Vineyards at Hentley Farm

Australian Shiraz is one of the best-known red wine varieties worldwide. The medium to full-bodied wines are characterised by notes of dark berries, pepper and spice.

Straight or blended? Which type for which occasion? Read on to find out more.

 

 

HISTORY & FACTS

  • With vineyards dating back to 1843, Australia has the world’s oldest Shiraz vines still in production.
  • It is Australia’s best known and most widely planted variety, grown in virtually every wine region.
  • Shiraz thrives in moderate to warm climate areas.
  • French oak use is common for maturation although some fresh, early-drinking styles see no oak at all.

 

STRAIGHT SHIRAZ

Which type for which occasion? A versatile little grape, combine it with meat BBQs,  charcuterie and cheese platters or hearty pastas, like a Bolognese.

CRFT Little Hill Shiraz displays layers of dark fruits with dried figs and prunes and a nice kick of spice. It will pair particularly well with lamb or stews.

For your weeknight pizza or as a complement to richer meals like a beef wellington, try the Handcrafted by Geoff Hardy Shiraz.

Looking for the Queen of Shiraz? Hentley Farm’s The Beauty is complex, soft and elegant. Co-fermented with Viognier, this is your ultimate wine for a special occasion. James Halliday gave it 96 points.

 

BLENDED SHIRAZ

In France, it’s country of origin, Syrah is  widely used in varietals from the Rhône or Languedoc-Roussillon areas and frequently  blended with Grenache.

This is also a successful combination in Australian blends, Shiraz providing the structure and spice and Grenache the juicy palate. To create more depth, Mataro (or Mourvèdre) is added to form a fabulous GSM blend, such as the crowd-favourite Turkey Flat’s Butchers Block Red.

And for a Bordeaux Blend with a twist (Shiraz is typically not added), try Paracombe’s The Reuben. A fantastic food wine and a blend of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc – with a touch of Malbec and Shiraz.

 

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