For our look at an #aussiewine region this week we're heading to Great Southern in @westernaustralia with this #regram from @foresthillwines - Perfect #greatsouthernwine picking weather! That peak in the background behind the mist sits at 670m, great spot for #riesling and #Chardonnay. The Great Southern is made up of five distinct subregions. Inland, with a continental climate and moderate rainfalls are Mt Barker, where the first plantings were made at Forest Hill; the Frankland River, renowned for its very fine Rieslings; and granite-studded Porongurup, home to one of the world’s oldest mountain ranges. At the bottom, on the coast, with a maritime climate and higher rainfall are Albany – once home to the whaling industry, but now home to tiny vineyards like Willoughby Park’s Kalgan River Vineyard (Halliday calls it a “mighty mouse of a vineyard”) and Denmark, famous for its lush Karri forests and spectacular seaside scenery … now making a name for itself with its spectacular wine. Along with establishing what areas produced the best wines, the Great Southern has pretty much established what grape varieties it’s good at. It’s good at the classics. Rieslings are scintillatingly fresh, nervy, and linear, and astonish with their intensity and purity. Chardonnays are crisp, elegant, flinty and polished, with great flavour and texture. Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc shine here as well, vibrantly grassy and herbaceous, but with a tangy tropical fruit zing. Savoury cool climate Shiraz, rich in pepper and spice, fine-boned, deeply flavoured Cabernet, and supple, elegant, evocative Pinot Noir predominate in the reds.