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Domaine Tournon Shiraz Shay's Flat Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 91+ - Medium to deep garnet-purple, the 2012 Shay's Flat Vineyard Pyrenees Shiraz opens with a slight whiff of reduction over a core of red...
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Fowles Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Chardonnay 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - Light and expressive, silky in texture, with lime-accented pear and floral flavors. This hints at white pepper as the open-weave finish...
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Seville Estate Shiraz 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - Lithe, focused and distinctive, with meat, mineral and peppery elements draped over the plum and blackberry fruit, coming together...

2012 Australia Victoria

Whilst most of Australia consists of arid deserts and dense bushland, the oceanic coasts to the south of the country have a terrain and climate ideal for vine cultivation and wine production. It took several decades of failed attempts at the end of the 18th century in order to produce vines of a decent enough quality for making wine, but since those first false starts, the Australian wine industry has continued to grow and grow. Today, wine production makes up for a considerable part of the Australian economy, with exports in recent years reaching unprecedented levels and even overtaking France for the first time ever. Whilst the greatest successes in regards to quality have been the result of the Syrah grape varietal (known locally as Shiraz), Australia utilizes several Old World grapes, and has had fantastic results from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Riesling, Chardonnay and more. As the Australian passion for locally produced wine continues to develop, wineries have begun experimenting with a wider range of grape varietals, meaning that nowadays it isn't uncommon to find high quality Australian wines made from Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Viognier, amongst many others.
The Australian region of Victoria is the country's most historically significant wine region, with vine cultivation and wine production going on there since the mid 19th century. In those times, Victoria produced over half of all Australia's wines. However, today, despite having a huge number of wineries, Victoria has begun to focus on quality over quantity – many of the six hundred wineries based in this region produce wines made from lesser known grape varietals, often producing fascinating wines full of character, but made from vines with far lower yields and a considerably smaller audience. Today, most of the viticulture in Victoria takes place near the cool, coastal region around Melbourne. However, recent years have seen irrigation projects help wine makers grow vines in the more arid parts of the region, with a wide range of grapes now being grown.