Shiraz, Langhorne Creek

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.
Less than an hour drive south-east of Adelaide, you'll find the country town of Langhorne Creek. It's full of family winegrowers some who've been making wine in the area for up to six generations. It's most well known for producing red wines of high quality, in particular Cabernet and Shiraz.

Langhorne Creek experiences ocean breezes which moderate the otherwise warm climate. The town is on the banks of the north to south flowing Bremer River which flows on to Lake Alexandrina. The river frequently floods across the vineyards (particularly in winter) bringing up silts which contribute to the regions terroir.

Whilst it may still not be the most well known of South Australia's many wine regions, plenty of outstanding wine comes from there.
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  1. Wild And Wilder The Opportunist Shiraz 2019
    An aromatic bouquet of ripe fruits, cherries and blackcurrants, with notes of freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate, peppermint, liquorice and subtle pepper. Thick and smooth with good balanced fruit weight. As for all of our wines, the fruit for the ... Learn More
  2. Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz Nv
    Premium Langhorne Creek Shiraz grapes were selected and blended to produce this richly flavoured Sparkling wine. It begins with fresh cherry and plum flavours before the older component of the blend adds complex spice and chocolate character. It has layers ... Learn More
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    Tyson Stelzer
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    James Halliday
  3. Heartland Directors Cut Shiraz 2018
    The flagship release of what could be one of Australia’s best value producers with the Spice Traders and Heartland ranges over delivering for the price. This has all the trappings of a reserve release, the concentration of fruit and ... Learn More
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    Patrick Eckel
  4. Black Wattle Black Label Shiraz 2006
    Made by award winning winemaker Neil Doddridge. ... Learn More
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  5. Bleasdale Powder Monkey Shiraz 2008
    The Powder Monkey is Bleasdale’s top-priced shiraz release. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  6. Bleasdale Powder Monkey Shiraz 2010
    The Powder Monkey is Bleasdale’s top-priced shiraz release. ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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