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Wine from another vine

Posted on : 23 August 2019

The message from the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show judges is clear, don't be afraid to try something new or different. Australia may be producing barrel loads of award-winning shiraz and chardonnay but we are also producing plenty of great drinking wines in other styles.

Fiano is best described as a citrus, nutty and full bodied white grape variety, and if you are tempted to try it Wicked Stepmother Fiano from South Australia's Artwine Pty Ltd picked up a Gold medal at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show.

Gewurztramineris another variety scoring high with our judges, a Gold medal going to Nepenthe Winemakers Select Gewurztraminer from Buronga in NSW and a Silver medal to Symphony Hills Wines Gewurztraminer from Ballandean, Queensland. Often shortened to Traminer in Australia, this is a fragrant wine, think rose petals, lychee and even pineapple. A perfect match with spicy food.

With citrus flavours, particularly lemon, and native to the gorgeous Greek Island of Santorini, Assyrtiko is a wine to try at home if you can’t quite make it to the volcanic island. A crisp, dry white, the Clare Valley's Jim Barry produces an Assyrtiko that is praised by Greeks and was awarded a Gold Medal by our judges.

Viognier is elegant and medium-bodied with hints of apricot, peach and even ginger and pairs perfectly with Thai and Indian food - ideal for outdoor dining in Summer. Mount Avoca Estate Organic Voigner from Victoria scored a Gold medal with our judges, rewarded for balance and freshness... and of course sheer deliciousness along with all Gold medal winning wines.

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