Australia

Australian Wines


Australia: far away, very hot, and with an overvalued commodity currency. The distance, the issue that too many reds taste slightly roasted or stewed, and the high prices being asked for the country’s many splendid reds mean that SVS is not, at least for the moment, going to offer a wide range. We like to concentrate on the country’s great strength, Shiraz.

Australia

  • Yalumba, The Strapper GSM, Barossa, 2012

    Product Code: YAL512

    Yalumba, The Strapper GSM, Barossa, 2012

    “40% Grenache, 35% Shiraz and 25% Mataro (Mourvèdre) all from the Barossa Valley in South Australia, so a sort of Châteauneuf blend, but with a bit...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Australia
    • Region: Barossa Valley
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Yalumba, The Cigar, Coonawarra, 2012

    Product Code: YAL912

    Yalumba, The Cigar, Coonawarra, 2012

    “The Cigar is grown from Yalumba’s Menzies vineyard on the famed long (and thus cigar shaped) strip of terra rossa, Coonawarra. Coonawarra, in South...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Australia
    • Region: Coonawara
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Willow Bridge, Dragonfly Cabernet Merlot, Geographe, Western Australia, 2013

    Product Code: DRA113

    Willow Bridge, Dragonfly Cabernet Merlot, Geographe, Western Australia, 2013

    “Geographe is a newly minted region of western Australia, near Margaret River. Here the vines are just 20km from the cool ocean, so an excellent area...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Australia
    • Region: Geographe
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.3%
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  • Bramble Lane, Shiraz, Western Australia, 2015

    Product Code: BRA115

    Bramble Lane, Shiraz, Western Australia, 2015

    “Bramble Lane is the second label of Margaret River winery Rosabrook. Such a typical, honest Australian Shiraz: warming, gutsy, black-fruited, just a...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Australia
    • Region: Western Australia
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Tomfoolery, Young Blood Shiraz, Barossa, 2017 [Screwcap]

    Product Code: TOM117

    Tomfoolery, Young Blood Shiraz, Barossa, 2017 [Screwcap]

    “The Young Blood wines are made in a transparent, forward and oh-so-drinkable style to be enjoyed young: the Aussies call this style of wine...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Australia
    • Region: Barossa
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.9%
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  • Ashton Hills, Pinot Noir, Piccadilly Valley, 2016 [Screwcap]

    Product Code: ASH116

    Ashton Hills, Pinot Noir, Piccadilly Valley, 2016 [Screwcap]

    “Based on fruit from the home vineyard, with grapes from two other nearby farms; no new barrels. Friendly Pinot aromas, just lightly herbaceous and...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Australia
    • Region: Adelaide Hills
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Ashton Hills, Estate Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills, 2016 [Screwcap]

    Product Code: ASH316

    Ashton Hills, Estate Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills, 2016 [Screwcap]

    “From four clones; 30% whole bunch; some new oak on this wine; and bottled without filtration. So generously open and fat, silky and supple with...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Australia
    • Region: Adelaide Hills
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Wickhams Road, Pinot Noir, Gippsland, 2017 [Screwcap]

    Product Code: WIC617

    Wickhams Road, Pinot Noir, Gippsland, 2017 [Screwcap]

    “"Wickhams Road is a remarkable wine and it has more vitality and friskiness than a Cirque de Soleil troupe of acrobats. I could swear that there...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Australia
    • Region: Gippsland
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Hoddles Creek, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, 2016, [Screwcap]

    Product Code: HOD616

    Hoddles Creek, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, 2016, [Screwcap]

    “Cedar / cigar box accents on a fresh red fruit perfume. Juicy red and black fruit backed by a correct structure. Excellent transparency and...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Australia
    • Region: Yarra Valley
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.2%
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  • Mac Forbes, Coldstream Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, 2016

    Product Code: MAC316

    Mac Forbes, Coldstream Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, 2016

    “Coldstream is the best-known area of the warmer Lower Yarra; here the Pinot tends to be riper, more forward and opulent. This has an exciting...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Australia
    • Region: Yarra Valley
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Mac Forbes, Healesville Syrah, Yarra Valley, 2016

    Product Code: MAC516

    Mac Forbes, Healesville Syrah, Yarra Valley, 2016

    “Just the second vintage of this, from plots around Healesville, where Mac’s cellar is located and note the name - Syrah, indicating Mac’s wish to...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Australia
    • Region: Yarra Valley
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Pizzini, Nonna Gisella Sangiovese, King Valley, 2016 [Screwcap]

    Product Code: PIZ616

    Pizzini, Nonna Gisella Sangiovese, King Valley, 2016 [Screwcap]

    “A very winning wine. Aroma of cooked strawberries; and then it’s deliciously ripe and charming, with real berry and cherry fruit concentration....”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Australia
    • Region: King Valley
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Silent Noise, SGZ, (Shiraz / Grenache / Zinfandel), McLaren Vale, 2017 [Screwcap]

    Product Code: SIL617

    Silent Noise, SGZ, (Shiraz / Grenache / Zinfandel), McLaren Vale, 2017 [Screwcap]

    “An unusual blend; but the Shiraz doesn’t dominate, and the fruit character of both the Grenache and Zinfandel comes through well. This is...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Australia
    • Region: Mclaren Vale
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Silent Noise, Shiraz, McLaren Vale, 2016 [Screwcap]

    Product Code: SIL816

    Silent Noise, Shiraz, McLaren Vale, 2016 [Screwcap]

    “Just what we have been looking for: a kick-ass Aussie Shiraz at the right price. Aged half in French and half in American oak barrels, this shows a...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Australia
    • Region: Mclaren Vale
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Tomfoolery, Young Blood Grenache, Barossa, 2017 [Screwcap]

    Product Code: TOM317

    Tomfoolery, Young Blood Grenache, Barossa, 2017 [Screwcap]

    “Pale and clear dark cherry tone. Textbook Aussie Grenache strawberry perfume. For a wine over 14%, this appears so light, supple and aromatic and...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Australia
    • Region: Barossa
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.3%
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  • Tomfoolery, Black & Blue Shiraz, Barossa, 2016

    Product Code: TOM516

    Tomfoolery, Black & Blue Shiraz, Barossa, 2016

    “From a premium vineyard in the northern sub-region of Ebenezer in the Barossa Valley; including 5% Viognier. Wonderful wine: magically combines...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Australia
    • Region: Barossa
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
    More Info

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