The definitive guide to Australian Wines
Disclaimer: I wish it to be known I have written this year’s Top 100 without any knowledge of any of the advertising placed in conjunction with this article by retailers, wineries, or any other wine-related business.
“Australian wine is in a good place, whether you are a grapegrower, a winemaker, a retailer, a sommelier or, most importantly, a wine drinker...” Read James Halliday's full introduction to this year's Top 100 Wines, including the current state of play, investment in the industry and the demand for Australian wines overseas.
This section offers more diversity than ever before, with three rosés, four pinot noirs, six shiraz wines, three cabernets/cabernet blends, and four alternative varietals.
Refreshing white wines such as riesling, semillon and sauvignon blanc, plus surprising pinot grigio, and a mix of crisp and luscious chardonnays make up this section.
Dominated by Australia's favourite red wine, shiraz, and followed closely by cabernet sauvignon and its blends, the surprise entries here were "two beautiful and similarly perfumed grenaches".
Chardonnay is continuing to kick goals across the board, but riesling also has an impressive number of examples among these premium Australian wines.
You could easily blow the budget with some of the fine fizzes here, including the priciest wine in the Top 100, but half can be acquired for less than $100.
Tasmania has a stronghold when it comes to Aussie fizz, but there are a couple of outliers from other states, including an exceptional sparkling shiraz.
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