Fine wine from South Australian
The Syrah grape of Australia is the same as the Syrah grape of the Rhone valley.
Many find Shiraz to be a little sweeter and more like toffee and chocolate than its french cousin which
is found to have a gamer, spicier quality. Shiraz is the most widely planted grape
on the Australian continent.
While the grape seems to have found an especial affinity for the Barossa Valley area,
which is home to the top Shiraz producers in the country, many fine examples are
produced elsewhere in the country.
As for the great producers, the names ring out like the church bells of the
Barossa District, Penfolds Grange, Henschke's Hill of Grace and the list goes on.
To the south near Adelaide, comes Clarendon Hills,
another of the top Shiraz producer, with their great Astralis wine.
The best Shiraz ranks with the fine wines of the Rhone or Syrah from the US.
Photo on top right are a few of what we consider to be among the best of the Australian Shiraz wines.