Plentiful sunshine and a comparative lack of winemaking red tape enabled Australia to create a whole New World of mainstream, competitively priced wines with a crowd-pleasing formula of fruit and oak.
However, today Australia is home of the 'Boutique winery' and is the source of some of the world's most exciting wines that truly reflect the diversity of its climate, wine regions and winemaking culture. This new wave of independent boutique winemakers, preaching the values of high quality, hand made wines and restraint in the use of oak are making their presence felt.
We'll explore the wines of the Margaret River in Western Australia where a cooler, more maritime climate produces wines with incredible finesse. We'll also explore how Australia's cooler regions such as the Clare Valley are producing world-class examples of dry style Rieslings, one of the world's greatest grapes.
You'll also explore one of Australia's classic red wine regions, Coonawarra where the local 'terroir' produces a uniquely individual style of Cabernet Sauvignon. Of course, Australia can still turn up the heat so we will pay our respect to one of the world's most famous hot climate wine regions, The Barossa Valley where Shiraz produces wines of incredible depth and richness and takes the lead in carefully constructed blends that demonstrate just how exciting Australian wine can be.
Finally you'll get to taste one of Australia's best kept secrets, a delicious, lusciously sweet dessert wine, the perfect way to end a fabulous tasting.