The Australian continent started producing wine in the 19th century. Europeans, mainly English, Scots, and Germans were the most enthusiastic winemakers. The vine is not indigenous to the continent.
Traditionally, Australia exported its wines to the United Kingdom, and more or less fashioned its production to please British palates of the time.
Then the industry started to export to North America (mainly the U.S.A. and Canada), Japan, Singapore, and now China.
Evolutionary wine making took hold to produce emphasising fresh, fruity, and invigorating libations.
Now some progressive winemakers look into the future, and try to guess what type of wine would be in demand. They anticipate more continental “Old world” wines to dominate the market place, and plant sangiovese, montepulciano, and nero d’avola. These are meant to be consumed with food, are dry, barrel aged for depth and varietal in character.
The trade and wine writers had an opportunity to taste a selection of old style, new, and “revolutionary” wines during a tasting from 20 wineries.
Some of them are general list products, some are Vintages, and few others consignment or private order.
The following Wines of Australia appealed to me:
Premier Chardonnay, 2013, Vasse Felix, Margaret River, Western Australia
Represented by Charlton Hobbs in Ontario
No.5 Riesling, 2014, Riesling Freak, Clare Valley, South Australia
Chardonnay, 2012, Yabby Lake, Victoria
Available at Vintages. Represented by von Terra in Ontario
Scrubby Rise (Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier)
General list $ 15.95
Tower MVR2012, Tahbilk Wines
Represented by Kylix Wines in Ontario
Block I Pinot Noir, 2012, Yabby Lake, Victoria
Red Claw Pinto Noir, 2013, Yabby Lake
(Both above wines are represented by von Terra in Ontario
The Tower Shiraz, 2012, Tahlbilk Wines
Plexus, 2009, John Duval Wines, Barossa Valley, South Australia 89+/100
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Ringbolt,
General list $ 19.95
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Vasse Felix, Western Australia
Old Bush Vine Grenache, 2012, Yalumba
Consignment B+W or Charlton Hobbs
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, McWilliams Hanwood Estate
General list $ 14.95
Orphan Bank Shiraz, 2012, Langmeil
Consignment Contact B+W Wiens in Toronto
$ 64.95 Consignment, B+W Wines
Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz, 2012, Fowles Wines
Stone Dwellers Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Fowles Wines
General list $ 19.95
Bin 555 Shiraz, 2012, Wyndham
$ 15.95 General list
Titan Shiraz, 2012, Alphan Crucis
Vintages $ 24.95
Nero d’Avola, 2013 Brook Higgins
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, 2013, Mc Guigan