2004 St. Hallett Semillon, Barossa Valley, Australia I'll tell you right off the bat that if you live in the United States, you can't buy this wine. It's currently not imported. Those of you who live in Europe or Asia may be able to get your hands on it, but not much leaves Australia. What is the point, you may ask, of reviewing a wine that most will not be able to buy? Firstly, the wine is delicious, and worthy of a review on its own merits alone. But more importantly, the wine represents.....

St Hallett Barossa, wine of Australia. Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Poachers blend

Australian Wine - An interesting one from the Taylor family ... To read a review, please visit www.winemuse.com.au Source: Taylors Wine Estate

Henschke Wines, Eden Valley, Australia: Some Current Releases. While many may argue about just which individual wine represents Australia's finest expression of Shiraz, few could argue that when considering top producers of Australian Shiraz, Henschke shouldn't be on the short list. For more than 140 years, across five generations, the Henschke family has been growing grapes and making wine in a little corner of the hills surrounding the Barossa Valley. For the last 30 years, the winery has....

2011 Kilikanoon Clare Valley Mort's Reserve Watervale Riesling The classic, fine-spun purity of the finest Clare 2011 rieslings is captivating. This is a wine that effortlessly traverses the tightrope of concentration and structure, with both fruit impact and razor-edged acidity. 94 $35 Tyson Stelzer (WINE100 March 2012)

Yarra Yering Winery, Yarra Valley, Australia: Current Releases. The greatest wines of the world are undeniably a product of place, embodying the particular constellation of elements that can be captured by the seeking roots and waving leaves of a grapevine. But some very special wines are as much a product of intense passion and vision as they are of a specific terroir. Someone must choose the land, must drive the posts, must plant the vines, and of course, make the wine.

2009 Schild Estate Shiraz

wine - Knappstein Three - something for summer. Fresh Australian Wine. photo: Knappstein.

A classic sparkling wine style, Bundaleer Sparkling White is a lively wine full of flavour and character. A lifted delicate nose with fresh lemon zest from the Chardonnay fruit and strawberries and cream from the Pinot Noir. The palate is fruit driven and fresh, with added layers of cream and softness from the malolactic and bottle fermentation. A great wine to refresh the palate, to enjoy as an aperitif or to enjoy at any time for any reason!

bird in hand wine

Whenever I hear the term Chartered Accountant, I can't help but think of Monty Python. "I'm about as dispassionate about economics as I am passionate about wine" says winemaker Dave Powell between cigarettes and some good natured sniping at any and all in the wine world he disagrees with. The son of a chartered accountant, Powell grew up in Adelaide and eventually managed to find his way to Adelaide University where he began a study of Economics. But like many who seem destined to be winemak...

Jim Barry: The McRae Wood 2006 Shiraz.....delicious!!!!

@Bundaleer Wines's photo: "We are very excited...it's just been released we received 93 points for our 2012 Stony Place Riesling in the 2013 Halliday Review, the description is....Has the crystal clear varietal expression expected from the very good vintage with delicious lime juice and lemon zest built around a framework of crisp, bright acidity. Great value. RRP AUD$18.00 #value #jameshalliday #wine"

NV Annie's Lane Quelltaler Watervale Sparkling Shiraz Look out. This wine is set to storm the sparkling wine world. More than five years of age, deep and brooding yet polished and supple, it has an unmistakable artisan feel and should be twice the price. 94 $25 Tyson Stelzer (WINE100 March 2012)

Samuel's Gorge Winery, Mclaren Vale, Australia: Current Releases. I visited McLaren Vale in March of this year, to get a deeper sense of the place and the wines. I had a great time, but the whole while I was there, I didn't really get the sense that I was in a valley. McLaren Vale is indeed a valley, but barely, and is a sort of lumpy one, defined more by the fact that there are some areas of uplift to the North and South, than a real sense of "valleyness" if you know what I mean.

Some Initial Tastes from Australia. As many of you know, I'm currently tasting my way around Australia. I spent my first three days visiting the Yarra Valley, Beechworth, Heathcote, and the King Valley in the Victoria region surrounding Melbourne. I'm currently finishing up a couple of days in the McLaren Vale outside of Adelaide, and will soon be on my way to the Barossa to complete my tour of South Australia.

D'Arenberg Winery, McLaren Vale, Australia: Current Releases. I can't remember when, exactly, I had my first Australian wine, but there's a good chance that it was made by D'Arenberg. Most certainly I first learned to recognize the distinct area of McLaren Vale courtesy of a bottle with a characteristic red slash through the label. I've drunk D'Arenberg wines for years, always appreciating their value for the money, and often recommending them to friends who are looking for crowd-pleasing wi...