Best Drinks in Australia 2021

  1. Love this! Shows savoury almond and flor-like characters on the nose with some dried lemon pith below. The palate has a super fresh and clear, elegant feel. Rich, complex and utterly fascinating. A great example of courageous winemaking.

    01. Crittenden Estate Cri de Coeur - 2016 Savagnin

    State: Victoria Category: White
  2. 02. Sullivans Cove Single Malt Whisky - French Oak ex-Tawny Second Fill Single Cask

    State: Tasmania Category: Whisky
  3. 03. Ziggy's Wild Foods - Native Lilly Pilly, Lemon Myrtle & Wild Lavender Shrub

    State: New South Wales Category: Soft Drinks, Mixers, Shrubs, Cordials
  4. 04. Lyre's Non-Alcoholic Spirits - Lyre's Italian Orange

    State: New South Wales Category: Non-Alcoholic Spirits
  5. Bright, vibrant purple/garnet. Chinese 5-spice, pink peppercorn. Fine palate; tannin present but not overpowering.

    05. In Praise of Shadows - 2020 'Mankai' - Touriga Nacional, Graciano, Garnacha

    State: South Australia Category: Red
  6. 06. Henschke - 2021 Peggy's Hill Riesling

    State: South Australia Category: White
  7. 07. The Uraidla Brewery - Future Light Little Pale Ale

    State: South Australia Category: Beer
  8. 08. The Uraidla Brewery - Cosmic Labyrinth Strong Pale Ale

    State: South Australia Category: Beer
  9. 09. Wildbrumby - Wildbrumby Baked Apple Liqueur Schnapps

    State: New South Wales Category: Liqueur
  10. 10. Heaps Normal - Quiet XPA

    State: Australian Capital Territory Category: Non-Alcoholic Beer + Cider

Best Spirits in Australia

  1. 01.

    Archie Rose Distilling Co. - Single Malt Whisky

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    A beautifully integrated example of malt and oak. Young, volatile, and exciting with spice and heat on the finish and a clean bright malt-driven texture that marries the evident quality of ingredients with great attention to detail.

  2. 02.

    Wildbrumby - Wildbrumby Baked Apple Liqueur Schnapps

    State: New South Wales
  3. 03.

    Bass & Flinders Distillery - Ochre - Fine Brandy

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Lifted nose with nice citrus despite the obvious dried fruit vibe. Rich in the mouth. Smoky with some dustiness.

  4. 04.

    Never Never Distilling Co. - Southern Strength Gin

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Gentle juniper nose leads to a powerful explosion of flavour. A classic expression of a juniper-dominant high alcohol gin.

  5. 05.

    Sullivans Cove Single Malt Whisky - French Oak ex-Tawny Second Fill Single Cask

    State: Tasmania
  6. 06.

    Never Never Distilling Co. - Stockholm Syndrome Aquavit

    State: South Australia
  7. 07.

    Never Never Distlilling Co - Juniper Freak Gin

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Understated but complex and enticing nose, balance of juniper and freshness. Immediately fills the palate, lovely mouthfeel, not too oily but still round. Gentle warmth and drive complete the palate.

  8. 08.

    Ambleside Distillers - Small Acre Gin

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Light and filigree. Lovely pine and citrus. Delicate and pretty. Excited to see what’s next.

  9. 09.

    MORRIS Whisky - Australian Single Malt Whisky Signature

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Bright and youthful. Creamy lactone characters with a pleasant herbal note throughout. Warming on the palate with a gentle finish. This is a wonderful new make right here!

  10. 10.

    Karu Distillery - Morita Chipotle Vodka

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Earthy, generous vegetal nose. Palate follows through with more of the same. A super interesting direction. Cut lawn and capsicums.


Best Alternative Drinks in Australia

  1. 01.

    The Everleigh Bottling Co. - Palomita, Spritzed cocktail

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    With an agave and smoky saline spark, this has a nice mezcal feel to it that sits well on the palate like a freshly made cocktail at your favourite Mexican joint.

  2. 02.

    NON - NON7 - Stewed Cherry & Coffee

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Brewed hibiscus tea on the nose that carries through to the palate with rich cranberry and red fruit flavours. Very creative and well balanced.

  3. 03.

    Sparkke - Hard Lemonade

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Hazy, light straw colour with tart, sour lemon on the palate. Dry, sour, and astringent. A wonderfully traditional interpretation of alcoholic lemonade.

  4. 04.

    Four Pillars Gin - Double Barrel Negroni

    State: New South Wales
  5. 05.

    Taylor & Smith x Dier Makr - Taylor & Smith x Dier Makr // Hanky Panky

    State: Tasmania

    TASTING NOTES:
    Rich, boozy and warming with an intricately layered profile of toffee, dulce de leche and salted caramel. Picture cigars and wood fires. Menthol and anise complement powerful but pleasant tobacco notes.

  6. 06.

    Wavee Hard Seltzer - Mango

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Peaches! Mangoes! Great bitterness, quenching AF, with strong tropical fruit tones on the nose. Well-rounded on the palate. Can taste the flesh. Peachy keen.

  7. 07.

    Local Beverages - Spiked Iced Tea - Lemon

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Champagne-like appearance, mixed berry upfront and good length. Candied lemon on the nose and drinks like your favourite soft drink giant’s lemonade.

  8. 08.

    Sunlight Liquor - Gums & Roses Sparkling Mead

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Light pink blush in colour. Nice effervescence that fills the palate. Drinkable. Fresh light berries. Some lingering tannins.

  9. 09.

    Sunny Eddy - Sunny Eddy Gin Seltzer Lime & Cucumber

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Perfect clarity, lime juice and lemon zest with some fruit tingle vibes. Refreshing.

