House: Little Eden
Price: 43 DKK/5.80 EUR/7.10 USD on winefamly.dk (market price: 85 DKK/11,40 EUR/14 USD)
Wine making in Australia
Australia spent millions of dollars to build a brand around Shiraz –Australia’s word for Syrah. The marketing paved the way for Australia wine production to triple since 1990. However, despite the success, Australian wines have suffered some serious drawbacks in the media. Wine critics often disregard most Aussie wine as “Critter Wines” –referring to the cute animal designs that adorn wine labels.
However, Australia is so much more than just bottom shelf Yellow Tail (which really tastes terrible). The biggest wine region in Australia is by far Southern Australia. Due to the fact, that Phylloxera (vine disease) has not reached this region yet, it is home to some of the oldest vineyards in the world, especially in Barossa Valley.
Wines of Australia
Old Vine Shiraz is definitely top notch, it’s both smoky and rich with spice. Famous producers in the area include Penfolds, Elderton and Rockford. Keep your eyes peeled for red blends called GSM: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre –The major blending grapes used in French Southern Rhone wines. This means that wines with this blend will be great for fans of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Besides that, Australia produces a lot of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir on the red side and Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Riesling and Moscato on the white side.
Little Eden Moscato, 2016
It is important to note that this wine has only 6,5% of alcohol. Wine has very rich, intense fruity nose with traces of limes. Taste has a hint of sweetness and, as you can see on the picture below, it has a sparkling taste. Tasting notes are pineapple, mango and peaches. The wine has quite short finish.
Main learning from today is to read the alcohol content before I buy the wine. The low alcohol content does not change anything on the fact, that it is a great, light, fruity summer wine. It is especially good for people who are not really into high-alcohol wines. I recommend to drink this wine chilled and served with seafood or light hard cheese.