Take a peek inside Australia’s cellar doors and familiarise yourself with the wide array of styles and quality of wines this huge country has to offer.
This fresh, zesty offering from South Australia’s Clare Valley is a refreshing change from sweet reisling, with lemon and grapefruit notes providing a good balance of acidity, Clare Hills Riesling 2012, Clare Valley, Australia (£10.99, www.laithwaites.co.uk), will provide the perfect match to seafood.
If you need any reminder about how a lightly oaked chardonnay with buttery aromas, baked apple and fleshy peach flavours, nutty nuances and a touch of custard cream can taste full-on, try McPherson The Full Fifteen Chardonnay 2014, South-Eastern Australia (£8.99, www.laithwaites.co.uk). A sun-kissed chard from Australia’s most exciting wine region that delivers for the price.
Elegant blends from the Margaret River such as McHenry Hohnen Rocky Road Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Margaret River, Western Australia (£14, Oddbins), can rival the best of Bordeaux. Bright and zingy with tropical fruits punctuated by herbaceous, grassy notes and honeyed lemon plus a creamy texture, there’s a streak of minerality on the finish to keep this wine fresh and food friendly.
The biggest wine brand in the UK, Hardys can be relied on for value and consistency. Especially with its William Hardy Shiraz 2013, South Australia ( £6.66 from £9.99, now until January 27), if you like a straight-down-the-line shiraz with classic black fruits, pepper, spice and vanilla undertones. Hardys shiraz is a blend of cool climate grapes topped up with some from warmer regions.