Originally Posted by jcusey
Jamsheed was a revelation for me. I thought that I didn't like Aussie Shiraz before I had that. Jamsheed, Hunter Valley Semillon, and Clare Valley Riesling collectively convinced me that I shouldn't write off Australian wine altogether.
Writing off Oz would have been a mistake so glad you didn't. Due to Prohibition in the US I bet they have more 80-100+ year old vines than the US has. Henschke Hill of Grace stands alongside Penfold's Grange but then you come across stuff like this bottling of 100% Grenache from Two Hands I've had...vines from the 1920s. Such a pure expression of the grape. Even value wine like the Fire Block Grenache (about $20 and from truly old vines too).
Agree on the Semillon and Riesling (also check out Eden Valley for them) and don't forget the occasional "sticky," as they call them, from Rutherglen. I've got to try more Chard as I was told they've been cutting back on the oak bombs and turning out some more classically styled Chards too.