Australians love their wine, and luckily, the land down under is home to one of the best wine regions in the world: Margaret River. Just three-and-a-half hours away from Perth, this tiny town actually produces 15% of the country’s premium wines. This is all thanks to its maritime climate, which closely resembles that of Bordeaux, France.
Owing to the similarity in growing conditions, it’s not surprising that Margaret River produces three of the most renowned French wines in the market. What are they?
Chardonnay is one of the world’s most popular dry white wines. Made from green-skinned grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors, from buttery and oak-like to fresh and citrusy. A bottle of this wine pairs well with seafood, poultry, pork, and cream- or butter-based dishes.
Cabernet sauvignon is often called the “King of Red Wines,” a fitting epithet for the world’s most sought-after red wine. Aged for five to ten years, a bottle of cabernet contains a surprisingly complex flavor profile, with hints of plum, blueberry, vanilla, and even tobacco in it. It is best paired with red meats like lamb, hearty pastas, strong cheeses, and dark chocolate.
Sauvignon Blanc – Semillon
A classic white wine blend, sauvignon blanc–semillon boasts a crisp, dry taste. The sauvignon blanc gives it a grassy, acidic aroma, while the semillion contributes to its structure and mouthfeel. Pair it with pigeon, crepes, or prawn for greater enjoyment.