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Such is the size of Australia and the size of its wine industry, it can quite easily viewed as an amalgamation of all the different grape varieties and styles of wine of Europe. After all the original vineyards of Australia were in the main set up by experienced wine growers who emigrated to Australia from the different wine growing countries within Europe. Wine is produced in every Australian State and throughout this large continent there are more than fifty designated wine regions, all contributing to the fact that Australia is the World's fourth largest exporter of wine and fortified wine combined.
Adam and Eve forgot Australia since it has no natural grapes of its own and todays most popular grape varieties (which the majority of originated from Europe in the late 18th and early 19th centuries) are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Riesling. Pinot Noir is trying its best to establish a presence, but competing with the high quality Pinot Noir wines from the perfect soil and climate conditions of New Zealand's South Island is proving very difficult.
Australian wines, especially the reds have made enormous strides forward on the quality front over the last thirty years or so. The richness, depth of flavour, complexity with the capability of long cellaring have all contributed to Australia's ability to command similar high prices to the top growths of France Italy and Spain. A good example being "Penfold's Grange." The white wines of Australia seem to be dominated by the chardonnay grape. The conditions in many parts of Australia for producing this wine are ideal and is reflected in the very large volumes of easy drinking produced, as well as top of the range chardonnay wines for special occasions.
The following are the most important and well known wine regions of Australia and Alexander Hadleigh wine Merchants, Southampton, Hampshire, UK maintain a very large selection of wines from each region for sale online or at our Southampton shop: Barossa Valley wines, Clare Valley Wines, Hunter Valley Wines, South and South Eastern Australia Wines, McLaren Vale Wines, Rutherglen Wines, Victoria Wines, Yarra Valley Wines, Coonawarra Wines, Western Australia and Margaret River Wines and Tasmania Wines.
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The Landings Chardonnay Colombard is a blended wine creating a very refreshing white wine with lively citrus fruit characteristics and crisp, fresh acidity,
The Landings Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon from South eastern Australia has blackcurrant and plum fruit flavours together with a tantalising hint of spice and soft yet integrated tannins.
Dandelion vineyards is the venture of Zar Brooks, his wife Elena and growers Carl Lindner and Brad Rey, with wines made from the Barossa and Eden Valleys, Fleurieu and McLaren Vale. Nick Stock, one of Australia\'s leading journalists, has described Dandelion as follows: \'Brooks has teamed up with his winemaking wife Elena, a woman whose talents are outweighed only by her tolerance, in an exciting new venture called Dandelion Vineyards. . The approach is remarkably simple and sees Elena making wine from a suite of beautiful old vineyards identified by Carl Lindner and Brad Rey across that blessed curve that runs from the Barossa, up through the Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills and down into McLaren Vale.\'
Chardonnay Semillon, Brookford, South Eastern Australia is crisp and clean with fresh juicy tropical fruit flavours and aromas of pineapple, melon and white peaches,
Shiraz Cabernet, Brookford, South Eastern Australia has lots of berry and plum fruit with spicy notes on the nose, flavoursome currant fruit flavours,
Medium bodied dry white with complexity and finesse
Brightview Chardonnay, Simon Hackett, Half Bottle is a classic dry white wine with distinctive, powerful varietal flavours and subtle oak,
Shiraz, Cranswick Lakefield, South Eastern Australia tastes of deep plum intense black cherries supported by hints of vanilla and chocolate, sweet cherry fruits,
Chardonnay Cranswick Lakefield South Eastern Australia has fresh tropical and stone fruit notes on the palate, melon and gooseberry freshness with a zesty finish,
Peter Lehmann Wildcard Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon has rich aromas of plum, blackcurrant and raspberry on the nose. The palate enjoys more red plum and soft sweet spice that integrate with mint and current flavours from the Cabernet Sauvignon.
This deep coloured 16 Stops Shiraz is youthful and vibrant, with a lovely dark fruit and spiced plum character on the nose. The oak supports rather than masks the fruit, which is bright and lively yet plush and fleshy on the palate. The tannins are ripe and silky, giving the wine a texture that is unusual at this price.
Third Generation Chardonnay, Nugan Estate is pale straw in colour with a soft youthful green hue. Aromas of white peach and nectarine compote with lashings of roasted nuts and allspice. On the palate, bright citrus and peach fruit with undertones of roasted cashew. To retain the delicate natural aromas and flavours, select parcels of fruit were crushed and lightly pressed prior to clarification and cool fermentation. Regular lees stirring helped to add texture and finesse to the wine, that was fermented and matured on medium toast in addition to receiving French Oak treatment. Perfect with poultry and seafood dishes. Try with crispy salmon fillets.
Nugan Estate Third Generation Shiraz is a full-bodied Victorian Shiraz displaying ripe berry fruit aromatics with touches of earth, pepper and dark chocolate. The aromas follow through to the palate with its spiced-up, sweet red berry fruit flavours, leading to a silky tannin flourish. Pairs well with most meats, including poultry, pasta and even spicy Asian dishes.
This winery changed hands in 2016 with one family company, Brown Brothers taking it off the hands of another, its founder, Phil Sexton. So associated is Innocent Bystander with the Yarra Valley that the new owners made the intelligent decision to build a new winery in Healesville, just across the parking lot from Giant Steps. They quickly signed contracts with all the grape growers that Phil used for Innocent Bystander, so that the style of the wines remains unchanged. This regional and varietal style, reflecting the soil, climate and topography of the cool climate in the Yarra Valley is the base upon which the reputation of Innocent Bystander has been built.
Willunga 100, McLaren Vale Grenache Rose is light pale pink in colour, with intense aromas of strawberries, cherries and subtle floral rose petal notes. On the palate, a lovely savoury tannin profile coupled with crisp drying acidity gives the wine great length.
Black Label Sauvignon Blanc, Ferngrove Vineyards in Frankland River has a palate driven by passion fruit, intense citrus and paw paw. A mouthful of fresh fruit balanced with zippy acidity.
Black Label Off Dry Riesling, Ferngrove Vineyards, Frankland River has fresh citrus and lime balanced by residual sweetness reminiscent off fresh fruit with a zippy citrus tang and gentle spritz,
Plantagenet Three Lions Sauvignon Blanc, Great Southern, Western Australia has lifted fresh aromas of white peach and gooseberry. Displaying a vibrant palate, full of intense tropical fruits, zesty lime and passionfruit. A subtle textural element adds weight while refreshing natural acidity provides focus and leads to a crisp, lingering finish.
Willunga 100 Mclaren Vale Cabernet/Shiraz has Intense mulberry, plum and a hint of eucalyptus which are in balance with the rich Shiraz characters. The palate is a smooth blend of the Cabernet tannins coupled with rich cherry and spice from the bolder Shiraz and a smooth lingering finish.