Brilliant clear gold in color. Lifted, complex white peach, grapefruit and orange blossom, balanced with barrel fermented characters. Restrained yet intense on the palate. Underlying complexity with soft, creamy, rich and full flavor. Lifted summer stone fruit, and the delicate richness of oak influences. Long elegant natural acid that sets up a seemingly endless clean dry finish.
Philip Shaw Winery
In 2003 Philip jumped off the corporate train to fulfill his family dream. For the original 'square peg in a round hole', Philip has found his winemaking home and is realizing his family dream at Koomooloo. "I always said that when I turned 40, I was going to do my own thing - with family and friends - in Orange. One thing led to another and 15 years later, I'm finally doing it."
Philip has been making wine in Australia for more than 4 decades and approaches each aspect of winemaking with a healthy mix of innovation and unrelenting quality standards. He steps out with conviction and carves his own way, a new way, time and time again. He has pioneered dozens of popular Australian wines during his career and is renowned for his commitment to advancing Australian wines through relentless testing of varietal and clonal suitability for optimum site selection, winemaking innovation, and ultimately, crafting modern, vibrant, and high-quality wines.
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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.
– 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.
– 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, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of
Victoria 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.
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.