Shiraz, Eden Valley

Shiraz is a red grape variety. It is the most widely planted variety in Australia and helped put it on the wine map. It is an adaptable grape that has distinctly regional characteristics from elegant, peppery cool climate styles to sweet and chocolatey (McLaren Vale), muscular, and ripe-fruited (Barossa), to savoury and rich (Hunter Valley). Shiraz was one of the first vine varieties to arrive in Australia in 1832 and is grown in most regions. However, its home is in the Barossa Valley where old vines date back to the 1860s.

The classic, truly Australian blend is Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, but it is also blended with Grenache and Mourvedre (GSM) in warmer climates. In recent years it is increasingly being blended with Viognier to create the Shiraz/Viognier blend.

Shiraz's home is in the Northern Rhône's, Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, in France. It is now also grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others.
Eden Valley is a cool climate wine region between 400 and 600m up the Barossa range, to the east of the warmer Barossa Valley. It is of a similar size to the Barossa Valley, but given the altitude and cooler climate, Eden Valley is renowned for producing high-quality Riesling and Shiraz. Due to its cool climate, small portions of cooler Eden Valley fruit are often blended with 'sister' wines from the Barossa Valley.

The cooler climate provides optimum conditions for the long, slow ripening of the grapes, which generally retain acidity and developing complex flavours on the vine. The townships sub-regions include Keyneton in the east, Truro in the north and Mt Pleasant in the south and High Eden, located even higher up the Barossa Ranges, with even cooler temperatures.

