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Now one of the world's most important wine producers with over 180 million gallons produced annually, and this quantity is on the increase. Whether this is because Australians are the highest wine consumers per capita in the English speaking world is open to debate... Just about every style of wine is made, from sparkling to fortified, dry to sweet, light to full bodied etc. - you name it and the Aussies can make it, and in most cases they make it very well indeed. Just about every major grape variety is grown somewhere in the country, and a great many more unfamiliar to wine drinkers can found if one looks hard enough. The staggering increase in wine exported from Australia from the mid 80s to the present day shows the importance of Australia on the world’s wine markets.

Wine is produced in every state of Australia although there are several key areas whose wines tend to of a higher quality. Because of the climate, where summers tend to be reliably hot, vintages are on the whole more consistent than their European counterparts, although variations from year to year are inevitable. Viticulture has existed in Australia since the early 19th century mainly in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, three of today’s most significant regions. South Australia quickly became the country's biggest producer after Victoria succumbed to Phylloxera in the late 1870s. It was at this time that many of the more familiar Australian wine-growing regions established themselves, with the Barossa valley at the hub of the industry. Exports to England thrived due to trade agreements between Commonwealth countries (which meant England imported more Australian wine than French in the first half of this century!). By the 1950s production had moved up a gear in both quantity and quality as classic grape varieties made their mark (Penfolds Grange Hermitage was first made in 1951), and regions such as Coonawarra became prime vine growing centres. The advances made continued over the next few decades, and today the very greatest Australian wines rival those of just about any other country. In recent years there has a throwback to traditional French wine-making values, so that a few producers are keen to emulate their French contemporaries instead of making the intensely fruit-driven wines we associate with Australia. These producers are few and far between but their wines are worth seeking out even though their prices could easily pass for serious Claret!

Other regions are now very much in vogue, with Western Australia now one of the higher quality producing areas. Victoria has regained its position as an equal with South Australia, and even Capital Territory (Canberra) is making some excellent wines. Smaller ‘boutique’ wineries are very fashionable nowadays with some truly stunning wines trickling out, many of which are operated on a tiny scale compared to many in California, with production of less than 100 cases more common than you’d expect. A sad side of this trend is the big boys of the Australian wine industry often swallow up these tiny outfits - the Australian wine industry is dominated by only a handful of companies. Some of the boutique wineries are allowed to continue their production as before but many are taken over with the grapes grown used for other wines.

Australia’s place in the market is firmly entrenched and has had such influence that even the French have modified their attitude to winemaking in some areas. Exports grow annually, as does quality. While the bargain basement tag is no longer as valid as it once was, the country’s position as a place for thoroughly drinkable wines looks to remain unchanged.

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Red Wine
Marktree CABERNET MERLOT 1/4 bt NV
Australia
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah/Shiraz
Body: d - Medium to Full
Ready to drink

A blockbuster Aussie blend offering fruit, weight and texture making it a great foody wine.

Shop Price: £2.49
18.75CL
Out of stock
Red Wine
Trentham Estate MURPHY'S SHIRAZ 2014
Australia :: New South Wales :: Murray River Valley
Syrah/Shiraz
Body: e - Full

Soft, bramble berry fruit packed with a hint of pepper. This shiraz is very smooth and easy drinking.

Shop Price: £7.49
75.0CL
In Stock
White Wine
Opal Ridge Semillon/Chardonnay 2015
Australia :: New South Wales
Chardonnay, Semillon
Sweetness: 3 - Soft Dry
Ready to drink

With the accent on value (something Australia is less known for nowadays) this creamy, fruity white does down a treat.

Shop Price: £7.99
75.0CL
In Stock
Red Wine
Opal Ridge Shiraz/Cabernet 2015
Australia :: New South Wales
Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz
Body: d - Medium to Full
Ready to drink

A nice little bundle of spice and fruit.

Shop Price: £7.99
75.0CL
In Stock
Red Wine
Soldiers Block SHIRAZ 2016
Australia :: South Australia
Syrah/Shiraz
Body: d - Medium to Full
Ready to drink

Full flavoured wine, with spicy tones and fruit, produced in South Australia

Shop Price: £8.25
75.0CL
Only 10 left
White Wine
Trentham Estate Lantana SEMILLION/CHARDONNAY MURRY RIVER 2014
Australia :: New South Wales
Chardonnay, Semillon
Sweetness: 2 - Dry
Ready to drink

A lovely, easy drinking blend from a quality producer. Fresch, clean fruit flavours dominate.

Shop Price: £8.49
75.0CL
Out of stock
White Wine
Opal Ridge Gewurztraminer Verdelho 2015
Australia
Gewurztraminer, Verdelho
Sweetness: 4 - Off Dry
Ready to drink

This is a fruity and flavoursome wine with a lovely zesty finish that will perfectly complement spicy asian dishes.

Shop Price: £8.79
75.0CL
In Stock
White Wine
Berton Vineyard FOUNDSTONE Unoaked Chard 2015
Australia :: South Australia
Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Marsanne
Sweetness: 2 - Dry
Ready to drink

This unoaked Chardonnay offers a rich and creamy mouth feel that leads to lovely soft tropical fruits and orange zest on the palate. Zingy acidity underpins the flavours and keeps them lingering on the palate.

Shop Price: £9.49
75.0CL
Only 3 left
Red Wine
Trentham Estate River Retreat Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Australia

Generous, richly fruity Cabernet which offers plenty of blackcurrant, licorice and ripe plum with soft, easy going tannins. A winner at below £10.

