Australia

Australia Wine Producers:

Clarendon Hills
Henschke
Penfolds
Torbreck

Austalia Wine Regions v2

Australia Wine Region Summary

Wine production in South Australia dates back to 1836, when prominent farmer, businessman and public figure John Barton Hack first planted vines in North Adelaide. These were pulled up only a few years later to make room for urban development, and replanted in a new vineyard at Echunga Springs, where upon Hack, delighted with the wine he subsequently produced, sent a case to Queen Victoria. This was the first ever Australian wine to reach the Queen.

Nowadays, South Australia has a booming wine industry, outshining that of its Aussie counterparts thanks largely to the avoidance of phylloxera in the late 19th century, and the many wine producers who chose to stick to their guns during the gold rush instead of abandoning their businesses in pursuit of treasure – as was the case in many other parts of the country.

The third biggest export after metals and wheat, wine from the area accounts for more than 50% of wine produced in the whole of Australia, and in 2012-13 its total value topped $1.87bn. The state has the second largest number of wine producers in Australia (720, to Victoria’s 773) and exports its wines to more than 100 countries, the most prominent export markets being the UK, USA and China. Adelaide, the state’s capital, serves as a central hub for winemaking activity in the region – indeed, 70% of all Australian vines are situated within 300km of the city.

Such is the vast size of the country – and its six individual states – that the climate of South Australia varies wildly. Interior regions such as the Riverland are intensely hot, while coastal areas such as Adelaide Hills are notably cooler. Altitudes range from low valley regions of the Barossa, up to 1,970ft high in vineyards in the Eden Valley. Soils are also diverse, ranging from limestone-marl to sandy clay. A low annual rainfall across the state means the terrain calls for regular and careful irrigation to counter droughts.

Australia has been using an appellation system – known as the Australian Geographical Indication (AGI) – since the 1960s. Distinguishing the geographical origins of the grape, these laws say that at least 85% of the grapes in any wine must come from the region designated on the label. In the late 1990s more definitive boundaries were set, dividing the country into zones, regions and subregions. South Australia is also home to a ‘super zone’ – a group of adjoining zones – consisting of Barossa, Fleurieu and Mount Lofty Ranges.

A good many vineyards in South Australia work to quench the thirst of the everyday market, with popular brands such as Jacob’s Creek, Hardys and Oxford Landing adorning the tables of casual drinkers at home and abroad, but several regions close to Adelaide produce wines considered to be some of the finest in Australia – if not the world.

The Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious wine producing regions, with many physical similarities to California’s Napa Valley, known predominantly for its Shiraz – although the last 15 years or so has seen increased interest in Grenache and Mourvedre. The incorporated Eden Valley is highly respected for its Riesling, and some of Australia’s finest coopers have long-established links to the area.

McLaren Vale is another exceptional fine wine-producing zone. South of Adelaide, its mild climate is heavily influenced by the sea and gives rise to fantastic Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Some of the most successful wineries are situated on ridges with phenomenal views of the Gulf St Vincent – the starting point for most of the country’s wine exports.

South Australia is responsible for some of the most expensive wines in the country. The top five spots in Wine Searcher’s list of the top 50 is dominated by those from the Barossa Valley, with offerings from Penfolds and Henschke topping the charts. In fact, while regarded by the wine industry as a ‘New World’ producer, South Australia puts up a strong fight – in both price and quality – against the traditional wines of old.

Australia Price Analysis

High
Highest £12,000.00 Penfolds Grange, 1992
Average
Average vintage price £3,422.95
Low
Lowest £900.00 RunRig, 2006

