Australia Is The Often Forgotten Land of Wine

Australia may not be a region that comes to mind when thinking of great wine, but the land from down under is the world’s fourth largest exporter of wine, ahead of the United States, and for good reason as this country continues to build on the success it showed in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Australians have also become very knowledgeable about wine as the country consumes twice as much wine per capita as the U.S. A wide variety of grapes are grown in this country, but Grange is often considered the best. Produced by the Penfolds winery, Grange first came onto the scene in 1952. However, Grange production does not meet its world-wide demand, so the wine is often expensive and at times hard to get. Recently, a bottle of the pre-release 1951 Grange sold at auction for $50,000, according to the New York Times.

While you may not be able to get your hands on a great Grange, here are some inexpensive Australian wines that can still please the palate.

The 2006 Leeuwin Estate Siblings Sauvignon Blanc Semillon offers a complex citrus fruit note with a classic hint of berry. The mouth-feel is very crisp and this white wine is highly acidic. There are also hints of lemon grass but while a complex wine, it is still very approachable for many people.

The 2009 Tumbarumba Chardonnay is a well balanced wine with a smooth body and caramel like texture. Blasts of berry and subtropical fruits hit the palate making this a great wine to serve with fish, especially trout.

The 2002 Redbank Fugitive Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a grape that has found lots of success around the globe. However, this Australia wine is particularly known its big taste and diverse fruit notes. Ranging from plum, stone fruits, black fruit and bramble fruits, the Sauvigon is a complex wine that goes down smooth.

Australia wines are well worth exploring and can offer some great surprises. Wines from Australia can be great to bring to a party as you will most likely be the only one with a wine from this region and you can help introduce some new favorites to your friends.

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