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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
Trentham Estate MURPHY'S SHIRAZ 2018
Australia :: New South Wales :: Murray River Valley
Syrah/Shiraz
Body: d - Medium to Full
Ready to drink

This attractive, fruit-driven Shiraz comes from the Murphy family's vineyards in Australia's Murray Darling region where they have grown grapes since 1909.

Shop Price: £8.49
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Red Wine
Magpie Estate 'Wishbone' SHIRAZ GRENACHE 2018
Australia :: South Australia :: Barossa
Grenache/Garnacha, Syrah/Shiraz
Body: d - Medium to Full
Ready to drink

The wishbone is broken between two people whilst each make a silent wish - the one who gets the bigger half also gets their wish (supposedly!). We liked the bony-ness of the name, the structure beneath that holds the wine altogether.

Shop Price: £11.49
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Red Wine
Trentham Estate MERLOT 2019
Australia
Merlot
Body: c - Medium
Ready to drink

Most famous in its homeland of Bordeaux, Merlot is an early ripening variety with tannins that are invariably soft, making the wine a good early-drinking style.

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Red Wine
Trentham Estate PINOT NOIR 2018
Australia
Pinot Noir
Body: a - Light
Ready to drink

The fruit for Trentham Estate's Pinot Noir is picked from their best vineyard: the grapes ripened slowly and evenly to result in great fruit quality.

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Red Wine
Trentham Estate La Famiglia Nebbiolo 2018
Australia :: New South Wales :: Murray River Valley
Nebbiolo
Body: c - Medium
Ready to drink

Trentham Estate's 'The Family' range of wines are from estate-grown Italian varieties and celebrate their Italian heritage's influence on grape growing and winemaking.

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Red Wine
Thorn Clark Terra Barossa Shiraz Cabernet Petit Verdot 2017
Australia
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Syrah/Shiraz
Body: d - Medium to Full
Ready to drink

This range pays tribute to the ideal grape growing terroir of the Barossa; the free draining soil structure combined with the region's continental climate.

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Red Wine
Bremerton Tamblyn 2018
Australia :: South Australia :: Langhorne Creek
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah/Shiraz
Body: e - Full
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Tamblyn is named after the Willson family's ancestors who migrated to Australia from Cornwall.

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Red Wine
Mitolo JESTER SHIRAZ McLAREN VALE 2018
Australia :: South Australia :: McLaren Vale
Syrah/Shiraz
Body: e - Full
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This wine is bright ruby red in colour with a vivid purple rim in the glass. Aromas of ripe dark fruits such as blood plum and blackberry are complemented by savoury notes of black olives and oak char. On the palate, it is a full-bodied, mouth-filling wine with fine grained tannins and concentrated dark fruits, and a hint of coffee and mocha on the long finish.

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Red Wine
Bremerton Selkirk Shiraz 2018
Australia :: South Australia :: Langhorne Creek
Syrah/Shiraz
Body: e - Full
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Selkirk in the Scottish borders was the ancestral home of the Willson family. The wine is named in honour of Rebecca and Lucy's grandfather.

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Red Wine
Bremerton Coulthard CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
Australia :: South Australia :: Langhorne Creek
Cabernet Sauvignon
Body: e - Full
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Rebecca and Lucy's maternal grandmother’s maiden name, Coulthard remembers their ancestors who arrived in South Australia from England aboard The HMS Buffalo in 1836.

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White Wine
OFFER - Bird in Hand CHARDONNAY 2018
Australia :: South Australia :: Adelaide
Chardonnay
Sweetness: 3 - Soft Dry
Ready to drink

Now £17.19! 20% OFF!
Was £21.49
The Bird in Hand range is a limited release of premium quality wines created from the best parcels of fruit from every vintage.

Shop Price: £17.19
75.0CL
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White Wine
Philip Shaw The Dreamer VIOGNIER 2018
Australia
Viognier
Sweetness: 3 - Soft Dry
Ready to drink

The Dreamer is light straw yellow with hues of green. Fresh apricots and violets on the nose with lifts of lemon.
The palate is bright and fresh with vivid acid and juicy fruits. The balance of fruit and acid give the wine depth and vibrancy.

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75.0CL
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White Wine
Alpha Box & Dice GOLDEN Mullet Fury 2017
Australia :: South Australia :: McLaren Vale
Semillon, Viognier
Sweetness: 3 - Soft Dry
Ready to drink

You just don’t do a “half mullet” – you have to be all in. The mullet, like skin contact white wines, has been around for millennia. Things never go out of fashion, they just get re-discovered… it’s a cycle, see? Slinky and textured in the mouth with a smooth flow across the palate and sweet tannin fanning out on the finish. It’s red wine-making applied the white wine - the blend? – Semillon and Viognier... percentages don’t matter, but the end result does... Much like the mullet!

Shop Price: £19.99
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Red Wine
Philip Shaw No. 17 RED BLEND 2018
Australia
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Body: d - Medium to Full
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Colour: Dark garnet red
Bouquet: dark berry fruits with undertones of dried herbs and cigar box.
Palate: Elegant and refined with lovely berry fruits framed by supple savory tannins.
Grapes were destemmed, sorted and crushed into small batches for ferment. Wines were fermented with wild yeast, gaining layered complexity. Extended time on skins post fermentation gave the wine greater depth and savoury characteristics. The wine was pressed, and racked to oak for maturation. It was then left to evolve in oak for 16 months before blending for bottling.

