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There is a smorgasbord of white wine discoveries just waiting for you to explore. Our mission is to utilise the past 70 years of both local and international wine experience our experts have access to and bring what excites us most about the world of wine to Australian wine drinkers.
Our range of popular white wine varieties include everything you love to drink like Pinot Grigio and pinot gris, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and riesling, as well as a variety of white blend wines including Semillon Viognier, Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Semillon Riesling Chardonnay, Botrytis Chardonnay, Semillon Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc. Our dessert wine temptations include fortified wines as well as a range of sweet Moscato.
Our collection of sparkling white wines includes Prosecco, sparkling Pinot Noir, sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, sparkling Riesling, sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir, sparkling Chardonnay, as well as our selection of sparkling red wine varieties including sparkling Shiraz, sparkling Shiraz Cabernet, and sparkling Merlot wines and sparkling Rose.
More red wine possibilities abound amongst the classical varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Grenache, Cabernet Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Rose wine. If you’re feeling daring and want to branch out into the Red Blend Wines then feast your eyes on our collections of Shiraz blend wines including Cabernet Malbec Shiraz, Cabernet Shiraz, Liqueur Shiraz, Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre and Shiraz Grenache Viognier. More blends await within the world of red including Tempranillo Garnacha Blends, Merlot Malbec Cabernet, and more Merlot wine blends.
We’re committed to exploring the delights of small and medium sized wine producers who bring to every creation they make a passion and drive that is unparalleled amongst the larger producers. By supporting these boutique wineries and fabulous creators, we’re hoping to ensure their future in the world of winemaking and our own future drinking great tasting wines. Some of our local Australian producers include Crackerjack, Paringa Estate, Vasse Felix and Innocent Bystander.
What is a dry white wine?
Dry white wines are high in natural acidity and are often described as crisp. It makes them ideal for both pairing with food and for cooking with and dry whites are highly prized around the world. The dryness of a white wine depends not just on the type of white grapes that are used but also what kind of climate those grapes have been grown in and how late in the season the fruit was harvested. It’s generally thought that in cooler climates you are more likely to find dryer wines than in warmer climates.
Whether a wine is considered dry or not is not just down to the taste profile but rather refers to the amount of residual sugars that are left in the wine after fermentation. In all fermentations, regardless of alcohol created, the yeast introduced feeds on the natural sugars (or unnatural, if sugar has been added to the fruits) to produce the alcoholic content of the final product. In the care of dry whites, if the residual sugar is less than one percent of the wine’s volume (roughly equated to four grams of sugar per litre) then the wine is considered to be dry. A medium dry wine is one with 12 g/L. Anything higher than that and the wine is considered to be off-dry, medium or sweet.
So, what does that mean when we are referring to wine styles? Are you always guaranteed a dry white wine when you choose a particular varietal? Knowing that dry whites are generally produced in particular regions, that should be your first port of call, searching the wine region and producers. Sauvignon blanc is considered one of the driest wines and generally described as being herbaceous and grassy with well balanced acidity that makes it perfect for sipping chilled and for cooking with. Major growing regions are Bordeaux and the Loire Valley in France, New Zealand – particularly the Marlborough region, South Africa, California and Australia.
The next dry white is the chardonnay, ancestral home in France but now grown very widely throughout the world. Known as a Chablis in France, it’s described as having flavours of green apple and fruity citrus notes, sometimes even tropical melon. Chardonnay from the US is widely oak aged which gives the wine a distinct smoky flavour.
The Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are white wines made from the same grape, but which develop unique flavours depending on the region they are grown and produced in. For example, the Pinot Gris from France (‘gris’ means ‘grey’ in French and describes the colour of the grape) is known for being a sweeter and fruitier wine than the crisper Pinot Grigio (‘grigio’ means ‘grey’ in Italian) from Italy. The same may be said of the Riesling variety which differs between being very dry and quite sweet. Champagne is also considered a dry white wine with its own regional scale for sweetness ranging from Extra Brut at 0.6% sugar through to Doux containing 5% sugar.
How long does white wine last?
Once you have opened a bottle of white wine you can expect to get about a week out of it if it’s chilled and sealed. It’s a common habit to leave your wine on the fridge door but try to store lying down instead. This will stop the agitation of the wine and is particularly important for champagne or other sparkling varieties as the bubbles will disperse more quickly if the bottle is constantly moving.
Cellaring white wine should always be done with the bottle lying down if it has been cork sealed. This ensures that the cork remains moist and doesn’t dry out. When cork dries it shrinks and this can lead to the seal on your wine bottle breaking and allowing air into the bottle to oxidise the wine. It also helps to ensure that when it comes time to open your cellared white, the cork comes out easily rather than crumbling.
Is white wine good for you?
Everything in moderation is generally the healthiest course, and that includes white wine. All wine is high in antioxidants which can have a beneficial effect on heart health and to help lower cholesterol and protect blood vessels, but red wine is considered higher in antioxidants than white wine. Although, red wine does tend to be higher in calories than white wine varieties with both Riesling and Pinto Grigio usually averaging about 110 calories per glass.
Making sure you’re enjoying your wine to its fullest taste potential will depend on what you’re eating with it so it’s vitally important to pair your wines accordingly. For dry whites you will want zesty and light tasting flavours like grilled fish and lemon, strong and herby salads and crisp vegetables. For the oaky and smokier whites, you’ll want fatter tasting fish like shellfish, particularly lobster and buttery pasta dishes. Acidic white likes Riesling pair well with spicy Asian dishes while sparkling whites work well with saltier and savoury flavours.
All of our whites are accompanied with personal tasting notes by our wine experts to help you choose the finest tasting white wine for your palate and your dish. Search out exhaustive range of options and tour the world with a selection of truly excellent vintages and producers delivered direct to your door.