Australia is an extremely important wine-producing country, both in terms of quality and the sheer scale of its wine economy. It ranks sixth in the world in wine production and as at March 2010 was the fourth-biggest exporter of wine, with an annual total of 773 million liters, valued at 2.2 billion Australian dollars. Wine is produced in all of Australia’s seven states, with the most prominent regions lying at altitudes of 32 and 42 degrees south. The majority of the country’s wine production is concentrated in the south-east.
Quarterback 2007 McLaren Vale Red Wine 2007
A blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 26% Shiraz, and 17% Grenache aged for 15 months in seasoned French oak. Dark ruby in color, it delivers an enticing bouquet of floral notes, spice box, black cherry, and blueberry. Full-bodied, ripe, and sweetly-fruited on the palate, it manages to retain a sense of elegance.
Torbreck Barossa Valley 2010 Woodcutter’s Shiraz
Very deep purple-black colored, the 2010 Woodcutters Shiraz is a little reduced to begin, giving way to youthful aromas of black fruits, blueberry and blackberry preserves with underlying cassis, chocolate, nut and licorice hints.
Penfold’s Bin 28 Kalimna ShiraZ 2009
Rich, ripe, sweet blackberry and blackcurrant fruit with good structure and concentration as well as a rich, almost lush texture. The oak is well integrated.
The Chook Unpenned Grenache Shiraz Viognier 2008
The seamless integration of Shiraz co-fermented with Viognier and combined in the final blend with Grenache, creates a heady, aromatic, perfumed wine. It contains a strong middle palate, full of depth and intensity.
Woop Woop Shiraz 2010
Well known Aussie winemaker Ben Riggs has crafted a dense, savory Shiraz that sells for a bargain price. Notes of roasted meat, black olives, coffee and cinnamon rest on a foundation of mulberry fruit, with just the suggestion of dusty tannins on the finish. Drink now and over the next couple of years.