10 Wines for You to Savour Australia

There are many wines to savour from Australia, from classic wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon from the Coonawarra or Semillon from the Hunter Valley, to the new “natural” wines from wineries like Jaume and Alpha Box & Dice.  At the Dish N’ Dazzle event supporting the BC Hospitality Foundation, wines of Australia were sipped and savoured, together with sample dishes from Vancouver chefs.  Here are a few of the Australian wines that I thought should be mentioned.  All the wineries that I mention below, except for Voyager Estate, have local agents, so you should be able to find these wines either in the BC Liquor stores and/or at private wine shops.

My Recommended White Wines

Voyager Estate Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay, and Petaluma Riesling

Voyager Estate Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay, and Petaluma Riesling

Petaluma Riesling 2015, Clare Valley – Watery straw colour with a green tinge. Nice nose with stone fruit, and in particular peach aromas.  Dry, medium body, round with a light acidic prickle.  Medium intensity stone fruit flavours with honey on the end.  Elegant. Rating: 4.5 Stars

Leeuwin Estate Siblings Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2014, Margaret River – Quite pronounced gooseberry and lime aromas.  Dry, medium minus body with more gooseberry and lime on the palate.  A nice sipper. Rating: 4 Stars

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2013, Margaret River – Nice nose with aromas of vanilla, tropical fruit and pears.  Dry, medium body with light mouth feel.  Sweet spice and tropical fruit with a peppery finish. Rating: 4.5 Stars

Voyager Estate Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2015, Margaret River – Lots of jalapeno pepper aroma with some gooseberry in the background.  Dry, medium body, with some roundness.  More jalapeno pepper on the palate, along with green fruit and gooseberries. Nice. Rating: 4 Stars

McGuigan Wines Bin 9000 Semillon 2015, New South Wales – Cotton candy and citrus on the nose.  Light bodied, dry with a light mouth feel.  Apples and a touch of honey.  Very nice.  Drink now. Rating: 4 Stars

I wrote about the 2007 McGuigan Wines Bin 9000 Semillon that I tasted during an Australian wine seminar that day.  You can read about it here, and find out about how Semillon changes with time in the bottle.

My Recommended Red Wines

Alpha Box & Dice Kit & Kaboodle Montepulciano Barbera Cabernet Sauvignon, Hollick Cabernet Sauvignon, and Kilikanoon Wines Killerman’s Run Cabernet Sauvignon

Alpha Box & Dice Kit & Kaboodle Montepulciano Barbera Cabernet Sauvignon, Hollick Cabernet Sauvignon, and Kilikanoon Wines Killerman’s Run Cabernet Sauvignon

Alpha Box & Dice Kit & Kaboodle Montepulciano Barbera Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Langhorne Creek/McLaren Vale – This is one of the new, experimental wineries from Australia, making natural style wines.  Cassis, meaty, flinty nose.  Dry, medium plus body, quite round.  Rich flavours of cassis.  Some nutmeg spice.  Medium minus tannins. Rating: 4.5 Stars

Alpha Box & Dice Apostle Shiraz Durif 2012, McLaren Vale – The Durif grape is the Australian name for the Petite Sirah grape.  The wine has a very ripe dark fruit nose.  Full body, rich and round with firmer tannins. Lots of ripe dark fruit and nutmeg.  Medium plus acidity.  Very tasty. Rating 4.5 Stars

Kilikanoon Wines Killerman’s Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Clare Valley – Light capsicum, dark fruit and a hint of coffee on the nose.  Full body, with more coffee and capsicum on the palate, together with ripe red and black fruit and a mineral streak.  Higher acidity.  Peppery.  Rating: 4.5 Stars

Hollick Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Coonawarra – Almost opaque garnet in the glass.  Meaty, iodine, tarry, dark fruit nose.  Fuller bodied, dry and round with medium plus acidity.  Dark fruit, light vanilla and pepper on the palate. Rating: 4.5 Stars

Stonier Pinot Noir 2015, Mornington Peninsula – Floral and sweet red cherries aromas.  Light body, dry with fine tannins.  Floral, red fruit and a hint of tea leaves.  Medium acidity.  A balanced wine. Rating: 4.5 Stars

You can click on this link to read about other Australian wines I tasted at the seminar which preceded this tasting.

Drink Good Wine. That is my motto and I really want to help you drink good wine. What is good wine? That can be a different thing for each people. Some people prefer red wines. Some only like Cabernet Sauvignon. MyWinePal was started by Karl Kliparchuk, WSET. I spent many years with the South World Wine Society as the President and then cellar master. I met many great wine makers. I love to travel around the world, visiting wine regions and sharing my passion for food & wine with you. Come live vicariously through me, and enjoy all my recommended wines.