The Wines of Australia

Wine is made all over the world from countries as diverse as India, Ireland Japan and Thailand as well as the more traditional and known countries that produce wine. They are know as New World and Old world depending on how established they are in terms of wine history.

Wine is the world’s oldest and most popular drink. In our society good wine is considered part of an elegant lifestyle, and an essential part of a fine meal. Wine is produced in many different regions of the world and a variety of contemporary and traditional fermentation methods are used in the making of wine. One of the countries that have some outstanding wines is Australia.

A glass of red wine, with an Australian flag background.

A glass of red wine, with an Australian flag background.

Australian wines are made with a careful balance of quality grapes and patience in the fermentation process to produce great tasting wine. Since the country is so huge, they produce a variety of different kinds of wine and tasting the differences makes it hard to believe that they all come from the same country.

They use many known grape varieties such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay but more recently Australia has experimented with other lesser known grapes. Some of these lesser known grape varieties include Vermentino and Bonarda which are of Italian origin. There are also others like Gruner Veltliner which is an Austrian grape variety

– The white wines have a unique taste and the color varies depending on what part of the country they come from. There are great variations in the hues of yellow of the wines when poured into glasses, and typically the deeper the hue is, the richer the flavour of the wine will be. Chardonnay is often regarded as having a very yellow colour. This is often because oak is used in the production,

– The taste of the red wines is also different depending on the climate of the area it comes from. The areas with a warmer climate produce wine with a more flavourful and richer taste, while the cooler regions make for a lighter and more delicate taste.

– The warmer regions of Australia have and advantage in the fortified wines they produce. Fortified wines have a longer process of fermentation and are blended with brandy to emphasize the taste of the alcohol. The flavour and aroma depends on how long the wine had to mature.

– Dessert wines have a distinctly sweeter honey-like taste with a fruity flavour and a higher acidity. This is caused by a naturally occurring fungus that is used in the production process. The grapes shrivel up and often go mouldy, this appearance should not put you off as it is that mould that contain the magic! Dessert wines can be served with fruit desserts or blue or soft cheeses that balance the acidity.

Trying an Australian wine will introduce you to a whole new taste experience. So why not give this country a try the next time you are looking at a wine selection in a shop.