Firm, with racy blackberry, spice and something like lime lingering in the background, finishing with refinement. Drink now through 2010. 92 pts. Wine Spectator
The Fine Wines Of Australia: The Australian wine industry dates back to the end of the 18th century. In fact, some of the oldest vines in the world are in Australia today because most of Australia's wine regions escaped the phylloxera plague of the 1800's, which wiped out many ancient plantings in Europe. Throughout Australia, soil types vary from deep black volcanic loams to sandy soils over gravel and rich red clays over limestone, providing the foundation for wines of stunning diversity. The wines of Australia have achieved spectacular growth and success in recent years. The major Australian wine regions are Clare Valley, Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. The major Australian grape varietals are Shiraz (also known as Syrah), Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Chardonnay and Riesling. Some notable Australian wine producers are Clarendon Hills, Elderton, Joseph, Penfolds, The Colonial Wine Company and many other Australian wines.