The soils of the region is generally nutrient-poor yellow podzolic/sandy & pink quartz soils over decomposed (gneiss) granite. With its rocky outcrop, which extends to the soild, most irrigation is provided by dams, and most vineyards plant their vines close together. When compared to Clare Valley, Eden Valley is slightly higher in altitude and a little cooler, though has similar sunshine hours, but lower levels of continentality.
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  1. WOODS CRAMPTON 'FRANCES AND NICOLE' EDEN VALLEY SHIRAZ 2017
    The flagship release from Woods Crampton. Sourced from a truly pedigreed, low-yielding, 60-year-old vineyard. Made using Burgundian techniques and a “hands-off” philosophy. Rich, dark and brooding – riper than 2016 but still displaying a “cool climate” profile and whole bunch aromatics. The ... Learn More
  2. WOODS CRAMPTON 'FRANCES AND NICOLE' EDEN VALLEY SHIRAZ 2016
    The flagship release from Woods Crampton. Sourced from a truly pedigreed, low-yielding, 60-year-old vineyard. Made using Burgundian techniques and a “hands-off” philosophy. Rich, dark and brooding – riper than 2014 but still displaying a “cool climate” profile and whole bunch aromatics. The ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  3. THISTLEDOWN 'WHERE EAGLES DARE' EDEN VALLEY SHIRAZ 2019
    Our fruit is sourced from one low yielding block in Joel Mattschoss’ Mengler’s Hill vineyard. The fruit is hand-picked and transferred to the winery. 20% of the total weight is placed in whole bunches in a concrete egg while the ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  4. TORBRECK 'THE GASK' SHIRAZ 2018
    The Gask is sourced from a single plot of Shiraz nestled into the eastern slope of Mount McKenzie in Eden Valley that is painstakingly nurtured by the Knight family. Planted in 1960 this elevated site yields small, intense berries that possess ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
  5. MAVERICK TRIAL HILL EDEN VALLEY OLD VINE SHIRAZ 2017
    "The scourge of phylloxera laid waste to the vineyards of Europe, great and humble, in the mid 19th century and was an unmitigated disaster for France. But it has never affected the vineyards of South Australia, and we have been ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Sam Kim
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  6. POWELL & SON LOECHEL EDEN SHIRAZ 2017
    The Loechel shows generous dark ripe fruits of blackberry, cherry liqueur and cassis which is supported by dark chocolate and mocha tones and subtle herbs and spice. The palate reveals pronounced dark fruits, underscored by smoky, savoury and meaty notes: ... Learn More
  7. POWELL & SON LOECHEL EDEN SHIRAZ 2018
    The Loechel shows generous dark ripe fruits of blackberry, cherry liqueur and cassis which is supported by dark chocolate and mocha tones and subtle herbs and spice. The palate reveals pronounced dark fruits, underscored by smoky, savoury and meaty notes: ... Learn More
  8. POWELL & SON 'LOECHEL' EDEN VALLEY SHIRAZ 2016
    The Loechel Eden Valley Shiraz is sourced from a single vineyard high in the Eden Valley. Deep, heady aromas resonating black cherries, plums, rose, tar and cocoa. A persistent, perfectly balanced palate that flaunts spice, savouriness, dark fruits and fine ... Learn More
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  9. HENSCHKE 'MT EDELSTONE' SHIRAZ 2013
    From 100+ year old vines - planted in 1912, completely farmed organically/biodynamically. This vintage has incredibly fragrant aromas of ripe plum, blue and black berry fruits, spice, sage and fresh bay leaf with notes of tar and cedar. Rich, complex, concentrated ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Richard Hemming
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  10. HENSCHKE 'MOUNT EDELSTONE' SHIRAZ 1992
    Being a benchmark in Australian Shiraz the Mount Edelstone wines do not disappoint. The beautiful and historical name Mount Edelstone is a translation from the German Edelstein meaning gemstone. With its luscious bouquet, spicy and dark fruit flavours and silky ... Learn More
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    Jancis Robinson
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  11. HENSCHKE 'HILL OF GRACE' SHIRAZ 1999
    Hill of Grace is considered one of the greatest Single Vineyard wines in Australia. Hill of Grace: this surely is one of the most evocative phrases in the world of wine. It is a translation from the German 'Gnadenberg', a ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    James Suckling
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  12. POWELL & SON 'STEINERT' FLAXMAN'S VALLEY SHIRAZ 2017
    The Steinert Shiraz is the epitome of the beauty and grace of the Eden Valley. It's perfume is beautifully complex, displaying dried herbs and spices, lifted florals, dark cherries, red currants, charcuterie meats and smoked wood. The palate is supple ... Learn More
  13. HENSCHKE 'HILL OF GRACE' SHIRAZ 2006
    Hill of Grace is considered one of the greatest Single Vineyard wines in Australia. Hill of Grace: this surely is one of the most evocative phrases in the world of wine. It is a translation from the German 'Gnadenberg', a ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    James Suckling
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  14. HENSCHKE 'HILL OF GRACE' SHIRAZ 1992
    Hill of Grace is considered one of the greatest Single Vineyard wines in Australia. Hill of Grace: this surely is one of the most evocative phrases in the world of wine. It is a translation from the German 'Gnadenberg', a ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  15. HENSCHKE 'HILL OF GRACE' SHIRAZ 1992
    Hill of Grace is considered one of the greatest Single Vineyard wines in Australia. Hill of Grace: this surely is one of the most evocative phrases in the world of wine. It is a translation from the German 'Gnadenberg', a ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Jancis Robinson
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    James Halliday
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    Robert Parker
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    Wine Spectator
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  16. HENSCHKE 'HILL OF GRACE' SHIRAZ 2001
    Hill of Grace is considered one of the greatest Single Vineyard wines in Australia. Hill of Grace: this surely is one of the most evocative phrases in the world of wine. It is a translation from the German 'Gnadenberg', a ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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    James Halliday
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  17. HENSCHKE HILL OF GRACE 1996
    Hill of Grace is a unique delineated single historic vineyard. The famous century-old Hill of Grace vines were planted around the 1860s by an ancestor, Nicolaus Stanitzki, in rich alluvial soil in a shallow fertile valley just north-west of the ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Jancis Robinson
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