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Australian wines that compete overseas

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Authored by: Michael Hill Smith

Michael Hill Smith AO is a Master of Wine, an international wine show judge, a wine consultant and a major advocate for local drops. Ahead, Michael names the wine styles he believes Australia excels at.

In considering the wines that define Australia, the categories I get truly excited about are ‘new wave’ chardonnay, pinot noir, cool-grown shiraz, Margaret River cabernet sauvignon, classic dry riesling and aged Hunter semillon.

Some of these wines are modern in style, others more traditional, but all are wonderful examples of just how exciting the best of Australia can be in an international context. 

Michael Hill Smith's ultimate Aussie six-pack


1. 2009 Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon

Brokenwood produces classic Hunter semillon – Australia’s most unique style of white wine.

RRP $75 | Hunter Valley | Brokenwood

2. 2015 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling 

This is a pure and precise dry riesling from iconic winemaker Jeffrey Grosset.

RRP $55 | Clare Valley | Grosset

3. 2015 Yabby Lake Block 6 Chardonnay

Tom Carson once again demonstrating why he is one of our most talented winemakers. 

RRP $95 | Mornington Peninsula | Yabby Lake Vineyard

4. 2014 Sangreal by Farr Pinot Noir

This is a wonderfully expressive Geelong pinot noir, offering great complexity and intensity.

$RRP 77 | Geelong | Farr / Farr Rising

5. 2015 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 

Yet another spicy, vibrant and polished wine from the masterful Tim Kirk.

RRP $110 | Canberra District | Clonakilla

6. 2014 Deep Woods Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 

A wonderful wine made by Julian Langworthy – the best Aussie cabernet I tasted in 2016. 

RRP $60 | Margaret River | Deep Woods Estate

*Don’t miss our video intro to defining Australian wine with Halliday Wine Companion reviewer Lak Quach.

The Defining Australian Wine series is produced with thanks to our brand partner Winery Lane, an online marketplace designed to unite wine lovers with our nation’s best independent winemakers. Watch Winery Lane’s Stephen Mobbs tackle the topic of what makes an archetypally Aussie wine.

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