Having brought fame and merit to the country?s wine scene since the early 1950s, namely via the debut of Penfolds Grange, today Syrah (Shiraz) claims rank as the most widely planted grape in Australia. In fact, the amount of land dedicated to Shiraz in Australia is now almost equivalent to what it is in France. Australian Shiraz has its own personality with flavors and aromas of intense blackberry, fruitcake, menthol, tobacco leaf and umami. Conveniently one can find great Australian Shiraz at a variety of price points but the very best will be dense, gloriously complex and capable of long aging.
This fills the basic need for a steakhouse-ready red at a reasonable price. Cassis fruit is framed by hints of cedar, vanilla and tobacco, while the tannins are smooth to the point of creaminess. Drink now