In 1788 the first vine cuttings from the Cape of Good Hope arrived at the penal colony with the First Fleet. It took over 40 years successfully to launch domestic production but things moved on apace. Nowadays Australia is the world's fourth biggest exporter of wine with 60% of production going overseas.
There are over 60 designated wine making regions across the country, and a total of over 160,000 hectares under vine. The vineyards are predominantly, and unsurprisingly, found in the cooler southern parts of the country. The climate though is still a significant challenge with serious drought an ongoing problem and the risk of bushfires sweeping the land an ever present threat.
All the major varieties are grown, and a large factor in the country's boom and continued success is the predominance of clear, varietal labelling appealing to english and non-english speakers alike, in a very congested and sometimes baffling market.
A beautiful Cabernet bouquet of blackcurrant and mint with dark berried, spicy Shiraz and soft red fruIt's from the Merlot. The palate is soft and juicy exhibiting flavours blackcurrant, blackberry and plum with a touch of nutmeg spice. The tannins are fine, long and soft making it ideal for early drinking or short term maturation (3-5 years).more
Bottle 75cl £11.65
Bottle 75cl £20.15
“Marsanne has many things in common with Semillon: fragrant and lively in its youth, transforming itself with time in the bottle to rich complexity, acidity one constant, the need for a screwcap the other. Here Meyer lemon, a whisper of honeysuckle a promise of things to come. 92 Points”more
Bottle 75cl £12.10
The Estate Shiraz is produced using traditional winemaking techniques, fermenting the juice in open oak vats then maturing the wine in large French oak barrels for 18 months prior to bottling. Red and black fruits aromas intermingle with spice on the nose, leading onto a palate rich with ripe, juicy black and red fruit flavours, with notes of cedar, pepper...more
Bottle 75cl £13.63
Bottle 75cl £15.10
Grenache, Mataro (Mourvedre) and Shiraz are three of the great red grape varieties that are the cornerstone of the Barossa's red winemaking pedigree. This classic blend combines bright red fruit and spice from the Grenache, savoury and gamey dark fruit from the Mataro and brooding dark plums and chocolate from the Shiraz. Complex and harmonious, gentle savoury tannins and a...more
Bottle 75cl £16.10