Barossa Valley, South Australia

Australian winemakers are a resilient bunch. They have just spent a difficault decade trying to transition their industry from the home of budget, brand-focussed plonk sold as a loss-leader in supermarkets worldwide, to purveyors of a premium, quality product with distinct regional characteristics. On top of which, they have had to contend with the harsh reality of climate change.

Whatever the long-term future of Australian winemaking, they have managed to produce a good deal of impressive wine: Piercingly dry Riesling from the Clare & Eden valleys, boozy, indulgent red from the Barossa and stately, balanced Bordeaux blends in the Margaret River. They still make some of the best wine in the world (just don’t expect three bottles for a tenner).


Our current Aussie favourites include: The Tabula Rasa red and white in their dinky little 50cl bottles. These are a pair of minimal intervention/low sulphite/native yeast wines. The red a soft Mclaren Vale Grenache and the white an Adelaide Hills Semillon/Sauv. Great Value at well under a tenner

Also well worth your time are the meatilly impressive pair of Shirazes (is that the plural?) from Dandelion Vinyards, one in a classic, fruit forward South Australian blockbuster style and one with a little bit more nuance, taking it’s cue from the Northern Rhone. Both are very reasonably priced