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.
"96 Points- Wine Advocate. Dense blue/purple to the rim, this highly extracted (but not overly extracted) effort reveals notes of crushed rocks, blueberries, blackberries, camphor, lead pencil shavings, and spicy oak. Boasting great purity, a full-bodied, opulent texture, huge richness, precision and refreshing structure. Well-balanced."
"Aromas of blackberries, cassis, vanilla and mint leap from the glass. This perfectly balanced wine displays rich berry flavors, with toasted oak and soft, velvety tannins."
"Rich wine full of berry, pepper, and spice aromas with red with purple hues. Ripe berry flavors and hints of spice develop on the full-bodied yet elegant palate. This wine has soft tannins and a lingering refined finish. Pair with fig and gorgonzola toasts."
"Blackberry aromas from the Cabernet Sauvignon team up with ripe flavors from the Merlot, creating just the perfect blend of fruit with a hint of spice."
"This medium-bodied Chardonnay offers attractive lemon, ripe peach, melon and subtle oak flavours. Enjoy on its own or with grilled vegetables, fish or chicken."
"A delightful nose with touches of melon, tropical fruit, peaches and nectarines. Full bodied and soft with bright flavors of pineapple and fig. The palate is creamy and smooth with light touches of spice that define the long, stylish finish."
"Citrus and honeydew flavors are further complexed by gentle French oak aging. The palate is soft yet fresh with balanced acidity and a soft creamy finish."
"This [yellow tail] Moscato is everything a great wine should be - zingy, refreshing and easy to drink. With a palate of vibrant passionfruit and melon, this wine should be enjoyed well chilled on its own or with spicy Asian-inspired food."