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Balgownie Estate

Simon Wiener
 
8 August 2019 | Vineyard Information, Wine Details | Simon Wiener

Shiraz or Syrah?

Shiraz is one of the most widely planted grape varieties and one of the most popular wines in Australia.  It’s success in Australia is due in no small part to its ability to thrive successfully in a wide range of climates as well as its capability to produce a wide range of wine styles from lighter rosé through to sparkling and fortified wine.

Shiraz is widely planted throughout France where is known by its traditional name of Syrah. Although it rarely appears on wine labels, it forms that backbone of a number of great wines from the Northern Rhone such as Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. The French styles tend to be leaner and more complex with cherry, spice, pepper and earthy characters that are capable of aging.

Australian Shiraz with its riper, sweeter fruit has arguably overshadowed the wines produced in France and have certainly developed an enviable reputation. In Australia, the climate and terrior (the set of environmental factors that affect grape development), produces Shiraz wines that tend to be full bodied and contain rich, ripe fruit flavours such plum, blackberry chocolate and spice. Australian Shiraz are usually easy drinking although they can have a higher alcohol content.

There has been a growing trend in recent years for producers to use the term Syrah for wines that have been made in a lighter and leaner styles that reflect the wines traditionally produced in France, to differentiate the wines from the richer Australian styles. Balgownie Estate has introduced a Nouveau Syrah, a light and delicious style of Shiraz that is packed with delicate fruit flavours of raspberry, cherry, strawberry with a hint of spice. On the palate the wine is elegant and refreshing with soft tannins and balanced acid.

Avaliable to purchase online or visit our Cellar Door in the Yarra Valley or Bendigo for a taste.

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