The classic Australian red wine
It’s difficult to overstate the importance of Shiraz to Australian wine. Shiraz is Australia’s most planted winegrape variety and is grown in most Australian wine regions. When the last national planting statistics were collected in 2015, there were around 40,000 hectares (ha) of Shiraz, ranking Australia second behind France (60,000 ha) and well ahead of third-placed Spain (20,000 ha).
Australia is home to the world’s oldest continuously productive Shiraz vines, with some of the oldest plantings believed to date back to 1843 (Langmeil, Barossa, South Australia), 1847 (Turkey Flat, Barossa) and 1860 (Tahbilk, Nagambie Lakes, Victoria). These ungrafted, pre-phylloxera vines produce small crops of grapes with intensely concentrated flavours..