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.
"The seamless integration of Shiraz co-fermented with Viognier, generates a seductive nose of apricots, spice and ripe berries. The palate is smooth and full of rich flavour, perfect for a long lingering finish of delightfully soft Shiraz fruit, but not without the punch."
"Red currants, cranberry, and dried Italian herbs on the nose. The palate features red, blue, and black fruits melded with sweet spiced cinnamon, vanilla chai, and cedar oak. Fine silky tannins add savory balance and length to the palate."
"Bright red to crimson hues. Intense lifted vanilla aromatics balanced with ripe red to dark berry fruits. Full and round on the palate with a distinct sweetness giving a rich and round mouth feel. The vanilla aromatics carry through on the palate and compliment subtle flavors of chocolate and a cedary spice. The palate finishes soft and fruity with a pleasant lingering freshness."
"This Chardonnay shows the ripening powers of Australia but still maintains the glorious acidity of great Chardonnay with tropical fruit, toasty vanilla, lemon custard, and a dollop of cocoa butter on the finish. This is really well-made Australian Chardonnay for the price."
"94 Points - Kahn's Staff. Bright up front, with raspberry and strawberry fruit giving way to an earthy, leathery note on the finish. Exhibits depth and persistence."
"93 Points - Kahn's Staff. Sleek and supple, with focused red berry and white pepper flavors gliding over a polished frame, lingering well."
"91 Points- Wine Spectator. #66 Top 100 Wines of 2015! Fresh and expressive, medium-weight but vivid, with black cherry and floral notes, balanced by a stony minerality that glides into the long finish against fine tannins. Drink now through 2020"
"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."
"90 Pts.- Robert Parker. 77% Shiraz, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot. Tait's Deep garnet-purple in color with fragrant black currant, crushed black berry, and violet aromas plus hints of black pepper, mulberries, and spice box. Full-bodied with a good amount of toast and vanilla flavors coming through to compliment the black fruits on the palate, it has a medium level of rounded tannins and lively acid, finishing long."
"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."