Shiraz, Mount Benson

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.
Mount Benson is a unique coastal geographical indication situated approximately 300 kilometres from Adelaide and halfway between the historic townships of Kingston SE and Robe in the south-east of South Australia. As part of the greater Limestone Coast wine region, Mount Benson is cousin to other well-known winegrowing regions including Coonawarra, Padthaway, Wrattonbully, Penola, Mount Gambier and Robe.

With the region’s first grapes planted in the 1980s, the local farmers were well attuned to Mount Benson’s unique and rugged climatic conditions. These grapes would later make way for the region’s own style of delicate, cool-climate, maritime-influenced wines which have already begun to make waves within a very competitive Australian wine industry. This is the sense of place wineries in the region aim to convey in each bottle of wine they produce.
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  1. Norfolk Rise Shiraz 2018
    This wine has great complexity of flavours. A vibrant nose of pepper with florals, liquorice and spice. Red fruits with black pepper, vanilla and chocolaty almond husk. Soft tannins, dark fruit and chocolaty oak. The wine will cellar well for 10 ... Learn More
  2. Norfolk Rise Shiraz 2017
    This wine has great complexity of flavours. A vibrant nose of pepper with florals, liquorice and spice. Red fruits with black pepper, vanilla and chocolaty almond husk. Soft tannins, dark fruit and chocolaty oak. The wine will cellar well for 10 ... Learn More
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