Australia Day is usually an excuse to have a good time the numerous joys of Australian wine. However, the horrendous bushfires that have devastated swathes of southeastern Australia over the previous few months have given the event explicit poignancy.
Many vineyards, already hit by drought, have suffered terribly within the fires. Though nobody is minimizing the person tragedies, and whereas the total extent of the injury has nonetheless to be assessed and the bushfire season has not completed, it’s estimated that general, round 1% of your entire Australian wine manufacturing has been hit so far.
Nonetheless, within the Adelaide Hills space of South Australia, virtually a 3rd of manufacturing has been worn out, and even the place there was no precise hearth injury, grapes could be severely affected by smoke. A number of individual tragic stories can be found here. If you wish to donate, there are numerous appeals for assistance right here by way of Wine Australia, below the donations section, or via the Australian Red Cross disaster relief and recovery web site and the Adelaide Hills Wine Region Fire Appeal.
However clearly an equally necessary means of serving to is to drink Australian wine, so listed here are some basic Australian wines, beginning with a high-quality chardonnay from the Adelaide Hills space: the award-profitable Petaluma Piccadilly Valley chardonnay 2016 (£28.99 or £24.99 in six-bottle purchase, majestic.co.uk) is completely benchmark Aussie chardonnay – large, mouth-filling, creamy, nutty, oaky flavors and the right winter ceremonial dinner white, significantly if you’re serving fish pie or smoked haddock.
For those who desire a much less full-on chardonnay, strive the more delicate, cleaner and crisper type of the Kirriemuir Reserve Adelaide Hills chardonnay 2016 (£11.39, virginwines.co.uk) or the terrific Hollick Bond Road chardonnay 2015 (£15.95, gerrardseel.co.uk; varied independents) with numerous citrus however with ripe, buttery flavors and a wealthy, layered texture and which lies someplace between the two kinds.