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10 Most Favourite Swan Valley Wines

6th July 2017

With a history of around 185 years in winemaking, Swan Valley is the oldest and possibly the best wine-producing region in Western Australia. Due to its unique weather conditions, Swan Valley is the top producer of some of the best Swan Valley wines like Verdelho, Chenin Blanc and Shiraz.

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Warm and dry weather make Swan Valley ideal for wine production, ranging from the sparkling wines to dark, dense wines. Weather conditions in the Swan Valley are best for the production of high sugar level wines like Shiraz and Verdelho.

Swan Valley is heaven for winemakers, as the soil allows a large variety of grape vines to be grown, and the extended dry ripening span of time gives wines their diverse variety of flavours.

Here are some of the leading wines produced in Swan Valley:

#1 Verdelho

Verdelho is a Portuguese grape variety, originally grown in the Douro Valley of Portugal and on the island of Madeira. Around the 1980s, it was used to make fortified wines in Australia. Later, it became appreciated as a fresh and tropical grape variety, which is now being used to make the contemporary, dry, white table wines.

With an amazing fruit salad aroma and tropical flavours, Verdelho pairs well with spicy Asian dishes. Widely grown in Swan Valley and other districts of Western Australia, Verdelho is a very popular variety of white wine and can be quaffed immediately.

#2 Chenin Blanc

One of the best white wine grape varieties, Chenin Blanc, is also known as Pineau de la Loire. Chenin Blanc’s origin is associated with the Loire Valley in France.  Chenin Blanc’s high acidity level makes it perfect for the production of wines ranging from sparkling wines to the dense and balanced dessert wines.

The nature of the Chenin Blanc grape depends on the climatic conditions of the wine region. It can be highly sweet or dry depending on the climate. Ripening and harvesting of this grape play a significant role in its aroma, flavour, and taste so care needs to be taken in the vineyard. Being high in acidity, harvesting the grape too early can give you a distasteful wine. Also, harvesting the Chenin Blanc at too high of a yield will ruin the unique characteristics of the grape.

Due to its sweet flavour, Chenin Blanc is best suited for fruit based desserts and Asian style foods.

#3 Chardonnay

Globally, Chardonnay is one of the most loved white wines. Originally grown in the Burgundy region in France, Chardonnay wine can be either immediately consumed or preserved for years. Chardonnay grape is said to be the supreme component of sparkling wines.

Aroma and flavour of the grape depend on the climatic conditions of the growing region. Warmer areas like Swan Valley produce Chardonnay grapes full of tropical fruit flavours. However, cold regions will add earthy flavours to the grape.

Chardonnay wine pairs well with both crispy Caesar salad and creamy pasta with prawns.

#4 Semillon

Semillon wine is a full-bodied wine with flavours ranging from lemon, pear, and apple to mango, yellow peach and papaya depending on the climate. Wine experts describe the aroma of Semillon similar to that of lanolin. Some of the other aromas that you can find in Semillon wine are honey, ginger, hay, fig, and saffron. This is one of the most affordable yet premium white wines in the world.

Also known as Semilion, this white wine variety can be grown in both warm and cool climates. Summer salads and Swan Valley Asparagus are best complemented with Semillon wine.

#5 Sauvignon Blanc

The grassy, herbal, and vegetal flavours of the Sauvignon Blanc, makes it entirely different from the other white wines. As the name suggests, it is a “Wild White” wine originated in the South of France. Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned descendant of the Savagnin wine grape. When grown in slightly warm climate or areas with cold temperature, the grape gives the best range of flavours and aromas.

Sauvignon Blanc is the best-suited wine with sushi and other dishes, made of fish and goat’s cheese.

#6 Shiraz

Historically produced around Shiraz in Iran, one of the finest wines in the world, the Shiraz wine gained its name from the origin city. Shiraz is a dark-skinned grape, grown extensively in Australia and other parts of the world. It is used to make full-bodied, dense and dark wines. Shiraz wine is a dry white wine when young and grows sweeter with age.

Shiraz wine is not produced in Iran anymore. However, Swan Valley still consists of dense Shiraz vines. Shiraz wines are one of the most sophisticated styles of wine, which best compliments with red meat and cheddar cheese.

#7 Grenache

Grenache has the widest spread vineyards around the world. Grenache grapes produce wines with an elevated level of alcohol. They have a soft berry flavour and red fruit flavours like raspberry and strawberry, with a little addition of spice.

Due to its light colour and little acidic nature, it is often blended with other wine varieties like Syrah and Cinsaut. Swan Valley’s long warm summers are perfect for the Grenache to grow, as these grapes are slow to ripen.  Most likely emerged in the Aragon region of northern Spain, Grenache goes well with seafood and poultry products.

#8 Cabernet Sauvignon

Originated around the 17th century in a southwestern part of France Cabernet Sauvignon is a descendant of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. With a healthy level of tannins and full-bodied characteristic, Cabernet Sauvignon is the favourite amongst wine lovers. It’s multi-level acidity, and intense flavours like black currant and pepper make it perfect to partner with red sauce pasta, roasted lamb and cheese.

#9 Malbec

Malbec is a member of the purple grape family. With its pitch-dark colour and firm tannins, Malbec is perfect for a Bordeaux wine blend. Other than being primarily grown in the South West France, it is extensively loved in Argentina and other parts of the world.

This full-bodied wine needs warm weather for their ripening time, which is perfectly matched with the Swan Valley. Malbec is best suited for them who love to eat vegetarian lasagna, Osso Bucco and grilled meat.

#10 Merlot

The soft, tasteful and ripe wine, Merlot derived its name from a little black bird. Merlot is suitable as a blending component and fantastic as a varietal wine. Merlot grape produces complex, medium bodied wines with flavours of red fruit, vegetables, earth, plum and leaf. As the name suggests, this dark blue dense wine goes well with different type of foods. If you love Mediterranean vegetables roasted in olive oil and served along with goat’s cheese, Merlot wine is the best choice for you.

Which of these wines do you prefer?

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Top Gun Tours offer Swan Valley wine tours that provide the perfect getaway. Relax & indulge in a day of premium wine tasting, sumptuous food & stunning scenery as you take in the delights of the Swan Valley on our fun-filled, luxury tour bus.

We’ll guide your taste buds on a scrumptious journey through the Swan Valley as we visit a selection of premium vineyards, hand-picked for their superb product range and quality produce.

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