Benchmarking Shiraz and Syrah from Australia


See also part one of this series, focusing on South Africa, and yesterday's article on Langton's Australian collectibles

Australia is an easy country in which to make yourself comfortable. All manner of foreigners have settled there over the years, finding their place among her own indigenous flora and fauna. And of all the émigré grapevines that moved to Australia, surely none has done so more comfortably than Shiraz.

Once known only for a ripe, full-bodied, heavily oaked style, Australian Shiraz has been evolving in its new homeland. Nowadays, grown in cooler vineyard sites, Australian Syrah (as it is...