Speaking of which, this Pinot presents strawberry, forest floor and earth aromas. Great value from a viognier specialist, with a pure bloom that … Pure, light and fresh yet with stacks of flavour. Bright medium garnet in the glass, it has a nose of raspberry, dark cherry and black pepper aromas. "closeOnDocument": 0, Each year, Wine Spectator editors select the most exciting wines we've reviewed for our Top 100 wines—based on quality, value, availability and an X-factor. Showing a medium density red colour, it has a vibrant and lifted nose of red berry fruit, stalk and forest floor. Tight, crisp and lemony, it has hints of fresh herb and cut grass and bright minerally acidity ensuring great ageing potential. Every single wine from Kirrihill we’ve seen this year has delighted us. Our list of the best 100 Australian wines of 2018 focuses on wines that really highlight the unique qualities of Australia’s best wines – wines that look to both a proud heritage and to a determined future. Ray Jordan picks the best valued red wines in Australia . A gorgeous expression of Marsanne, this 2016 vintage is pale lemon in the glass and displays citrus, fennel and toast aromas. Shiraz (the same grape as Syrah) is Australia's leading red grape and the wines made from it are often spectacular in both texture and flavor, with huge vivid waves of black pepper, black fruits, exotic spices, cigars, bitter chocolate and boysenberries. Fine, crisp, fresh and fragrant, it presents clean, dry berry fruit with surprising depth and intensity and savoury acidity balancing the palate from start to finish. Intense yet it remains refined. Please try Advanced Search", "pshowdesc": "1", At least 25 Australian wine regions produce excellent Shiraz. Supple and generous with light honeyed notes adding depth. "resultitemheight": "auto", Penfolds. Two powerhouse wine families from opposite sides of the world, entwined by marriage and making waves in South Australia… Matthew Luczy: My top 10 fine wines of 2020. Massena’s wines have all been standouts this year with their unique savouriness. Croser & Bizot: A family vision in Wrattonbully. Its vast size and huge range of climatic and geographical conditions, makes it one of the most versatile wine-growing countries in the world. Below we have compiled a list of the top Australian Shiraz wines as rated by Decanter’s experts. From Queensland’s Granite Belt to Tasmania’s Tamar Valley, no other country offers such a range of Shiraz from a variety of terroirs. This is a pretty little example with subtle lifted red berry fruit aromas and background lavender. The 2018 Xanadu Cabernet Sauvignon has taken the top honours at the 2020 James Halliday Australia Cabernet Challenge. The result is a Gold Medal winning wine exuding aromas of violets, clove, plum and mulberry. The result is an elegant aperitif style with light but savoury red berry aromas, with a twist of lemon. Striking mid-lemon green in the glass, it features aromas of fresh citrus, struck match, sourdough crust and grilled nuts. Play Video. Named after the late Mr. Edward John Peake, who first established vineyards in Clarendon circa 1850, this is the top dog red for … "iitemsWidth": 200, Photo: Kimberley Low / Wine Australia. "closeOnMagnifier": 1, "dur" : 300 }, Its vast size and huge range of climatic and geographical conditions, makes it one of the most versatile wine-growing countries in the world. If you are like us, you would not be 'opting in' for promotional information, beyond perhaps an email flagging a sale. The palate is very sweet yet fresh and bright with classic Muscat fruit power and flavours of sweet, dried fruits, chocolate and burnt toffee. Supple, juicy and ripe, the palate is deliciously soft and savoury yet has terrific vibrancy and freshness, subtle spicy lift and clean acidity throughout. "defaultImage": "https://www.jamessuckling.com/wp-content/plugins/ajax-search-pro/img/default.jpg", "redirect_on_enter": 1, Generous in style, it has a deep core of cherry and plum fruit, soft, almost creamy texture and beautifully ripe tannins. 