Pack your bags, we are taking a trip to Australia. The well established and loved holiday destination is known for their exceptional wines and in particular their South Australian red wines. The quality, diversity and unique characteristics draw people in and lets be honest, once you start drinking Australian red wines you don't look back..
So lets shine a light on Australia, with its diverse climate, varied terroir and passionate winemakers they have truly made a name for themselves. Let's explore a few popular asked questions together such as what are Australia's most popular red wine grapes and sweet red wines, discover a few popular wine brands and let's raise a glass (or two) together!
Did you know that Australia is the planets sixth largest country?! Did you know that 1.3 billion litres of wine was produced in Australia over 2021 - 2022 (Wine production sales and inventory report). That's a lot of wine! So let's take a look at the famous wine regions of Australia and in particular the top red wine producing regions of Australia.
Arguably Australia's most famous wine region but also where all the magic happens for their red wines. The Barossa Valley located in South Australia, is known for its bold and powerful Shiraz with the warm climate that contributes to the rich and ripe fruit flavours, Barossa has vines that are over 100 years old!
The Margaret River is located in Western Australia and is renowned for its quality and award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Margaret River is located in a maritime climate with cooling ocean breezes which is great for their vines resulting in elegance, fine tannins and perfectly balanced fruit flavours and structure.
Coonawarra is located in Soth Australia on the Limestone Coast and also produces deliciously good Cabernet Sauvignon, the unique terrior and clay over limestone gives distinctive characteristics to the grapes making them a stand out. McLaren Vale, Hunter Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills are just a few more sought after wine regions that produce exceptional Australian red wines. The climate of Australia brings unique and different wines to the table that I would suggest everyone needs to try.
Australia is a well known wine country producing a wide range of magnificent red wines with their own distinct characteristics. Among the various types of red wines, Shiraz is a stand out. Shiraz is Australia's flagship grape variety which is commonly produced in the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Coonawarra.
Shiraz, also known as Syrah in other parts of the world, thrives in Australia's diverse wine regions. It has become synonymous with the Australian wine industry due to its ability to adapt to different climates and produce exceptional wines. Flavours that are bold, intense and rich with common notes of blackberry, plum, chocolate and black pepper draw wine enthusiasts in.
Another notable red wine variety in Australia is Cabernet Sauvignon. Known for its structure and ageing potential, Australian Cabernet Sauvignon showcases dark fruit flavours such as blackcurrant, along with herbal and eucalyptus undertones. With its firm tannins and balanced acidity, it offers a refined drinking experience and pairs well with a variety of foods.
Grenache is growing its reputation over the ditch with its vibrant red fruit flavours, spice and silky texture. A more complex grape that is making a name for itself, Grenache is a wine we all need to try.
Moscato is a very popular sweet and slightly sparkling wine style that is produced in Australia. Moscato is made from Muscat grapes that are generally known to be fragrant, vibrant and fruity flavours with gentle sweetness. Australian Moscato goes hand in hand with dessert and casual sipping.
Australian winemakers often create sweet red blends by combining different grape varieties to achieve a desired flavour profile. These blends can incorporate grape varieties like Shiraz, Grenache, and others, resulting in wines with varying degrees of sweetness. Sweet red blends from Australia can display a range of fruit flavours, smooth textures, and a touch of residual sugar.
Ruby Cabernet is a red wine grape variety that can produce sweeter-style red wines in Australia. It is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan. Ruby Cabernet wines tend to be fruit-forward, medium-bodied, and offer a touch of sweetness.