Thursday, January 30, 2014

Delve into the Rich History of One of Australia’s Finest Wine Regions

Australian wine production has grown into a booming industry from its early beginnings in the early 1820s to become the world’s fourth largest exporter. Being host to over 60 different wine regions, the few that have stood the test of time have gone on to become world famous for their range of high quality boutique vintages.

With recent findings suggesting that wine has long been a great source of vitality, and the sourcing of fine wines becoming simpler than ever, let us take a look at some of the finest wines Australia has to offer.

Hunter valley, NSW was one of the country’s first wine regions, as well as considered to be one of the finest. Starting in the early 19th century, the region is known for its Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. With over 180 years of wine producing vineyards, Hunter Valley offers modern, sophisticated wine producing techniques from some of the world’s most renowned grapes. Producing roughly 2% of the country’s wine exports, but that small percentage makes up in award winning, varieties, styles and vintages.

The Cowra wine region is another specialist wine region that offers perfect conditions to grow the finest of wines. Located in the beautiful Lachlan Valley of NSW, the region is home to over 40 vineyards which include large wine producers and boutique tasting experiences that can compete with anywhere in the world. Falls Vineyard is one particular wine producer that produces limited quantities of high quality, award-winning wines including Chardonnay, Shiraz, Semillon, Merlot and the finest Cabernet Sauvignon.

Some of the finer Falls Wine stock includes the famous Squatter’s Ghost Shiraz ’09 which is rich in colour, produces a dense red berry palate and blends an exquisitely complex bouquet of bramble fruit with tones of earth and eucalypt. The Sparkling Brut Reserve is a prestige win that is produced from a decadent blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to bring a fresh palate of delicate fruit flavours. Combining intensity and finesse, this Sparkling Brut Reserve makes for a fresh cleansing tone to accompany a special meal.

One of the many modern and sophisticated wine growing techniques employed in this wine region include Rosnay wine’s certified biodynamic farm and vineyard. This sustainable biodynamic farm offers a chance to enjoy the fruit of natural labour through its award winning Rosnay wines.

One of the most popular and celebrated Rosnay wines has to be the Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 which received the gold medal at the prestigious Cowra National Wine Show in 2012. With elegance and finesse in taste, this Cabernet Sauvignon is lightly filtered and contains no animal proteins to preserve complexity and aid flavour.

The finest wines of Australia, like all fine vintages not only have the benefits of great taste and luxury appeal, but gives us the added advantage of being good for you. In moderate amounts, studies have shown that a regular, yet small intake of wine can promote longevity of life, help reduce the risks associated with stroke as well as helping to slow brain decline.

The differences in types of wine also show different benefits, with red wine being good for the heart with its tannins which contain procyanidins, whilst white wines provide an excellent source of certain nutrients that are good for the pulmonary system.

With more and more studies coming forward that promote the moderate consumption of wine for their health benefits, why not opt for some of the finer wines that Australia has to offer. With a large range of traditional wines to choose from around the Cowra region as well as more diverse biodynamic vineyard wines, Canowindra offers even the finest wine connoisseurs something to look forward to toasting.