Shop Price: £23.99
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Red Wine
Alpha Box & Dice AGLIANICO Xola 2014
Australia :: South Australia :: McLaren Vale
Aglianico
Body: d - Medium to Full
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The Xola is our study on duality in wine. In the South American Andes the concept of Yanatin abounds with the indigenous people adhering to a philosophical model based in what is often referred to as a “dualism of complementary terms” or, simply, a “complementary dualism”. As William Blake says, “Opposition is true friendship”… The opposites of existence, dark/light, male/female, inner/outer are viewed as interdependent and essential parts of a harmonious whole. Tannin is the dark; the masculine… in its youth Aglianico (ahl-YAH-nee-ko) certainly has it’s fair share of tannin heft and muscle, requiring an extended time in seasoned oak barrels to relax, become comfortable with itself and display the harmonious characters we seek.

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75.0CL
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White Wine
Gundog Estate WILD SEMILLON 2019
Australia :: New South Wales :: Hunter Valley
Semillon
Sweetness: 3 - Soft Dry
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The gundog winnery take pride with the wild Semillon by pushing boundaries of conventional winemaking by fermenting a portion of the wine on skins (like a red wine) using natural or “indigenous” yeast. The aim is to create a very textural and complex style of Semillon that showcases another side of this great wine grape.

With tasting notes of very aromatic lemongrass, peach and some herbal tea notes. The palate is bright and fleshy with some residual sweetness there to offset phenolics (tannin) and acidity.

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75.0CL
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White Wine
Grosset SPRINGVALE RIESLING 2020
Australia :: South Australia :: Clare Valley
Riesling
Sweetness: 1 - Very Dry
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From the coolest and highest vineyard in the Watervale sub-region comes this vibrant and aromatic Riesling.

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Red Wine
Thorn Clarke William Randell SHIRAZ 2017
Australia :: South Australia :: Barossa
Syrah/Shiraz
Body: e - Full
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William Randell wines are named and created in honour of Thorn-Clarke’s family ancestor and esteemed pioneer of Australia, William Richard Randell (1824-1911).

Shop Price: £31.99
75.0CL
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Red Wine
Bremerton 'Old Adam' Shiraz 2017
Australia :: South Australia :: Langhorne Creek
Syrah/Shiraz
Body: e - Full
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The Old Adam Shiraz is a combination of parcels of wine from the best blocks of Shiraz from the Bremerton vineyards.

Shop Price: £37.99
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White Wine
Grosset POLISH HILL RIESLING 2019
Australia :: South Australia :: Clare Valley
Riesling
Sweetness: 1 - Very Dry
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From 'The King of Riesling', this hard rock site is overlaid with silty, low fertility soils, producing restrained, steely, pure wines. The Polish Hill vineyard was planted in 1996, following years of research into the effect of soil, rock and altitude on Riesling.

Shop Price: £39.99
75.0CL
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White Wine
Grosset PICCADILLY CHARDONNAY 2018
Australia :: South Australia :: Adelaide
Chardonnay
Sweetness: 3 - Soft Dry
Ready to drink

Best known for his Rieslings, Jeff Grosset's Chardonnay is also known for its pure expression of variety and place. Free-run juice fermented in French oak and 30% malolactic fermentation has resulted in a riotously perfumed Chardonnay with bright, fresh fruit.

Shop Price: £46.99
75.0CL
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Red Wine
Charles Melton Nine Popes 2015
Australia :: South Australia :: Barossa
Grenache/Garnacha, Mourvedre, Syrah/Shiraz
Body: e - Full
Drink now, but will keep

Nine Popes is Melton's nod to the great wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and is as rich, powerful and beautifully balanced as the best examples from France. Almost a permanent feature in Matthew Jukes’ 100 Best Australian Wines.

Shop Price: £54.99
75.0CL
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Red Wine
Clonakilla Canberra District Shiraz Viognier 2018
Australia :: Australian Capital Territory (ACT) :: Canberra
Viognier, Syrah/Shiraz
Body: e - Full
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Clonakilla's star wine. Inspired by time spent in the Northern Rhône, Tim has been co-fermenting these two varieties with multi award-winning results for 23 years.

Shop Price: £99.99
75.0CL
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Sparkling Red
OFFER - Bird in Hand SPARKLING ROSE 2020
Australia :: South Australia :: Adelaide
Pinot Noir
Ready to drink

Now £13.59! 20% OFF!
Was £16.99
Predominantly Pinot Noir, Bird in Hand's Sparkling is made from varieties chosen for their intense aromatics and elegant flavour profiles.

Shop Price: £13.59
75.0CL
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Sparkling Red
Hollick SPARKLING MERLOT 2016
Australia :: South Australia :: Coonawarra
Merlot

The colour of crushed raspberries with lovely soft fruits on the nose, this wine has a delicious creamy texture, nice soft bubbles and a long summer pudding taste.

Shop Price: £23.99
75.0CL
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