Australia Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Market price Unit size
RunRig 2015 Torbreck £1,972.00 12x75cl
RunRig 2014 Torbreck £1,420.00 12x75cl
RunRig 2013 Torbreck £1,490.00 12x75cl
RunRig 2012 Torbreck £1,300.00 12x75cl
RunRig 2011 Torbreck POA 12x75cl
RunRig 2010 Torbreck £1,900.00 12x75cl
RunRig 2009 Torbreck £1,590.00 12x75cl
RunRig 2008 Torbreck POA 12x75cl
RunRig 2007 Torbreck £1,500.00 12x75cl
RunRig 2006 Torbreck £900.00 12x75cl
RunRig 2005 Torbreck £1,100.00 12x75cl
RunRig 2004 Torbreck £1,400.00 12x75cl
RunRig 2003 Torbreck £1,500.00 12x75cl
RunRig 2002 Torbreck £1,500.00 12x75cl
RunRig 2001 Torbreck £1,360.00 12x75cl
RunRig 2000 Torbreck POA 12x75cl
RunRig 1999 Torbreck £1,600.00 12x75cl
RunRig 1998 Torbreck £1,620.00 12x75cl
RunRig 1997 Torbreck £2,052.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 2015 Penfolds POA 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 2014 Penfolds £4,140.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 2014 Penfolds £2,070.00 6x75cl
Penfolds Grange 2013 Penfolds £4,500.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 2012 Penfolds £4,250.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 2012 Penfolds £2,125.00 6x75cl
Penfolds Grange 2011 Penfolds £4,240.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 2010 Penfolds £3,800.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 2010 Penfolds £1,900.00 6x75cl
Penfolds Grange 2009 Penfolds £4,380.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 2008 Penfolds £4,500.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 2007 Penfolds £3,600.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 2006 Penfolds £4,300.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 2005 Penfolds £3,600.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 2004 Penfolds £3,500.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 2003 Penfolds £8,542.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 2002 Penfolds £3,900.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 2001 Penfolds £3,600.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 2000 Penfolds £3,704.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 1999 Penfolds £3,600.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 1998 Penfolds £3,700.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 1997 Penfolds £3,084.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 1996 Penfolds £3,700.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 1995 Penfolds £3,240.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 1995 Penfolds £270.00 1x75cl
Penfolds Grange 1994 Penfolds £3,360.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 1994 Penfolds £300.00 1x75cl
Penfolds Grange 1993 Penfolds £3,000.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 1992 Penfolds £12,000.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 1992 Penfolds £260.00 1x75cl
Penfolds Grange 1991 Penfolds £3,900.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 1991 Penfolds £325.00 1x75cl
Penfolds Grange 1990 Penfolds £4,320.00 12x75cl
Penfolds Grange 1990 Penfolds £360.00 1x75cl
Mount Edelstone 2016 Henschke POA 12x75cl
Mount Edelstone 2015 Henschke POA 12x75cl
Mount Edelstone 2014 Henschke £1,500.00 12x75cl
Mount Edelstone 2013 Henschke £1,118.00 12x75cl
Mount Edelstone 2012 Henschke £900.00 12x75cl
Mount Edelstone 2011 Henschke POA 12x75cl
Mount Edelstone 2010 Henschke £1,150.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 2013 Henschke POA 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 2012 Henschke £6,094.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 2011 Henschke POA 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 2010 Henschke £4,800.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 2009 Henschke £4,400.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 2008 Henschke £4,400.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 2007 Henschke £4,308.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 2006 Henschke £5,256.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 2005 Henschke £5,400.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 2004 Henschke £3,600.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 2003 Henschke £4,500.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 2002 Henschke £5,760.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 2001 Henschke £6,096.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 2000 Henschke £988.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 1999 Henschke £5,388.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 1998 Henschke £5,228.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 1997 Henschke £5,256.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 1996 Henschke £4,440.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 1995 Henschke £4,200.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 1994 Henschke POA 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 1993 Henschke £5,436.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 1992 Henschke £4,044.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 1991 Henschke £6,600.00 12x75cl
Hill of Grace 1990 Henschke £4,620.00 12x75cl
Astralis 2010 Clarendon Hills £1,900.00 12x75cl
Astralis 2009 Clarendon Hills POA 12x75cl
Astralis 2008 Clarendon Hills £1,632.00 12x75cl
Astralis 2007 Clarendon Hills £4,390.00 12x75cl
Astralis 2006 Clarendon Hills £1,700.00 12x75cl
Astralis 2005 Clarendon Hills £2,330.00 12x75cl
Astralis 2004 Clarendon Hills £1,840.00 12x75cl
Astralis 2003 Clarendon Hills £1,798.00 12x75cl
Astralis 2002 Clarendon Hills £2,400.00 12x75cl
Astralis 2001 Clarendon Hills £1,920.00 12x75cl
Astralis 2000 Clarendon Hills £2,088.00 12x75cl