China’s loss is our gain!

3 x SUPER PREMIUM SHIRAZ. The announcement earlier this year of a five-year extension to import tariffs for Australian wine into China has presented Australian consumers with an opportunity to grab some bargains.

Australia’s wine exports to China plunged to just $13 million in the six months ended June 30 compared with $490 million a year earlier as the full impact of the punishing wine tariffs imposed by Beijing washed through. The tariff hit has decimated exports to what was Australia’s most lucrative wine export market. 

On the flip side that means more good wine for us in Australia to enjoy, while at the same time helping out our local producers. Many wineries have significant stockpile volume production issues to resolve and selling at home will be an attractive solution. We are already seeing discounting of some premium wines for the Australian market and this makes for a good time to buy fine Australian wine at home. 

We have been fortunate to secure three such premium wines which will no longer be making the trip on the (slow) boat to China! All are Shiraz and hail from regions you will instantly recognise and also known for doing this varietal so well – the Barossa, Heathcote and the Grampians. They are all limited release and under our d’Vine brand where the label can be personalised. Click here for more information.

Barossa Valley Shiraz 2018  This wine exhibits aromas of berry fruits, hints of plum jam and spice with underlying cracked black pepper. The palate is full and luscious and layered with flavours of plum, spice and smoky oak. A firm fruit backbone with rich mouth filling tannins provide structure and balance. A medium to full bodied elegant wine with a taste that lingers on. An excellent example of modern Barossa Shiraz. 14.5% alc/vol, approx. 8.6 standard drinks, contains sulphites, may contain traces of egg product.

Heathcote Shiraz 2019  This wine displays as a wonderful dark ruby-red colour in the glass. Some earthy flinty hints on the nose speak of the rich Cambrian soils of the region. The medium bodied palate is round and plush with dark fruit and blackberry combining with and spice and soft tannins, making it a wine that’s very approachable in its youth. This is an impressive expression of Heathcote Shiraz. 13.2% alc/vol, approx. 7.8 standard drinks, contains sulphites, may contain traces of egg product.

Grampians Shiraz 2017  Lovely spice and pepper on the nose, red fruits dominated by fresh raspberries fill a powerful yet elegant palate. This Shiraz has been aged in French oak, which gives a spicy mid-palate and rich lingering tannins – beautiful oak and fruit interaction. Pour into a decanter and let breathe for an hour to enjoy now, or cellar for a further few years.

Posted 24 September 2021


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