The definitive guide to Australian Wines
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Authored by: James Halliday
In this final part of the Defining Australian Wine series, the great man himself, James Halliday, answers the question: What is the essence of Australian wine?
Unlike France, where Appellation Control restricts the growth of specific varietals and the fact that not all varieties can or could be successfully grown everywhere, every region in Australia can at a pinch ripen every variety. Witness grenache (a late ripener) being grown and made in the cool Yarra Valley. Nonetheless, there are clear synergies between specific varieties and specific regions, giving rise to a cook’s tour of Australian wine.
James Halliday's ultimate Aussie six-pack
1. Hunter Valley semillon
Top producers: Tyrrell’s Wines, Brokenwood, Thomas Wines
2. Great Southern cabernet sauvignon
Top producers: Singlefile Wines, Robert Oatley Vineyards, Duke’s Vineyard, Houghton
3. Tasmania pinot noir
Top producers: Tolpuddle Vineyard, Stoney Rise, Home Hill
4. Grampians shiraz
Top producers: Best’s Great Western, Mount Langi Ghiran Vineyards, Seppelt
5. McLaren Vale grenache
Top producers: Yangarra Estate Vineyard, S.C. Pannell Wines, Wirra Wirra
6. Yarra Valley chardonnay
Top producers: Giant Steps, Oakridge Wines, Toolangi Vineyards
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