Australia's Iconic Regions and their Best Varieties
Australia offers a vinous landscape that’s as diverse as it is wide. Among our wonderful wine regions and producers, there are incredible icons, setting the benchmark for others to follow. These exemplary must-have drops create the perfect autumn collection, ready for you to enjoy.
From Hunter Valley Chardonnay and Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc to Barossa Valley Shiraz and Coonawarra Cabernet, Australia offers a cornucopia of regional super heroes and celebrated favourites. Read to explore the bounty of Australia’s very best region-variety combinations.
BAROSSA SHIRAZ… LEGENDARY LOCALS
Barossa Valley Shiraz would have to be Australia’s most iconic region-variety combination. It’s famous all around the world for its consistent appeal and quality with its rich and generous flavours setting it apart.
Styles can vary, but generally these are robust, full-bodied wines that are ripe, with firm tannins. The warm, dry climate brings out those fruit flavours beautifully, with the best examples showing balanced acidity and a pure, focussed fruit character.
Our Barossa Shiraz Legendary Locals Dozen has all of that, and more, in absolute abundance featuring outstanding expressions from Robert Oatley Vineyards, Corryton Burge, Sorby Adams, St Hallett and more. Savour the beauty and quality that is Barossa Shiraz, plus save up to $161.
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COONAWARRA CABERNET… CAPTIVATING CELEBRITIES
Key to Coonawarra’s premium wines and its unique place in Australia’s winemaking is its famed red soils – the nutrients and acidity of which are primary contributors to the ageability of its captivating Cabernet.
A flat, low-lying region, Coonawarra’s marriage of geology, climate and location has culminated in a well-earned reputation for the quality of its grapes. It’s almost though Mother Nature herself ordained the region’s diversity millennia ago.
Taste the celebrated characteristics in our Coonawarra Cabernet Captivating Celebrities Dozen featuring the 2 x Gold medal-winning Brand’s Laira Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, the deliciously generous Patrick Two Blocks Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, and plenty more blackcurrant-packed personalities. Add these Coonawarra Cabernets to your cellar, plus save up to $151.
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YARRA VALLEY PINOT NOIR… PURSUED PERFECTION
Home to some of the most established names in Australian wine, as well as numerous innovators exploring new possibilities in viticulture, the Yarra Valley is a truly dynamic place.
The region’s producers have poured their heart and soul into the pursuit of perfecting the idiosyncrasies of Pinot Noir, and their hard work, dedication and talent, has been rewarded with stunningly beautiful results.
Savour the delectable characters of this regional hero with our Yarra Valley Pinot Noir Pursued Perfection Dozen featuring perfumed, polished and expertly-made expressions from De Bortoli, Rochford, Helen & Joey and more. Partake in the Pinot Noir passion and enjoy savings of up to $143.
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HUNTER VALLEY CHARDONNAY… CELEBRATED CLASSICS
One of the Hunter Valley’s claims to viticulture greatness rests in the fact that it is home to some of the oldest and rarest vine stocks in the world – including the world’s oldest Chardonnay vines – with vineyards dating back to the 1860s still being nurtured.
From Australia’s first commercial Chardonnay, planted in 1968 by Murray Tyrrell, to modern expressions from the latest generation of winemakers like the Hunter’s ‘Queen of Chardonnay’ Liz Silkman, Hunter Valley Chardonnay is in a class of its own.
Experience its celebrated characters with our stunning Hunter Valley Chardonnay Celebrated Classics Dozen featuring standouts from Tyrrell’s, Tallavera Grove, Tinklers and more. Make these must-have Hunter Valley Chardonnays yours, plus enjoy tasty savings of up to $169.
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ADELAIDE HILLS SAUVIGNON BLANC… ADORED SUPERSTARS
Enjoying natural conditions that are almost purpose-built for exploring a huge diversity of styles, the winemaking community of Adelaide Hills has truly spearheaded the evolution of cool climate wines with a spirit of unbridled creativity and innovation. The region’s superstar Sauvignon Blanc is often considered Australia’s finest, with expressions that are wonderfully edgy and vibrant.
