The Delicious Australian Wine

By Marco Polo

Kangaroos, sports, koalas and wines all together make Australia famous. Apparently, Australian wine ranks fourth in the world on the basis of its sales and contribute a big part in the country's exports. Mainly vineyards are located in South East of the continent namely in South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. South Australia is the most famous, host to wineries such as Hardy, d'Arenberg and Curtis Family Vineyards owned by Curtis family.

Wine from Australia has made its way in all the top rated restaurants in Europe and in many parts of the world. There is a distinctive variety in Australian wine from deep red to clear and fortified wines, offering premium taste and consistency.

Wine cuttings got harvested in Australia in 1788 by Governor Phillip and introduced the culture of Australian wine. In early as 1820's Australian wine was only popular in local areas and soon it made its way to foreign lands. Cleanskin wines suddenly escalated the sales of wine in the country in the early 2000's. Organic wine also gained popularity in recent years in the country due to new trends seen across the world.

The method of wine manufacturing is affected by factors such as soil and climate of the area, type of berries and the cellaring. Basically cellaring wine involves the storage of wine in a cool, dry, and dark place. Keeping an optimum temperature for a perfect wine is critical. The required temperature is around 18 degrees Celsius with humidity of 60 to 75 percent, any flaw in keeping this optimum temperature result in poor quality wine.

Furthermore, cleanskin wine is selling wine with no label of the brand. Subsequently, marketing costs are very low for the manufacturers. But unfortunately sometimes these wines lack in quality, so the buyer needs to check before purchasing the wine.

Another premium wine manufactured in Australia is fortified wines by combining wine with alcohol during fermentation. One such fortified wine is liqueur Muscat, made from shrinked and withered grapes enabling wine to have sweet flavor and texture.

South Australia produces best red grapes of the country called Shiraz. This is the leading type of McLaren Vale wines, making up 50 percent of the whole yearly crush. Shiraz is thick, dark and has a soft flavor that places it in distinguishing position. Chardonnay is another famous white wine variety of McLaren Vale wines and has rich and sophisticated flavors.

Many wine festivals are held in various parts of the country that assist in developing tourism and wine promotion, Biennial tasting is one such popular festival in South Australia.

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