Wine is a great catalyst for conversation as well as debate, especially if it’s a significant part of your everyday business. Most wine drinkers know what style of wine they like. Some like lots of fruit, others prefer their drop dry. But if booze is your biz, the power of furthering your wine knowledge can not only improve the ability to buy wisely but can also significantly increase sales to your customers.
Australia is the fourth largest producer of wine in the world with an international export market of over 400 million litres annually, in addition to an equivalent domestic market. Clearskin wines were introduced in Australia during the early 2000’s. Intake of wine in Australia has greatly increased since the introduction of clearskins and many clearskin wines are now cheaply sold as beer.
However, in the recent years organic and biodynamic wines have been increasing in popularity, following a worldwide trend. Because of this trend, Australian wines are no longer confined to bars and wineries in the country. These wines have made way into the European market and it can be found in almost all famous restaurants across Europe. With this, the Australian wine trend will surely continue in years to come.
Below are some of the wines to watch out for next year:
A tremendously versatile grape variety, Shiraz (also known as Syrah) has become Australia’s highest produced variety. Broadly speaking, Australian Shiraz is loved for its vibrant berry characters, hints of spice and oak. There is however subtle differences between Shiraz produced in different Australian wine regions. Buy Now
Merlot is known for its softness on the palate, which makes it especially good for enjoying with food as it doesn’t detract too much from the cuisine. This is in part due to a lower acidity than other reds. Merlot is a versatile variety and is grown right across Australia, although it still has to make its mark in the coldest regions of the country. Buy Now
3) Sauvignon Blanc
The most popular white wine in the Australian market is Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, but there are some amazing Sauv’s being produced in our own backyard. Australian-style Sauvignon Blancs have a beautiful structure which completely differentiates from their Kiwi counterparts. They are generally more refined and subtle in flavor and as a result are more versatile when pairing with food. Buy Now
4) Pinot Noir
Australian Pinot Noir has been on the rise in the last few couple of years, and if you’re looking to provide good variety on your wine list, then an Aussie Pinot should defintely be featured. While Central Otago in New Zealand is widely acclaimed, there are a number of great Pinot Noirs coming out of Tasmania and Southern Victoria. Buy Now
Chardonnay accounts for half of Australia’s white wine production. It is grown in all 63 wine regions of the country, from humble beginnings in Mudgee and the Hunter Valley regions of New South Wales.
Semillon is a fairly resilient wine, produces a high yield and ages well. As a result, it is often used in the production of dessert style wines. Semillon is also often used in white wine blends, in which it is commonly paired with Sauvignon Blanc, adding some weight to the finished product.
Similar to Chardonnay, Viognier has the ability to produce full-bodied white wines with a lush, soft character. The grape is naturally low-yielding which makes it less economically viable than other grapes. Yalumba is the largest producer of the grape and uses the grape extensively in its Shiraz blends. Viognier wines are characterized by their floral aromas and stone fruit characters, and are predominantly dry with low acidity, making them well suited to spicy foods.
Grenache has a long history in Australia but has only recently begun to receive much recognition. It is grown most widely in South Australia, particularly the Barossa and McLaren Vale regions. It is another versatile variety, which can be used as a straight varietal or in the production of particularly good rose. Blended with Shiraz and Mourvedre, GSM blends are becoming a signature of South Australian wine.
Straight Grenache wines can be rich and complex with flavors of roasted nuts, blackberries, spice and a strong earthy character. Typically, Grenache is an easy-drinking wine, with soft tannin structure and relatively high alcohol content. Buy Now
Tempranillo is a Spanish grape variety from the Rioja region of Spain. Its Australian popularity is gaining significance however, in many major wine regions including McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Geographe and Margaret River. Tempranillo wines have good color and fruit flavor with low acid and soft tannins. These characters makes it perfect with a range of foods.
10) Cabernet Sauvignon
This tough-skinned grape is grown in many Australian wine regions but struggles in cooler climate (Tasmania) and loses definition in the warmer regions. The highest production of wine comes from grapes grown in the warm Murray-Darling Basin zones of Lower-Murray, North Western Victoria, Big Rivers Fleurieu and Limestone Coast. The higher-value premium wines are often made in cooler regions. Buy Now