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
A Special Selection wine, the Block 3 sub-section of the Resurrection vineyard is home to five acres of twisted, gnarly old Shiraz vines that were planted during the Great Depression. These vines are embedded in the deep, red Ebenezer soils; the wine reflects this unique plot displaying a rich, soulful aroma with notes of blackberry and black pepper, spiced fruit...more
Bottle 75cl £24.50
Rich, deep crimson with crimson hue. A beautiful Cabernet bouquet of blackcurrant and mint with dark berried, spicy Shiraz and soft red fruits 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...more
Bottle 75cl £13.13
Bottle 75cl £14.10
Almost water white with pale green straw hues. Fresh, lively aromas of citrus, white flowers, passion fruit and guava. The aromas follow through onto the palate with a burst of delicate white fruit and citrus flavours. A lovely, long palate with a crisp, lemon sherbet acid finish. The perfect 'alternative' blanc!more
Bottle 75cl £15.13