You knew this was coming so why the feigned surprise? It’s really unfair to Australia to discuss their wines and not bring Shiraz into the conversation. There are tons of people out there who think that Shiraz is an Australian grape, we all know it’s just the Australian name for good old Syrah.
So why don’t people want to talk about Shiraz? Primarily, because they have a misconception that saying Australian Shiraz is like saying Starbucks Coffee. It’s not. Instead, it’s more akin to saying coffee, and there are many varieties and styles of coffee out there just like there are many styles of Aussie Shiraz. They range from the classic, full-bodied, leathery and dark Barossa Valley to the great peppery examples from Victoria and the lighter-bodied wines from the western regions like Margaret River. If you like Syrah you have to explore Australia’s. It’s that simple!
D’Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz $20
Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz $17
Yalumba 'Y' Series Shiraz $10
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