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Victoria

History has dealt harshly with Victoria but geography has been much kinder.  It is the only wine-growing region in Australia to have been affected by phylloxera, the dreaded vine-munching insect, but it has a range of topographical and climatic conditions that allow for a wealth of vines and styles to thrive.

History has dealt harshly with Victoria but geography has been much kinder.  It is the only wine-growing region in Australia to have been affected by phylloxera, the dreaded vine-munching insect, but it has a range of topographical and climatic conditions that allow for a wealth of vines and styles to thrive.

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As a consequence of these natural snakes and ladders, Victoria lost its status as the pre-eminent Australian wine-growing region in the late 19th century but has recently rediscovered, and exploited, all the advantages that made it so successful in the first place.  It is a region to watch, and taste.

Victoria has no Barossa or Hunter Valley to proclaim its name far and wide, but the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Goulburn Valley, Pyrenees and Rutherglen, amongst others, are all districts worthy of note.  The Murray-River Valley produces most of the region's grapes, which are used in large wine production.

Styles of Wine

The breadth of temperature, rainfall and altitude throughout Victoria, as well as a culture of boutique wineries and experimentation not often associated with Australia, have ensured that the styles are certainly not bland.  Everyday wine mingles with premium quality; sparkling and sweet are alive; and every expression of red, white and rosé is there to be discovered.  It is a region that embraces everything with aplomb.

Key Vines

Shiraz has tended to achieve the most exceptional results, but Chardonnay, Semillon, Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot have all been successful.

The district of Rutherglen is maybe the most interesting when it comes to the vine.  It produces intense sweet wines from the Muscat grape, but it is also one of the few places in the world that keeps alive the Durif.  A red grape named after the doctor who, in the south of France in the late 1800s, crossed Syrah and Peloursin to create it, it can produce rich and long-lived wines.

Climate and Conditions

Three broad and distinct climates exist in Victoria.  There are the hot areas of the Murray River Valley and Rutherglen, the temperate zone taking in the Goulburn Valley and the Pyrenees, and the cooler climes of the coast incorporating the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula.  Each excels at a different style of wine and this provides the region with a great deal of variety.

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  1. Sunnycliff Sparkling Brut, Australia

    Sunnycliff Sparkling Brut, Australia 75cl

    A rich, creamy texture with plenty of depth and fruit. Ideal as an aperitif or to accompany a wide range of dishes.

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  2. Sunnycliff Sauvignon Blanc, Victoria

    Sunnycliff Sauvignon Blanc, Victoria, 2014 75cl

    Classic Aussie Sauvignon Blanc with a crisp, fresh character with grassy notes and ripe gooseberry fruit.

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  3. Sunnycliff Chardonnay, Victoria

    Sunnycliff Chardonnay, Victoria, 2016 75cl

    A fresh, medium-bodied wine with fruit characteristics of ripe peach and melon. A stunning wine from down under.

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  4. Woolloomooloo Chardonnay

    Woolloomooloo Chardonnay, 2016 75cl

    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 refreshing and is balanced by a zingy aftertaste. 

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  5. Campbell's Limited Release Durif, Rutherglen, 2014

    Campbell's Limited Release Durif, Rutherglen, 2014 75cl

    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, complicated finish.

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  6. Murphy Big Rivers Shiraz, 2013

    Murphy Big Rivers Shiraz, 2015 75cl

    This is an appealing New World Shiraz, It has a bright, vibrant colour with ripe berry aromas and a soft fruity finish combined with subtle spice.

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  7. cliff Cabernet Sauvignon, Victoria

    Sunnycliff Cabernet Sauvignon, Victoria, 2015 75cl

    This wine displays soft berry flavours combined with subtle oak characteristics, which result from maturation in American and French oak.

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  8. Sunnycliff Shiraz, Victoria

    Sunnycliff Shiraz, Victoria, 2016 75cl

    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.

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  9. Woolloomooloo Shiraz

    Woolloomooloo Shiraz, 2016 75cl

    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 French counterparts. A real bargain! 

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