Australia's experimentation with grapes is paying offÂ
Â Some years ago you would go to trade wine tasting events and there would be a hushed quote goingÂ round the room, '˜Please, please ABC'.
Or,Â to give it it's full title, '˜Anything but Chardonnay'.
It was in theÂ days when everyone was finally beginning to get bored of Australian chardonnay, or at least certainly theÂ style of the day which was that somewhat over oaked, sunshine in a bottle wine.
Much has changed andÂ indeed Australia now produces some of the world's very best, elegant, complex chardonnays.
But what hasÂ really changed is AustralianÂ wine producers' willingness to begin to plant and experiment with grapeÂ varieties outside of the BIG 4 - Â shiraz, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and merlot.
TheyÂ accountÂ for nearly 70 per centÂ of Australia's total under the vine.
But the past decade or so has seen a steady planting ofÂ less well-known varieties, particularly from Spain and Italy, but also from perhaps less obvious wine regions, such as Greece.
A recent tasting in London showcased many of these wines, with more than 120 on show andÂ tasters were asked to vote on what they thought had the most potential with nebbiolo, tempranillo and assyrtiko sharing the top spot equally.
If you are keen to taste something a little different from downÂ under, have a search for these.
Yalumba has long been known as Australia's leading exponent of viognier,Â but Talumba Roussanne 2015, Eden Valley (winedirect.co.uk Â£16.50) is another example of a Rhine
Aged and fermented in older oak barrels this is lovely white wine. The bouquet is justÂ wonderful with notes of peach, wild flowers, melon and almost vanilla custard, followed by a silky,Â textured palate that has some richness but is balanced by apple like acidity.
This wine really develops inÂ the glass as it warms a little, and indeed it would be better not to over-chill it.
Serve on a summer'sÂ evening with a Thai-style stir-fry.
Casa Freschi '˜Ragazzi' Nebbiolo 2015, Langhorne CreekÂ (connollyswine.co.uk Â£23.95) is a delicious example of a grape best known for barolo and barbaresco.
It's quite pale in colour with a really fragrant nose of cherry, red currants, spice and a touch ofÂ dried herb, followed by a smooth, succulent palate with more red fruits and some crunchy acidity.
This is aÂ great effort and would work really well with a mushroom or maybe a butternut squash risotto.
SomewhatÂ strangely, I've just returned from Pamplona where Running with Bulls Tempranillo 2016, Barossa (OddbinsÂ Â£12.00, Hennings Wine Â£15.99) takes it name.
And what a great take on tempranillo this is. There are darkÂ fruits, hints of mocha, spices and lavender on the nose, followed by silky tannins and ripe blueberries inÂ the mouth.
This is just so very drinkable and outside of Spain this is as good as it gets I think.
Try it with some barbecued lamb or a simple sausage supper.Â