Shiraz, Margaret River

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.
Margaret River is the name of a river, town and key wine region. It is one of the younger viticultural regions in Australia, quickly gaining popularity for its world-class wine. Located 280km South of Perth in Western Australia, the first plantings were only made in 1967. The region has grown rapidly and is recognised as one of the great wine-producing regions of the world, with over 200 wineries in operation. Made up of predominantly boutique producers, with a number of big player wineries also, the region makes up only 3% of the Australian wine production, but commands over 20% of the premium wine market. The wineries in the region are vibrant, innovative and progressive in their approach to viticulture.

The Mediterranean style climate provides superior maritime growing conditions, with vines not affected by extreme summer and winter temperatures. The region is well known for producing outstanding red wines; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and to a lesser extent Shiraz, Tempranillo and Malbec. Both straight varietals and famous Bordeaux blends can be outstanding.

In the white wines, Chardonnays of great depth and character, and fresh Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends are the main varietals the region is famous for. Lesser quantities of Viognier, Riesling and Muscat are also produced.
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    The cool climate of Western Australia’s Margaret River nurtures some wonderful wines. This fine example from a renowned producer offers spicy aromatics and a palate that exudes juicy sweet fruit charm. Vibrant fresh plum accompanies roasted black fruit notes, ... Learn More
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  2. Houghtons	Gladstone Shiraz 2000
    Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Impenetrable purple; an ultra-complex bouquet of blackberry, plum, licorice and spice is followed by a commensurately rich, complex and powerful palate with blackberry, morello cherry, licorice, abundant tannins, good oak ... Learn More
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  3. Houghtons	Gladstone Shiraz 1999
    Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Impenetrable purple; an ultra-complex bouquet of blackberry, plum, licorice and spice is followed by a commensurately rich, complex and powerful palate with blackberry, morello cherry, licorice, abundant tannins, good oak ... Learn More
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