Where to start? It seems a little patronising to give Australia the “New World” label when it has over 200 years of vine growing and wine making experience. It is of course vast, both geographically and in terms of its wine industry. Somewhere in Australia are examples of pretty much any climatic zone you can think of. It’s responsible for some 4% of worldwide wine production, and is the 5th largest exporter of wine, by both volume and value. There are 65 wine regions, over 100 grape varieties, some 2,500 wineries and over 6,000 grape growers.
So this offering of 15 Australian wines can’t hope to be truly representative, but we hope gives at least an inkling of what Australia can do. We’re showing five of the classics: Margaret River Semillon Sauvignon, Chardonnay, dry Riesling, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon blends. And to hint at just some of the variety that’s out there some other grapes where Australia is making a name for itself.
So, take a look and sample. To help you along we’ve put together a Mixed Six case as well.