Many years ago when I first came to Australia I soon formed the opinion that Margaret River and Hawkes Bay (New Zealand) were the top contenders to make great Bordeaux challengers. Other regions could make interesting wines but none had the flavours and balance right.
Except perhaps Clare, which can produce ripe cabernet yet with bright acids.
Can Clare do it ? I truly think it can, but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of motivation from winemakers or critics. We’ll see, eventually someone has to hit the jackpot.