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Country: Australia  Region: South Australia  Grape: Shiraz

South Australia is a state of Australia located in the south central part of the country. It covers some of the most arid parts of the continent and is the fourth largest of Australia’s states and territories. The state’s origins were unique in the country as a freely-settled, planned British province. Official settlement began in December of 1836. The aim was to establish the province as a center of civilization for free immigrants, promising civil liberties and religious tolerance.

With its healthy Mediterranean climate, including cool wet winters and hot dry summers, few other regions in the world can match its range of warm and cool-ripening conditions. Premium grapes grow and prosper in selected pristine vineyards, one of which is Langhorne Creek Vineyards, named for Alfred Langhorne, an 1840’s  cattle driver.

A deep, brooding red wine made of 100% Shiraz grown in the Langhorne Vineyard, this wine offers an aromatic bouquet of ripe fruits, cherries and black currants, with notes of freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate, peppermint, liquorice and subtle pepper. It is thick and smooth with good balanced fruit weight. Enjoy it now, at room temperature in red wine goblets, with beef stew, rib eye steaks, filet mignon with mushroom sauce, or Thai beef salad.

The Opportunist Shiraz:

SHIRAZ/SYRAH — Winemakers have discovered the versatility of this beefy black grape, used in blends and in solo recipes. Shiraz wines are full-bodied, long-lived and fruit filled with some of the most intense, distinct flavors and aromas of any red, including those of peppers, berries, currants and even chocolate. Vines are found in Australia, Spain, Argentina and South Africa, known as either Shiraz or Syrah, depending on the region.

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