The New South Wales wine region takes in much of the Great Dividing Range, including vineyards in such high-altitude GIs as Canberra District, Hilltops and Tumbarumba. Our New South Wales wine guide features hundreds of New South Wales wine reviews, many of which note the crisp acids associated with the region’s wines. Wine Enthusiast’s New South Wales wine ratings are your guide to the best wines the New South Wales wine region has to offer.
Hunter Valley Shiraz is somewhat out of fashion here in the U.S., but this is an excellent example of the genre, one that can be taken home and enjoyed tonight. It starts with intense, smoky, pungent leathery aromas, and the fruit is more leathery than fruity in character, yet there’s compelling complexity in this medium-bodied, silky-textured wine. Drink now-2015.
Truth be told, the difference in quality between this wine and the $125 Graveyard Vineyard bottling doesn’t appear that great, so savvy consumers should jump on this Shiraz, which offers leather, coffee and roasted meat complexity allied to medium body, a creamy texture and a long, firmly structured finish. Drink 2015-2025.
This softly structured, user-friendly Chard boasts prototypical barrel-fermented notes of cashews, buttered toast and grilled peaches, carried along by a full-bodied, lush mouthfeel. Finishes long, with well integrated oak. Drink now.
A bit unyielding on the nose, then the palate shows rather tight and citrusy flavors. Yet there’s ample weight on the palate and a long, fresh finish tinged with hard peaches and pineapple. This seemingly contradictory wine just needs some time to develop; try after 2009.
A lush Pinot, the Vat 6 smolders with mixed cherry and steeped tea flavors; the wood that shows on the medium-long finish is also smoky, and tastes more like hickory than oak. Has smooth, gummy tannins and spicy cumin and ginger aromas. Drink this with a duck dish—any duck dish.
This wine shows its age in the dark coffee color rimmed with green. Dates and raisins provide the foundation for complex molasses and rancio notes that build on the finish, where enough citrusy notes provide balance to the syrupy-sweet flavors.
Brokenwood’s flagship Semillon is light in body, with an acid structure that’s notable for its intensity. Aromas of struck flint and lime zest presage the crisp lime flavors and fresh, zippy finish. Give this puppy another few years in the cellar to gain honeyed nuance, then drink it over the next decade.
This wine bursts from the glass with smack-you-in-the-face Gewürz aromas of roses, ginger and lychee, and doesn’t let up on the palate. It’s full and a bit viscous without getting blowsy, with lingering spice notes on the finish. An exciting development from a virtually unknown viticultural area. Drink now.