New South Wales wine region

New South Wales
New South Wales is the birthplace of Australian wine, although it was soon overtaken in importance by South Australia.  It’s home to Australia’s oldest continuous wine region – the famous Hunter Valley.
 
The Hunter owes its existence more to its proximity to Sydney than to the climate, which this far north is subtropical.  By Australian standards there is plenty of rain to balance the sweltering summer heat, so the vines don’t have to be irrigated.  Unfortunately most of it falls in the autumn months, making vintages here every bit as variable as in France.  Nevertheless, the volcanic soils produce elegant and ageworthy Shiraz, full-throttle Chardonnay and underappreciated, even more ageworthy Semillon.
 
Inland lies the vast, and even hotter, Riverina region.  Its irrigated vineyards produce huge volumes of jug wine and some interesting botytised stickies and fortified ‘ports’.
 
Other NSW wine regions lie south of the Hunter, and generally at high altitude to keep temperatures down.  Mudgee is long established but others are rather newer, including Orange, Hilltops, Gundagai, and Canberra District.  These produce elegant, cool-climate Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Riesling.  The most southerly of them all, high-altitude Tumbarumba, specialises in Chardonnay and sparkling wines.
 

Decanting Club wines from: New South Wales

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