Australia

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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).

The Pugilist McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon £8.60
Lion’s Tooth of McLaren Vale McLaren Vale Shiraz, Riesling £11.20
Willunga 100 McLaren Vale Grenache £10.40
Peter Lehmann Masters Wigan Eden Valley Riesling £12.00
One Chain ‘The Googly’ Adelaide Hills Chardonnay £6.90