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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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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,
Shiraz, Cranswick Lakefield, South Eastern Australia tastes of deep plum intense black cherries supported by hints of vanilla and chocolate, sweet cherry fruits, Retail Price £9.98 Offer Price £7.98
Chardonnay Cranswick Lakefield South Eastern Australia has fresh tropical and stone fruit notes on the palate, melon and gooseberry freshness with a zesty finish, Retail Price £9.98 Offer Price £7.98
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.
Fresh and elegant, this 16 Stops Chardonnay has good fruit weight and aromas including apple and white peach, a lovely texture and a savoury, mealy edge. The acidity is nicely balanced, giving the wine good length on the finish. Retail Price £10.95 Offer Price £8.95
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. Retail Price £10.95 Offer Price £8.95
Peter Lehmann Masters, Barossa Valley Botrytis Semillon is a beautiful golden colour that will intensify with bottle age. The bouquet is chock full of honey and lime marmalade. Deliciously luscious and counterbalanced by natural acidity, this is a dessert wine with the highest of pedigree.
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.
Butchers Block, Turkey Flat Vineyards, Barossa Valley, is a blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with a generous palate, juicy sweet fruits, intense warm,earthy full bodied, seamless oak integration,
Corryton Burge Chardonnay, South Australia, Pale to yellow straw in colour, this wine boasts aromatic white nectarine, with with hints of peach and pear. The palate provides generous fresh stone fruit and honey dew melon with a hint of creamy short bread richness all brought together with moderate acidity to provide balance.
Corryton Burge Cabernet Sauvignon is a velvety, robust and fruit driven Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep crimson red with ruby red hues, black cherry, liquorice and leather aromas. The cherry notes carry through to the palate along with hints of spice and dark chocolate. The tannins are soft and velvety.
Dandelion Vineyards, \"Lionheart of the Barossa\" Shiraz is intense crimson in colour, with a youthful purple hue. On the nose, it has lifted aromas of ripe blackberries, blueberries, spicy pepper notes and Christmas pudding-like spices. Generous, mouth-filling sweet blackberries, raspberries and plums are pronounced on the palate, with sweet spice. It has firm, but fine, tannins and dark chocolate nuances continue onto the lengthy palate.
Dandelion Vineyards, \"Lioness of McLaren Vale\" Shiraz on the nose has impressive purity of fruit showing lush scents of summer pudding with lifted red fruits, berries and a hit of cinnamon. Black cherries, Damson plums, mulberries and milk chocolate undertones. The palate is generous and mouth filling with sweet blackberry, raspberry and plums cover the palate with lashings of sweet spice.
Dandelion Vineyards, \"Pride of the Fleurieu\" Cabernet Sauvignon is an intense, regal purple with bright edges. Scented blueberries, cassis and anise aromas with sweet spice, cedar and blackberry notes. The palate is rich, deep and full-flavoured, with blueberry, black plums, figs and milk chocolate flavours. Tobacco, spearmint and soft powdery Cabernet tannins are softened by smooth, mouth-filling fruit before a really extended finish.
Willunga 100, McLaren Vale Shiraz/Viognier is well structured wine is deep purple in colour. On the nose, there are notes of plum, chocolate and cedar. The palate is rich and luscious with ripe black fruits harnessed by silky texture and supple tannins resulting in a long, fragrant finish.
Drover\'s Hut Chardonnay, Nugan Estate, is a pale straw colour with youthful greenish hues. Lifted aromas of nectarine and peach with mixed spice and toasty notes. On the palate a rich full flavoured style of stone fruits and toast complimented by a cleansing crisp acid finish. The fruit is picked at night to preserve a beautiful crisp flavour and there is minimal wood treatment to keep the Chardonnay bright and fruity. There is stony, almost Chablis like hint of minerality on the finish, which lingers with very good tenacity and focus.
Dandelion Vineyards, \"Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley\" Riesling features classic aromas of citrus zest, lemon foliage and hints of dragon fruit flowers are etched by a clear steely minerality. This is an attractively textural wine displaying the variety\'s intense purity. Bone-dry, its structure and length is underpinned by bracing acidity.