Top 6 Aussie Red Wines You Should be Drinking Now
Author: The Grogfather Date Posted:12 April 2016
“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” ― John Keats
Despite Keats’ French persuasions, Australians really needn’t travel so far to find some of the world’s best red wines (let alone fruit, fine weather and top notch music). Margaret River’s rich, earthy merlots, Barossa Valley’s spicy, fruit-fizzed shirazes, Tasmania and the Yarra Valley’s crisp Pinot Noirs and Rutherglen’s refined, (yet gutsy) Durifs are esteemed on the world stage. These are our recommendations for the top red wines you should be trying now. (Prices are per case of 6.)
1. Saltram Mamre Brook Shiraz, Barossa Valley, SA $27.54
This is a take-one-sip-and-buy-a-whole-case sort of red wine. Saltram in the Barossa Valley has a number of great wines to showcase; that is, if you ever tire of trying the Mamre Brook Shiraz. (Unlikely.)
2. Torbreck Woodcutter’s Shiraz, Barossa Valley, SA $22.80
Trying not to be shiraz-centric in an Australian wine list is a difficult task when there’s more than ample shirazes coming out of South Australia’s Barossa Valley. But this one truly is a cut above the rest. Overlooking a small patch of rolling hills and set in an ancient-looking stone farmhouse, Torbreck has incredible reds for any palette. It’s one of those wineries that continue to surprise and impress with each wine that’s brought to the table. For the price and sheer melt-in-your-mouth smooth deliciousness, the Woodcutter Shiraz tops their wine list for us.
3. Eddystone Point Pinot Noir, Tasmania $19.94
Every Pinot Noir drinker in Australia knows that Tasmania is the place to go for soft, delicate pinots. Eddystone Point produces some of Tassie’s crispiest, juiciest, plumpest pinots. You can nearly taste the verdant Derwent Valley scenery in a glass of Eddystone.
4. Two Italian Boys Sangiovese, Mount Lofty Ranges, SA $16.14
No wine list is complete without a sangiovese. The sangiovese has got to be the most versatile wine in existence. Delicate enough to sip all day at a summer’s picnic yet bold enough to match with a winter’s roast dinner; the Two Italian Boys have got this one spot on.
5. Taylors Merlot, Clare Valley SA $13.77
This table wine largely made it into our top 8 list for its durability. It’s an extremely drinkable, good value everyday wine that won’t break the bank. The balance between a wine’s cost and drinkability can be a delicate one, but this top red wine sets the scale steadily in balance.
6. Pepper Tree Cabernet Sauvignon, Hunter Valley, NSW $18.05
One of the most popular wines to come out of the (very popular) Hunter Valley region of NSW, Pepper Tree’s cabernet sauvignon combines spicy, fruity and oaky notes with a smooth, palatable finish. Ironically, the fruit for this intense Hunter cab sav is sourced from a small patch of limestone coast in Coonawarra and Wrattonbully, Western Australia.
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