2020 is going to be an exciting time for Australian wine. From fruit-driven light reds to Tasmanian sparkling, alternative varietals and pioneering winemakers to an emerging wine region challenging the heavyweights, find out why we're predicting big things across these trends.
The Qantas Wine team has carefully selected cases to introduce you to the wines you should be looking out for. We have even put together a mixed case so you can sample four of the wines showcased, then you have only 16 more to go!
Be quick, this offer ends 29 February 2020 or until stocks last.*
Save 31% - Only $17.99 per bottle in a dozen. Get a taste of the Wines for 2020 with this stunning case. Includes three bottles each of the trophy-winning Domaine Naturaliste Rachis Syrah 2018, the 95-point Yabby Lake Red Claw Pinot Noir 2018, the vibrant Lange Estate sauvignon blanc from the Great Southern and a deliciously dry rosé from winemaker John Harris.
The perfect reds for all-year round enjoyment
If you’re more partial to a glass of red than white, there are lighter varieties which are the perfect match for a warm summer’s day or night. From the popular pinot noir to grenache, these fruit-driven, light reds are great served chilled or at room temperature.
What makes Tasmanian sparkling wine so good?
For a few years now, the sparkling wine of Tasmania has been ever-growing in popularity and accolades. And when you sip your first drop you’ll understand why. With a cool climate well suited to producing premium sparkling wines, mild summers and long autumn days ripen the grapes and provide an elegance and intensity of flavour that rivals everything from a crisp, Italian Prosecco to fine Champagne.
The rise of Australian alternative varieties
Over the years, with many of our classic wine regions becoming warmer and drier with shorter growing seasons, we’re seeing winemakers break away from traditional favourites. While varieties such as chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon are still hugely popular, adventurous palates are looking for new styles to try.
Bruce Dukes, Domaine Naturaliste
With decades of local and international winemaking experience – including 5 vintages at Francis Ford Coppola’s Niebaum-Coppola winery and 6 vintages at the local Pierro Winery, Bruce has honed an exacting and confident approach.
As a trained agronomist with a master’s degree in Viticulture and Oenology, Bruce approaches winemaking from where the process begins – in the ground. With his deep understanding of soils and sustainable farming practices, it’s Bruce’s belief that a holistic approach is best for both the wine and the environment.
Bruce's winery Domaine Naturaliste was recently awarded James Halliday's 2020 Best Value Winery of the Year.
John Harris from Mitchell Harris
As founding partner and head winemaker of Mitchell Harris, John has always been intrigued by the art and science behind the creation of wine. In 2008, after more than eight years at Domaine Chandon, he returned to his home of Ballarat, an hour west of Melbourne, and joined forces with Craig Mitchell to begin the Mitchell Harris wine story.
In 2011 they fell in love with an abandoned workshop, gave it a good clean up, and opened the Mitchell Harris Cellar Door and Wine Bar. Here they showcase their wines and other treasures from the region in order to provide a full wine bar and dining experience right in the heart of this reinvented town that has been named "Victoria's hottest foodie destination".
The Great Southern
It's clear the Great Southern is becoming one of the big players in the Australian wine industry - and we mean that literally and figuratively. The sheer size of the region makes it the largest in Australia and it is currently the second largest producer of grapes in Western Australia. The size is what makes it special. Unlike most regions, which have star varieties like a grenache from McLaren Vale, the Great Southern's sheer scale means it has the capacity to produce world-class wines from a range of classic varietals. These include chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, riesling, pinot noir and shiraz.
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* Offers end midnight (AEDT) 29 February 2020 unless sold out prior. Qantas may withdraw or extend these offers at any time.
^The % off is based on the average price per bottle in the mixed case when compared to the average price per bottle in a straight case for each individual bottle, which was available for sale on qantaswine.com immediately prior to the sale.