1. Top Shiraz at LCBO, BCLDB, and SAQ. "googleOnly": 0, Delicate yet rich with an incredibly long and persistent finish. "on_enter": 0, The 2014 Susanne is such a wine. Crafted with fruit from one of the Hunter Valley’s finest vineyards and made by Liz Jackson, one of Australia’s most awarded winemakers, this Chardonnay is a savoury delight with lifted aromas of white peach, melon and citrus. Tyrrell’s deploy these across a suite of their top red wines including the Old Patch Shiraz 2017, the top wine in our list with a perfect 100-point rating. Gimblett Gravels 2018: Assessing the vintage. At least 25 Australian wine regions produce excellent Shiraz. Emerging from one of the oldest wine regions in Australia, Two Churches is guaranteed not to disappoint. LOCATION: Hunter Valley, NSW. Stunning! This is the fifth vintage of this wine, made by Penny Jones and the team at Bay of Fires. The Best Australian Wine of 2020: Hickinbotham The Peake Cabernet Shiraz 2018. Muscular and flavoursome yet refined, the palate is an effortless mix of savoury and sweet fruit elements enhanced with savoury spice. Light and fresh, crisp, dry and savoury, it has clean cherry and blueberry fruit, great depth, crunchy red berry acidity and hints of spice on a long finish. — Nick Stock, senior editor, Content with a red star requires a PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP to access - SUBSCRIBE NOW, { Each year, James Halliday presents his Top 100 Wines. The James Haselgrove Futures Shiraz was first released in 1981 and it’s been impressing ever since. De Bortoli have crafted a very Euro style Rosé that’s quite complex due to partial barrel fermentation in older oak and extended lees contact. Best wine regions to visit in Australia . Best Shiraz at LCBO, BCLDB, and SAQ. "showdate": 1, Voyager Estate is proud to be among the select wineries that contribute to this production. Best’s Old Vine Pinot Meunier from vines planted in 1868 represents a unique piece of vinous heritage and rounds out the top 10. $13.95 | South Australia | 89 Points. Pretty in pale salmon pink, it shows white strawberry and nectarine aromas. The first proper release of the Henk Vineyard wines from Oakridge. Apr 21, 2018 . Simply one of the country’s most famous names when it comes to fortified wine production and an icon of the Rutherglen region. Its attraction starts with its deep garnet colour, while the nose presents fragrant dark cherry and raspberry fruit lift. "redirectEnterTo": "results_page", } A $13 bottle of wine sold at Aldi's Australian supermarkets has nabbed the top prize at Australia’s Royal Adelaide Wine Show this year, beating out some bottles that were five times more expensive. "closeOnDocClick": 1, Cava — Matthew Kaner, Good Measure, Bar Covell and Augustine Wine Bar "First in 2018, I'm going to drink allllllllllllllllllllll the Cava. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.. "iiRows": 2, This is what impressed us. Top 5 Shiraz at LCBO, BCLDB, and SAQ. Delicate yet intense with fresh cherry and cranberry fruit flavours and vibrant, minerally acidity. A solid Gris style! 1 2016, Penfolds Bin 169 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Mount Mary Quintet 2016 and Vasse Felix Tom Cullity 2014 remind us of the great diversity of elite cabernet-driven wines from the Yarra Valley, Coonawarra and Margaret River. They come from across the continent, from climates warm and cool, from small and big producers and from very diverse terroirs. Our oldest vines date back to 1978, just over 10 years after vines were first planted in the area. From old vine Grenache to classic Cabernet to some fantastic red blends to surprisingly tasty Riesling to, yes, really good Syrah (or as it's called here Shiraz), Australia has lot to offer across it's varied wine regions. Cool climate brightness comes through on the nose with its tightly wound green melon, pear juice and pink lady apple. "compact": { Australia's Best Sparkling Wines for 2018! "iihideContent": 1, Savoury yet juicy with a pristine core of strawberry and ruby grapefruit flavours, it has vibrant acidity and mouth-watering persistence. All deliver very differently in terms of style and all are driven by superior sites and an undeniably strong collective sense of place. But nowadays, we’re seeing more winemakers like Woods Crampton putting it front and centre. Every year, Wicks Estate produces one of the Tasting Panel’s favourite Sauvignon Blancs of the vintage. The Australian winemakers seen here have refined their approach to focus squarely on vineyard site, or origin. Clonakilla’s Shiraz Viognier 2017 and Shaw + Smith’s Balhannah Shiraz 2015 both underline that quality of cooler-climate shiraz, while Spinifex Single Vineyard Moppa 2016 delivers in neo-classical style. Best Wine of Show Stella Bella 2017 Shiraz. Winner of a Trophy at the 2018 Australian Cool Cimate Wine Show and a Gold medal at the 2018 Perth Wine Show, this is a Pinot Gris that’s set to impress. Every single wine from