Join the Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc fan club with our Adored Superstars Dozen showcasing wines that are true varietal benchmarks including Trophy and Gold medal-winning Sidewood Sauvignon Blanc 2021, plus exciting examples from Geoff Hardy, Haselgrove, and more. Savour these delights, plus save up to $106.
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KING VALLEY PINOT GRIGIO… PRIZED PERSONALITIES
The landscape of Victoria’s King Valley is extremely varied, from the flats of the Oxley Plains to the heights of the Whitlands Plateau, one of the highest vineyard areas in Australia. It’s a melting pot for Mediterranean varieties due to its climatic similarity to Italy and Spain, and is the perfect region to produce fresh and zesty Italian-style Pinot Grigio.
Get up close and personal with its perfect apple and pear characteristics with our King Valley Pinot Grigio Prized Personalities Dozen featuring six delicious expressions, including the Trophy and Gold medal-winning Gabrielle Pinot Grigio 2021, and the opulent Harvest Moon Pinot Grigio 2021. Experience Pinot Grigio at the top of their game, plus enjoy savings of up to $101.
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CLARE VALLEY RIESLING… REGIONAL ROYALTY
With a long history of producing distinctive, age-worthy wines, South Australia’s Clare Valley is, without a doubt, one of our finest Riesling regions.
The cool nights and the characteristic slate and limestone soils, result in Rieslings that are world-renowned for a trifecta of natural acidity, bright minerality and pure fruit weight. Accounting for ¼ of the region’s annual crush, its youthful and aged expressions are incredible value for money.
Discover their aromatic elegance and charm with our Clare Valley Riesling Regional Royalty Dozen featuring exquisite expressions from established and new producers including Kirrihill, Pioneer Road, Corduroy, and more. Get acquainted with Clare Valley royalty, plus save up to $109.
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TASMANIAN SPARKLING… STATELY SUPERIORITY
Australia now stands tall among the greatest Sparkling producers on earth. Champagne and Sparkling expert Tyson Stelzer rates Tasmania as “arguably the greatest region for Sparkling wine anywhere in the world outside of Champagne itself,” and our Wine Selectors Tasting Panellists agree.
Tasmania’s secret to creating exceptional Sparkling wine is the icy chill that emanates from the body of Bass Strait, between it and mainland Australia. These moderating breezes create a long, cool ripening season, allowing intense yet delicate and elegant flavours to develop in the grapes and maintaining a fine natural acidity.
Treat yourself to our Tasmanian Sparkling Stately Superiority Dozen and experience world-class excellence, elegance, and undeniable quality with superior cool-climate Sparkling from the Tamar Valley, Derwent River, and Coal River Valley. Savour the splendour and save up to $121.
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ICONIC EURO ALTERNATIVES… NEW AUSSIE WINE STYLES
Many alternate varietals absolutely adore our Australian climate and conditions, and we applaud our adventurous winemakers for bringing different Euro-style wines to our sunny shores for us to experience and explore.
“Each year we’re seeing more new and alternative varieties being planted, with an increasing emphasis on producing white wine with texture and lighter style reds. The regions are humming with creativity, making for a thrilling time in Australian wine,” Adam Walls, Tasting Panel Co-Chair, Wine Show Judge, 2019 Len Evans Tutorial Dux.
Introduce yourself to the deliciousness of these new Aussies with our Iconic Euro Alternatives Dozen featuring the 8 x Gold medal-winning Nericon Vineyard Reserve Durif 2017, a showy yet refined Alejandro Sagrantino 2021 by Alex Russell, Gold medal-winning Mitolo Jester Vermentino 2020, and top-class Trimboli Family Wines Saverio Family Selection Trebbiano 2021. Invest in the future of Australian wine and make a home for these alternative Aussies in your cellar.
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You’ll find all of these great collections and more in our latest autumn catalogue, Regional Resplendence. It’s a fantastic showcase of Australia’s wine diversity and the wonderful regional heroes we all adore. What’s your favourite region-variety combination? Tag us on Facebook or Instagram @wineselectors to share your iconic drops, and remember to #pickaustralianwine.