The definitive guide to Australian Wines
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Authored by: Tyson Stelzer
Wine writer Tyson Stelzer points to three wine styles unique to Australia, as well as the advantages we have over Old World counterparts.
Australia is privileged to a unique position in the wine world in three distinctive wine styles unrivalled anywhere else: the dry semillons of the Hunter Valley (well represented by Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Hunter Semillon), the dry rieslings of, especially, the Great Southern, Clare and Eden Valleys, and Australia’s definitive red blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz.
Four other wine styles deserve to be added to the list of what this country does best. While Australia’s highlights in these styles may not yet be the equal of their global benchmarks, all offer distinction and affordability that set them apart. Tasmanian sparkling is an affordable substitute to Champagne. Western Australian cabernet presents consistency, reliability and affordability that runs rings around Bordeaux. Chardonnay is arguably Australia’s greatest varietal, rivalling all but Burgundy’s Grand Crus. And, of course, shiraz is our most important and most celebrated varietal; it put Australia on the wine map and continues to keep it there.
1. Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz
RRP $90 | Barossa Valley | Penfolds
2. House of Arras Blanc de Blancs
RRP $70 | Northern Tasmania | Bay of Fires
3. Cullen Diana Madeline
RRP $125 | Margaret River | Cullen Wines
4. Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz
RRP $700 | Eden Valley | Henschke
5. Grosset Polish Hill Riesling
RRP $60 | Clare Valley | Grosset
6. Xanadu Stevens Road Margaret River Chardonnay
RRP $70 | Margaret River | Xanadu Wines
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