Not your typical Australian Shiraz - it’s all about perfume, pepper, and elegance. Discover the delicate side of Shiraz.
Shiraz is Australia’s most planted grape yet is only the 5th most planted grape in Margaret River. Many Shiraz wines in Australia are full-bodied, ripe, high in alcohol, with jammy fruit flavors. But because of the cooling ocean influence that acts like a big air conditioner, Shiraz from Margaret River is perfumed, elegant, medium-bodied, and much closer to wines from the Northern Rhône than Barossa.
Indeed, you can often see Shiraz wines labeled as Syrah in Margaret River to indicate a much more elegant and less ripe style.
Margaret River Shiraz Tasting Notes
These wines have flavors of cassis, mulberries, blackberries, plum, violets, redcurrants, herbs, and black pepper aromas.
Oak is used but is subtle, adding spiced aromas such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and toast.
And as these wines age, which they do gracefully, with high yet smooth tannins, adding meaty, savory notes.
Pairing Food with Shiraz
The high acid and tannin levels in these wines mean they’re best with food, preferably something grilled over fire. BBQ ribs, pulled pork, and slow-cooked lamb shanks are great, but why not try chicken satay and Szechuan hot pot.