F&W's Ray Isle names five exceptional new Australian red wines to try now.

By Ray Isle
Updated May 23, 2017

Australia is arguably the world's most dynamic wine region right now, says F&W's Ray Isle, who spent weeks hopping between the Yarra and Barossa regions and found a new Down Under vision. Here five exceptional new Australian red wines to try now.

2012 Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir ($20) Classic Yarra Valley Pinot, it's fragrant and elegant, and also absurdly good for the price.

2011 Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Pinot Noir ($35) Despite a cold, sunless, wet 2011 vintage, Mac Forbes made this lovely, aromatic Pinot.

2012 Luke Lambert Crudo Syrah ($44) The wines Lambert helped make when he lived in Italy inspired this bright, crisp, incredibly drinkable Syrah.

2012 Alpha Box & Dice Enigma ($45) This spicy, ruby-hued wine brings together two grapes rarely seen in the same bottle, Cabernet and Barbera.

2010 Samuel's Gorge Mourvèdre ($50) Winemaker Justin McNamee "detests oaky wines." No worries here: This red is all about bright berry fruit.