Shiraz, Pastis, Chardonnay, 2006

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.
Chardonnay is planted in almost every region in the world and makes a wide variety of wine styles from light-bodied, crisp and unoaked through to full-bodied, complex barrel matured versions. Chardonnay is an adaptable variety and can be grown in cool regions as well as warm areas. It is a productive, early budding and early ripening variety.

Chardonnay first came to Australia in the 1920s but didn’t find popularity until the 1970s. Grown all across the country the cool climate versions (like found in the Yarra Valley and Tasmania) tend to be lighter in body with higher acidity and more subtle flavours. Warm climate versions (found in Margaret River, Hunter Valley and the Adelaide Hills) tend to be more full-bodied with richer, riper fruit and bolder flavours.
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  1. DEISEN 'TIMS BLOCK' SHIRAZ 2006 (375ML)
    375ml HALF BOTTLE UNDER CORK, WAX FINISH "An outstanding wine. As always for Tim’s Block, the Shiraz has a pronounced bitter note to it, unusual for Shiraz. This vintage has a wonderful lovely darkness on the nose and palate, ... Learn More
  2. MASTERS SERIES "FRED CRESS" SHIRAZ 2006 6 LTR IMPERIAL
    Exquisite typical Shiraz aromas on the nose, and smooth and warming on the entry with a vivacious finish of red cherries and plum. Extremely limited production. ... Learn More
  3. MASTERS SERIES "JOHN COBURN" GREENOCK SHIRAZ 2006 IMPERIAL
    Perfumed aromas of dark berries, mocha and spice. Rich, dense and creamy with spicy, cedary French oak. Long finish with waves of flavour. Tannins are powerful but already integrating nicely. Very drinkable now but could cellar for 10-15 years easily. ... Learn More
  4. SALON CUVEE 'S' BLANC DE BLANCS 2006
    100 points Wine Enthusiast! Notes of white flowers, citrus zest, lightly toasted brioche. Then the glass fills with autumnal tones, fresh hazelnuts, praline, dried apricot, ripe yellow fruits. A romantic of the highest order, Salon 2006 embodies the carefree spirit of youth, ... Learn More
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