There are many who think this is now the grape variety that achieves the greatest heights of quality more consistently than any other, red or white. An abundance of regions including the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Margaret River and Tasmania, to name a few, can produce spectacular examples in a diverse range of styles.
Riesling continues to churn out some of Australia’s great dry white wines, often at very affordable prices. Regional definition and subtle winemaking influence is adding to a variety of expressions from a broad range of regions. Clare and Eden Valley, the Porongorup and Tasmania can all produce delicious wines.
Semillon from the Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s most definitive, evocative and age worthy wines. Traditionally picked very early in the season - to retain natural acidity – the best examples are capable of cellaring for up to twenty years over which time they gain weight and build wonderful complexity. The Barossa Valley and Margaret River can also produce excellent wine, albeit a different expression.
Sauvignon Blanc is particularly reflective of the climate and landscape in which it is grown. Here it tends to be less herbaceous with a softer mouthfeel than its New Zealand cousins. It is often blended with Semillon in Margaret River, where it can produce spectacular wine.
Where to start? Some Grigio can taste more like Gris and some Gris more like Grigio. There is a myriad of styles and interpretations, however, the most promising examples tend to be produced in some of the cooler regions of Victoria and Tasmania. The best can offer true varietal character, texture and complexity without relying on excessive residual sugar or winemaking input. The key? Tell us the style you prefer and let us point you in the right direction!
Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne have all achieved success in several regions across Australia, as much as varietal wines and as blends using up to all three grapes.Italian varieties such as Vermentino, Fiano, Friulano and Zibibbo continue to evolve and can produce compelling wines especially in the hands of some of the more adventurous winemakers.