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Majestic Quick Guides: Australia

Despite the age old rivalry with our antipodean friends, Australian wine is one of our favourites! Here’s the Majestic quick guide to the land down under…

FAST FACTS

1. HISTORY
Australia has been making wine since the early 1800s and exporting since 1822. The Barossa Valley is home to some of the world’s oldest Shiraz vines, dating back to 1847.

2. REGIONAL DIVERSITY
With over 70 designated wine regions, Oz has all manner of climates, terroirs and wine styles, from rich and powerful to delicate and complex.

3. GRAPES
Shiraz and Chardonnay made Oz famous and they’re now better than ever, responding to our demands for greater freshness, complexity and lightness of touch.

4. GRANGE
First produced in 1951 to rival the finest Bordeaux, Australia’s own ‘first growth’, Penfold’s Grange, is the country’s most iconic wine.

5. FLYING WINEMAKERS
The name first given to Australian winemakers who left Australia in their off-season to work on the wine harvests in the Northern Hemisphere. Due to the different seasons they could work all year round, bringing their highly trained skills and expertise across the world.

6. FOOD MATCH
It’s summer, it’s Australia, it has to be the BBQ. Bold juicy Shiraz and Cabernet are perfect partners for a slightly singed steak or ‘snag’; while seared rare tuna or fresh crayfish are made for gently buttery but zesty Chardonnay. Time to throw another shrimp on the barbie mate….

Explore our range of Australian wines at majestic.co.uk

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