Shiraz, Geographe

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.
After being a part of the Peel wine region and the South west Coastal Plain, the wine region of Geographe was formally established in 1999. This area was named after the ship of a French Explorer, Captain Nicholas Baudin. Located less than two hours drive south of Perth, in Western Australia, Geographe is home to a beautiful landscape surrounded by rural native bush hinterland and beautiful beaches.

In a region spanning of 1,200 hectares there are currently approximately 40 wineries operating in Geographe, all within the four wine producing districts of Geographe: Harvey, Ferguson Valley, Donnybrook, and Capel. These districts produce exciting, dynamic Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Sémillon wines that they are well known for. The climate of Geographe is blissfully consistent, with long warm summer days and cool winters, which makes it well suited for growing a various range of grapes.
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  1. Willow Bridge 'Dragonfly' Shiraz 2020
    A well balanced wine which has brought much joy over every vintage released. Aromas of sweet spices, with roasted meats and hints of pepper. Dark plum, dark chocolate and leather notes. Medium bodied palate with Dark plummy fruits and hints ... Learn More
  2. Peter Howland 'Langley Vineyard' Shiraz 2002
    One of 3 terrific vineyards used to make Peter Howland's Single Vineyard Shiraz from the Donnybrook sub region of Geographe in Western Australia ... Learn More
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