Australia is one of the top winemaking regions in the world. Wines from the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills are served in top restaurants everywhere, and South Australia has some of the oldest established vineyards, including the Seppeltsfield Winery, famous for its annual 100-year-old vintage wine release.
Wherever you travel in Australia, you won’t be too far from an established winery. In fact, many people travel to Australia with the sole purpose of visiting wineries and learning more about the wine-making process. Read on for a quick guide to some of the best Australian wines out there, so you know what to look out for next time you buy a bottle from a retailer like Underground Cellar.
Wirra Wirra Catapult Shiraz 2017
The Catapult Shiraz comes from McLaren Vale in South Australia. This is a rather dry shiraz, but it has some delicious tasting notes of oak, black cherry, and a hint of cranberry. You might also detect some licorice, mint, and a touch of earthiness, which lends a slightly savory flavor. This wine benefits from being opened and allowed to air for a long period before drinking.
Vintners Lot Coonawarra Cabernet 2017
If a budget wine is more your thing, this cabernet sauvignon Coonawarra from Vintners Lot is a real bargain. Sold exclusively by the discount German supermarket, Aldi, the Coonawarra from Vintners Lot is bottled at the Grape Expectations Winery in Western Australia. It has a nice aroma, with hints of plum and spice. The flavor isn’t too complex, but it is a wine that’s very easy to drink. If a dry red wine appeals and you don’t have a lot of money to spend, you can’t go wrong with the Coonawarra from Vintners Lot.
Yalumba Samuel’s Collection Eden Valley Viognier 2017
The Eden Valley Viognier isn’t too expensive as wines go, but it is certainly impressive in the flavor department. Made in the famous Barossa Valley winemaking region, the Eden Valley Viognier from Yalumba has a lovely aroma of fresh apricots, wild flowers, ginger, and saffron, with a rich fruity flavor. It can be a bit tart on the palate, but it’s delicious to drink if white wine is your preference.
This is a good wine to serve with creamy dishes and light fish courses, due to the high acid content. An article on pairing food and wine we read recently explained this in more detail, so if you are searching for the perfect wine to serve with a meal, it’s worth exploring this topic further.
Daryl Rex Groom Sauvignon Blanc 2017
The Daryl Rex Groom Sauvignon Blanc is another Australian white wine of merit. Made by Daryl Groom, Winemaker of the Year an astonishing eight times, this delicious sauvignon blanc is a truly excellent wine. Once opened, your nose will detect a range of scents, including kiwi, citrus, apple, and guava. It has tasting notes of lemon and lime, with a hint of grass. Not surprisingly, it’s very drinkable!
This is just a small sample of some of Australia’s best wines; visit your local wine merchant to discover more great wines from Australia.
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