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Well, I remember quite fondly penning a blog a few years ago about the merits of the Cabernet Shiraz blend and how quintessentially Australian that particular style is. This Australia day, I’m going to go a bit more specific and talk about the three very special wines that are so uniquely Australian, there is nothing that compares anywhere (and I mean anywhere) in the world. There is something so very unique about each of three that sets them apart.

  1. Hunter Valley Semillon – Semillon is rarely made as a single variety wine elsewhere in the world (mostly used in blends). It’s certainly not made to the quality standards seen in the Hunter and nowhere else do we see such age worthiness and development as we see with Hunter Sem.
  2. Rutherglen Fortified – Rutherglen has some of the oldest Muscadelle and Brown Muscat vines anywhere in the world. It’s HOT and dry and they have blending material dating back more than 100 years (thats right, barrels of wine that have been around for more than a century).
  3. Sparkling Shiraz  – And Sparkling Shiraz is made nowhere else in the world either. Sure, the Italians do Lambrusco but that’s a simple, slightly effervescent fun drink made for immediate consumption. Aussie Sparkling Shiraz on the other hand can have all of the hallmarks of the most complex and decedent shiraz, combined with the pure genius of secondary fermentation in bottle. It can be a heady drink, serious and noteworthy.

So to celebrate Australia day, may I suggest you select one of these three awesome Aussie wines….. or one of each

ome great examples on From The Producer include:

Hunter Semillon

Two Rivers Stones Throw Semillon ($20) – 5 Star James Halliday producer who constantly impresses with this $20 Semillon.

Mistletoe Reserve Semillon ($24) – Top 5 Star (Red) Halliday producer with a site history dating back to 1909.  Always high scoring (94-96) with Mr. Halliday

Margan Semillon 2015 ($20) – A real classic young Hunter Sem. Long, lively and so juicy. James Halliday 95 pointer.

Rutherglen Fortified

Pfeiffer Classic Rutherglen Topaque (NV) ($29) – classic Rutherglen fortified at a great price

Pfeiffer Grand Rutherglen Muscat ($83.50) – an absolute masterpiece!

Anderson N.V. Classic Muscat ($30) – Muscat at it’s very best

Sparkling Shiraz

Grampians Estate Rutherford Sparkling Shiraz 2013 ($35) – one of my wines of the year for 2016

Brockenchack Great Scott Sparkling Shiraz 2014 ($24) – A benchmark producer

McLaren Vale III Associates Sparkling Squid Ink Shiraz NV ($55) – Trophy for best sparkling red at the International Wine Challenge in London


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