Australian wine cheat sheet

Created the below for a friend so I thought I might as well post it on my blog. A cheat sheet for those who don’t have time and just want a high level guideline on what to pick when looking at the wine list. Some Australian wine regions and what they are famous for:

  • Barossa, SA – Great for shiraz, sparkling shiraz and GSM
  • Margaret River, Perth – Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay
  • Mornington Peninsula, VIC –  Pinot Noir
  • Coonawarra – Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Hunter NSW – Semillon and dessert wines
  • Canberra District, NSW – Cool climate shiraz
  • Beechworth, VIC – Pinot, Shiraz, Chardonnay

Red Grape Varieties (from lightest to heaviest):

  • Rose
  • Pinot Noir (otherwise known as Burgundy in France)
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon (otherwise known as Bordeaux in France)
  • Shiraz / (otherwise known as Syrah)
  • GSM / Rhone Valley
  • Barbera (originated from Italy)
  • Durif

Some common white Varieties:

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Riesling
  • Verdelho
  • Chardonnay

Some recommended Vineyards / bottles:

  • Charles Melton – Nine Pope 2005, Sparkling Shiraz, Sparking pinot noir
  • Kaesler – Bogan Shiraz
  • Langmeil – Freedom Shiraz  (expensive)
  • Penfolder – RWT (expensive)
  • Two hands – Bella’s garden, Lily’s garden
  • Hewittson
  • Jim Barry – GSM
  • D’arrenberg
  • Torbreck eg. Struie
  • Rockford – All range good. Eg. Rifle Range – Cab Sav
  • Paringa – Pinot is good
  • Star Lane – Their Merlot
  • Giaconda – Warner Shiraz, Chardonnay, Rousanne
  • Sorrenberg – Chardonnay and Gamay

Drinking temperature chart from “Snooth”


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