By far, the most popular grape in Australia is Shiraz. With its lush, dark fruit, earth, and spice flavors that it is known for, it is very popular throughout the world.
When it is combined with Cabernet Sauvignon to add some muscle and complexity to the wine, it can especially make some of the best wines in the world.
The popularity of blending Shiraz with a little bit of Cabernet Sauvignon in Australia is largely thanks to the Penfold’s wine “Grange”. It is one of the most revered (and expensive) wines in the world and they have been using this blend since it began in the 1950s.
The Australian Shiraz is known for being really rich and packed with dark fruit flavors, which are complemented by flavors of chocolate, spice, leather, and earth. These luscious wines are made even stronger and more complex
- The grapes Shiraz and Syrah are the same exact grape, but with different names.
- The first year that Penfolds “Grange” was made was 1951.
- Unlike most of the world’s most expensive wines, “Grange” is made from a collection of different vineyards and is slightly different every single year.
- The grape Petite Sirah is not the same as the Syrah grape.
- In 1831, James Busby introduced Syrah to Australia.