Suppose you wanted to build a premium Australian wine cellar or Australian wine collection, and you wanted to keep it simple, what would be the top 10 wineries to chose from?
The way I thought about it was that the winery had to either have one wine in the top three of a variety or two wines in the top ten. Also, the winery should make wine that is typical Australian and does not follow a European path (now this could be controversial and is somewhat arbitrary). Nothing too scientific about it, so here goes
Penfolds - an obvious choice. No other winery in the world has such a range of wines which deliver at every price point.
Henschke - the most distinguished single vineyard Shirazes in Australia. The rest of the portfolio is uneven.
Leeuwin - a consistent world class Chardonnay producer. The other wines are catching up, but are not yet in this league.
Grosset - similarly, a world class Riesling producer. Other wines quite strong, too.
Wendouree - highly idiosyncratic wines with substantial aging potential. Shiraz is the pinnacle, Malbec is top shelf as well.
Torbreck - producer of full-bodied Rhone varieties with outstanding Shiraz and Grenache.
Moss Wood - Australia's best Cabernet Sauvignon, in my book.
Tyrell's - superb Semillon, also outstanding Chardonnay and Shiraz.
Bass Phillip - funky Pinot Noir, variable, but in some years world class.
Bindi - outstanding cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Two wineries I considered, but have not had enough exposure to, lately, were Lakes Folly and Wantirna. A number of others would be in some people's list, but I felt they were not unique enough. These were Giaconda, Clonakilla, Cullen, Mount Mary and some cool climate Victorian Shiraz producers.
So there you have it. Any thoughts?