Australian Fine Wines

Think Australian fine wine, and Penfold's Grange might come to mind. Probably the only multi-regional blend to be given such high rating anywhere in the world.

But there's so much more to this diverse and cutting-edge country. Australian wine often doesn't play by the rules, simply because it hasn't got that many to follow. The result is some of the most innovative and exciting wines found anywhere.

Access to grapes from some of the world's oldest vines, themselves rooted in soils so ancient as to make European earth look positively young, and an eager thirst for pushing the envelope both in the vineyard and the winery, give Australian wines a competitive edge.

It's not all about Shiraz and Chardonnay either. Australia's best wines count Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc amongst them, and a host of what they term 'alternative varieties' like Tempranillo, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and other grapes usually found around the Meditteranean.

"International attention has focused on Australia's biggest reds, many from the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, and based on old-vine fruit, exuberant winemaking and lavish use of American as well as French oak rather than precise vineyard origin. ... Increasingly, though, it is single-vineyard and small-grower wines of more delicate style which are winning renown, and the search for distinguished vineyard sites is now key for many working to create Australian's finest wines." Andrew Jefford
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