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Read it on the grapevine

Posted on : 16 August 2017

The best wine to drink in Australia right now, according to the esteemed judges of the 2017 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show, is Riesling. More specifically Rieslingfreak No. 3 Clare Valley 2017 Riesling. Scoring an incredible 98 points out of a possible 100, John Hughes Wines have produced the finest wine sipped at the 2017 competition. But it doesn’t stand alone as an outstanding Riesling, Penfolds Wines 2013 Aged Release Riesling and Brand’s Laira of Coonawarra with their 2016 Old Station Riesling rounded out the top 3, both on 96 points. And all three come from South Australia.

South Australia is definitely the state producing the finest wines overall, with 17 wines scoring 96 points or more, followed by Western Australia with nine wines sitting on 96 points.

So what should you be looking for when perusing the shelves of your favourite bottle shop or online wine supplier? If the label bears the words South Australia, Western Australia, Riesling, Clare Valley, Barossa or Margaret River it is well worth putting in your basket.

If Sauvignon Blanc is more your tipple, look for Margaret River or Mount Lofty Ranges vineyards, and Chardonnay drinkers should venture to the east coast and pick up Hunter Valley or Port Phillip selections.

Tasmania is the only place to go for high scoring Pinot Noirs, whilst South Australia produced the most gold medal winning Cabernet Sauvignons.

Drink locally by supporting local producers and you’ll enjoy medal-worthy wines every time.