6 Must-Try Aussie Wines This Summer

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If you’re a wine lover like us, always on the lookout for a fantastic “Aussie drop” with more variety than the usual imports at your local liquor store, we’ve got some exciting news. Let us introduce you to Little Peacock Imports, a trusted partner and advocate for Australian wineries entering the US market. Led by the dynamic duo (and husband and wife team) Gordon Little and Lauren Peacock, they bring the best Australian wines, a commitment to quality, and a diverse portfolio ranging from renowned family wineries to hidden gems. They also happen to feature incredible women winemakers. So, let’s dive into their selection of 6 Australian wines you absolutely must drink this summer!

1. Ashbrook Estate Semillon, Margaret River

First up is the Ashbrook Estate Semillon from Margaret River, a true Australian classic crafted by the talented and trailblazing winemaker Catherine Edwards. This Semillon takes you on a sensory journey with its sweet grassiness and vibrant citrus notes, followed by nut, straw, toast, and ripe lemon flavors. Its bone-dry nature and acid-driven character make it the perfect companion for summer soirées. Catherine’s passion and expertise shine through every sip, so gather your wine-loving squad and let the magic of Ashbrook Estate transport you to pure summertime bliss.

2. Wits End Vermentino, McLaren Vale

Next, we have the Wits End Vermentino from McLaren Vale, created by the sensational winemaker Renae Hirsch. This vibrant and textural seafood wine is a symphony of crisp apple, juicy pear, and mixed citrus fruits on your palate. The zesty acid and minerally dry finish leave you yearning for another sip. Renae, hailing from Adelaide Hills, has worked her magic in renowned wineries like Farmer’s Leap, Chalk Hill, and Field Day Wines. So gather your crew, uncork a bottle, and let Renae’s coastal creation whisk you away to a world of flavors.

3. Alkoomi Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc, Frankland River

Let’s explore the Alkoomi Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc from Frankland River, a must-try Australian wine this summer. Crafted by the talented winemaker Marelize Russouw, this wine enchants with its lifted aromas of lemon peel, passionfruit pips, and delicate floral nuances. Each sip reveals the sweet juiciness of lychee and granny smith apple, perfectly balanced by vibrant mineral acidity. Marelize’s global winemaking experience brings a touch of expertise to every bottle, making this wine a true delight for the senses.

4. Smallfry Pimpernel Trousseau, Barossa

For an adventure in the Barossa, we have the Smallfry Pimpernel Trousseau, a must-try Australian wine. Created by the talented duo Wayne and Suzi Ahrens, this wine surprises with its flavors of rhubarb, herbal tones, cranberry, and earthy goodness. It’s light, bright, and just the right amount of tannin. Wayne brings his winemaking skills while Suzi works her magic in viticulture. Together, they’ve created Smallfry—a drop in the vast ocean of Australian wine that leaves a lasting impression. Their philosophy of minimal intervention and a focus on balance shines through in every bottle. And let’s not forget the cherry on top—their vineyards boast ancient vines dating back to the 1850s!

5. Moorooduc Estate Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula

Prepare to be captivated by the enchanting flavors of Moorooduc Estate Pinot Noir, an absolute must-try this summer. This wine is a sensory treasure with its deep garnet color and a complex, darkly perfumed nose featuring dark cherry, violet, and exotic incense notes. Each sip unravels layers of black cherry, raspberry, and a hint of pomegranate syrup, perfectly balanced with subtle hints of star anise and velvety tannins. Crafted by the esteemed winemaker Kate McIntyre MW, whose mastery as a Master of Wine sets her apart, this wine showcases a remarkable concentration, complexity, and youthful energy that will gracefully evolve over time.

6. Paxton ‘Tiny Paradoxes’ Shiraz-Grenache, McLaren Vale

Get ready to meet the star of McLaren Vale this summer—Paxton ‘Tiny Paradoxes’ Shiraz-Grenache. This certified biodynamic wine demands your attention with its captivating floral aroma, lifted cherries, and blueberries that dance on your palate. Delicate French oak adds subtle smoky vanillin hints, enhancing the experience. Brace yourself for the brightness of fruit, a rich mid-palate, and a soft, juicy finish that leaves you craving more. Created by the award-winning winemaker Kate Goodman, her contemporary approach infuses soul and personality into Penley Estate wines. As the esteemed 2018 Winemaker of the Year, Kate’s dedication and innovation shine through in every bottle.

To make it easy to enjoy these wines, Little Peacock is giving our members a special deal on a 1/2 case of all 6 of these to try. Order HERE and use code AWNY at checkout for free shipping. Cheers!
*Select the 3-6 bottle shipping option at checkout, then enter the code AWNY.

Author: Sarah McLellan Mee

Sarah is originally from Bundaberg, Australia and moved to NYC at 17 (over 22 years ago). Initially she worked as a dancer and singer on Broadway (42nd Street, Queen's We Will Rock You) and then toured around the world in a critically-acclaimed rock band. Transitioning from performance, she moved into the digital media world—mainly focused on clients in the travel and food space. Sarah has worked as an editor, agency social media strategist, VP of Marketing for a major restaurant group, and as branded content editor for Bon Appétit magazine and other publications at Condé Nast. Sarah lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with her husband Chaz and their one-year-old daughter, Alula.

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