Europe fits into Australia about twice, with that in mind it is easy to understand why wine from Western Australia (WA) is very different to that in South Australia (SA). WA is all about Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon whereas SA has the ideal climate and geology for Grenache and Shiraz.
The cool climate Shiraz in WA’s Frankland River was light, perfumed and full of white pepper however wine produced from the same vines in SA’s McLaren Vale is fruit forward, spiced and medium bodied.
I have been thoroughly impressed by McLaren Vale and am now ready for what the famous Barossa Valley has to offer.
Travelling through 25 vineyards in 25 days has shown me the incredible variation in terroir from one Australian state to another.
McLaren Vale's rolling hills definitely remind me of Tuscany and varieties such as Fiano, Vermentino and Sangiovese and thriving here. It is interesting to start to understand how important finding the right environment really is for a grape's success in a region.
Dear readers, after coming to the realisation that I am not going to be able to drink 80 wines in 80 days without seriously damaging my liver I have changed 'Across Australia in 80 wines' to '80 vineyards'! It will still be a challenge but I think it's possible, also I can now write about wine regions and events as well as wine so here is the first new chapter of my journey.
For the last six years The Piece Project has annually brought street-artists to Longview to battle it out amongst the vines for their place on the next label of The Piece Shiraz. Provided on the day was a delicious BBQ, music from live DJ's and a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with summery citrus notes. It was a great afternoon drinking wine in the sun with good friends, I really liked this eagle by Putos and you can see the winners piece here.
It is Friday and it's your day off from being a wine agent, what do you do? Well it turns out that Aussies have learnt how to make great gin.
Applewood were chosen by Noma to make an Økar for their popup restaurant in Sydney. This gin is packed full of lively botanicals including lemon myrtle, vanilla, lavender, orange and lemon peel and macadamia. I bloody love it!