What We're Drinking: Cool-Climate Australian Wines

2012-08-28T07:00:00Z 2012-11-01T16:05:50Z What We're Drinking: Cool-Climate Australian WinesWritten by Jennifer Johnson Feast Magazine | Inspired Local Food Culture/Midwest
August 28, 2012 7:00 am  • 

If you are a trendsetter, now is the time to reintroduce yourself and your friends to Australian wine. Wine critic Robert Parker’s love affair with gargantuan reds from Down Under, subsequently underscored by a glut of plunkish Australian wines in the U.S. marketplace, resulted in a backlash, as consumer palates tired of the high-alcohol, huge-fruit styles of many Australian wines from warmer regions. There are many very compelling and reasonably priced cool-climate Australian white and red wines demurely presenting themselves in the marketplace these days with more earth-driven and less full-bodied characteristics that make these wines fantastic accompaniments to food.

Plantagenet Hazard Hill Shiraz 2009

Western Australia

Sourced from cool-climate areas in the Western Australia region, this fairly full-bodied Shiraz has a moderate jam-berry nose with vanilla notes that precede dusty-earth, peppery qualities on the palate, yielding an elegant spice-fruit balance. Pair with beef tartare, grilled ahi tuna steaks or pappardelle pasta with chanterelles in white wine-cream sauce.

$12.99; Parker’s Table, 7118 Oakland Ave., Richmond Heights, parkerstable.com


Kilikanoon Mort’s Block Watervale Riesling 2010

Clare Valley, Australia

Zesty and bone-dry, this Riesling offers an abundance of lemon-lime, apple and mineral notes, with nuanced apricot and white peaches on the nose. Riesling loves Clare Valley’s moderately continental climate – think warm summer days and cool nights. This is the region from which some of the country’s finest Riesling hails. Pair with endive, apple and blue cheese salad; grilled striped bass with orange-saffron butter; or pad Thai.

$16.99; The Wine Merchant, 20 S. Hanley Road, Clayton, winemerchantltd.com

A St. Louis-based wine and food enthusiast, Jennifer Johnson is a sommelier, wine educator, journalist, and hospitality and marketing consultant who loves to celebrate life, family, food and wine.

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