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Australia: Australian Shiraz

What is Aussie Shiraz?
Shiraz has been the most widely planted red grape in Australia since the 19th century, when cuttings were brought from Rhone Valley syrah vines in France. Shiraz prospers in many Australian wine-producing regions and the country has at its disposal a healthy amount of old Shiraz vines producing spicy, concentrated wines in the same manner as old vines produce the finest northern Rhone wines.

Penfold’s Grange, made since the 1950s, has garnered a reputation as one of the world’s greatest wines, and has served as a role model for the heights that Shiraz can achieve within Australia. In recent years US consumers have woken up to the greatness of Australian red wines and Shiraz wines in particular. This has driven prices of super premium wines up to and beyond the $100 mark.

While the new boutique wines are generating a great deal of interest at the high end, prices have not increased for all Shiraz across the board (as has happened with California cabernet.) The large firms are still making extremely attractive Shiraz at very reasonable prices, and Australian red wine is still at the very top of the "value for money" list. At the value end of the market, the "base" shiraz from wineries such as Penfolds, Peter Lehmann, Maglieri, Wynns, Rosemount, or Lindemans are not only great values but are also made in relatively large quantities.

Premier Producers
Barossa Valley Estate (Ebenezer & EE Black Pepper)
Jim Barry (The Armagh)
Clarendon Hills (Astralis)
d’Arenberg (The Dead Arm)
Elderton
Hardy’s (Eileen Hardy)
Henschke (Hill of Grace & Keyneton Estate)
Leasingham (Classic Clare)
Maglieri (Steve Maglieri)
Mitchelton (Print Series)
Orlando (Lawsons)
Penfolds (Grange & Magill Estate)
Rosemount (Balmoral)
St Hallet (Old Block)
Tatachilla (Foundation)
Wynns (Michael)
Yalumba (Octavius)


Great Producers
Tim Adams
Jim Barry (McCrae Wood)
Barwang
Wolf Blass
Bowen
Briar Ridge
Cimicky (Signature)
Coriole
d’Arenberg (The Footbolt)
Richard Hamilton (Hamilton Ewell Reserve)
Hillstowe (Buxton)
Kaesler (Old Vine)
Leasingham
Peter Lehmann
Maglieri
Penfolds (Bin Numbers)
Plantagenet
Chateau Reynella (Basket Pressed)
Stanley Brothers (John Hancock)
Tatachilla
Warrabilla
David Wynn (Patriarch)
Wynns (Coonawarra)
Yalumba


Dependable Producers
Allandale
Arrowfield
Basedow
Cassegrain
Evans & Tate
Fern Hill
Jacob's Creek
Lindemans
Marienberg
McGuigan
Morris
Mount Langi Ghiran
Pepper Tree
Pikes
Redbank
Rosemount (Diamond Label)
Seaview
Sheldrake
Taltarni
Tyrrell’s
Wyndham
Yarraman Road

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