Spicy, robust, deliciously deep and dark, Shiraz is a firecracker of a red. If you like your wines rich and robust, Shiraz is for you. Packed full of intense fruit flavours, Shiraz is easy to drink and makes a great everyday wine – easy to justify given the high number of antioxidants it contains! For special occasions, there are a few more intense, sipping Shiraz on the market, as well as those suited to laying down. Here’s our guide to find the best Shiraz for you and how to get the most from it.
Brought over to Australia from France in the early 1830s by James Busby, the Syrah grape, from which Shiraz is made, is Australia’s most planted grape variety. First, planted in Sydney Botanical Gardens and Hunter Valley, it was brought to South Australia in 1839, where it is now grown in greatest numbers.
Which Shiraz is for me?
The answer to the above question, of course, depends entirely on your palate and whether you want to age your Shiraz. Referred to by many as the spiritual home of Australian Shiraz, the Barossa Valley is crammed with top producers. Barossa Shiraz is big and bold, even by Shiraz standards – fruit-laden both on the palate and the nose, with ripe tannins and incredibly long length. Just to the south of the Barossa, McLaren Vale Shiraz is similar and both regions produce Shiraz that is worth ageing. Clare Valley Shiraz is more heavily spiced than the Barossa, with distinctive anise and pepper aromas. The warm maritime climate of Margaret River is renowned for its blends and produces fantastic Cabernet/Shiraz which is less full-bodied than Barossa Shiraz but with just as much spice. For a Shiraz that ages really well, look to Hunter Valley examples.
If you have not tried an Australian Shiraz, you are in for a treat. These wines remain affordable and offer tremendous value for the flavour payoff. Because of this, Australian Shiraz continues to excite critics and consumers alike with bold, high-value wines.
There’s a Shiraz To Suit Everyone’s Budget. To Name a Few:
- Tisdale Art Series Shiraz ($10)
- Bullant Shiraz ($15)
- Monichino Shiraz ($18)
- Chalk Hill Shiraz ($25)
- Five Geese Reserve Shiraz ($35)
- Lloyd Brothers Shiraz ($35)
- Peter Lehmann VSV 1885 Shiraz ($55)
- Yangarra Small Pot Shiraz ($60)
- Longview The Piece Shiraz ($70)
- Peter Lehmann Stonewell Shiraz ($95)
- Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz ($100)
- And many more….
These days most bricks and mortar wines stores also sell their wines online. Buying Shiraz wines is convenient and time saving. However, if you are not a wine connoisseur begin by trying some inexpensive wines, some of these wines are truly excellent and you’ll enjoy the most expensive ones later.
Try different wines. This is the only way to develop your palate understanding and discover your particular taste. You will never learn anything if you drink the same wine all the time.