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Big Rivers is a catch-all name for the large geographic zone that spans several wine regions within New South Wales and parts of Victoria, Australia. It’s named for the Murray, Darling, Lachlan and Murrumbidgee rivers. This is bulk wine central of Australia’s wine industry, and produces nearly three quarters of all of the wine in New South Wales. 
It is divided into four subregions:
Riverina is the largest of them and produces most of the wine of Big Rivers, with perfect conditions for ample yields. The Lachlan and Murrumbidgee rivers run through it, providing much-needed irrigation to this hot, dry climate. The subregion Griffith, home of the famous sweet wine, Noble One, is located within it. 
Murray Darling is the second largest of the subregions and is just behind it in bulk wine production. As one would be right to assume, the Murray and Darling rivers provide the region’s irrigation for its wines, that are produced from Chardonnay Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Db Family Selection Semillon Chardonnay 2010


    Had this before dinner, it was alright. Got a very strong yeasty aroma coming off. On the palette it tasted of apples, very mild though compared to a traditional French Chardonnay. Good enough for dinner but nothing to really shout about. Read More

    Wine review by jaywalia

  • Cudgee Creek Merlot 2008


    Bold, a little spicy. Very yummy with a mango cheese, crackers, and marinated tomatoes. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • De Bortoli Deen de Bortoli Family Selection Brut NV


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    Wine review by WineIsYummy

  • De Bortoli Deen de Bortoli Family Selection Brut NV


    This is a great wine for the price. It retails for about $10, and it tastes delicious. This is not bitter or too dry, it's just right. Thanks for mentioning this wine, because at this price point, DB Sparkling Brut is always what I turn to. Read More

    Wine review by WineIsYummy

  • De Bortoli Deen de Bortoli Family Selection Brut NV


    Smells a little Gummi bear-like with sweet pear and peach fruit topped with toasty nuances. Broad and bright in the mouth, this has plenty of acidity but shows some signs of ripeness with its sweet toned fruits of apricot and pear. Theres a leesy top note that drifts over the finish just to disappear in the short, toasty bread finish. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Andrew Peace Shiraz Murray Valley Masterpeace Gold Reserve NV


    black and red berry flavours nice and smooth Read More

    Wine review by 1 jayjay

  • De Bortoli Semillon Chardonnay Db Selection 2009


    Mushy nuts came to mind (like when chopping nuts in a food processor) as well at honey and oaky flavors. A bit of cooked banana. Not my favorite, but an interesting wine to taste. Read More

    Wine review by Leah Mansback

  • The Accomplice Chardonnay 2009


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    Wine review by Helicon

  • Yellow Tail Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2009


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    Wine review by Jannik Arndt

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