Palate: Blackberry, Plums, Dark Chocolate, Herb, Grainy Tannins, Smooth, Spicy
Nose: Dark Chocolate, Liquorice, Herbs, Cinnamon, Red Fruits, Spice, Clove, Cherry
Pairings: Earthy Vegetables, Chocolate, Beef, Poultry, Game
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 Barossa is a renowned wine-producing region northeast of Adelaide, in South Australia. The region includes both the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. The former is home to a warm climate that produces the type of big-bodied shiraz for which Australia has become famous. On the other hand Eden boasts a cool climate. With such diversity of growing conditions and soil types, the Barossa offers a variety of wine styles for wide-ranging palates.