Shiraz's origins are in the vineyards of northern Rhône Valley where it is known as Syrah. In 1832 James Busby, a Scottish viticulturist, brought with him varieties of Syrah to Australia. Now commonly grown in France, Australia and Spain, Shiraz variety differs in taste region to region. Generally, though, the grapes produce medium to full-bodied wines with medium to high levels of tannins, as well as notes of blackberry, mint and black pepper. A perfect wine for a barbeque, hearty stews, or strong cheeses.
The Swan Valley is located 25 minutes north of Perth, Western Australia and is home to some of the oldest vineyards in Australia with the first commercial vintage being released in 1834 by Thomas Waters. The unique warm Mediterranean climate and nutrient rich, diverse soils coupled with alluvial plains has played a perfect host to a wide-range of plantings, including Verdelho, Shiraz, Grenache, Chardonnay and, of course, Chenin Blanc.