Long-time contributor to Halliday magazine and new reviewer for the Companion guide, Jane Faulkner selects six Aussie wines that stand out from the crowd.
Jane Faulkner's ultimate Aussie six-pack
1. 2002 Arras EJ Carr Late Disgorged Sparkling
Australia’s finest producer of sparkling wine, House of Arras, proves that Australia makes world-class fizz in its own right – not merely as a rival to Champagne. The 2002 Arras EJ Carr Sparkling is an outstanding drink that’s a credit to the determination and vision of winemaker Ed Carr.
RRP $130 | Northern Tasmania | Bay of Fires
2. 2013 Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon
I love cabernet sauvignon and, while Margaret River is making exciting inroads with the variety, Wynns John Riddoch stands tall as arguably the finest in Coonawarra. It has style, power and perfect balance.
RRP $150 | Coonawarra | Wynns Coonawarra Estate
3. 2015 Hoddles Creek Estate 1er Chardonnay
If one variety has taken Australia by storm lately, it’s chardonnay. Top producers in the Yarra Valley spearhead the movement, with winemaker Franco D’Anna of Hoddles Creek being in this elite group. His finely chiselled chardonnays are a delight to drink because the fruit he grows is exceptional.
RRP $50 | Yarra Valley | Hoddles Creek Estate
4. Seppeltsfield Paramount Collection DP 64 Museum Reserve Tokay
While Aussie fortifieds represent our early wine history, the styles are beautiful and still resonate today. Long may they continue. The Seppeltsfield Paramount Collection – four in the range – has reserve parcels dating back to 1922 and with its tokay, the average age of the solera is 32 years making it complex, exquisite and close to perfection.
RRP $700 | Barossa Valley | Seppeltsfield
5. 2014 Fighting Gully Road Aglianico
Global warming is rapidly dictating the shape of our wine scene and the future rests with varieties prospering in warm/Mediterranean climates. Thankfully there are outstanding examples including aglianico and fiano. Both can morph into compelling, detailed wines such as Fighting Gully Road’s Aglianico.
RRP $40 | Alpine Valleys | Fighting Gully Road
6. 2015 tripe.Iscariot Absolution Wilyabrup Chenin Blanc
One of Australia’s most exciting young wine producers, Remi Guise, hails from South Africa and calls Margaret River home. Not surprisingly, he appreciates the undervalued chenin blanc – the tripe.Iscariot Absolution Wilyabrup Chenin Blanc is from 30-year-old vines, turning it into an extraordinary wine – some skin contact in the fermentation give it another layer of depth and texture. A producer to watch.
RRP $32 | Margaret River | tripe.Iscariot
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