Dec 25 2009

“Shiraz” – the best example of Australian wine traditions

Published by at 1:22 pm under Uncategorized,Wine of Australia

shiraz_treePractically on all continents we discovered some wine regions, so today it is high time for us to meet Australia continent. And let us begin our discussion with outstanding Australian wine style that is called Shiraz.

This kind of wine has its own traditions and technique of wine making. Experts suppose that it is better to taste red types of shiraz wine. People thought that this grape was brought from France to Australia, also practically every resident of Australia can tell you the name of France region it was brought from, the name of it was Hermitage. This fact is explained by one popular Australian belief that due to Phylloxera disease Australian wine regions are more likely to Hermitage now than Hermitage itself.

Australia is an old wine country that’s why it is nothing extraordinary in the fact it has some vineyards that are 100 years old and didn’t change during this time. Of cause the amount of grapes these vineyards can offer is not as big as new ones, but it is very quality grapes even now.

But the fact that Shiraz leaves the best example of Australian wines is undeniable. Grapes for australian shiraz wine are grown practically in all wine regions of Australia. In most cases this wine is a mix from different grapes of this type. You can meet Shiraz grapes kind in such noble wines as Grange or Henschke Hill of Grace and others. Also they use Shiraz grapes for producing more dry wine types in such styles as Vintage Port.

If we are talking about such wine manner as Shiraz get prepared that its taste can be different: it can be sugary with little fruit flavor when it is young, then it can be sweet, velvet  if they store it from 20 to 30 years. As you can see the period of storing is various, but the compulsory condition is to age it in oak barrels.

What else you should know about Shiraz is that fact that its tastes, bouquets and aromas can be different and it depends from the region it was made? So be prepared to taste such tastes of shiraz red wine as plumb, blackberry or even some pepper flavor, of cause you can feel it distinctly or slightly everything is about how they grow grapes. Be ready for surprises in Shiraz taste ‘cause near its ordinary tastes you have a chance to find such flavors as mocha and bitter chocolate. It is all caused by climate and if the warm climate can give chocolate and plumb flavor to grapes in Barossa region the same way chilly climate conditions give pepper flavor to grapes in Victoria wine growing area.

The official list of regions that make quality Shiraz wine is not so big, but even if your wine area didn’t hit it don’t be upset, because it is so hard to monitor good wine regions nowadays, so the best advice we can give to you is: “Don’t be afraid to try Shiraz wines from new wine areas, because no one can tell you whether it is good or not”. Now let’s count well known regions for shiraz wine producing, they are: Victoria, Western Australia, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare, Coonawarra and Hunter Valley.

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