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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. Route Du Van Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc, King Valley, 2015

    Route Du Van Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc, King Valley, 2015 75cl

    Pale straw apperence with fresh whiffs of passionfruit and peach. Stone fruit and lime flavours provide a fresh, medium bodied profile.

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    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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  4. 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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  5. Murphy Big Rivers Shiraz, 2013

    Murphy Big Rivers Shiraz, 2014 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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  6. Route Du Van Dolcetto Shiraz, King Valley, 2012

    Route Du Van Dolcetto Shiraz, King Valley, 2012 75cl

    Crimson coloured with aromas of violet and liquorice. Spiced pepper and black liquorice in the mouth with a light body. 

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  7. Sunnycliff Cabernet Sauvignon, Victoria, 2015

    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, 2015 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. Wee Angus Cabernet Merlot, Central Victoria, 2012

    Wee Angus Cabernet Merlot, Central Victoria, 2012 75cl

    Blackcurrant fruit aromas carry through to a palate that is rich and concentrated. This is well supported by soft plum fruit as the two combine for a deep and rewarding finish.

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  10. Angus The Bull Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Victoria (Mag)

    Angus The Bull Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Victoria, 2012 (Mag) 150cl

    Rich blackcurrant on the nose with subtle hint s of vanilla and soft spice too. The palate is deep with great fruit expression and subtle oaky hints carrying through to a finish that seems to never end. A superb wine, but not for the faint-hearted!

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  11. Campbells Rutherglen Muscat

    Campbells Rutherglen Muscat, Australia (Half Bottle) 37.5cl

    Dark amber in colour with gorgeous aromas of raisins and caramel. Stunning flavours of toffee and citrus fruit show on the perfectly balanced palate.

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