Australia

There are things happening in Australia.  After years being dominated by big corporations that were the product of the takeover or merging of old companies, making wine that was often mediocre, Australia is now firmly focused on producing great wine, crafted by family firms.  Instead of growing what is commercially desired, winemakers are growing grapes that work in the land they are in, resulting in wonderful diversity.

Old family names are reappearing as craft producers rather than large volume manufacturers, new winemakers are taking the plunge and doing their own thing and grapes with Spanish and Portuguese origin are being put in the ground.  It really is exciting!

My favourite producers

Architects of Wine | Bannockburn| Brokenwood | Brothers Wine Co | Cirillo | David Franz | Delatite | Dune | Even Keel Wines | From Sundays | Geyer Wine Co | Glaetzer/Heartland | Hollick | Irvine Wines | Jumping Creek | Koerner | Mayer | Ministry of Clouds | Rock of Wisdom | Sami-Odi | Sigurd Wines | Skillogalee

 

Only 1 leftThe Listening Station Shiraz 2017 75cl
Soft supple Victorian Shiraz, dangerously moreish by the glass. Bright, aromatic and juicy on the nose with just a touch of naughty bacon fat and white pepper. True to the varietal. This vintage is our brightest, most dangerously drinkable Shiraz...
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Hollick 'The Bard' Sauvignon Blanc 2020 75cl
"Aromatic with hints of pineapple, passionfruit and flinty lime aromas. A crisp palate, with balanced acid and sugar this wine has a pleasing roundness on the palate.." In 1974 Ian Hollick purchased a piece of grazing land on the southern...
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Pitchfork Chardonnay 2019 75cl
Cool, structured and fresh, this Chardonnay has ripe citrus notes with hints of fresh pineapple and a wonderful core of acidity running through its spine. There is no oak on this wine just pure, unadulterated fruit. 90 points James Halliday...
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Pitchfork Shiraz 2018 75cl
Luscious dark plums and black cherries are complemented by silky chocolate and subtle notes of sweet spice and toasty oak. Elegant and re ned, this wine has charm by the bottle load. 90 points James Halliday Former winemaker at Howard...
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Pitchfork Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2019 75cl
Classic lifted semillon and sauvignon blanc aromas. Lemon/lime, gooseberry, pine needles, green mango and passion fruit with distinctive grassy edge. Intensely flavoured, pristine fruit with a clean and zippy palate. Fresh fruit flavours of lemon, passionfruit and pineapple. The palate...
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Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 75cl
The palate pops with fresh berries and finishes with hints of pepper and spice and all things nice. This little ripper is rich enough for cold winter nights and generous enough to match anything the grill has to offer." A...
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Hollick Coonawarra Chardonnay 2107 75cl
"Fresh, vibrant green apple, pear, melon and nectarine primary fruit flavours" In 1974 Ian Hollick purchased a piece of grazing land on the southern end of the Coonawarra district. This small block of land was one of the original allocations...
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Dune Paliomera 2018 75cl
"Concentrated aromas of blackberry and black cherry with hints of pepper and spice. Ripe juicy black plum and sour cherry on the palate with a fennel note. Lively and fresh, good concentration balanced by fine dusty tannins." Brothers Peter and...
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Hollick Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 75cl
"Lifted sweet herbaceous notes with touches of caramel. Well balanced fruit weight with firm structured tannins" In 1974 Ian Hollick purchased a piece of grazing land on the southern end of the Coonawarra district. This small block of land was...
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"The wine is pale straw yellow in appearance with green tinges. Exotic aromatics of orange blossom and quince with ginger spice and orange zest follow through onto the palate which is slippery and round with fruit sweetness, balanced by refreshing,...
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Skillogalee Riesling 2017 75cl
"The wine is bright straw in appearance, with a green tinge. The nose has a perfumed lift of jasmine, orange blossom spice and lemon zest. The palate is full-flavoured with excellent fruit concentration and texture. Flavours of lemon/lime zest and...
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Frankland Estate Chardonnay 2018 75cl
Complex fruit profile of nectarine, spice, oatmeal, almond and light toasty nuances layered with yellow florals of calendula and marjoram. Soft and rounded with a gentle textural influence leading to an elegant and focused palate. Made from 100% organically grown...
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Empire of Dirt Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 75cl
"Five hogsheads made. This is bright and primary with juicy, spicy blackcurrant fruit with a zesty orange-peel edge, and a rounded, creamy character. Lively and bright, this is a vibrant expression of cool-climate Cabernet, with a bit of spicy warmth...
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Hay Shed Hill Chardonnay 2018 75cl
A brilliant Chardonnay - lovely oaky vanilla coated tropical fruit with a bundle of fresh citrus and pear. Former winemaker at Howard Park and Madfish, Michael Kerrigan struck out on his own when his dream vineyards in the key quality...
