Encompassing all of the state of Victoria and parts of South Australia and New South Wales, the South Eastern Australia wine region is the engine that drives the Australian wine industry. Wine Enthusiast’s South Eastern Australia wine guide contains South Eastern Australia wine ratings from dozens of GIs within the region, from classics like Barossa Shiraz, Eden Valley Riesling, Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and Yarra Valley Pinot Noir to new and upcoming regions (Wrattonbully, Heathcote) and varieties (Tempranillo, Pinot Gris). Read thousands of South Eastern Australian wine reviews in our comprehensive look at the South Eastern Australia wine region.
Writes the book on how to make a wine filled with gigantic jammy fruit that’s nonetheless dry, balanced and harmonious. The Cabernet contributes blackcurrants and structural tannins. The Syrah brings a peppery richness, while Merlot adds soft fruitiness. You can actually taste each varietal, yet the wine hangs together, dry and rich. Best Buy.
This big wine presents a sophisticated bouquet of toasty, leesy, nutty aromas. Fine depth of fruit and plenty of quality oak show here, with butterscotch, pear and apple flavors. Full-bodied and luscious, it shows the tremendous attention paid and importance assigned to this flagship white. The long, spicy finish sports complex lemon, leesy and mineral accents. To…
Magnificently rich and decadent, a wine stuffed with complexity but one that manages balance and harmony. Name the fruit and it’s in there, from blackberry to orange rind. Dry, crisp and stylish, with soft but intricate tannins, this wine would cost two to three times as much in California.
This blend (73% Cab, 20% Shiraz, 7% Merlot) receives “200 percent” new oak, spending a total of 24 months in cask. The oak shows, imparting deliciously creamy vanilla aromas and flavors; but there’s plenty of depth and substance to the fruit as well. Cassis, tobacco and richly earthy notes round out the wine, finishing with firm tannins. Drink 2005–2015.
An excellent, feminine wine. Aromas (talc powder, flour, and caramel) are soft and pretty. In the mouth, it’s round and mallowy, but just the right size; white stone fruit flavors have both floral and leesy nuances. Closes nicely.
From 40-year-old vines in the Geelong GI, this is a huge step up in quality from the winery’s Jindalee label. Nutty aromas of toasted cereal grain and grilled peaches set the table for this full-bodied, lushly textured Chardonnay. It’s rich and ripe, yet reasonably balanced by acid, finishing long and ever so slightly warm. Drink now.
A superbly balanced wine, showing considerable finesse. The complex nose displays smoky, earthy black fruit, oak and tobacco aromas. Suave mouthfeel with fine blackberry and cassis fruit. The finish turns attractively sweet and sour, in an almost oriental sense. Seductive already, and will last. Impressive. To be released later this year.
A pleasant surprise, this Show Reserve offering combines toasty, mentholly oak with blackberry and blueberry fruit, all supported by plenty of weight and firm tannins. Vanilla and cedar on the finish is balanced by dusty, briary fruit.