Kirrihill we’ve seen this … Variety: Shiraz. Andrew Thomas is a Hunter Valley loyalist to the core whose love and dedication to the famed Shiraz and Semillon grapes from the region are his true passion. "overlay": 0 }, They have that signature Barossa power, but they also use tannin and acidity so well they leave you wanting more! Medium to deep red in the glass, their 2016 vintage features a beautiful nose displaying cherry and currant perfume. It's full of plum and spice, leaving a warm finish. There are many good red wine brands making ripping Pinots in Australia, and they can be made in so many marvellous ways. They should be high on the list for anyone who loves Clare Valley wines. The WA wine scoring 97 points of a possible 100 to claim the top trophy from 364 entries, encompassing 29 Australian wine regions. Family-run vineyard, Hardy’s in McLaren … 14.5 % 750 ml. How did South Australia's iconic producer tackle the 2018 … The Report. Pale gold with green freshness in the glass, it has a lightly nutty nose with primary aromas of sourdough and lemon. Powerful, yet retaining elegance, it has a deep mix of black and purple fruit, sweet and savoury spice and vanillin oak in good balance. "on_typing": 0 }, "more_redirect_url": "?s={phrase}&content_all=All&contents%5B0%5D=Tasting+Reports&contents%5B1%5D=Tasting+Notes&contents%5B2%5D=Videos&contents%5B3%5D=Events&SelectedContents=Tasting%20Notes", Made from 100% single clone Pinot Noir, the wines spent 16 months on lees before disgorgement. Pre-Emptive Strike Trophy. This is a superb example of why you need to stop thinking that Rutherglen is just a region for fortified wine. Australia is an extremely important wine producing country, both in terms of quality and the scale of its wine economy. Today, 100 Best takes the form of a 25000+ word Report which also points out other wines of interest from the wineries who make the grade. The fruit for this wine is off two blocks grown at 730m and 900m elevation. Medium to deep red black in colour, it’s a huge wine with lashings of inky liquorice-like concentration of black cherry, cola and aniseed on the nose. "triggeronclick": 1, Though Australian white wines are great all year round, its when summer hits and the silly season is in full swing with Christmas parties, seafood and warm afternoons spent out on the patio or down at the beach, that your taste buds crave a zing. Deep tawny with an olive green hue, this Liqueur Muscat allures with aromas of sweet raisin, apricot, toffee and butterscotch. TYRRELL'S. The palate is generous, dark and brooding, as you’d expect from a classic expression of the variety, with a massive core of dark fruit, prune and black olive and rich, assertive tannins. A distinguished aged red, its acidity is still fresh with a lovely tannin foundation driving the integrated core of dark fruit and quality oak. They can be complex and spicy, elegant and floral or even just juicy and smashable; their versatility makes them one of the best Australian red wines you can buy. Opening with lovely aromatic detail of red and white strawberry with tangerine lift and charm, it’s a classy wine with ripe yet fine fruits, long and velvety strawberry and cream, and creamy oak support. "dur" : 300 }, "noresultstext": "No results for Tasting Notes, Tasting Reports, Videos and Events. } Mealy and textural, it’s deliciously nutty, dry and savoury. In celebration of Australia Day, wine journalist, author, and IWSC judge Jo Burzynska selects her top 10 Australian wines from the IWSC 2017. Lovely now but will cellar well. I am very proud to launch my Australian Sparkling Report 2018, the most in-depth report I’ve ever filed on this dynamic category, a 77 page trawl through all the hot topics in Australian sparkling, featuring full reviews of my 120 best sparkling wines of the year of every price and style. To view the tasting notes for each wine, check out my app "anim" : "fadedrop", So long and bright - this Riesling is beautiful now but also has a great future. Brooding plum, black cherry, mulberry and black pepper aromas lead to a palate that’s concentrated and powerful yet retains a touch of elegance with a fine tannin foundation driving the bright core of dark fruit. These Are Australia’s Top Wines For 2018. A sleeping giant with liquorice-like concentration. "charcount": 3, These are the top 25 Australian Cabernet Sauvignon wines as rated by Vivino users in Australia recently. Australian Shiraz wins the best wine of the year at 2018 London Wine Competition. A silken and seductive