Category Archives: Top Wines Australia

Wine of a different league – Yellow Tail Shiraz

Yellow Tail Shiraz

With the core belief of making an uncomplicated wine, Yellow Tail Shiraz is a perfect example of fun and easy drinking wine. This wine is filled with aromas of ripe berries with fruity palate consisting of earthy undertones. This wine captivates the drinker with its unique appeal. Complements well with hard cheese and grilled lamb.

About the Winery
Yellow tail wine  brand is owned by Casella wines. Production of Yellow Tail wines began in 2000. It is immensely popular wine brand of Australia with wine exports to 50 countries across the globe.  The winery is capable of storing an astounding 300 million liters of wine on site.


IWC - International Wine Challenge Australian Winners 2016

IWC (International Wine Challenge) Australian Winners 2016

One of the most reputed and highly acclaimed wine competition of the world, International Wine Challenge is known for judging wines that meet characteristics of region and vintage. Every wine which wins a medal is tasted on 3 different occassions by a minimum of 10 different judges.

Here is a list of wines from Australia that have won Gold and Trophy awards for 2016

  • First Creek Winemaker’s Reserve Chardonnay, 2013
  • Domaine Naturaliste Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, 2014
  • ‘Gallagher’s Choice’ Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013
  • Stefano LubianaEstate Pinot Noir, 2014
  • Lindemans Ben Ean Vineyard, Rare Release, Hunter Valley Shiraz, 2014
  • De Bortoli Black Noble, NV
  • Bird in Hand Montepulciano, 2014
  • Hill River Clare Estate Riesling, 2013
  • Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay, 2014
  • All Saints Estate ‘Rare’ Muscat, NV
  • Mr. Riggs McLaren Vale Shiraz, 2013
  • McLeish Estate Cellar Reserve Semillon, 2007
  • Sidewood Estate Mappinga Shiraz, 2013
  • Penfolds Bin 14A Chardonnay, 2014
  • Lindemans Coonawarra Limestone Ridge Shiraz Cabernet, 2013
  • Australian Vintage Limited McGuigan The Shortlist Riesling, 2010
  • Morris Cellar One Classic Liqueur Muscat, NV
  • Morris Old Premium Rare Liqueur Topaque, NV
  • Peter Lehmann Margaret Semillon, 2010
  • McWilliam’s 1877 Hilltops Shiraz, 2014
  • Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, 2013
  • Penfolds RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz, 2013
  • Wolf Blass Gold Label Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014
  • Saltram Single Vineyard Moculta Road Shiraz, 2010
  • Woodstock Old Fortified, NV
  • Brown Brothers Tamar Ridge Riesling, 2014

IWC - International Wine Challenge Australian Winners 2016

The Craziest Wine and The Wine-Ark’s Top 50

The two top stories which are doing rounds in the wine circles is the news about the craziest wine of Australia and the top 50 collectible wines of Australia. Let’s catch these one by one.

“The Craziest Wine

david_franz_108_varieties_rose_2015The name is David Franz Red Rose of 2015 vintage.

This has been made from 108 varieties of grapes sourced from the Barossa valley region. And, the man behind this crazy wine is David Franz Lehmann, of the David Franz Wines label fame.

The germination of this crazy idea started off some 10 years back when he first blended about 10 varieties of grapes from his own vineyard at Barossa wines. The effort got a major boost when he met Kevin Bartsch and used 105 varietals.

Each of the wines comes with a hand-made tissue of paper which lists all the grape varieties that have been used to make it.


Wine Ark’s Top 50 for 2016

Wine Ark brings out the list of its 50 most collectible Aussie wines every 3 years. This list is about all those wines which the Australians collected the most. The data is derived directly from cellar storage utilities in Australia. Last list was in 2013 and the current one is of 2016.

As per the current list of 2016, it is the Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz Blend Various Regions which has notched up the first position. Other two Penfolds wines, Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz Various Regions and Penfolds St Henri Shiraz Various Regions, hold the second and the third position respectively. Last name in the list of Pierro Chardonnay Margaret River.

This is for the first time in the last 9 years that Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz has lost its rank to the much cheaper version. With 8 entries in list, Penfolds is the most popular brand. Shiraz is the most popular varietal which makes up 46 percent of the listed wines, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet blend at 16 percent, chardonnay at 10 percent , Riesling 6 percent and Semillon 2 percent. There are about 41 red wines as compared to only 9 of white wines. Barossa Valley wine region has emerged as the most popular wine region of Australia for the collectors.

Here is the list of top 50 for 2016.


Topselling Australian Red Wines Online

Interested in knowing what sold best online in the first half of 2016 in Australia on the wines e-store Justwines. Well, here is the list of what people preferred to buy the most.

McGuigan Private Bin Merlot South Eastern Australia  mcguigan_private_bin_merlot_2011_1-min
Emmetts Crossing Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Western Australia  emmetts_crossing_cabernet_sauvignon-min
Mcwilliams Inheritance Shiraz 2013 New South Wales  mcwilliams_inheritance_shiraz-min
Mcwilliams Hanwood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 South Eastern Australia  mcw-hanwood-estate-cab-sauv-min
Night Harvest Reserve Shiraz 2007 Margaret River  night_harvest_reserve_shiraz-min
Mystery Shiraz 2005  mystery_shiraz_2005-min
McGuigan Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 South Eastern Australia  mcguigan_signature_cabernet_sauvignon-min
Perridom Shiraz 2010 South Eastern Australia  perridom_wines_shiraz-min
Peter Lehmann Art ‘N’ Soul Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Barossa Valley  peter_lehmann_art_n_soul_cabernet_sauvignon-min
Sun View Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 South Eastern Australia  sun_view_cabernet_sauvignon_2009-min
Emmetts Crossing Reserve Cabernet Merlot Clare Valley emmetts_crossing_reserve_cabernet_merlot_2014-min
Night Harvest Reserve Shiraz 2008 Margaret River  night_harvest_reserve_shiraz_2-min
Nut House Shiraz 2015 Mclaren Vale  nut_house_shiraz-min
Wild Wood Cabernet Merlot Margaret River  wild_wood_cabernet_merlot-min
Salmon Bay Cabernet Merlot Margaret River  salmon_bay_cabernet_merlot-min

You can look for whole collection of red wines, including these bestselling red ones mentioned above.