Shiraz has a debated origin but most believe it originates from the Northern Rhône Valley where it is still the famed grape today. In this French region just south of Lyons, the steep slopes along the Rhône river are tended lovingly today much as they have been for centuries. The most famous area here is Hermitage, and the hill of Hermitage (Tain l'Hermitage) is surprisingly small but sacred nonetheless.
All sorts of styles are made in the Northern Rhone including the full bodied rustic Cornas, as well as the perfumed Côte Rôtie (roasted slope) and the generally lighter bodied St Joseph across the river from Hermitage. In the South, it is blended with Grenache and Mourvedre to make the famous GSM blend.
It grows well also in South Australia where big wines are made in both Barossa Valley and in McLaren Vale and over in Pemberton it makes a dense yet elegant wine due to our cool climate - making it more a Rhône style that a South Australian style.
Our Shiraz is picked at ripeness and goes into oak soon after fermentation where it stays for 12 months prior to bottling. A spicy rich elegant wine to enjoy with food such as roast lamb.