Vintage guides

Region: Red Australia

Year Rating Drinkability Style More
1972 starstarstarstarstar drink now Dry, relatively cool season in which later harvesting Coonawarra and Eden Valley fared best more...
1973 starstarstarstarstar drink now Not a vintage to demonstrate Australian winemaking talent more...
1974 starstarstarstarstar drink now A disastrous vintage with very few exceptions more...
1975 starstarstarstarstar drink now A disappointingly cool and meagre vintage more...
1976 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Drenching pre-harvest rains preceded an excellent vintage throughout most of Australia more...
1977 starstarstarstarstar A desolate year more...
1978 starstarstarstarstar drink now A dry growing season produced reds of richness and longevity more...
1979 starstarstarstarstar drink now A generally disappointing year more...
1980 starstarstarstarstar drink now A good year for wines from the Barossa and Victoria, also Cabernet and Shiraz from Western Australia more...
1981 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A hot, dry and forgettable vintage with many hard and tannic wines more...
1982 starstarstarstarstar drink now Some notable wines from Victoria; an exceptionally good year for Coonawarra Cabernet more...
1983 starstarstarstarstar drink now A very good vintage throughout Australia; excellent Penfolds Grange more...
1984 starstarstarstarstar drink now A bewildering season which has never really lived up to its much-touted potential more...
1985 starstarstarstarstar drink now An uneven year but good in Victoria more...
1986 starstarstarstarstar drink soon An excellent vintage, producing some classic wines with good aroma and structure more...
1987 starstarstarstarstar drink now A cool summer produced wines for drinking relatively young more...
1988 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A largely unexciting vintage more...
1989 starstarstarstarstar drink now A very disappointing harvest more...
1990 starstarstarstarstar keep An exceptionally good year in South Australia; the harvest in New South Wales was spoiled by rain more...
1991 starstarstarstarstar keep An excellent vintage in all regions produced textbook wines more...
1992 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A mixed year but some good wines from Western Australia and Victoria more...
1993 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Good Cabernets were produced in Western Australia. Elsewhere the vintage was mixed, with rather light wines more...
1994 starstarstarstarstar keep An excellent vintage in the Margaret River; South Australia also produced some classic wines more...
1995 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A poor year in the Barossa but very good in New South Wales and Western Australia more...
1996 starstarstarstarstar keep Most of Australia experienced an excellent but late vintage after an unusually cool summer more...
1997 starstarstarstarstar drink now Erratic conditions reduced yields and dramatically compromised quality more...
1998 starstarstarstarstar keep A great vintage and the best for Hunter Valley wines since 1991; yields were low, following drought more...
1999 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A difficult vintage throughout all regions, producing wines of variable quality more...
2000 starstarstarstarstar keep A curate's egg: less than laudable, tiny vintage, but some stellar stuff more...
2001 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A very good year for premium reds, particularly Barossa Shiraz, which shows rich concentration and ripeness more...
2002 starstarstarstarstar keep Elegant wines with a good balance of natural acidity and fruit more...
2003 starstarstarstarstar keep Powerful and stylish Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon wines more...
2004 starstarstarstarstar keep Classic Australian reds showing clear varietal character offer good value for money this year given the country’s current wine glut more...
2005 starstarstarstarstar keep Fruit-forward wines with excellent structure more...
2006 starstarstarstarstar keep Outstanding vintage, though quality falls short in Western Australia. Fully ripe wines with good tannic structure and well-developed flavours. more...
2007 starstarstarstarstar keep Inconsistent quality, with ripeness to the fore. Best reds have concentrated flavours, deep colours and supple tannins, with Shiraz and Grenache standing out. Cabernets may lack elegance. more...
2008 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Challenging harvest heat and rain in eastern half of continent, while plain sailing in Western Australia. Inconsistent quality but some fine examples across the appellations - going on four stars. more...