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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.

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.

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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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  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. Mitchell Sparkling Peppertree Shiraz

    Mitchell Sparkling Peppertree Shiraz, South Australia 75cl

    Limited release.

    An Aussie classic. A delightful, delicate sparking Shiraz with wonderful depth and intensity of flavour. It is best serve lightly chilled.

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  3. Hallmark Pinot Gris

    Hallmark Pinot Gris, Adelaide Hills, 2015 75cl

    An aromatic wine with notes of peach and lemon meringue combining with woody autumnal leaves and a marked minerality. Try with lightly spiced dishes.

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  4. Juniper Crossing Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,

    Juniper Crossing Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River, 2013 75cl

    Pale straw in colour, this wine has a lovely fresh and fruity style showing aromas of gooseberry, green aples, pear and passion fruits. Smooth and rounded on the palate with a long refreshing finish.

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  5. Juniper Crossing Chardonnay, Margaret River

    Juniper Crossing Chardonnay, Margaret River, 2015 75cl

    The winemaker calls this wine  'wonderful example of a contemporary Chardonnay', and I have to agree.  This wine shows a delicious mix of floral citrus notes with stone fruits and melon giving this wine its smooth juicy feel. Long and lingering.

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  6. McHenry Hohnen Amigo White, Margert River

    McHenry Hohnen Amigos Marsanne Chardonnay Roussanne, Margert River, 2011 75cl

    A careful blend of Marsanne, Chardonnay and Roussanne each bringing its unique flavour to the wine. A lovely golden colour, this wine has aromatic complexity from the Marsanne, richness and freshness from the Chardonnay whilst the Roussanne adds a mineral character.

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  7. McHenry Hohnen Rocky Road Chardonnay

    McHenry Hohnen Rocky Road Vineyard Chardonnay, Margert River, 2011 75cl

    This is a tradional Chardonnay from the Margret River. An open fresh palate of peach and nectarines with hints of grapefruit. Rounded and textured in the mouth with a long, elegent citrus finish.

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  8. Mitchell Semillon, Watervale Clare Valley

    Mitchell Semillon, Watervale Clare Valley, 2009 75cl

    Rich, creamy and soft, a brilliant example of Semillon, a grape variety which achieves a wondrous complexity in Australia.

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  9. Mitchell Riesling, Watervale Clare Valley

    Mitchell Riesling, Watervale Clare Valley, 2014 75cl

    Best Riesling, White Wine and Wine of the year in the Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide.

    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 European grape variety.

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  10. Murphy Big Rivers Unoaked Chardonnay, 2015

    Murphy Big Rivers Unoaked Chardonnay, 2015 75cl

    An appealing unoaked Chardonnay, light green in colour with fresh tropical fruit aromas and a soft well-balanced finish. An easy drinking Aussie Chardonnay.

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  11. Orietto Pinot Grigio, South Eastern Australia, 2014

    Orietto Pinot Grigio, South Eastern Australia, 2015 75cl

    A delicious and perfectly balanced wine that delivers all the typical characteristics of the Pinot Grigio style.

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  12. River Retreat Moscato, Australia, 2013

    River Retreat Moscato, Australia, 2013 75cl

    A superb low alcohol wine from Australia. Tropical aromas make way for citrus fruit on a medium sweet palate. The finish has a lovely sweetness to it whilst remaining very light and refreshing.

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