In the last twenty years, Australia has become a wine juggernaut its current strategy will allow its growth to continue well into the foreseeable future. Most of the wine regions are clustered in Southern Australia, most notably in Southeastern Australia. Australia grows a diverse variety of grapes, and makes almost every style of wine imaginable, from sparkling wines to ‘sticky' dessert wines. Australia's wine regions are many but the following regions are most important: New South Wales, Victoria, Barossa, Clare and Eden Valley, Mclaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, and Western Australia. Shiraz is the primary grape in New South Wales, but Australia's most famous white, Hunter Valley Semillon hails from here. Hunter Valley Semillon is picked when ripe and made like a barrel-fermented Chardonnay. Victoria's principal grapes are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet. Pinot has become a favorite for Victoria's growers, especially near the coast. Yarra Valley and the Mornington peninsula are solid areas for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Yarra in particular, has become a hotbed of sparkling wine production.
Barossa Valley Shiraz has undoubtedly become one of the most famous, recognizable styles of wine in the world. Barossa Shiraz is rich, full-bodied, spicy, fruity and often laden with sweet oak and spice. Shiraz loves the ample sunshine and heat afforded by the Barossa Valley and sometimes ripens too quickly, sacrificing acidity for ripeness. Cabernet, Chardonnay, Semillon and Grenache also do well in Barossa, but Shiraz is the natural, undisputed champion of this region.
Clare and Eden Valleys produce Australia's best Rieslings, which often age beautifully with time in the bottle.
These coastal regions are pretty much ideal for vines, as they are located between the Mount Lofty ranges and the tempering sea. The rainfall is adequate and the summers are warm and there is good air drainage to prevent frosts. Mclaren Vale produces fine reds from Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, but McLaren has also had good success with whites. Adelaide Hills has had outstanding success with whites and sparklers. Adelaide produces wines that have a lovely, fresh acidity. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc lead the way, but Pinot Noir should be on the near horizon for some red wine success here.
"94 Points- WE. Full bodied and densely concentrated. As it's aged solely in large vats, there's no oak influence and the wine needs a bit of bottle age to come around. For now, it's a bit monolithic, showing hints of mint, black olive and ripe raspberries before ending long and fine. Drink 2017-2030, and perhaps beyond."
"92 Points- Wine Spectator. Polished, supple and expressive, this is open-textured and appealing, with deep black cherry, cassis and gingerbread spice flavors, lingering effectively as the finish unfolds. Drink now through 2025."
"Robert Parker 95 points!The non-vintage The Muscat is medium deep amber-colored. Notes of figs- brandy-macerated raisins- caramel- molasses- and black tea emerge from this spicy- mincemeat-tasting- unctuously-textured- stunning read more...Muscat."
"Deep, opaque, almost black in colour with a crimson edge. A concentration of black olives and bramble, blackberries and licorice to the nose with rich soil notes. Abundant ripeness matched to purity of fruit and subtle vanillan oak, a big, full bodied Shiraz offering a soft rich palate displaying great length of flavour and fine texture, seasoned by pencil shaving oak and supported by fine, elegant tannins."
"90 Points- Wine Spectator. Rich and succulent, with spicy clove accents to the plum, apricot and fleshy black cherry flavors at the core. Sarsaparilla and smoke details emerge on the finish. Drink now through 2026."
"Bright ruby/crimson. Nose: Bramble and stewed plum aromas are supported by subtle touches of spice and vanilla. Complex and inviting! Palate: A medium to full bodied palate with layers of red berry and bramble fruit complimented by hints of dark chocolate. The finish is long and supple and shows nice creamy, spiced touches from the oak maturation."
"This Shiraz fills the glass with berry and vanilla oak aromas. Subdued earthy tones with soft ripe sweetness are displayed in perfect harmony with fine tannins."
"95 Wine Spectator Top 100 2006 This ultrarich and decadent Shiraz comes from old vines in Greenock, a prime growing area in the Barossa. They make heady wines that don't weigh you down like some big Shiraz can. This one has zippy acidity to balance thegenerous layers of black cherry, boysenberry and black plum flavors, shaded with bittersweet chocolate and smoke notes as the finish becomes increasingly plush. Best from 2009 through 2020."
"Thick and viscous, with plenty of rich flavours of raisins, black currant, licorice, plums and a few other red berry fruits. It's lusciously sweet with plenty of warm alcohol."
"With a rich complexity and highly accessible pairing options, this merlot is characterized by tart berry aromas, rounding out nicely with a sweet spice. Yellow Tail Merlot has soft tannins and a bold flavor driven by ripe fruit, which makes it a delicious wine for drinking on its own or with a meal."