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Australia’s Cabernet Surge

Harvey Steiman
Issue: October 15, 2009

Australian winemakers deliver suppler and fruitier Cabernet Sauvignon, while Shiraz and Grenache continue to make strides. Despite intermittent problems with drought, frosts and heat waves, every vintage from 2004 to 2008 produced an abundance of good wine throughout Australia. A welcome trend is that more winemakers are looking for refinement and balance in their red wines. Harvey Steiman reviewed more than 500 Australian reds for this report. Nearly 200 scored in the outstanding or classic range. More than 50 of these top-rated bottlings sell for $30 or less, while another 125 wines in that price range scored 88 or 89 points. Even better bargains—65 wines priced at $15 or less—scored 87 points or higher.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands September 22, 2009.

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