Wednesday, August 29, 2012

It ain't all Yellow Tail, my friends

In honor of my first wine club tonight, I will share some fun facts about Australian wine with you.

Australia is the 4th largest exporter in the world.

$2.8 billion spent on wine domestically----big drinkers??
                      Why, yes! Norfolk Islanders are the second biggest per capita wine consumers in the world with 54 litres.  (Vatican City is #1! Who would have thought!?)

Casella Wine's exports 95% of its Yellow Tail brand.  It is the #1 imported brand in the United States!

85% of the fruit used must come from the label specified geographical region, of which there are five
                      a) South Eastern Australia
                      b) South Australia-----Barossa, Coonawarra, Adelaide
                      c) Victoria---Yarra, Mornington
                      d) New South Wales---Hunter Valley
                      e) Western Australia---Margaret River

Top grape varietals include:

Liqueur Muscat (fortified)

Shiraz (same Syrah from France)
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir

Coonwarra is famous for it's terra rossa soil and it's Cabernets!

Australia's most famous wine is its Penfolds Grange----considered 'first growth', this predominately Shiraz wine dates back to 1951.  The famed wine maker Max Schubert visited Bordeaux, and when he came back to Penfolds decided to make a wine to rival any Bordeaux in terms of aging potential and quality. 

What's your favorite??  Full report on the tasting tomorrow!

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