In the UK we buy more wine from Australia than any other country. Yet much of the country's best wines are still unknown or under-appreciated here.
We've rounded up six examples of the Australian wines we believe are exemplary and represent the best of both old and new Australian wine worlds. 'A little ripper' as they say down under.
In this flight you'll get
THE UNIQUE: McGuigan Bin 9000 Semillon 2018
No one else in the world of wine makes wine like the Hunter Valley's early-picked, 100% Semillon. Fresh and tangy, low in alcohol, unoaked, yet can age for decades. McGuigan's may be a big brand name but this Semillon flies under-the-radar for most of us despite winning gold medals all over the place.
THE REVITALISER: Anderson Hill Art Series Chardonnay 2018
Chardonnay and Australia go hand-in-hand. But the days of the butter and oak bombs are well behind us. Take this Lenswood zone Chardonnay in the ultra-cool Adelaide Hills (cool in both climate and the people making wines here). A remarkably tight and tensile style that will have the Burgundy drinkers thinking twice about their Montrachets.
THE INVENTIVE: Spinifex Lola White Blend 2017
The Barossa Valley is renowned for its old vine Shiraz wines. But tucked in hidden corners are a wealth of unusual varieties. This Semillon, Vermentino and Clairette blend is made in a restrained style by a couple informed by sensibilities of a distinctly French sort. Balance, purity and integrity all the way.
THE SMASHABLE: Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache 2020
The height of wine bar fashion in Australia (and here to be fair) are an array of chillable, immediate, thirst-quenching wines which respect their origins and have a natural wine mind-set. This Grenache is a classic of the knock-it-back school but has plenty of character and charm.
THE DISTINCTIVE: Larry Cherubino Laissez-Faire Shiraz 2018
Western Australia's Shiraz is very different to the versions from the classic Aussie model. This has vigorously savoury characteristics more in common with the wines of France's northern Rhône Valley. Not a hint of over-ripe, baked or jammy excess here.
THE FUTURIST: Mount Horrock's Nero d'Avola 2016
Australia has felt more than its fair share of climate change. Bush fires, droughts, floods. These extremes mean that winemakers are looking toward other grape varieties to mitigate the challenges. Sicily's Nero d'Avola is a grape suite to heat and drought and yet can still maintain freshness. Longer term varieties such as these may become a much more common sight in the Aussie vine landscape.
£40 per head, you get:
- 6 x 100ml bottles of different wines
- An Australian wine map tasting mat
- QR codes to exclusive video content for more background on each wine. In some cases from the winemakers themselves while they are mid-harvest.
All you need:
- 2 x wine glasses to enjoy your wines during the tasting
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