Australia burst into the export markets in the 1980s and since then has offered the world vibrant, fruit-forward wines of exceptional value. Fast-forward to the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, and intense, concentrated examples of Shiraz, Grenache, and red blends dominated the Australian fine wine story. In between these two extremes lies the diverse Australian premium and regional offering that has always existed and continues to dramatically evolve. Today, there’s a particularly strong focus on freshness, natural acidity, and regional distinction. We take a look at the evolution of Australian wine through the lens of three key varieties; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz.
The reality of wine is that everything changes. The evolution of Australian wine centres around what is changing in the vineyard and changing attitudes to winemaking.
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