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4% offHay Shed Hill Cabernet Sauvigon 2016 75cl
An intense and rich bouquet led by the ripest cassis and berry fruits, rich and opulent but brooding in its youth. Behind the primary fruits are distinctive vineyard characteristics of dark chocolate and mint. 93 Points James Halliday Former winemaker...
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Murdoch Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2020 75cl
Tasting Note: A super grassy style of wine from Adelaide hills. Subtle citrus and elderflower with that lovely leafy note coming through.   Producer: Murdoch Hill has been in the Downer family since 1939 but vines were first planted here...
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Glaetzer Wallace 2018 75cl
This is an wonderful wine from Ben Glaetzer - really bold, with warmed compote and then an aromatic spice coming through. A stunner!   Family Owned - Vegan - Vegetarian
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Skillogalee Basket Pressed The Cabernets 2016 75cl
"This Cabernet blend has a hugely aromatic impact with lifted black olive and tobacco leaf with hints of comforting sweet plum pudding and chocolate. The palate is generous and rich yet medium bodied, with finely grained mouth-watering tannin with toast...
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Brothers Wine Co. Chardonnay 2018 75cl
A partnership between brothers Damo & Jono Koerner, who aptly named their new Adelaide Hills project Brothers Wine Co. Having grown up on their family vineyard in the Clare under the careful watch of their expert winegrower Dad, they naturally...
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Brothers Wine Co Pinot Noir 2019 75cl
A partnership between brothers Damo & Jono Koerner, who aptly named their new Adelaide Hills project Brothers Wine Co. Having grown up on their family vineyard in the Clare under the careful watch of their expert winegrower Dad, they naturally...
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Koerner The Clare 2020 75cl
Damon and Jonahan Koerner make these wines from fruit grown in the Watervale area of the Clare Valley, with most of the fruit coming from the family's vineyard, Gullyview. 
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Bannockburn Vineyards Douglas 2016 75cl
Deep crimson, black olives, cherry, dark chocolate, delicately scented violets, fine powdery tannins, a medium-bodied palate weight and satisfying length. A dry and relatively warm growing season, with budburst and consequently harvest being earlier than long term averages. The 2016...
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Even Keel Wines Chardonnay 2019 75cl
Great wines are made on the vine, and when the variety, aspect and soil type are right, Australia delivers elegant, textured and fruit- driven wines that hold their own with the best in the world.” Sam Coverdale has worked all...
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Bannockburn Vineyards 1314AD Pinot Noir 2019 75cl
Fresh medium weight forest fruits are offset by subtle whole bunch lift. Acid is enough to cleanse the palate; the gentle and perfumed nature of the harvest is to the fore, with French oak subtly contributing both aromatics and structure....
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Koerner La Korse 2018 75cl
A blend of 50% Sangiovese, 25% Sciaccarello, 15% Grenache and 10% Malbec. Brothers Damon & Jono Koerner first spent many years learning from their parents the art of growing top quality grapes. Their travels around Europe, visiting fellow winemakers in...
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Sigurd Wines Syrah 2018 75cl
Tasting Note: "It is dark and spicy with black olive to the fore, then surging through the mid-palate are bright, lifted, black fruit flavours." Producer: Dan Sigurd Graham was named after his Norwegian great-grandfather, who shared a similarly mischievous outlook...
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Sigurd Wines Red Blend 2019 75cl
Tasting Note: "Morello cherry and cedar with savoury, wild thyme notes. Bright crunchy acid on the palate with the morello cherry coming through and extending the length of the finish." Producer: Dan Sigurd Graham was named after his Norwegian great-grandfather,...
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Geyer Wine Co Big Easy 2016 75cl
Tasting Note: An outstanding wine - big and bold with delicious Italian herbs and then chocolate and black pepper with dark berry and cocoa flavours. Producer: Geyer Wine Co is a natural wine producer established by Dave Geyer in the Barossa...
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Cirillo Estate 1850 Ancestor Grenache 2013 75cl
An astounding Grenache from Australia - in fact, an outstanding Grenache regardless of where it is from. Rich fruit with delicious spice and a superb balance of acid and light tannin. Just gorgeous.  The Cirillo family moved to the small...
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Glaetzer Amon Ra 2017 75cl
"Dramatic, intense and powerful, the 2016 Amon Ra Shiraz recalls the 2004 in its youth, crammed with layers of fruit, complex, savory elements and rich, velvety tannins. It’s full-bodied, characterized by notes of grilled meat, espresso, black olive, cassis, vanilla,...
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Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz 2014 75cl
"Perfumed, juicy, rich and chewy. Finely cross-hatched tannin. Smooth, balanced, sophisticated. Has the requisite force to last and improve." 17/20 www.jancisrobinson.com, Drink: 2017-2027 Brokenwood was founded by a trio of Sydney-based solicitors, Tony Albert, John Beeston and James Halliday, who...
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