For some, Australian wine might be synonymous with big, burly Barossa Shiraz. And while this is a hallmark style, it should be no surprise that the sixth largest country in the world has so much more to offer.
A multitude of grape varieties and expressions of red wines can be found across Australia’s 65 designated wine regions. If you desire streamlined reds that hold tension and ripe fruit flavors in equal measure, look to Pinot Noir and Syrah from cool-climate regions like Tasmania and the Yarra Valley. Maybe you want something a bit more full-bodied and structured yet polished—in steps Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-style red blends from Margaret River on the country’s west coast. If hedonistic reds are calling your name, seek out Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and GSM blends from the Barossa Valley and Coonawarra in South Australia.
From large production pours that offer great value to unique offerings that speak to Australia’s thriving natural wine scene, there’s truly something for everyone. Here are 12 diverse Aussie reds that are worth the discovery.