Australian Domaine Wines The Hattrick 2001
Other Red Blends from Australia
The Hattrick is a blend of 47% Shiraz, 46% Grenache and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced primarily from the Tony DeLisio managed Mark Woods Old Estate just north of the township of McLaren Vale. To supplement the best of his own fruit, and to enhance complexity, Tony sourced carefully managed, select parcels from a small clutch of vineyards with some of the best old vines in the region. Each varietal was individually open-vat fermented and basket pressed before going to barrel. The Shiraz and Cabernet components saw mainly new French with some American Oak. Progressively, as the wines developed, particular barrels were earmarked for The Hattrick based on what they could contribute to the overall style. The Grenache was beautifully soft and aromatic overall while the Shiraz showed power and length and the Cabernet a pure varietal structure with character and firmness. Bench trials led to the final blend decision after which minor additions were made subject to the way the flavours melded in the finished form.
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About Other Australia
With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales - New South Wales has a variety of smaller wine growing regions. Many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations, leading to the more encompassing designation of New South Wales.
Western Australia – A small percentage of Australia’s winemaking occurs on the West Coast. The largest Australian state, Western Australia, includes the appellations Margaret River and Great Southern.
Southeastern Australia – This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in Australia.
Like the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale
, Clare Valley
and Barossa Valley
. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley
, while the smaller, southern state of
is best known for theYarra Valley
. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River
at the southern tip.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.