Top 10 Australian fine wines to watch
13th October, 2016 by Lucy Shaw
Australia is producing the best wines in its history. Grape growers are honing in on the ideal spots for specific varieties to thrive, vine age is increasing, clonal selections are improving and cool-climate regions are enjoying their moment in the sun.
In the winery, vintners are becoming ever more retrained in their use of oak and alcohol levels are decreasing, resulting in elegant wines that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best of the Old World.
There has never been a more exciting time for Australian fine wine as the country’s different regions become flag-bearers for specific grapes – the Barossa and McLaren Vale for Shiraz; Margaret River and Coonawarra for Cabernet; Mornington Peninsula for Pinot; Margaret River, Yarra Valley and Beechworth for Chardonnay; the Clare and Eden Valleys for Riesling; the Hunter Valley for Semillon and Tasmania for sparkling wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
While tightly held prejudices mean many European collectors have yet to open their minds to the potential of Australian fine wine, and the value to be found there in comparison with Bordeaux and Burgundy, things are starting to change, and in the UK there is a small but growing appetite for the country’s best labels.
While Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace will set you back serious sums, if you sniff out Australia’s rising stars before their prices skyrocket, there are bargains to be had on the fine wine front. We’ve rounded up ten wines we believe have great fine wine potential and are set to be the stars of the future.