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South Australia

South Australia

The Barossa Valley is probably the most familiar wine-producing area in the country, but it is joined by many others achieving excellence in South Australia. McLaren Vale, the Clare and Eden Valleys, Padthaway and, most prestigious of all, Coonawarra are all synonymous with fine red and white wines that compete with the best of the Old World whilst maintaining an identity all of their own.

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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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    • Australia
    A big, rich and flavoursome wine with rich fruit character of black cherry, plum and ripe berries. This is the signature wine from this estate. 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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    • Origin
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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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    • Origin
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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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    • Origin
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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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    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
    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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    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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    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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    • Origin
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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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    A crisp and fruity example of a young wine that will mature into a softer and more mellow wine. The Australian winemakers have added weight to this Eu... Read More
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    Rich, creamy and soft, a brilliant example of Semillon, a grape variety which achieves a wondrous complexity in Australia. Read More
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    A suductive blend of Shiraz and Viognier. This juicy red is packed full of summer berry fruits with hints of mulberry and a full spicy character which... Read More
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    Hollick Wines is a small, family run winery, with vineyards in the heart of Coonawarra in South Australia. The wines reflect the character of the regi... Read More
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Quantity, however, rubs shoulders with quality. South Australia produces about half of Australia's wine and, while the best will worry the winemakers of Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Rhône, the majority will not be disturbing their sleep. The Riverlands area near the border with Victoria and New South Wales produces wine on an industrial scale that is usually boxed rather than bottled though there are, of course, exceptions to be found.

Styles of Wine

Like much of south-eastern Australia the climate and conditions are so varied, and the winemakers so active and experimental, that the range of styles is immense.  Shiraz is traditionally the premier grape of the region, notably in the Penfolds Grange Hermitage, and can be extremely bold and seductive.  The best Cabernet Sauvignons are austere when young but open out with age, whilst Riesling and Semillon both make exceptional dry and sweet white wines.

South Australia is home to many massive corporations and big name brands churning out reliable wines year after year without much interest in character, but these huge operations will usually also own small wineries where wines are crafted with a great deal more finesse and sympathy.  South Australia is capable of being all things to all men (and women, of course).

Key Vines

Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Mourvèdre and Grenache account for almost all of the planting.

Climate and Conditions

Terroir, that indefinable influence so beloved by the French, has its adherents in the heart of South Australia.  The 'terra rossa' of Coonawarra, a loam soil that is red with iron, is credited with much of the character that the district can create in its wine.  Regarding the climate, much of the region would be too hot without the cooling influence of the Southern Ocean.  The Riverlands rely on large scale irrigation from the Murray River to be viticulturally viable.

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