Wine writer Ralph Kyte-Powell looks to noble varieties for his ultimate Aussie six-pack, including top examples of those classic wines we're known for worldwide and a nod to Australia's wine history.
Ralph Kyte-Powell's ultimate Aussie six-pack
1. 2016 Jim Barry Lodge Hill Riesling
Australian riesling offers wonderful intensity, delicious varietal personality, drinkability, food-friendliness and ageing potential. Jim Barry’s Lodge Hill from the Clare Valley is one great example for a great price.
RRP $22 | Clare Valley | Jim Barry Wines
2. 2015 Oakridge 864 Drive Block Funder & Diamond Chardonnay
Oakridge’s Yarra Valley chardonnay combines intense fruit purity with perfectly measured and integrated complexities; no single element dominating, all in harmony, seamless in texture, ultra-long finishing.
RRP $78 | Yarra Valley | Oakridge
3. 2014 By Farr Sangreal Pinot Noir
Farr's Geelong wines have long been at the forefront of Australian pinot noir. Burgundy inspired, Australian at heart, Sangreal has haunting perfume, yet richness too. Sustained and complete, its great depth and proven cellaring potential make it a tour de force.
RRP $85 | Geelong | Farr / Farr Rising
4. 2015 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier
Tim Kirk’s Canberra region shiraz viognier is totally different to the brawny, super-ripe, high-alcohol style loved by American commentators. Instead, it’s gently aromatic, understated and elegant, but not lacking fruit intensity and definition. Silky and superfine, it’s a world-beater.
RRP $120 | Canberra District | Clonakilla
5. 2013 Howard Park Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon
Bordeaux is the international cabernet prototype, but these days the best Australians hold their own. Howard Park’s Margaret River icon sums it up: concentration and focus, superb fruit character, succulent balance, firm structure, endless finish, and great ageing possibilities.
RRP $140 | Margaret River | Burch Family Wines
6. Morris Old Premium
Rare Liqueur Muscat
Australia’s fortified muscats are uniquely seductive. Luscious, raisiny, super complex, rich and incredibly persistent, the Morris Rare Liqueur Muscat is a testament to the blending skill of the family across generations, and an essence of this glorious regional style from Victoria’s north-east.
RRP $75 | Rutherlen | Morris
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