Top 5 Australian Red Wines
Well besides eating I also love drinking Wines. Enjoying a beautiful glass of wine is never wrong.
I am not greedy when it comes to spending money on wine – actually – I rather have no wine than a bad one. Which doesn’t mean that good wine always has to be expensive. Over the last couple of years I have been looking into a lot of Australian Wines and I was blessed visiting a lot of the wineries there in person. In the course of that we somehow stumbled across several fantastic wines from Australia.
As I am more into Red Wines, I will introduce you to my Top 5 Reds. Australian Wines are easy drinking and hardly “complex” like you would find in so called Old World Wines. In the South, Shiraz are usually heavier than for example in Margaret River. Most likely the most top of the range and complex wine to get in Australia is “The Grange” from world famous winery Penfolds close to Adelaide. Thats about as crazy as it can get.
Top Red Australian Varieties are Cabernet Sauvignons and Shiraz and the Top Wine Valleys in Australia that invite you to come and taste are roughly:
- Hunter Valley (from Sydney)
- Yarra Valley (from Melbourne)
- Coonawarra Valley (close to Adelaide)
- Barossa Valley (close do Adelaide)
- Margaret River (close to Perth)
- Mc Laren Vale (close to Adelaide)
- Clare Valley (also close to Adelaide)
I came around all valleys besides Mc Laren Vale, Clare and Yarra but didn’t miss out on tasting myself through.On top of those really famous valleys , there are many more that invite for a glass or two.
So to summarise this for you, Australia is a great spot to drink lots of good wine for which you don’t need to be an expert and as a special delight you got a lot of cows which result in awesome steaks. Can you ask for more?
So being in the lucky position of drinking tons of the good wines it wasn’t hard for me to nail down my personal Top 5 on Australian Red Wines. All of them are full bodied, dark fruit, full of flavour and just a perfect companion to a great dinner. I am not an expert into tasting so I am leaving you with my thought about it each wine and missing the so called tasting notes (which would be bullshit bingo for me anyway)
Made with love and from a passionate winemaker we stumbled upon that easy drinking
and appealing Shiraz. By far one of my favourites and which comes with a very fair money for value ratio.
Leeuwin Estate is one the THE institutions in Margaret River and has been one of the wineries that made the region famous for what it is today. The Art Series Cab Sav is their flagship and worth every dollar. The winery in Margaret River comes with a beautiful Restaurant in an awesome setting.
We have been visiting this small winery on one of our recent vacations and we
immediately fell in love with this wine. We even met the owner of the vineyard while being there and even though Stormflower Wines are not that “old” yet, I am sure I will enjoy each and every vintage from it.
Yalumba is worldwide institution residing in Barossa Valley and became one of my all time favourites. The De Menzies is in their premium range and is exclusively being promoted in nearby Coonawarra Valley which is famous for Cab Sav grapes. A visit to their Cellar Door in Barossa lets you enjoy their remaining wines where many of them are equally fantastic.
The Rockford Basket Press Shiraz is special because the complete production process is still manual (hence the Basket Press). Most likely one of the most beautiful wineries we have ever been to – and on top the Shiraz (& actually also the Cav Sav) kicks asses. We adore the love that has been put into this wine and vineyard.