The maritime climate and gravelly soils of Margaret River have also proven to be fantastic for this variety.These two areas have developed the best reputation for Cabernet Sauvignon in Australia but there are many other regions scattered throughout the country producing great wines such as the Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria.
It is a variety that does not do well with heat stress and drought and consequently took a while to find a comfortable home.
It became very fashionable in 1970’s and 1980’s and plantings increased dramatically.
The terra rossa soils and moderate climate of Coonawarra have proven to be well suited for the production of classically structured, age worthy wines.
Other well established regions for Shiraz in South Australia include Mc Laren Vale, Clare Valley, Eden Valley.
The cooler climate areas of Victoria such as Grampians, Heathcote, Yarra Valley and Nagambie Lakes produce varying styles but tend toward savory and medium-bodied.
In New South Wales the cooler climate of Canberra District produces a restrained and aromatic style and The Hunter Valley is known for distinctive medium-bodied, savory and age-worthy wines. The classic blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre in varying proportions has a long tradition as does the Shiraz Cabernet blend.
More recently co-fermenting a small proportion of Viognier with Shiraz has led to the trendy Shiraz Viognier style.
Total Plantings: 42,000 ha (2012) Main Quality Regions: Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, Mc Laren Vale, Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, Heathcote, Nagambie Lakes, Grampians, Yarra Valley, Hunter Valley, Canberra District Shiraz was one of the original varieties brought to Australia and is certainly one of the most successful.
There are still many vineyards scattered throughout the country with vines that are over 100 years old.
It is grown in virtually every region in Australia and produces varying styles from cooler climate, medium-bodied and spicy styles through to more full-bodied, richly flavored and textured warmer climate versions.
There are many fantastic regions for Shiraz but the most historic area with a large repository of old vines is the Barossa Valley.