  10. 10.

    Halo Alchoholic Kombucha - Mango Peach

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    The white grapefruit, white peach and nectarine takes you back to a childhood favourite - Sherbies. There's so much fun dancing around in this glass.


Best Beers & Ciders in Australia

  1. 01.

    The Uraidla Brewery - Cosmic Labyrinth Strong Pale Ale

    State: South Australia
  2. 02.

    Sailors Grave Brewing - Biru Sake Kasu & Satsuma Plum

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Stunning blush colour. Slight haze. Acetic and fresh raspberry aroma and delicious fresh berry flavour. Balanced acidity. A heart starter of a beer. Love this!

  3. 03.

    Brick Lane Brewing Co - TOF - Leviathan / Russian Imperial Stout

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Lovely black in colour; minimal carbonation and complex malt bill aromas lead into flavours of caramel, fig, coffee and date. A warming booze that is balanced with some residual sugar that leisurely coats the glass.

  4. 04.

    Ciderday - Premier

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Tropicana fruit punch, cloudy and bitter, wild and alive. Lovely apple pie, spice, slight pear and barnyard aromas. Good acid drive. Balanced sweetness. Dry finish.

  5. 05.

    The Uraidla Brewery - Half Moon Session Pale Ale

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Golden yellow appearance with a medium haze. Bright tropical nose with citrus and coconut notes. Restrained residual sweetness effortlessly balanced by regal bitterness. Enjoyable.

  6. 06.

    Exit Brewing - Milk Stout

    State: Victoria
  7. 07.

    The Uraidla Brewery - Future Light Little Pale Ale

    State: South Australia
  8. 08.

    Mismatch Brewing Co - Lager

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Brilliant clarity, filtered, sparkling fine bead, noble, savoury spice leaning toward a poached pear. Delicate and totally smashable.

  9. 09.

    Mismatch Brewing Co - Session Ale

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Light, bright and clear with grassy Australian hops on the palate. Sessionable ale at it finest.

  10. 10.

    The Welder's Dog Brewery - Piney Pale Ale

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Pale straw, super fresh, hopped and cloudy New England-style but not particularly hazy. Intense green apples and soursobs. Beautifully expressed hop character. Could be a tough first beer of the day but a good one to save for later on.


Best Wines in Australia

  1. 01.

    Henschke - 2021 Peggy's Hill Riesling

    State: South Australia
  2. 02.

    In Praise of Shadows - 2020 'Mankai' - Touriga Nacional, Graciano, Garnacha

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Bright, vibrant purple/garnet. Chinese 5-spice, pink peppercorn. Fine palate; tannin present but not overpowering.

  3. 03.

    Crittenden Estate Cri de Coeur - 2016 Savagnin

    State: Victoria

    TASTING NOTES:
    Love this! Shows savoury almond and flor-like characters on the nose with some dried lemon pith below. The palate has a super fresh and clear, elegant feel. Rich, complex and utterly fascinating. A great example of courageous winemaking.

  4. 04.

    Silent Noise - 2021 MF Grenache

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Bright berry and cherry fruit nose with some gently leafy elements, sappy as well. Supple and freshly cut red cherry flavours, smooth, even raspberry finish. Plush. Drink now.

  5. 05.

    philip shaw wines - 2021 small batch/riesling

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Sea spray on the nose. Salinity, lime zest and lemon oil, citrus and stone fruits on the palate, with lip smacking acidity and a nice long finish.

  6. 06.

    Howard Vineyard - 2021 Cabernet Franc Rose

    State: South Australia
  7. 07.

    Battles Wine - 2021 'Blendaberg' Riesling, Gewurztraminer & Pinot Grigio

    State: Western Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Aromatic, slatey and textural. Bright and zingy acid. Concentrated flavour with a rich and lingering phenolic structure that imparts texture and complexity.

  8. 08.

    Hedonist - 2020 Ecology Grenache

    State: South Australia

    TASTING NOTES:
    Fresh raspberry and wild strawberry fruit aromas, sappy too. The palate is sleekly aligned and has plenty of fresh red fruit pop. Drink now.

  9. 09.

    Liebichwein - Liebich Classic Frontignac

    State: South Australia
  10. 10.

    Gilbert - 2021 Gilbert Petillant Naturel Rose

    State: New South Wales

    TASTING NOTES:
    Subtle strawberry, watermelon aromas, and a bright bust of spiced bread dough, green strawberry and musk. Pretty and moreish for a warm summer's day.


Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks in Australia

  1. 01.

    Ziggy's Wild Foods - Native Lilly Pilly, Lemon Myrtle & Wild Lavender Shrub

    State: New South Wales
  2. 02.

    Lyre's Non-Alcoholic Spirits - Lyre's Italian Orange

    State: New South Wales
  3. 03.

    Heaps Normal - Quiet XPA

    State: Australian Capital Territory
  4. 04.

    Waterhole - Waterhole Native Citrus Tonic

    State: New South Wales
  5. 05.

    Edenvale - Edenvale Alcohol Removed Premium Reserve Sparkling Blanc de Blanc

    State: South Australia
  6. 06.

    Edenvale - Edenvale Alcohol Removed Premium Reserve Sparkling Shiraz

    State: South Australia
  7. 07.

    T.I.N.A - T.I.N.A 1.0

    State: Victoria
  8. 08.

    Lyre's Non-Alcoholic Spirits - Lyre's Apéritif Rosso

    State: New South Wales
  9. 09.

    Lyre's Non-Alcoholic Spirits - Lyre's Amaretti

    State: New South Wales
  10. 10.

    Lyre's Non-Alcholic Spirits - Lyre's Coffee Originale

    State: New South Wales