wine, which when tasted blind you could confuse with the best of Alsace. Penfolds Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2018. Wines such as Penfolds' 'Grange' (the 1995 vintage took first place this year) have no equal anywhere else in the world. "redirectClickTo": "results_page", A dry, powerful expression, this remarkable wine has a delicious citrus core, subtle toast and lime curd complexity, wet rock-like minerality and thrilling acidity. The tannins are deep and long, yet remain graceful with a touch of elegance through to the long finish. "highlightwholewords": 1, Clare Valley, RRP $22. … Beautifully bright, fragrant and vibrant, it has juicy acidity and velvety texture. "triggeronreturn": 1, Australian wines scored six Platinum Best in Show* awards at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA), judged recently in London. Unlike many other regions in Australia, the 2011 vintage was a cracker in Margaret River and this Cabernet reaped the benefits, winning Gold medals at the 2013 Royal Melbourne Wine Show and 2014 Mundus Vini International Wine Show. Kirrihill Clarevale Shiraz 2016. Richard Hamilton has a long history dating back to 1872 and his was one of the first families to establish vineyards in McLaren Vale. }, Sign up now for immediate notifications from JamesSuckling.com, FOR FULL WINE RATINGS, SUBSCRIBE! Ray Jordan sorts through an estimated 600 bottles of wine to find the best valued red wines in Australia. Lovely and textural in a medium weight frame, it has loads of bright red fruits and velvety tannins. 5. "on_click": 0, This research identified the barriers to selling Australia premium wines at US$12 retail and above in the US market and developed a simple tool to help Australian wine exporters identify the best-matched trade and consumer groups for their offerings. Apple, peach, sourdough and struck match aromas lead to a powerful yet refined and elegant palate with an array of citrus and stonefruit flavours, toasty barrel complexity, fine acidity and a long, poised and vibrant finish. "itemscount": 4, From Queensland’s Granite Belt to Tasmania’s Tamar Valley, no other country offers such a range of Shiraz from a variety of terroirs. Bright and vital, it has fabulous generosity of flavour. Featuring a touch of Viognier, it exudes a fragrant mix of violet, plum and blueberry aromas with whole bunch stalky spice. Combine that with Campbells’ talent and you’ve got a wine with beautifully open aromas of white and yellow flower with honeycomb, yellow melon, orange oil and mandarin. Henschke showed their prowess by picking up a Trophy and Gold medal for this Riesling at the 2017 Canberra National Wine Show and Gold at the 2017 Royal Adelaide Wine Show. Wine tasting reports, wine videos, wine reviews and more from Australia, by James Suckling, wine critic and journalist, and the team at JamesSuckling.com. "iiblurOverlay": 1, Ranked # 1 of 32 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra. Great Shiraz at LCBO, BCLDB, and SAQ. "redirect_url": "?s={phrase}&content_all=All&contents%5B0%5D=Tasting+Reports&contents%5B1%5D=Tasting+Notes&contents%5B2%5D=Videos&contents%5B3%5D=Events&SelectedContents=Tasting%20Notes", "didyoumeantext": "Did you mean:", "overridewpdefault": 0, At the on-site restaurant you can soak up the vino with dishes such as pinot-poached beetroot and grass-fed beef carpaccio, making this a great one-stop food and wine experience. Presenting as very pale straw in the glass, it has a perfumed nose of jasmine, apple, lemon and pear aromas. I started my 100 Best Australian Wines initiative back in 2004 in order to highlight the finest Australian wines sold in the UK. Supplied. BEST KNOWN FOR: Single-vineyard shiraz and semillon; … "showauthor": 0, Winner of Golds at the 2018 Royal Perth and National Wine Shows, this Cabernet comes from McWilliam’s 660 range, named after the metres above sea level in the cool Hilltops region of NSW. It is designed as a balanced, modern collection of all styles of wine, including sparklers, whites, reds, sweet and fortified wines. Shiraz, what else is there to know about Australian wine, right?Well, not so fast. "autocomplete": { Australian Shiraz wins the best wine of the year at 2018 London Wine Competition April 19th, 2018 348 medals are awarded to 26 different proud wine producing countries selected from thousands of entries by the inaugural 2018 London Wine Competition demonstrating its broad appeal to the kaleidoscope that is the wine industry. As a small family wine company, we aspire to stand proud amid the world’s most coveted wines and their craftsmen, and have been fortunate to encounter some of the best the wine world has to offer. Bold and satiny-soft with lovely ripe gooseberry and melon, juicy mouth-feel, savoury barrel complexity and gentle yet tangy and lip-smacking acidity. Top 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Australia. 