We visited some great wineries during our Australia wine tour and I’ve culled the best wines to share with you. Yes, many Australian wineries are still producing that ‘punch ’em in the mouth’ style of wines that has fallen out of favor with a lot of wine lovers. But there are so many exciting innovations going on in Australia that have caused wine lovers to reconsider Australia.
One exciting development that has changed the shiraz image is the cofermentation of shiraz with a little viognier, much as they do in the Upper Rhone. This has mellowed the powerful high alcohol nature of shiraz. In fact, some wine producers have started labelling their shiraz as syrah, to emphasize the nuanced style of French Rhone wines.
And it’s not just with Rhone style wines: we tasted numerous wines made from chardonnay and pinot noir that were genuinely Burgundian in style. In fact my tasting comments for The Lane Reginald Germain RG Chardonnay 2013 was ” I think I’m standing in Meursault.”
Aussies are also doing great things with other grape varieties: sangiovese, semillon, mataro, grenache, verdelho, petit verdot and others.
So here they are, my suggestions for the top 10 Australian wines, not in any particular order and unfortunately not always available:
- Oakridge Willowlake Pinot Noir 2015
- Giant Steps Tarraford Syrah 2015
- Rockford Shiraz Basket Press 2013
- d’Arenberg Galvo Garage Bordeaux Blend 2011
- The Lane Bin 128 Shiraz 2014
- The Lane Reginald Germain RG Chardonnay 2013
- Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon 2012
- Peppertree Coquun Shiraz Tallawanta Vineyard 2013
- Kay Bros. Block 6 Shiraz 2011
- Torbreck Run Rig Shiraz 2013
And here a bonus 5 others that will also knock your socks off:
- Oakridge 864 Chardonnay 2010
- The Lane Max’s Chardonnay 2015
- Penfold’s RWT Shiraz 2014 Red Winemaking Trial
- Torbreck Growers Cut Shiraz Krondorf Vineyard 2015
- Grant Burge Meshack Shiraz 2010