A Guide to Malbec Wines in Australia

Malbec Vines, Club Tapiz

“What is Malbec wine?”
One of the top wines red wines in the present-day American market, Malbec wine is made with grape variety of the same name. The noir (Black) grape is known for its deep, inky colour, strong tannins and a flavour reminiscent to plums. The berries are thin-skinned, and require more sun than other popular varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, or, say Merlot. The wine is made in Argentina, France, and Australia, of course!

Characteristics Of Malbec Wine
1. The full-bodied, dry wine exudes very different, almost contrary characteristics, from the same wine coming from another part of the world. The Argentine version is rich with fruity blackberries, plums and black cherries. French Malbec, on the other hand, is leathery, and the palate reflects black pepper and spice characters, owing to high acidity. The Australian drink depicts fruitiness of Argentine Malbec, complemented by crushed violets, violet crumble and mocha!
2. Regardless of the area, the natural acidity is medium.
3. The tannins are chewy and neatly-framed.
4. All the characters come together to provide a lengthy finish, though described shorter than Cabernet Sauvignon.
5. Interestingly, comparisons are drawn between Malbec and Merlot, with both wines possessing several of the same characteristics, and being easy-to-drink.

“Where do Malbec grapes grow in Australia?”
Fruit for some of the finest Malbec wines in Australia is sourced from vibrant vineyards in McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Limestone Coast. In fact, Langhorne Creek is the top Malbec producing area in the country.

“What is the ideal food pairing for a Malbec wine from Australia?”
The aroma and flavour profiles of Australian Malbecs pair nicely with barbecues, particularly beef and lamb with smoky rub. If you are in mood for some curry, a medium-spice one, such as lamb balti is going to be a perfect partner to the drink!

“What are some Australian Malbec wines?”

Experts on Dan Murphy’s wine panel highly rate Mitolo The Nessus Malbec, Bleasdale Second Innings Malbec, McGuigan The Founders Malbec and McGuigan The Plan Malbec. These are probably the most delicious Malbec wines of Australia.

Informative presentation on Malbec Wines of Australia:

Fergusson Crystal Moscato 2015 Yarra Valley

Fergusson Crystal Moscato
Fergusson Crystal Moscato 2015 Yarra Valley

Fergusson Crystal Moscato has transparent hue colour with light green tinges. Aromas of kiwi and berry fruit mesh. It is light bodied and palate contains ripe and juicy flavors of strawberry,raspberry, lime and nectarine.

Pairs well with Spicy Asian Cuisine,Antipasto and cheese.

It is a low alcohol wine containing 8.5% alcohol. Try this 12 Pack wine for $220 only.

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Brown Brothers Moscato 275mL 2015 Victoria

Brown Brothers Moscato 275mL 2015 Victoria
Brown Brothers Moscato 275mL 2015 Victoria

Brown Brothers Moscato is sourced from vineyards in the northern Victoria wine region. It contains only 5% of alcohol. Its a low alchohol white wine.

This wine tastes great with Thai green curry, soft cheese and fresh slices of Granny Smith apple.

Brown Brothers Moscato is available in a pack of  24 bottle of 275ml each. for just $117.60. To know more details about this wine please visit here.

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Wolf Blass Red Label Pink Moscato NV South Eastern Australia

Wolf Blass Red Label Pink Moscato NV South Eastern Australia
Wolf Blass Red Label Pink Moscato NV South Eastern Australia

Wolf Blass is a wine company located in the  Barossa Valley region. Pink Moscato features a pale petal pink colour and fresh aromas of sun-warmed grapes, citrus blossom and rose petals with flavours of sweet berry fruit and floral notes.

Wolf Blass Red Label Pink Moscato NV is available is a pack of 12 bottles for $102. This low alcohol red wine is easily available in online wines stores in australia. Get all related details here.

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Australian Shiraz- History and Growth to Become The Leading Wine Varietal.

Shiraz/ Syrah is a red grape variety. At approximately 142,600 hectares, Syrah was at the seven position in world’s most grown grape in 2004.

It is called by different names across the world like Sirac, Schiras,  Syrac, Syra, Sereine, Serine, Hignin noir, Candive, Entournerein, Marsanne noir, Balsamina and Antourenein noir.

Shiraz or Syrah?

Australia and South Africa label their wines as Shiraz whereas in Europe it is labeled as Syrah. There are tasting differences in between wines labelled Shiraz and Syrah, some of which are as follows – Syrah being more smoke- flavoured, tannic and elegant while Shiraz labelled wines are less-tannic, more peppery and more fruit-driven.

Regions

It can be found in wine-regions of Australia such as Margaret River, Hunter Valley, McLaren Vale, Barossa and Coonawarra and in Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand, Washington, California, South Africa, Chile and France.

History of Shiraz in Australia

It was James Busby, also known as “Father of Australian Viticulture”, who had introduced Syrah to Australia. In 1831, he went to Europe and brought cuttings of the grape which he then planted in Hunter Valley region and Sydney Botanical Garderns. Later, in 1839, it was introduced in South Australia. In 1860s, Syrah became an important grape variety in Australia.

The world’s oldest continually running vineyard, planted in 1847, is supposed to be Shiraz vines in Tanunda, which comes under Barossa Valley wine region.

Growth of Shiraz in Australia

Australia witnessed an increase in plantings of Shiraz grapes in 1980s and 1990s which can be attributed to success of Australian brands like Jacob Creek and Lindemans in UK and Rosemount in UK and US. Government began to give tax subsidies to wineries planting new vineyards which boosted the planting in 1990s. With the yield of 422,430 tonnes of Shiraz grapes in 2005-2006, Shiraz became the most planted variety in Australia. And with this, Australia became the second largest Shiraz grape grower, just behind France.

Popular Shiraz Wines in Australia

Penfolds “Grange”, the Henschke “Hill of Grace” and the Penfolds “RWT” are few of the many popular Australian Shiraz Wines.