This variety of grape originates from the Loire Valley in France. Here in Australia it produces an entirely different wine than in Vouvray or

Montlouis. These are sultry, full-bodied, rich wines, with a good balance between sweet and sour. Drinking temperature is 50- 53.6°F (10- 12°C).


This is the true Riesling grape, originating from Germany (see remark at Semillon). Various types of wine are made with Riesling, which can be dry, offdry (slightly sweet), or sweet, either affected by botrytis or not. The latter type of wine is given the name 'Noble', which refers to the noble rot. Riesling here produces fresh wines with a nose reminiscent of lemons.

Drinking temperature is 46.4- 50°F/8- 10°C (young), 50- 53.6°F/10- 12°C (aged) and 42.8- 50°F/6-10°C according to taste for the Noble Riesling.


This is a very popular grape and wine with the Australians, although they have great problems with the name. Australian Gewlirztraminers are interesting, exotic wines with fruity and spicy aromas, a full and prolonged taste and long finish. Drinking temperature is 50- 53.6°F (10- 12°C).


This is an interesting blend which combines the freshness and citrus fruit nose of Riesling with the roundness and fresh spiciness of the Gewlirztram. Most wines are off-dry or even medium-dry.

Drinking temperature is 46.4- 50°F (8- 10°C).


This is a very surprising grape that originates in Portugal which here produces good fresh wines with sensual and powerful aromas of tropical fruit.

Drinking temperature is 50- 53.6°F (10- 12°C).


This is the local and attractive name for the Muscat of Alexandria, widely known from the area around the Mediterranean. This grape produces extremely aromatic and tasty late harvest dessert wines here.


This grape is used to produce late harvest dessert wines with characteristic aromas of ripe fruit and a full and powerful taste. Flora is a hybrid resulting from crossing Gewlirztraminer and Semillon. Orange Muscat and Flora are separately vinified by the famous Brown Brothers winery as a Late Harvest wine and then blended. This results in a marvellously rich and complex wine with much power.

Drinking temperature is 42.8-46.4°F (6-8°C).


Rose wines are not at all common in Australia. This blend usually results in very fruity wines with a bouquet of fresh strawberry. Drinking temperature is 50- 53.6°F (10- 12°C).


Australia too makes wines that are wholly Cabernet Sauvignon. Most wines though are blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, or Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Shiraz. The pure Cabernet Sauvignon wines are full-bodied, rich, powerful, and complex.

 These wines need to be laid down for at least five years to mellow because they are remarkably full of tannin.These are outstanding wines with a nose of plum, blackcurrant, blueberry, and the occasional hints of chocolate, vanilla, tobacco, or cedarwood. Drinking temperature is 60.8-62.6°F (16-17°C).