Australian Reds of Note

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Vintage Wine Tasters & Aussie Reds

Down under, Australia offers the wine buyer plenty of choices in red wines. Shiraz is the most important grape in Australia. Shiraz is the same grape as Syrah. Other red varieties are now coming into play in Australian wine regions. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Grenache, and Mourvèdre are becoming more popular. In the white wine category, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc are also popular. More on Australian Red Wines

The Vintage Wine Tasters set out to try several Australian red wines in the bargain price category. We tried Shiraz, Rhone-style blends and Cabernet. The overall impression of our tastings was that California Syrahs, Rhone blends from France and Washington, and California Cabs are a better wine bargain for the consumer at the under-$20 price points. We did find a few excellent wines and good choices for you in selecting Best Buy Wines from down under.

Aussie wines we like

  • 2018 19 Crimes Barossa Valley Shiraz – A rich and full-flavored Shiraz, tastes like a $25 bottle of wine. BevMo – $9.99, Total Wine $8.49 or $7.64 if you mix-or-match six bottles.
  • 2015 Quarisa Mrs Q Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra – a deep, rich, and complex Cabernet. A solid wine worth much more than $9.99. Costco $9.99
  • 2016 Ringwald Shiraz Barossa Valley – excellent bouquet of blackberries and plum, and an amazing finish that lingers. Total Wines $19.99

That’s it, only three red wines from Australia to recommend. We tried 12 different wines and these three are all delicious.

There must be many of you out there who are Australian wine fans. Can you please make a few recommendations. We would love to keep trying Australian red wines.

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