Shiraz, Murray Darling

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.
Straddling the Murray River in north-west Victoria and western New South Wales, the Murray Darling region is vast, and is the second largest wine producing areas in Australia.

A virtual desert before irrigation and first grape varieties were planted in 1888, and with a long history of wine production and grape growing, Murray Darling provides award-winning wines with well-priced, easy-to-drink styles.

Recently seeing the emergence of smaller 30 boutique wine producers, offering exciting and innovative wines, Murray Darling faces long, hot sunshine hours and coupled with vital irrigation, a variety of warm climate wines are produced, including Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is the primary variety with fruity softness and generosity.
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  1. FAMILY WINE GROWERS SHIRAZ 2019
    The perfect house red, such a good drink. 20% of the Shiraz in this wine comes from a 60 year old dry grown vineyard in the Barossa Valley - the remaining from family owned vineyards in northern Victoria. Wonderfully soft aromas of ... Learn More
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