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Joe Czerwinski

Reviews wines from Australia, New Zealand and the Rhône.

Australian Wines

Australian wine comes in an amazing array of styles and origins, from such classics as Eden Valley Riesling to Hunter Valley Semillon and Barossa Shiraz to Rutherglen Muscat. Our Australian wine guide divides Australian wine regions into four clusters: South Eastern Australia, New South Wales, Western Australia and Other Australia. Each of these includes numerous individual Geographic Indications, such as Barossa Valley, Margaret River and Hunter Valley, among others.

You’ll find thousands of Australian wine ratings and Australian wine reviews in Wine Enthusiast’s Australian wine guide, all of which you can sort by region, grape variety, vintage, producer or price.

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Chambers Rosewood Vineyards NV Rare Muscadelle (Rutherglen)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $300

This wine is dark brown in hue with a greenish-gold tint to its rim, providing clues to its advanced age. The aromas are nutty, with mossy notes of rancio filled out by sweet flavors of dried dates and figs. It’s full bodied and unctuous in texture, without being overblown or heavy on the palate. The intense finish lingers forever—or at least until you give in and…

 — J.C.  (3/1/2015)
98
points

Chambers Rosewood Vineyards NV Rare Muscat (Rutherglen)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $300

So concentrated and aged, this wine’s color is nearly black, with a green-gold rim. Pronounced rancio notes reflect the wine’s age, while the flavors include notes of candied dates, preserved lemons and hints of damp moss and earth. It’s full, smooth and rich, with an intense finish that never ends. This wine should be virtually immortal.

 — J.C.  (3/1/2015)
98
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Standish 2006 The Relic Shiraz (Barossa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $135

This prodigious wine showcases Barossa’s ability to deliver big, mouthfilling flavors without any suggestion of heat or heaviness. Scents of stone fruit, pepper and red currants mark the nose, while the flavors take on a darker cast, heading toward black cherries and black olives. The tannins are supremely silky, but this graceful, feminine beauty should drink well…

 — J.C.  (2/1/2010)
98
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Penfolds 2008 Grange Shiraz (South Australia)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $850

This has all the size and weight you’ve come to expect from Australia’s most famous wine. Huge fruit and huge oak combine in a full-bodied, richly textured package that delivers waves of toasted coconut, vanilla and intense dark berries yet remains embryonic more than five years after the harvest. That said, the texture isn’t quite as tight or as fine as some other…

 — J.C.  (2/1/2014)
98
points

Campbells NV Isabella Rare Tokay (Rutherglen)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $97

Dark amber in color and going greenish at the rim, the basis of this wine is clearly old stocks going back well over 60 years. It’s full-bodied, unctuous and superrich, oozing with molasses and rancio character, but balanced by citrusy notes. The finish is incredibly sweet and long, coating the mouth with coffee-like essences that linger for minutes.

 — J.C.  (2/1/2011)
98
points

Torbreck 2004 RunRig Shiraz-Viognier (Barossa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $220

Despite being loaded with complexity—spicy, meaty, savory and vanilla notes all feature in this wine—there’s also explosive fruit. Swirls of blueberry and blackberry flavors are head-spinning and the texture is compellingly rich and velvety. If that isn’t enough, the finish lasts for minutes. A blend of Shiraz from eight vineyards, all at least 90 years old, plus a…

 — J.C.  (11/1/2007)
98
points

Clarendon Hills 2004 Astralis Syrah (Clarendon)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $325

The flagship of the Clarendon Hills line, this comes from a patch of 80-year-old vines that winemaker Bratasiuk claims routinely provides his best fruit. The 2004 is a stunner, yielding up scents of flowers and spice, framed by hints of vanillin oak. It’s dense and amply textured in the mouth, packed with wonderfully expressive blackberry and blueberry fruit, then…

 — J.C.  (12/15/2006)
97
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Penfolds 2010 RWT Shiraz (Barossa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $150

This shows the strength of the 2010 vintage in the Barossa Valley, marrying incredibly ripe fruit with seamless structure. Cinnamon and vanilla notes from the French oak blend easily into blueberry fruit, all grounded by hints of dark chocolate and umami. It’s full bodied, lushly textured almost to the point of creaminess and long—ridiculously long—on the finish…

 — J.C.  (2/1/2014)
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