Wine: The wild-card Aussies
If you think Australian wine is nothing but luxury shirazes and cheerful budget wines, “you couldn’t be more wrong,” said Elin McCoy in Bloomberg.com. The wine industry down under has always been dynamic and diverse, and U.S. importers are finally bringing in more of the country’s somewhat pricey outliers— including the “killer” wines being made by a new wave of young Aussies.
2016 BK Wines White Skin ’n Bones ($35). Brendon Keys’ orange wine (made by allowing white-grape juice to sit on its skins) offers “fresh herb aromas” and “a honeyed pear taste.”
2016 Jauma ‘Like Raindrops’ Grenache ($36). Ex-musician James Erskine lets his grapes ferment whole, giving his gren ache “a salty fruitiness” that’s highly quaffable.
2016 Ochota Barrels Fugazi Vineyard Grenache ($65). Named for the punk band Fugazi, Taras Ochata’s wine hides the scent of rose petals in “a rush of tangy-tart red fruit.” ■