100 Best Australian Wines 2020/21 Launch – postponed 2nd June 2020 - 5:56 am Newsflash – 100 Best Australian Wines Roadshow Events Updated 20th March 28th March 2020 - 2:59 pm Latest Tweets ... South Australia. "hresulthidedesc": "1", Full-bodied, velvety and round, it has a deep core of black and blue fruit, fine velvety tannins and a long plum pudding-like finish. They have an amazing vineyard, and winemaker Leigh Ratzmer is a whiz with the variety. Top Value AU # 1 of 32 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra. No longer in the shadow of its Bordeaux cousin, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec is shining as a single varietal. Something, like the exceptional Hickinbotham The Peake Cabernet Shiraz 2018. Australia Wine tasting reports, wine videos, wine reviews and more from Australia, by James Suckling, wine critic and journalist, and the team at JamesSuckling.com. While quality is the determining factor, it’s interesting to see that price can be largely irrelevant and the spread of regions indicates almost all our Geographic Indicators (GI) are producing seriously good wines. This is a Portuguese-style Touriga-based blend featuring 45% Touriga Naçional, 28% Tinta Cão, 9% Tinta Roriz, 7% Tinta Amarela, 7% Alvarelhão & 4% Sousão. Fresh from the Yarra Valley, this classy drop has a pure nose with ripe, complex stonefruit, lees and struck match magic. Powerful, it displays blackcurrant and blood plum, with terrific freshness, subtle background oak, strong varietal crushed leaf, dried herb and tobacco notes and deep, seamless tannins. Grenache is one of the most adaptable reds, but really thrives in the McLaren Vale region, as this beauty from Vinrock illustrates. There were only 600 individually numbered bottles of this sensational Sparkling made, which spent nine years on yeast lees in the bottle An aged release drinking at its peak, it beguiles with a sweetly honeyed nose with notes of baked apple and brioche. Today, we lean towards an Australian red wine that is a bit more muscular than your typical Pinot. Flavour-packed and generous, it features loads of varietal depth showing as lychee, apple, musk and ginger with smooth acidity throughout. This bold Shiraz has picked up Gold medals at the Sydney International Top 100, as well as the 2018 Brisbane, Adelaide and Cowra Wine Shows. With generous satiny harmony, it’s beautifully long and textural with fine tannin dryness and citrus peel-like lift and length. "enabled": 0, September 28, 2017. Unforgettable wineries in regions like Margaret River, Yarra Valley, Hunter Valley and Tasmania combine stunning natural landscapes with food, wine and vine history that's the envy of the world. Wine Show of Western Australia 2018 saw 834 entries from a total of 115 producers representing all of WA’s nine wine regions – but who was the best of the best? The Best Australian Wine - The 2020 Reverse Wine Snob Picks. Complex and long with a touch of tannin grip. The 2018 wine vintage in South Australia is looking good as harvest wraps up, with warm, dry weather helping produce exceptional grapes with intense colours and flavours, across all regions. 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This Tasmanian Chardonnay was fermented then matured for 12 months in French oak. By Tatler Singapore. "anim" : "fadedrop", Multi-award winning wine writer, television presenter and international speaker Tyson Stelzer has released his highly anticipated Australian Sparkling Report for 2018. Finishes with cashew-like creaminess and oyster shell persistence. Thirty-five vintages later, it’s a terrifically structured and beautifully drinkable release with lovely plum, beetroot, briar, herb and spice aromas. By Wine Enthusiast. In years when growing conditions and rainfall have been perfect, Drayton’s oldest vines (100+ years) produce fruit of such intensity and quality that the family bottles and labels these as ultra premium iconic wines. Lemon zest and cut grass lead to a bright palate with classic capsicum, gooseberry and lemon pith, sherbety acidity and a long and distinctive finish. 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