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

 

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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Secret Garden Chardonnay 75cl
"So you want an Aussie Chardonnay for under a tenner? Ok, we can do that for you. Oh, you want it to taste nice too? Again, not a problem. Loads of fruit, a lovely acidity, and great for polishing off...
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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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8% offPitchfork 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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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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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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Heartland Stickleback Red 2015 75cl
"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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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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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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Glaetzer Wallace 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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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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Only 1 leftBrothers 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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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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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 Syrah 2018 75cl
"It is dark and spicy with black olive to the fore, then surging through the mid-palate are bright, lifted, black fruit flavours." Dan Sigurd Graham was named after his Norwegian great-grandfather, who shared a similarly mischievous outlook on life. Sigurd...
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Sigurd Wines Red Blend 2017 75cl
"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." Dan Sigurd Graham was named after his Norwegian great-grandfather, who shared a...
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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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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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