Wines From The Land Down Under


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by Brian Fry   | 196 entries

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The countries of Australia and New Zealand have been following different courses in the last decade. Australia was wildly popular at the turn of the century, but a glut of grapes and a perceived decrease in quality hurt Australioan wine sales around the globe. Meanwhile, New Zealand wines have skyrocketed in popularity with the Marlborough region becoming one of the most popular for production of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

Quality and value can be found from both countries. Here's a look at five I enjoyed during a recent round of tasting:

1. 2012 Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand)

Frisee salad with yuzu truffle vinaigrette, mandarin oranges, honeyed almonds, goat cheese

2. 2012 Yalumba Viognier (Australia) 

Grilled scallops with Chickpea salad, red pepper vinaigrette, and cilantro oil


3.2012 Stoneleigh Pinot Noir (Malrborough, New Zealand)

Prosciutto wrapped chicken breast stuffed with rosemary and cherries, red wine reduction


4. 2011 Yalumba Organic Shiraz (Australia) 

5 spice grilled flank steak, peppercorn sweet potato croquette, honey 


5. 2011 Pillar Box Red Blend (Barossa Valley, Australia)


Chocolate coconut bread pudding with passion fruit sauce

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