Unmistakably Good Cabernet Merlot Wines

This PPT lists some of the coolest Cabernet Merlot wines of Australia. Are you in a party mood? Check out these wines to transform a dull party into something interesting. These are listed below –

  1. Peter Lehmann Founding Stone Cabernet Merlot
  2. Cathedral Rock Estate Cabernet Merlot
  3. Mcwilliams Inheritance Cabernet Merlot
  4. Wild Wood Cabernet Merlot
  5. Emmetts Crossing Reserve Cabernet Merlot
  6. Salmon Bay Cabernet Merlot
  7. Yallingup Cabernet Merlot

The Need For Correct Identification of Vines

If you were given the task of distinguishing the red grapes from the white ones, nothing can be easier than this. And, perhaps, this would be the last easiest thing to do. If, instead of distinguishing the reds from the whites, you were given the task of sorting the different red or white grape varieties, would it be possible for you to do? Only the experienced viticulturists or people associated with the wine industry would be able to tell what grape varietal it is. It is not possible for the people not linked to wine industry as such and not having exposure to the different wine grapes to tell the difference. One fundamental characteristic of the Australian wine industry in particular is that the most of its varietals were imported from Europe and other parts of the world. This has led to great level of inter-mixing among grape varieties.
By an estimate, there are about 5000-6000 varieties of wine grapes worldwide. It is a fact that only some of these are available for commercial production. This makes identification a very tedious task. At the same time, customers have their own specific preferences for popular wines. If the vines are not identified correctly, the labeling will not be correct and it could mean that the consumers are taken for a ride and they are not given the wine which they expected.
Besides correct identification, there is also a need for correct labeling of the wine bottles. There are laws to ensure that the labeling is done on the basis of genuine information. There have been instances when wine companies had to change a whole lot of labels and also their marketing campaigns on realizing that there has been mistake in correct identification of the wine grapes. From the customer perspective, if this correct identification results in a popular varietal being replaced with a non-popular one, it could mean huge loss to the wine company.
Now, what are the methods which are generally employed to correctly identify the vines? In the earlier times, when technology was not well developed, this was essentially done by carefully noting the physical characteristics of the vines, such as its leaves, etc. These were well documented and the research effort was required to identify it. However, in the modern day, this is possible to have the DNA testing done for this purpose. Here are some of the essential ways in which the vines of a particular grape variety can be identified.

  • Ampelography
  • DNA testing
  • Clonal authenticity

Identifying some popular wine varietals on basis of Ampelography

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cab Sauv

Resembles a ‘mask’. Check out its eyes and mouth.



This is a leaf shaped like a shield. Its sawblade-like teeth are rather shallow. The leaf also has an open petiolar sinus. Another distinctive characteristic is that its young vines bear a red node.



Five prominent lobes, yellow colour, open petiolar sinus and leathery texture make it easily recognizable.

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauv Blanc

This is also a five lobed leaf, wavy texture. Petiolar sinus is almost closed. Teeth of leaf are rounded. Three major troughs are also present in the leaf.



Shield of this leaf i heart-shaped. Shallow pointed teeth. Thick leathery texture and puffed look.

Marvelous Collection of Popular Chardonnay Wines of 2016 in Australia

The industry is loaded with all sorts of chardonnay wines. Instead of wasting time going through each and every Chardonnay here is a short list of wines, in the below info-graphic, which you can try without going in the hassles of figuring out the best on your own.

most popular chardonnay wines in australia

These are Australia’s bestseller Chardonnay wines of 2016, leaving you with just a simple exercise of grabbing these out and to enjoy them peacefully. The Chardonnay wines which are on the list are –

1.       Table Talk Chardonnay

2.       Coldridge Estate Chardonnay

3.       Mcwilliams Inheritance Chardonnay

4.       McGuigan Bin 7000 Chardonnay

5.       Queens Pinch Chardonnay

6.       Wolf Blass Silver Label Chardonnay

7.       Three Mile Lane Chardonnay

8.       Peter Lehmann Founding Stone Chardonnay

9.       Fay McGuigan Homestead Chardonnay


Riesling Wines- Are these losing popularity in Australia?

riesling wine growing regions

Among the popular white wine varieties is Riesling. This is a white wine grape which is a native of Germany. The first wines from this grape were made in Germany and over a period of time, this spread to other regions of the world. Riesling wine grapes are now grown in all wine producing countries of the world. Germany and Alsace region of France account for the most of this share, growing as much as 42 percent of these grapes among themselves.

Riesling wines are generally more expensive than other varietals. You might not believe the fact that, in Germany, it is the smell of petrol which is used to adjudge which is a better Riesling than the other. The stronger the aroma, the better is the Riesling.  The most expensive of these wines are the ones which have been harvested late. The fruit is allowed to hang on to the vine well beyond its picking time to let the water evaporate naturally. This wine has high levels of acidity and pairs well with diverse range of food items. Another key factor that makes these wines expensive is the fact that these have very good cellaring potential. Natural high acidity and the added sugars help these wines to age well and become better year after year. It is also to be noted that most of Riesling wine consumption is when it is young.

In Australia, this is grown in regions having some characteristics of limestone topography, such as Clare (22 percent) and Eden valleys. For this reason, riesling wines develop a distinctive lime note. The wine is exported to a number of countries, with the USA being the single most important importer of this wine (accounting for 40 percent of its exports).

In Australia, this land area under this wine grape has been on decline since the last few years. It was at its lowest in 2015 since 2001. This declining trend has been attributed to decline in demand. However, whether Australia will cease to be a land of Riesling in future is something which is worrying the wine experts.