Australian Types of Wine

As one of our oldest beverages known to man, wine has a mystique and cultural significance, and is now known in some ways to be a healthy completion to a meal. Well known for cleaning the palate, wine adds a sense of comfort and passion to a meal, and the type of meal you¡¯re preparing decides the type of wine you serve.

Wine is produced all over the world and each distinct area produces its own flavors and types. Australian wines are becoming very popular and are making a name for themselves the world over. With wide-open spaces available in Australia, an extensive variety of wines are being produced with traditional practices, as well as contemporary and new types of varieties being blended and fermented as a regular practice.

White wine is a favorite of many and in Australia they offer a unique taste that stands out and stands alone. While they vary in color, according to what part of the country produced them, it's well known that the deeper the color, the richer the flavor. Most come in a yellow hue of some sort and the technique of swirling the wine glass, and then sniffing the aroma gives you a very nice fully ripened grape smell.

The red wines of Austria have an unbelievable classic taste and according to different climates and conditions produce different flavors within the red wine class. If it's a warmer climate wine, you'll find it more flavorful and richer, while the cooler climate leads lighter, delicate red wine tastes.

In Australia they're also making fortified wines with a longer fermentation process compared to the other varieties. Often blended with a brandy in order to emphasize the alcohol taste in the wine, it also helps to retain the flavor and color of the original wine product. This concentration, varies according to the length of fermentation process, with some left fermenting for decades.

The Australian dessert wine is another category, often distinguished by the texture of the wine itself as a honey like or glutinous texture that's actually a naturally occurring fungus. The natural fungus retains moisture, increasing the sugar concentration along with the acidity and also retaining flavor. Best served with fruit desserts, soft or blue cheeses or other desserts that will balance the acidity as well as complement the desert itself.

While the production of wine in Austria has been going on for centuries, it has not been until last several decades that Australian winemakers have made a name for themselves in the wine industry. Each region in Australia can produce a wine with about the same process, and yet according to the climate and soil, produce a very distinct wine known by its regional design.

Source of Australian Types of Wine by David Tupniak – author of Australian Types of Wine article

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