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 | Brokenwood | Brothers Wine Co | David Franz | Dune | Even Keel Wines | From Sundays | Geyer Wine Co | Hollick | Irvine Wines | Jumping Creek | Kalleske | Koerner | Mayer | Ministry of Clouds | Rock of Wisdom | Sami-Odi | Sigurd Wines | Skillogalee

 

15% offThe 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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15% offThe Listening Station Malbec 2017 75cl
Intense ripe blackcurrant aromas with aromatic spices, tarragon, then clove and vanilla. Black current and black berry fruit flavours are backed by fine, well structured tannins . The ripe fruit is sumptuous and lingers on the palate with a touch...
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Hollick 'The Bard' Shiraz 2017 75cl
"Rich red fruits dominate the palate and are complemented by some luscious and velvety 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 one...
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"Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz give this wine a rich, savoury character and good structure. A splash of Lagrein contributes spice & tannin. The tightness and structure of the Lagrein, pulls the wine together and makes this blend a perfect match...
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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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Only 1 leftJumping Creek Chardonnay 2017 75cl
"Top notch Aussie Chardonnay, some evidence of oak, and lovely bright tropical fruit flavours cut with fresh citrus." Given his long history in the Yarra Valley, it came logical Tom Carson, winemaker at Yabby Lake, step to access a few...
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Only 1 leftSkillogalee 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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Dune Mingsha Shan 2017 75cl
Brothers Peter and Duncan Lloyd grew up in McLaren Vale, both worked in kitchens from when they were teenagers. It was here that they developed a love of good food, and an understanding of the role of wine in bringing...
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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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Empire of Dirt Sauvignon Blanc 2019 75cl
"Six hogsheads made. This is so fresh, precise and full flavoured. Tight lemons, grapefruit and some fine spices. There’s an innate brightness to this wine, with lovely depth at the same time. This has a real crystalline quality to it....
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From Sunday's "Lucky's" Syrah Pinot Noir 2018 75cl
Producer Note: "Lovely balance between more warmth, supple spice and fruit from the Syrah, while the Pinot brings more delicacy, elegance and a good acid line. Almost two wines in wine – at room temperature, the Syrah and fruit shines more...
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"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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Rock of Wisdom Superfly Shiraz 2019 75cl
Husband and wife team Pete and Sofi Hiscock are here to show the world the softer, brighter side of the Barossa. Pete brings the rock, Sofi brings the Wisdom, and together they produce wines in the heart of the Barossa....
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Brothers Wine Co Pinot Noir 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. 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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Brokenwood Semillon 2019 75cl
One of the classic Australian fine wines, Hunter Valley Semillon from Brokenwood, one of the best produers. This wine will be able to be stuck in your cellar for years should you want it to! Brokenwood was founded by a...
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BK Wines Petillant Naturel 2019 75cl
A totally tropical taste! Juicy juicy pears and melons kick things off with a bit of bread dough and digestive biscuits. Then there is more of the juicy tropical Lilt like flavours and a lovely dose of fizz.
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Koerner The Clare 2018 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 1314AD Pinot Noir 2018 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 Watervale Riesling 2019 75cl
"A delicious gentle Riesling from Australia giving you all the citrus flavours that you'd expect with a gentleness and elegance." Damon and Jonahan Koerner make these wines from fruit grown in the Watervale area of the Clare Valley, with most...
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Geyer Wine Co Semillon 2017 75cl
Geyer Wine Co is a natural wine producer established by Dave Geyer in the Barossa Valley. In an ode to heritage, but with eyes fixed firmly on the future, Dave finds, revives and nurtures some of the neglected vineyards of...
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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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From Sundays The Beast 2019 75cl
"This is one of those wines that are bonkers but brilliant! Put in concrete eggs, skin contact, Verdelho in Hunter Valley, unfiltered, unfined, no added sulphur.... a brilliant natural wine."
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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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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 Chenin Blanc 2018 75cl
"OK, so if you like your orange juice with bits and your beer cloudy, this is the wine for you. Natural, appley with a ton of funk - burnt butter, mango, bready - this is a strange, but really enjoyable,...
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Rock of Wisdom Shiraz Viognier 2016 75cl
Producer Note: "Wise people say that all wines should be tasted. Wiser people say that some wines should be sipped. Wisdom says for others, drink the whole bottle. We are that bottle.” Husband and wife team Pete and Sofi Hiscock are...
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Geyer Wine Co Seaside Cabernet Franc 2017 75cl
Geyer Wine Co is a natural wine producer established by Dave Geyer in the Barossa Valley. In an ode to heritage, but with eyes fixed firmly on the future, Dave finds, revives and nurtures some of the neglected vineyards of...
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Geyer Wine Co Big Easy 2016 75cl
Geyer Wine Co is a natural wine producer established by Dave Geyer in the Barossa Valley. In an ode to heritage, but with eyes fixed firmly on the future, Dave finds, revives and nurtures some of the neglected vineyards of...
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Lowboi Chardonnay 2017 75cl
“A hint of oak on the nose but mostly pure citrus fruit. Tightly wound and zesty with depth and a creamy finish. Smart Chardonnay showing the potential of the Great Southern subregion of Porongurup. (JH). 12.5% alc. Drink now-2028.“ Jancis...
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Ministry of Clouds Chardonnay 2018 75cl
A pure and tightly wound wine showing the muscle and intensity of the low yielding Derwent Valley site, and the fineness and acid line synonymous with the Coal River Valley. A shy and somewhat restraint nose exuding white flowers, peach,...
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Timo Mayer Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 75cl
Spicy and stalky, it has the customary black and red berry notes of Cabernet with a perfumed freshness and medium body. Fine-grained tannins are tempered by the influence of some carbonic maceration in the ferment.
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