Aussie pronunciation ‘she-raz’
An Australian Favourite
When you think classic Australian red first thing that comes to mind is most likely – Shiraz. This iconic grape was one of the first varieties imported to Australia with the oldest vineyards dating back to 1843. The largest single grouping of Shiraz is in the Barossa but Shiraz is not fickle about where is grown – moderate, warm or cool climates will all suffice.
Over 150 years in a glass.
The Shiraz grape is pretty special to Tahbilk with the oldest plantings on the property dating back to 1860. And you can only find these grapes in one bottle, the exclusive Tahbilk ‘1860 Vines’ Shiraz. This wine is produced from ½ a hectare of un-grafted, pre-phylloxera original plantings; amongst the oldest in the world.
After careful handpicking, fermentation takes place in century old oak vats followed by maturation in French oak for 18 months prior to bottling and then a further 4 years “bottle-aging” before release. Appropriately an original Tahbilk label dating back to the 1870’s has been tailored for this rare and unique wine.
Put me in some oak.
The one thing Shiraz does love is a bit of time in oak. This is a pretty common methodology for maturation for Australian Shiraz. In Australia you can find Shiraz matured in new oak, but more often a mix of new and old combinations of French and American oak for complexity. Or maybe you will see some early drinking styles which have had no oak what-so-ever. The variety is endless.
Our Shiraz is crafted with a commitment to traditional winemaking values. Fermentation takes place in original open vats over 155 years old, with maturation then in similarly aged large French oak prior to bottling. Smaller French and American oak barrels are also used, with the wine from these blended back during the final filtering and bottling. The result is fruit-driven wines of much flavour and substance, proven over the years to develop added character when cellared.
Food Match Tips
Shiraz shows lifted violets, spice, earth and clove characteristics, the palate is generally bold and bright with wild berry and plum fruits, supple and savoury tannins. A Shiraz is so versatile but we recommend (no surprises here) a beautiful piece of steak, hard cheeses (especially cheddar) and dark chocolate.
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If you are keen on the round, fruity palate of a Shiraz we would recommend your try your hand at Merlot or Tempranillo. If feeling adventurous and would like to stray slightly further a Zinfandel would not go astray.