Shop Price: £9.75
75.0CL
Only 10 left
Red Wine
Magpie Estate 'Wishbone' SHIRAZ GRENACHE 2015
Australia :: South Australia :: Barossa
Grenache/Garnacha, Syrah/Shiraz
Body: d - Medium to Full
Ready to drink

Black cherry and spice; a great blend from the Magpie Estate in Barossa.

Shop Price: £9.75
75.0CL
In Stock
White Wine
Thorn Clark Milton Park unoaked chardonnay 2015
Australia

Simple but pleasing unoaked chardonnay. Fresh Melon and peach fruit, medium bodied and refreshing. Ideal with asian cuisine, chicken and light pasta dishes.

Shop Price: £9.99
75.0CL
In Stock
Red Wine
Berton Vineyard THE BLACK SHIRAZ 2015
Australia

Australian Shiraz has forged an enviable
reputation for huge unrestrained flavours
that are exemplified by this wine.

Shop Price: £10.99
75.0CL
In Stock
Red Wine
Pikes THE RED MULLET CLARE VALLEY 2011
Australia :: South Australia :: Clare Valley
Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah/Shiraz, Tempranillo
Body: d - Medium to Full
Ready to drink

This unusual blend of grapes is full of rich, juicy fruit with a spicy finsh. Much more interesting than most auzzie wines at this level (and higher) that we have seen for a long time. Great value and one that we thouroughly recommend.

Shop Price: £11.49
75.0CL
Only 1 left
Red Wine
Thorn Clark Terra Barossa Shiraz/Cab/Petit Verdot 2014
Australia

Another winner from the Thorn Clarke winery, defender of the faith in the Barossa Valley. A blend of different vineyard sites as well as varietals. Lovely savoury blackberry and creamy oak make for a splendid accompaniment to roast beef. The tannins are very fine and give great length to the finish.

Shop Price: £11.75
75.0CL
Only 1 left
Red Wine
Thorn Clark Terra Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Australia

Sourced entirely from fruit in the Barossa valley, this 2013 Cabernet displays a varietal bouquet of blackcurrant fruit and dark chocolate. The palate has ripe plums and sweet spice flavours, which linger in a long pleasant finish. A most satisfying bottle!

Shop Price: £11.75
75.0CL
Out of stock
Red Wine
Trentham Estate Merlot 2014
Australia

Anthony Murphy crafts wines more than the sum of their parts in the Murray Darling Valley.
This is an easy going Merlot with ripe soft berry fruits and a smooth, silky finish.

Shop Price: £11.99
75.0CL
Only 6 left
White Wine
Matilda Plains Sauvignon Langhorne Creek 2013
Australia :: South Australia
Sauvignon Blanc
Sweetness: 2 - Dry
Ready to drink

Matilda Plains is Bremerton's new winery; 2002 was its first vintage. It is a zesty Sauvignon Blanc providing lifted mineral aromas balanced by a palate displaying a touch of green apple and lime with good acid structure and a crisp refreshing finish

Shop Price: £11.99
75.0CL
In Stock
Red Wine
Thorn Clark Terra Barossa Shiraz 2012
Australia

Old School Barossa Producer making excellent value wine. This is quintessential Barossa Shiraz. Ripe plum and black fruit, with soft tannins and some background spice. At just below £10 this really is a bargain!

Shop Price: £12.25
75.0CL
In Stock
Red Wine
Trentham Estate PINOT NOIR 2015
Australia
Pinot Noir
Body: a - Light
Ready to drink

This offers soft, red berry fruit against a very subtle background of spicy oak, an attractive edge of spice, supple mouthfeel, gentle, ripe flavour and a succulent, soft finish.

Shop Price: £12.79
75.0CL
In Stock
Red Wine
Trentham Estate La Famiglia Nebbiolo 2013
Australia

An alternative to the tougher tannins of Italian Nebbiolo, this is a softer, fruitier version, with black cherry, light spice and supple tannins. Very pleasing.

Shop Price: £12.99
75.0CL
In Stock
White Wine
Rolf Binder HIGHNESS RIESLING EDEN VALLE 2015
Australia
Riesling

The Eden Valley skirts the eastern slopes of the Barossa Ranges, and is known for crisp floral Rieslings.
The wine is traditional in style with its ripe lemon fruit flavours and good length.

Shop Price: £13.79
75.0CL
Only 9 left
Red Wine
Plantagenet OMRAH PINOT NOIR 2013
Australia :: Western Australia :: Mount Barker

Body: b - Light to Medium

Plantagenet is a leading winery in the Great Southern region of Western Australia and one of the area’s oldest. It is located in Mount Barker, an area known its temperate climate thanks to its proximity to the coast. Try this and enjoy cherry and raspberry with subtle undertones of oak-derived vanilla.

Shop Price: £14.49
75.0CL
In Stock
White Wine
Penley Estate ARADIA CHARDONNAY 2012
Australia

Light straw-green; this is a very smart Coonawarra chardonnay, with a wealth of white
peach, pink grapefruit and melon flavors, any oak incidental to the main game.

Shop Price: £14.99
75.0CL
In Stock
Red Wine
Penley Estate PHOENIX CABERNET COONAWARR 2012
Australia :: South Australia :: Coonawarra
Cabernet Sauvignon
Body: e - Full
Drink now, but will keep

A liquorice and smoke nose leads to a mass of spice, blackberries and cassis with all the elegant structure and smooth tannins that we now expect from this quality producer.

Shop Price: £14.99
75.0CL
In Stock
Red Wine
Penley Estate GRYPHON MERLOT Coonawarra 2011
Australia
Merlot

Complex bouquet with distinct floral notes. Ripe fruit and well-balanced vanilla and oak.

Shop Price: £14.99
75.0CL
In Stock