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  • South Australian wines will be a popular choice for Kiwi barbecues these holidays.

    Issue 3944 10 December 2015

    Aussie reds enjoy a big following here. More than one bottle in four of all the wine we drink is from Australia, and imports are surging in the wake of New Zealand’s moderate 2015 harvest. Hawke’s Bay merlots are this country’s best-value red-wine style. At barbecues this summer, however, you can be sure that South Australia’s bold, beefy shirazes will offer stiff competition. Gemtree McLaren Vale Uncut Shiraz 2012 (5 stars): this dense, inky-hued red flows from a mature, low-yielding site in the heart of McLaren Vale…

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