Shiraz Wine Trends- Australia Vs Rest of The World

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The grape varietal which has earned Australia a place of pride in world wine map is Shiraz. This varietal was popularised in Australia in 1990s and Australia’s position was 35th in the world at that time. This proved to be a game changer as it was well accepted not only domestically but also internationally. The growing demand led to increase in the area and it almost increased three times over a period of 10 years. The increase in the area was significant and proved that Shiraz wines Australia had clear dominance over other varietals. By 2010, meaning in two decades time of its introduction, the area further increased and Australia became the 6th country in global ranking for this wine grape varietal.

What is worth noting is the fact that area under Shiraz did not grow only under Australia but also in other wine regions of the world, notably France and Spain. So, despite the increase, Australia is still not the leader. Also, this varietal has also started to grow in new countries, such as Portugal and Italy. This has led to decline of Australian share in growing this varietal in global comparison.

Aussie wine industry has been rather laggard at looking at different alternatives of other grape varietals. But, there is an increasing recognition of the fact that diversification of varietals shall be undertaken in right earnest. This has also been a subject of discussion in the Australian wine industry bodies.

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Shiraz Wines to Fill your Days

Here are some Shiraz wines to fill your days with delight and night with fantasies. Every bottle is a mark of effort and labor undergone in making them. Cherish these bottles and you shall not be disappointed. Drink with family and friends and it will be worth the experience.

These mouth-watering Shiraz wines from 2016 are a must for people who love wines. From the first sip to the last these wines can make a delightful experience. Be the part of something amazing, like them and love them. Irresistible to the core!

 

 

Australian Shiraz- History and Growth to Become The Leading Wine Varietal.

Shiraz/ Syrah is a red grape variety. At approximately 142,600 hectares, Syrah was at the seven position in world’s most grown grape in 2004.

It is called by different names across the world like Sirac, Schiras,  Syrac, Syra, Sereine, Serine, Hignin noir, Candive, Entournerein, Marsanne noir, Balsamina and Antourenein noir.

Shiraz or Syrah?

Australia and South Africa label their wines as Shiraz whereas in Europe it is labeled as Syrah. There are tasting differences in between wines labelled Shiraz and Syrah, some of which are as follows – Syrah being more smoke- flavoured, tannic and elegant while Shiraz labelled wines are less-tannic, more peppery and more fruit-driven.

Regions

It can be found in wine-regions of Australia such as Margaret River, Hunter Valley, McLaren Vale, Barossa and Coonawarra and in Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand, Washington, California, South Africa, Chile and France.

History of Shiraz in Australia

It was James Busby, also known as “Father of Australian Viticulture”, who had introduced Syrah to Australia. In 1831, he went to Europe and brought cuttings of the grape which he then planted in Hunter Valley region and Sydney Botanical Garderns. Later, in 1839, it was introduced in South Australia. In 1860s, Syrah became an important grape variety in Australia.

The world’s oldest continually running vineyard, planted in 1847, is supposed to be Shiraz vines in Tanunda, which comes under Barossa Valley wine region.

Growth of Shiraz in Australia

Australia witnessed an increase in plantings of Shiraz grapes in 1980s and 1990s which can be attributed to success of Australian brands like Jacob Creek and Lindemans in UK and Rosemount in UK and US. Government began to give tax subsidies to wineries planting new vineyards which boosted the planting in 1990s. With the yield of 422,430 tonnes of Shiraz grapes in 2005-2006, Shiraz became the most planted variety in Australia. And with this, Australia became the second largest Shiraz grape grower, just behind France.

Popular Shiraz Wines in Australia

Penfolds “Grange”, the Henschke “Hill of Grace” and the Penfolds “RWT” are few of the many popular Australian Shiraz Wines.