich in lovely dark fruits, with an impressive tan... Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Coonawarra
    A beautifully aged wine with a nose of ripe dark fruit, black olive & subtle oak. Palate is dense & rich in lovely dark fruits, with an impressive tan... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Clare Valley
    Intense, rich and and flavoursome wine with vibrant fruit character of black cherry, plum and ripe berries. This is the signature wine from this estat... Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Clare Valley
    Intense, rich and and flavoursome wine with vibrant fruit character of black cherry, plum and ripe berries. This is the signature wine from this estat... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Limestone Coast
    Ruby red core. Floral notes of rose & lavender, wisps of freshly picked strawberries & bright red fruit, hints of spice & bramble add comp... Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Limestone Coast
    Ruby red core. Floral notes of rose & lavender, wisps of freshly picked strawberries & bright red fruit, hints of spice & bramble add comp... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Clare Valley
    Intense lemon and lime characters along with hints of orange blossom. The finish is crisp and resonates with citrus fruit - hallmarks of a great Clare... Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Clare Valley
    Intense lemon and lime characters along with hints of orange blossom. The finish is crisp and resonates with citrus fruit - hallmarks of a great Clare... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • Victoria
    • Rutherglen
    Full-bodied and very intense dark fruit with plum and cherry being the most pronounced. Some mocha notes on the palate which lead on to a long, comple... Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • Victoria
    • Rutherglen
    Full-bodied and very intense dark fruit with plum and cherry being the most pronounced. Some mocha notes on the palate which lead on to a long, comple... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Clare Valley
    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
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Clare Valley
    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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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Clare Valley
    The wine shows expressive notes of candied orange peel and has finely balanced sweetness and acidity. Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Clare Valley
    The wine shows expressive notes of candied orange peel and has finely balanced sweetness and acidity. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Eastern
    Made from Australia's favourite red grape variety. Pronounced aromas are beautifully balanced with blackberry fruit characters and hints of spice. Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Eastern
    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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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • Victoria
    • Rutherglen
    A nose of fresh raisins; rich fruit, clean spirit & great length of flavour develope on the palate. Well balanced and fresh, this goes well with any d... Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • Victoria
    • Rutherglen
    A nose of fresh raisins; rich fruit, clean spirit & great length of flavour develope on the palate. Well balanced and fresh, this goes well with any d... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Clare Valley
    Full-bodied, showing the level of development one would expect, the flavours moving into an earthy, secondary spectrum, supported by savoury tannins. Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Clare Valley
    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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    • Origin
    • Australia
    Intense black berry fruit with hints of chocolate and expresso. Concentrated and refined. This was a fantastic year for Grange in fact it has been pro... Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    Intense black berry fruit with hints of chocolate and expresso. Concentrated and refined. This was a fantastic year for Grange in fact it has been pro... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Clare Valley
    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
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Clare Valley
    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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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Barossa
    Super-premium fruit parcels are selected from the best sites in the Barossa Valley. Careful vinification of the intensely concentrated fruit has creat... Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Barossa
    Super-premium fruit parcels are selected from the best sites in the Barossa Valley. Careful vinification of the intensely concentrated fruit has creat... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Barossa
    Rich and concentrated with elegant black fruit character. A bit of a secret wine as it is made from barrels that don’t quite make the top wine. Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Australia
    • Barossa
    Rich and concentrated with elegant black fruit character. A bit of a secret wine as it is made from barrels that don’t quite make the top wine. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Eastern
    • Victoria
    Golden straw in colour, this is a refreshing Chardonnay expressing lovely aromas of peaches and stone fruit. Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • South Eastern
    • Victoria
    Golden straw in colour, this is a refreshing Chardonnay expressing lovely aromas of peaches and stone fruit. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • Western Australia
    • Great Southern
    A zesty wine with classic New World Riesling charm. Limes and citrus give the wine a real freshness which comes from the cool night harvesting. Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • Western Australia
    • Great Southern
    A zesty wine with classic New World Riesling charm. Limes and citrus give the wine a real freshness which comes from the cool night harvesting. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Australia
    • Riverina
    Created by fortified and dessert wine specialists De Bortoli this is a divine dessert wine. Notes of peach and nectarine with a citrus tang and a touc... Read More
    • Origin
    • Australia
    • Riverina
    Created by fortified and dessert wine specialists De Bortoli this is a divine dessert wine. Notes of peach and nectarine with a citrus tang and a touc... 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 may not be quite 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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